Parents' Bulletin – Friday 18th September 2015 Key Dates Events: 21st September Y11 Photography Trip to London 22nd September Y11 H&SC Trip to Andover Nursing Home Y11 Drama Trip to Woman in Black 23rd September GCSE C ertificate Presentation Evening 24th September Y7 Marwell Team Building Trip 25th September School Photographer in school Enterprise C lub to Breakers 28th September Open Evening, Y6 students & parents 29th September -‐ 2nd O ctober Open Mornings, Y6 students & parents 7th October No Pens Wednesday 8/9/10th October Talent Show 14th October Evolve Exhibition Y7 Parents meet Evolve Staff 20th October Parent Voice Meeting, 5.30pm 23rd October Year 7 & 8 Halloween Party 26th-‐30th October HALF TERM 29th October Years 8 -‐ 11 Thorpe Park Fright Night Trip
Weekly Update Here are this week's photos from Project 195.
Thank you to all those parents who attended the Year 11 Parents' Evening this week. This was our first attempt at using the new online book system which seemed to go well. A few parents were unable to book appointments and we will resolve this for next time. As you are aware last week we had a safeguarding audit in school and one of the things raised by students was it would be nice to have a counselling service available at school for when students' need a different sort of support than that given by their go to person, m entor or head of house. We have been able to provide that service which was talked about in assemblies this week. This service will be provided in association with MIND on a referral basis from the Heads of House. In response to concerns raised by parents last year you should have seen an increase in the amount of homework being set. Most students are responding really well to this, please be aware that those who don’t will find themselves in detentions of potentially up to two hours! The reason for homework is to reinforce the learning in class and to prepare students for Years 11, 12 and 13 when they need to be independent and organised in preparation for exams. The reading programme is going well, students in Years 8 to 10 will be going to the library next week to get the Accelerated Reader books. The book bags for all students should be available for mentor time on Monday. I would encourage parents to get students reading at home. If they don’t have any homework they can always continue with the reading book and fill in their reading log.
Over the next two weeks the Year 7s are out as a whole year group on two trips. On the 24 September they are going th to Marwell Activity Centre and on the 6 October they are all going to London. We also have trips to London with theatre studies and Fujitsu are coming in to work with students in business studies. If you still have reply slips for trips please return them to reception a.s.a.p. th Our open evening this year will be on the 28 of September. If you have students in Years 5 or 6 please come along to see what we have on offer. Lots of students will be involved in this evening, letters will be issued on an individual basis. Ipads should be with students from Monday although watch this space! We have uploaded ios9 but are having a few issues with some of the software. As soon as they are ready they will be in classrooms. Our new Café the ‘Coffee Pod’ is going well making a few pounds a day to add into the school fundraising drive. The mayor is on site today talking to Mrs Robertson about how she can get involved to support us. Just buying the occasional coffee will support our fundraising goals. High School Musical rehearsals are going well thank you to Mrs Morgan and the team. Lots of PE clubs and maths revision have also started. Staff’s commitment to extra curricular is fantastic. A full programme of extra curricular activities will be available in the next few weeks. Three students in the book of distinction this week. Kira Miller for Maths, Hannah Sexton for Art and Jennifer Batchelor for English. Congratulations to them for some excellent work. Thank you for your continued support.
Mr N Thomas