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LANGLEY SCHOOL A SPECIALIST COLLEGE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, LANGUAGES AND TRAINING Tel: 0121 706 9771 WEBSITE: www.langley-sec.solihull.sch.uk

Friday 21 June 2013 Langley School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Dear Parents and Care Givers Reminder! INSET Day Friday 28 June Please remember that only school staff are required to attend a Professional Development / Training Day next week, Friday 28 June. Attendance – Significant Change to Government Policy from September 2013 Please be aware that, in line with Government legislation, leave of absence will only be granted if it is deemed to be in EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES. Such a request must be made in writing to Headteacher, Mr Talbot. Please note a request for holiday is NOT deemed an exceptional circumstance and will therefore be marked as an unauthorised absence, which may result in further legal action by Education Welfare Service. If you wish to read further guidance relating to this on the DFE website, the link is http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/behaviour/attendance. Mr D Evans Assistant Headteacher Awards – Please read! Due to a clash with the Borough Championships, which a lot of our students are involved in, there have been some changes made to the Awards morning timetable. Revised dates appear below: Year 9 – Tuesday 2 July 2013 Year 10 – Tuesday 2 July 2013

9.15am-10.30am 11.15am – 12.30pm

Year 7 – Wednesday 3 July 2013 Year 8 – Wednesday 3 July 2013

9.15am-10.30am 11.15am-12.30pm

Those receiving a nomination will be notified and parents will be invited via a letter next week. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused. Biometric consent forms If you have not yet returned a signed biometric consent form, please do so as soon as possible. Unfortunately, from September 2013, if we do not have


a consent form, students will not be able to use a thumbprint for purchasing food in the dining room. Further information can be found on the following link http://www.langley-sec.solihull.sch.uk/page127.htm. Thank you for your support. Mrs R Cotton, Business Manager Well Done! On Saturday evening Kate Rose, 8H took the Harry Moseley bracelets to sell at a quiz night at her church, Shirley Baptist Church. She made a fantastic £89.50 for this worthwhile charity. A massive thank you to Kate and all those people supporting this charity. Cricket Success this week Results this week are as follows: Year 7 beat Arden by 7 wickets in their league game. Year 9 beat Small Heath in the cup game, winning by 8 wickets. There were outstanding Performances from: Keshav Vaitha – 7H Lewis Brown – 7H Nick Dacre – 9U Ryan Gill – 9U And a big well done to all players! We look forward to hearing about your future successes! EducAid We are having a fund raising fair to raise money for the charity EducAid. This charity raises money to educate children in The Third World. Our idea is to have tombola; however for this we need your help. We would like you to donate prizes for our stall. Please could you drop off suitable gifts/prizes at the main school office over the next few weeks? They will gratefully be received. If you could label them: ‘EducAid’, we will know they are for us. The fair will be held on Friday 19 July 2013 between 3.15pm-4.45pm. You are welcome to attend. Younger children are also welcome. We do hope that you will be generous in order for ‘EducAid’ to benefit. John Naughton 7G and Aqib Khan 7K – Funky Friday Small Business Book of the Week beginning Monday 24 June is: ‘Between Shades of Gray’ by Ruta Sepetys One night fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother and young brother are hauled from their home by Soviet guards, thrown into cattle cars and sent away. They are being deported to Siberia. An unimaginable and harrowing journey has begun. Lina doesn't know if she'll ever see her father or her friends again. But she refuses to give up hope. Lina hopes for her family, for her country, for her future, for love - first love, with the boy she barely knows but knows she does not want to lose…...


Calling all parents, carers, governors and staff! Mr Scholey and Miss Vize would like to invite you to take part in a special choir for the Summer Concert. No experience is necessary, just boundless enthusiasm for making a joyful noise! Rehearsals will be from 5.30-6.15pm each Monday until the Summer Concert on Thursday 4 July in the Main Hall. Please contact Mr Scholey via the school office or by email s206pscholey@langley-sec.solihull.sch.uk if you would like further details – or just come along. Summer Concert at Langley ‘A Night in America’ - Thursday 4 July 2013 Featuring musicians from all year groups: Jazz Band, Orchestra, Choir, Rock, Pop and Soul Bands, Vocal groups, Guitar group. Tickets are £4 and available from Dovehouse Box Office: 0121 706 7139, or at break and lunchtimes for pupils. Medical / Welfare Update: Hayfever: As summer is now here, [honestly!], could you please ensure your child takes their hay fever medication before school. Water: Please ensure your child has a water bottle in school during the hot weather; they can re-fill this during break times. Thank you! Mrs A Kehoe, School Matron Solihull College – Art Exhibition For any students considering taking an art courses at further or higher education, you are cordially invited to Solihull College’s Private Viewing of the work of our final year students in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Solihull College. The exhibition represents the culmination of their studies and covers a range of disciplines including, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography and Textiles/Fashion across Level 1-3 further education courses to Level 4 - 5 higher education courses. The show opens on Friday 21June from 6.00pm - 9.00pm and is open the following week Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm, free entry. Solihull Go Green Fair - Solihull Town Centre, Saturday 22 June 2013 Langley students, Sam Knapp, Greg Harris, Will Noon and Tom Beddow have produced a stylish range of Bug Houses and Bug Hotels from waste products that will be on sale at The Go Green Fair in Solihull this Saturday. This is a 'one stop shop' for everything green! Learn more about recycling, organic gardening, sustainable transport and renewable energy. Shop for green products and find out about Solihull’s green business. The Fair is a community based event organised by local environmental groups. Its aim is simple - to show how easy, important and fun it is to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle!


Year 11 Careers Information: Virtual Careers Library - NEW We now have a Virtual Careers Library on the school website – you will be able to locate this in ‘The Curriculum’ area. You will find lots of resources and we are updating/adding information on a regular basis - including the latest information on Apprenticeship vacancies! UCAS’ first ‘CareerZone’ Road Show 2013 – Aston University, Birmingham 27 – 28 June 2013 UCAS is a trusted guide and industry leader in helping young people make their future choices. Although this event is aimed at Year 12 & 13 students, it would certainly be useful to Year 11 students to explore potential careers and also to those students who have a clear idea of what they would like their career path to be. Each employer at the event will represent one of the following sectors – this way students can see the widest possible range of opportunities available to them. - Accountancy and professional services - Armed Forces - Banking and Finance - Chemical and Pharmaceuticals - Consulting - Consumer goods - Engineering and Industrial

- Investment banking - IT and Telecoms - Law - Media - Oil and Energy - Public Sector - Retail

Exciting opportunities in Apprenticeships for successful GCSE students Skillnet is an Ofsted grade one ‘Outstanding’ provider of Apprenticeships nationally. They manage the national Apprenticeship recruitment campaigns for Ford Motor Company and its dealer network, DAF Trucks, Scania Great Britain and for thousands of other employers in the automotive, logistic and retail industries. They have a selection of vacancies to choose from. The application process is straightforward: interested students just need to log on to www.skillnet.org.uk or one of their customer websites, register their details and complete some short initial assessment testing. Yours sincerely

Mr P Talbot Headteacher


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