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Allestree Woodlands School School news for Friday 14th of February 2014 Dear Parents and Carers, Students, Governors and members of Staff, Congratulations to:  Josh Hong, Joe Daley, Ross Hickie, Will Woodward, Emma Burns, Lucy Whittingham, Ella Fisher and Hannah Bailey who went to the Derbyshire Badminton finals on Wednesday. The boys were very successful and won a very fine cup, they now go forward to represent Derbyshire in the regional round in early March. The girls just lost out, they did get through to the finals and did exceptionally well against 3 county players but lost by 1 game.  Miss Sindall, Teacher of English who is getting married to Mr E Curr today. Best wishes to Dr L Smith and Mrs E Vickers-Smith, teachers of Science, who start their maternity leave today. Sixth Form Charity Quiz – thanks to all who attended and supported last night’s charity quiz in support of Cancer research at which over £400 was raised. Year 11 Revision Evening – Tuesday 25th February, 7pm in the School Theatre. Please come to this important information session where we will share tried and tested revision tips and techniques. This will help parents/carers support their youngsters in this crucial time as students prepare to take their final GCSE exams. Teenage Awareness Information Evening - Thursday 27th February, 6-8pm in the School Theatre. Please come and find out more about being a teenager today and the pressures that our young people face. There will be four workshops on coping with GCSEs, Drugs Awareness, Sexual Health and Keeping Safe Online. KS3 READATHON – Is ongoing and finishes on the 6th of March (World Book Day). Please do encourage your child to join in! "The Guy Evans Young Hero of the Year award" – Sam Herbert in 11O2 has been recognised by the St. John Ambulance “Every Day Heroes” Campaign and nominated for this award. Please vote for him at Voting closes the 2nd of March. “First Aid Champion” – Friends of Sam Wright has also been nominated for the “Every Day Heroes” Campaign. Sam Wright is the former pupil who died at age 19 of a cardiac event and has inspired our school to raise funds for the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) Campaign. Please support this cause to win by voting at Voting closes the 2nd of March. WANTED! – SCHOOL UNIFORM and/or SCHOOL PE KIT If you have any unwanted school uniform or school PE kit then please donate it to the school. We can put it to very good use. Please bring it to reception.

School uniform reminder – Thank you for your support with ensuring your children wear the required school uniform. Please note that only a ‘Plain black fine gauge ‘V’ necked waist length pullover or cardigan’ can be worn under the school blazer. Hoodies should not be worn and jewellery should only be one simple pair of ear studs, a simple necklace (worn under shirt) and a simple single ring. Failure to comply with our school uniform may result in a student being sent home to change.

Dates for your diary Friday, 14th February Monday, 24th February Mon-Fri, 24th-28th February Tuesday 25th February Wednesday, 26th February Thursday, 27th February Friday, 28th February Thursday 6th March Friday 21st March Friday 28th March

Overnight Drama Trip to London End of the Half Term Start of the second half term Sixth Form Biology Fieldtrip to Wales Year 11 Revision Evening, 7pm in the Theatre Year 12 Visit to Murray Edwards College, Cambridge Teenage Awareness Evening 6-8pm Year 12 Geography Trip to the Holderness Coast Year 10 Parents Evening Non-uniform day for Sport Relief PFTA Quiz – 7pm in the Theatre

Head teacher’s Surgery: I am available to meet Parents/Carers each Wednesday from 5.15-6pm. If you are able please make an appointment for this time by contacting my personal assistant at 551 921. Parent View – please sign into this via the school website to let us know what you think about the school. Annual Consent Forms It is a legal requirement that a completed annual consent form for your child is kept in our records. This form, once completed and returned, ensures that your child receives the very best care during various off-site school trips. The form can be found on the school website under FORM DOWNLOADS. If you have not already done so, please print out a copy of the form, complete, sign and return to the School Office. Please keep your contact details up to date Please can you ensure that the school office has up to date contact details for you, including email addresses and mobile phone numbers. Parental consent A reminder to all parents/carers that it will be assumed that you have no objections to your child's details or participation in any of the following:  Copyright/photographs and names of student in the Newsletters, Education Extras and on the school website  Internet access at school  Sex education  Data sharing with Connexions and other educational agencies  Fingertip recognition for student meals If you do object then please put it in writing and send it to me. A copy of the school’s privacy notice can be found on our website Raising of the Participation Age As from September 2013 there is a change in the age at which students may leave full-time education. A document explaining the new rules can be found on the school website under LETTERS TO PARENTS/CARERS and WHOLE SCHOOL. Taking a student out of school during term time st As from 1 September 2013, there is a change to our policy of taking holidays in term time. In accordance with The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013, Allestree Woodlands will no longer authorise any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Parents or carers who take their children on holiday without permission risk a fixed penalty notice of up to £120 per parent per child. Free School Meals It is really important for the school to know who all of the Free School Meal (FSM) students are. Whatever information we receive from parents or carers is confidential and students who take free school meals are not identified in any way as all meals are monitored using the ‘finger machine'. No cash is exchanged. If you think your child could be entitled to Free School Meals, please contact the school in any way that you feel is most comfortable for you. We are really keen that parents take up this entitlement so we would really appreciate a prompt response.

Wise Pay – The school’s online payment system In the same way that we wish to move to paperless communications we are making similar moves to have a cashless environment in the school. We encourage all parents and carers to use our school on-line payment system called ‘Wise Pay’ for payment of trips and other school activities or equipment. Details of how to do this can be found on the school website on: or by contacting the school on 01332 551921 or by email: Website A reminder to regularly check the school website for news, reminders and copies of letters sent to parents/carers. Please note: we are in the process of revamping the Woodlands School website; therefore some issues may be encountered until it is complete. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

Yours sincerely,

Alan Brady Headteacher

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