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Allestree Woodlands School School news for Friday 20th June 2014 Dear Parents and Carers, Students, Governors and members of Staff, Year 11 Celebration Day – Congratulations to all of our Year 11 students who attended a celebration ceremony today in school and at Woodlands Church to commemorate their time at Woodlands School. We wish them all the best in future endeavours. Year 7 Parents’ Evening – thank you to students and parents for attending their first ever “Parents’

Evening”. We hope that you found it very useful and were able to obtain any information you needed about your child. Summer concert – Songs from James Bond on Tuesday 1st July at 7pm in the school theatre. Tickets available from reception. PFTA Fundraising Event – thank you all who came out to see Cantata last Friday evening in support of the school’s PFTA. The evening showcased some of our very talented staff and was a great success. Money from these types of fundraising events allow us to buy more educational resources for your children. The next fundraising event will take place on Monday 7th of July at the Raj restaurant in Allestree. The “Indian Meal” includes a 2 course supper for only £10 for adults and £6 for school age children. There will be a raffle to win wine/chocolate, but also a very attractive “grand prize” for those attending. Details to follow! Uniform - Summer Dress Code - The summer dress code is now in effect. Please see the attached information to know what is appropriate for your child to wear to school for this term. Non Uniform Day for Free the Children - On Friday 27th June, we have the final non-uniform day of the year. It will be in support of a charity called 'Free the Children' which does a lot of good in many different areas, as well as being the charity that celebrates young people doing fundraising for all charities at their annual 'WE Day'. Please see this link if you would like to investigate further. Sixth Form Charity Fundraising - on Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd June Miss Tordoff and a team of Sixth Form students are taking part in the Derby Cancer Research Relay for Life, as part of the Sixth Form’s charity fundraising. The Relay is for 24 hours and takes place at Moorways in Derby around the track. For the whole 24 hour period, at least one team member has to be walking/running/skipping etc. around the track to mark the ongoing fight against cancer. It has a great atmosphere and an increasing number of teams are being entered from local schools. You are welcome to come down and join us during the day, even if only for an hour or so. If you feel able to sponsor the team, then please do so on line at: Paris Trip – for those parents/carers who have Year 7 and Year 8 students going on the Paris trip 12th – 15th July, please attend the Information Evening this coming Monday, 23rd June at 7pm in the Theatre. It should last no longer than 45 minutes with a prompt 7pm start. Overdue Library Books – PLEASE encourage your children to get their library books back into Mrs Leckie as soon as possible. Congratulations to - James Hilton, Josh Fraser, Ella Blekey, Joe Hurst, Ross Hickie, Charlotte Bentley, Dan Robinson, Jacob Heeley and Lauren Blakey who were picked to represent Derby West at the County Athletics Championships at Moorways on Saturday 14th June. James, Josh, Ella and Joe will go on to represent Derbyshire in the upcoming matches.

Best wishes to all our students who are taking A level exams this summer. Continue to work hard until the very end of your last exam. Make sure you use all the resources you have been given and take advantage of all the help available to you here in school. Dates for your diary Friday 20th June Tuesday 24th June Thursday 26th June Friday, 27th June Saturday, 28th June Monday, 30th June Tuesday, 1st July Thursday 3rd July Friday 4th July Monday 7th July Tuesday 8th July Wednesday 9th July Monday 14th July Tuesday 15th July Wednesday 16th July Thursday 17th July Friday 18th July

Year 11 Celebration day in school New Year 12 Induction Day in school Whole School Sports Day Year 13 Ball, 7- Midnight Derby Hallmark Hotel Non-Uniform Day Barn Dance 7-11pm in the school Theatre in aid of Uganda appeal Year 7 Induction Evening 5.30-8.30pm Summer concert – ‘An Evening with James Bond!’ 7pm in the Theatre Year 11 Prom Staff Conference – School closed to students Year 10 Work Experience fortnight begins PFTA Fundraiser “Indian Meal” 6pm at the Raj Restaurant Annual Art Exhibition – 6-8pm Key Stage 3 Annual Presentation Evening followed by the Annual Art Exhibition Healthy Living Day Healthy Living Day Activities Day Enrichment Day End of Term – School closes at 12.30pm

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 PA, Mrs Tate at 551921. 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 by ensuring 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 As from 1st 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 please do not hesitate to contact us. Wise Pay – The school’s online payment system 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. Yours sincerely,

Alan Brady Headteacher

Allestree Woodlands School

SUMMER DRESS CODE 2014 The following changes to school uniform will apply for the remainder of the Summer Term.

1. Summer Dress Code for students in Years 7-10: The summer uniform will consist of plain white shirt (short or long sleeve), HOUSE TIE, plain black trousers/skirts and plain, low, black shoes. 2. Therefore students can leave blazers at home – they do not have to be worn to, in or from school. 3. HOWEVER IF STUDENTS WISH TO WEAR A TOP IT MUST BE A SCHOOL BLAZER. JUMPERS AND OTHER TOPS or JACKETS MUST NOT BE WORN. Items such as these will be confiscated if worn. 4. Any vests worn under shirts must be plain white. 5. Girls are reminded that skirts must be the school skirt of the appropriate length for school. NB. If girls do not wear skirts appropriately then they will be required to wear trousers.

6. Summer Dress Code for Sixth Form students: BOYS should wear shirts with a tie (short or long sleeve) with plain trousers. GIRLS should wear shirts or blouses (short or long sleeve) with plain trousers or knee length skirts. . All Sixth Form students should dress appropriately as they would in a formal office or business environment. Shorts and beach wear are not to be worn

Full school uniform will be restored at the beginning of the Autumn Term 2014 Mr A Brady – 13th June 2014

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