Parents' Bulletin – Friday 9th November 2018 Key Dates 12th -‐ 16th November Children in Need Week Monday 12th Red & White for Ryan Day £1 Tuesday 13th Wear Any Tie Day 50p Wednesday 14th Wear Any Hat Day 50p Thursday 15th Trainer Day 50p Friday 16th Non School Uniform £1 15th November Dance Showcase, 7pm 23rd November INSET DAY CLOSURE (4) 26th November INSET DAY CLOSURE (5) 30th November Christmas Jumper Day Xmas Fayre and Lights Switch On 4th December Y11 Geography Trip to London Parent Voice, 5.30pm 6th December Y7 & 8 Trip to Blist's Hill 10th December Pantomime Matinee Performances for Primary Schools 11th December GCSE Presentation Evening for last year's Year 11, 6.30pm 12th -‐ 14th December Pantomime, 7.00pm 13th December Parental Safeguarding Support, 6pm 19th December Carol Concert, St Mary's Church, 7pm 20th December Parental Safeguarding Support, 6pm 21st December Students break up for Christmas Holidays
This has been a very sad week for Winton and our thoughts, love and prayers go out to the family of Ryan Hoar who sadly passed away this week. Ryan was due to join us last September as a new Year 7 but was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of the Summer 2017. Last year students and staff raised money for Macmillan and Ryan was able to have his first day in a Winton uniform. Ryan was determined to return to school and enjoy being a normal student with his friends and peers, this year he achieved that aim with determination and a huge smile on his face. For a few weeks he lit up our lives and was able to be in the community he has always been such an important part of. Over the last few weeks Ryan had deteriorated rapidly and on Wednesday we heard the tragic news of his passing. Ryan was a wonderful, happy and inspiring young man and his memory will live on in our hearts forever. His two great loves were Liverpool football club and Lego, therefore we would like to make his memorial out of Lego, if you are able to spare a few blocks as part of our collection we feel we can use this to make a fitting tribute to a brave and brilliant young man.
Students have requested a Red and White for Ryan day on Monday 12th November. If students bring in £1 they can wear red and white clothes -‐ all proceeds will go to charity. Thank you to all parents who attended Year 7 parents' evening on Wednesday, 125 families attended the event which also including a small exhibition of some of the excellent work which Year 7 have created since joining us. If you have any ideas about how such evenings can be further improved I look forward to hearing about them through parent voice. Our most recent parent voice meeting was on Tuesday which was very constructive with two excellent presentations from staff, thank you to Mrs Tucker and Mrs Chivers. The group also raised merits and them being given fairly; issues around communication by letter; a second hand uniform shop which they are setting up; the canteen which we are working on with students and lots of positives about the Friday run and the new one way system. Please find the minutes attached. The plan for all letters moving forward is that they will all be emailed to both the students and parents and all available on the website. If we are sending a paper letter home we will text parents so that they know it is coming.
What’s new in fortnite? As the popularity of Fortnite continues to rise, the game is being updated and expanded to keep players interested. Most recently this has been the Season 4 Battle Pass. If your child rushed home from school to turn on the PlayStation or Xbox last month you can be sure it was to see what the developer had added to the game. The new Battle Pass has a superhero theme and a new narrative about the arrival of a comet that introduces a number of changes to map locations. In-‐purchase ‘Battle Pass’ For parents, it’s important to know that although the game is free, to take full advantage of these expansions players need to purchase the Battle Pass. This then enables them to win new outfits, characters and clothing. Although you can access some of the benefits with a Free Pass, children will need a paid Battle Pass for the best rewards. This costs 950 V-‐Bucks which translates to about £8 / $10. It’s also worth noting that when the next Battle Pass comes out the current one becomes obsolete. Now available on iOS The game is also now available to play on iOS devices. It will come out for Android phones and tablets later in the summer. Players can compete across these systems, although the player controls are quite different on each and can frustrate youngsters. The game itself is also being changed with new weapons and equipment. Most significant is a new Jetpack that lets players fly and shoot at the same time. While many of these tweaks will make more sense to players of the game than parents, it’s well worth keeping abreast of developments in the game to be aware of possible costs. It’s also good for parents to be able to talk to children about the game and how they are enjoying it.