November 2011

RemindersUniform and weather Thank 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. Information on this will be found on the school web-site and through listening to a local radio station such as Radio WM. 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.Heads of SchoolProgress LeadersOur Achievement Co-ordinators are now called Progress Leaders. A reminder that the Progress Leaders for each school are:Gloucester A Mrs Wilson Mrs Davies Gloucester B Mr CarrickHereford A Mrs Maguire Hereford B Mrs Ridley (Mrs Clayton is on maternity leave)Lincoln A Miss Cox Lincoln B Mrs CornellYork A Miss Bird York B Miss PriceThe first point of contact should usually be your child’s Form Tutor.Year 10 Work ExperienceThe deadline for finding a placement is Friday 16th December 2011. Once you have found a placement please submit all of the details online via the Work Experience link on the school website, by completing the form and pressing submit. If you are having difficulty finding a placement or have any queries please contact Jane Humphrey’s and let her know ASAP.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.Music FeesIf you haven’t yet paid your music tuition fees for this term, please do so as they are now overdue.Revision clinics running for French and German”Students can bring any of their language grumbles or problems to the clinic and the MFL team will help you to solve them!”French every Tuesday at 8:00 till 8.30am. German every Wednesday after school at 3.30-4.30pm.Parent PayOur preferred method of collecting any payments for dinner money, school trips, music tuition etc is via ParentPay which can be accessed from our school website. ParentPay is a unique web based service that lets parents make secure online payments by credit and debit card directly to school. A recent upgrade to the service now enables parents to view any purchases made by their children from our caterers. Other benefits of this system include:- Students do not have to carry money- You can view current balance of dinner money- The risk of loss is removed- Receipt of your payment is acknowledged- You have a record of your payment history online- You can make one payment for multiple itemsParentPay offers you the freedom to make payments whenever and wherever you like, safe in the knowledge that the technology used is the highest internet security available. You have a secure online account, with a unique user ID and password. You can change these to something you will easily remember and merge accounts of two or more children. No card details are stored in any part of the system. If you have not received your username and password, email: and your details will be sent to you.Dates for your Diary7th November – HPVVaccination Programme Year 8 girls will be receiving their second HPV Vaccination7th and 8th NovemberYear 9 GCSE Art Trip to Liverpool Tate and Crosby beach8th, 9th, 10th and 11th November – Year 7 Tamworth Castle11th November – New Crafty Club is starting after school in the library every Friday15th November 18:00 – 19:00 – Skiing Information Evening16th November 17:30 – 19:00 – Information for Parents on the Iceland Trip in 2013Fortnight commencing 21st NovemberYear 10 ISAsPrize Giving AssemblyYear 11 – 21st NovemberYear 10 – 22nd NovemberYear 9 – 23rd NovemberYear 8 – 24th November24th November 17:00 – 19:30 – Year 13 Parents Evening28th November 18:00 – 19:00 (Revised date) – Aberdovey Parents Information EveningWeek commencing 28th November is Year 7 and new Year 12 students Settling In Week. Tutors will be contacting parents/guardians to arrange to time to discuss progress.29th November – Post 16 Information Evening (LG/CL)6th December 17:00 – 19:30 – Year 12 Parents EveningThe School Year – reminder of datesThe Autumn Term ends for Years 11, 12 13 on Thursday, 15th December except Year 11s who have an exam on Friday, 16th December. They must attend school for their exam.For Years 7-10 the term ends on Friday, 16th December at 12.30pm for students.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