December 2011

RemindersRevision Sessions Sixth Form drop in sessions for Biology, Chemistry and Physics running every Wednesday evening from 3:30pmYear 10 revision sessions are being held for Chemistry with Mr Brown at 8:00am on Wednesday 7th and 14th December.Revision sessions for French are every Tuesday at 8:00-8.30am and German every Wednesday after school at 3.30-4.30pm.Year 11 GCSE MusicAfter the Christmas holiday GCSE students will be starting their preparation towards the final listening exam. It is advisable that students acquire the Rhinegold GCSE Study Guide for the OCR course. This has a wealth of information in and really helps with revision and practice for the exam. Please contact Mr Williams on for further information.Congratulations to the following vocalists who were very successful in their Vocal exams!Kerena Jagpal – Grade 1 pop vocals – DistinctionMegan Walsh – Grade 2 pop vocals – DistinctionRachel Webber – Grade 2 pop vocals – DistinctionAzia Walrond – Grade 2 pop vocals – DistinctionHarriet Davenport – Grade 2 music theatre – DistinctionJessica Reid – Grade 2 music theatre – DistinctionHayley Bristow – Grade 5 pop vocals – DistinctionLibby Franklin – Grade 6 music theatre – DistinctionExaminations – January 2012Please click on the link Exam Timetable for January 2012 for all external examination dates or for further information available to parents/candidates on the school website: are to arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time of all timetabled examinations to facilitate a prompt start.Morning exams start at 9:00am and afternoon exams start at 1:00pm. Upon receipt of personalised examinations timetable students are to check them carefully and if there are any discrepancies or queries go to the Data Office immediately.If students have more than one exam scheduled on the same date at the same time they will be sat consecutively unless otherwise informed.Students are to check the Exam Notice Board (located next to the dining hall) on the day of the exam for final confirmation of the room and seat number.If in doubt regarding anything to do with examinations go to the Data Office for clarification.Christmas CakesIt’s that time of the year again! All Year 10 Food Technology students are busy making Christmas Cakes. They will be on display in the cabinets in Reception, hopefully from the week beginning 5th December. If you get the chance to come and see them, please do so, we think you will be impressed!Lost Property and Valuable ItemsPE Kits that are currently being handed in to reception that do not get collected by students will be disposed of if unclaimed by Friday 9th December 2011.In future PE kits will not be accepted after the start of the school day.Please be advised that valuable items brought in by students are at their own risk and the school will not be held responsible for them.Student Data Checking SheetPlease can you confirm that the contact information on the student data checking sheets is correct and return to the school as soon as possible as not all of these have been returned.200 Club November Winners111 C. Utley £50.00171 A. Noone £25.00179 J. Thomas £15.0050 S. Bailey £10.00 Midlands Fun Run A massive thank you to everyone who took part in last year’s fun-run, Arthur Terry raised £3,000 for their chosen charities, Rondevlei School, Acorns Hospice and Cancer Research UK. Thank you to Pat Little for her support with this event.Key Stage Three Basketball FixturesTues 6th December v King Edwards – AwayTues 13th December v John Willmott – HomeKey Stage Four Basketball FixturesThurs 8th December v King Edwards (Aston) – HomeThurs 15th December v John Willmott – Away Payment Deadlines With Finance Battlefields Trip the next instalment of £75.00 is due by 9th December 2011.Ski Trip 2012 remaining balance to be paid by 15th December 2011.Uniform and weatherThank you for all your support in ensuring that our students are wearing the correct uniform. There has been a great improvement over the last term and most of our students are looking very smart and are dressed in line with the School Uniform Policy. Sixth Form Students are reminded to follow the Sixth Form Dress Code as outlined in the student planner and on the school website. We are concerned with the winter weather approaching at the number of students wearing black fabric shoes. In wet weather these offer no protection and are not suitable school wear. Please ensure that black leather type shoes suitable for school are worn. If we experience the severe weather conditions of last year we will do our best to keep school open. Should the school be closed the decision will be communicated on the school web-site as soon as practical, through listening to a local radio station such as Radio WM and a text message will be sent to parents. Please enforce with your child the need to be sensible with snow if it occurs to ensure the safety of those in our local community.Year 10 Work ExperienceDeadline for finding a placement is Friday 16th December 2011. Once you have found a placement please submit all of the details online via the school website. Look for the Work Experience Icon, complete the form and press submit. If you are having difficulty finding a placement or have any queries please contact Jane Humphrey’s on Dates for your Diary6th December – Year 12 Parents Evening 7th December – Four Oaks Cluster Concert 8th December – Prize Giving9th to 11th December – Year 7 Outward Bound Aberdovey12th December – HPV Mop Up Session13th December – PTA MeetingEnd of Term Term finishes for Years 11, 12 and 13 at the end of Thursday 15th December.For those Year 11 students taking an exam on Friday 16th December, please note that they are required to attend in uniform.For years 7 – 10, term ends at 12:25pm on Friday 16th December. This will be a non-uniform day with a collection of £1 for Disaster Emergency Committee.Start of Term All students return on Wednesday 4th January 2012.Spring Term 2012Wednesday, 4th January –Friday, 10th FebruaryHalf Term: Monday, 13th – Friday, 17th FebruaryMonday, 20th February – Thursday, 29th MarchSummer Term 2012Monday, 16th April –Friday, 1st JuneHalf Term: Monday, 4th – Friday, 8th JuneMonday, 11th June – Thursday, 19th July