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Leighton Park Weekly eBulletin - Wednesday 3rd July

Please see below for this week’s important announcements and letters. If you are unable to open any of the following attachments or links, please contact marketing@leightonpark.com.

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All Parents and Guardians

 

A Letter from the Head: Please read the attached end of term letter from our Head, Matthew Judd.

 

A Letter from the Deputy Head: Please read the attached end of term letter from our Deputy Head, Eddie Falshaw.

 

Changes to the School Day 2019/20: After listening to students, staff and parents, we will be trialling some changes to the School day from September 2019. Registration will start 15 minutes later, at 8.15am, and take place in classrooms - creating a later but more focused start to the School day and enabling all our students to have breakfast. Period 1 will begin at 8.30am. The School will also provide students with a snack at 4.30pm to help them get the most out of their co-curricular activities and supervised prep time. If you should have any queries please contact Eddie Falshaw, Deputy Head.

 

Revised Term Dates for 2019/20 – Please find attached the revised term dates for the next academic year. You may be aware that the Government have moved the bank holiday from 4th May to 8th May to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day. This revised document also reflects the change to the timing of the School day which will commence at 8.15am rather than 8.00am from September.

 

PE and Games Kit 2019/2020: There are a number of changes to the PE and Games kit for 2019/20. The details are provided on the attached letter. If you should have any queries, please contact Jeremy Belas, Director of Sport.

 

School Uniform – Schoolblazer are offering free UK delivery on all orders placed between 1st-14th July. International boarders may request for items to be delivered to Leighton Park School directly if required. Please ensure the order is clearly labelled with the student’s name and year group on the order. Please visit Schoolblazer’s website to place your order.

 

RSVP Mouthguard Fittings: Mouthguards are required to be worn by all students playing rugby or hockey. Leighton Park uses Impact to professionally fit mouthguards. Please complete the attached form regarding fitting dates for the Autumn 2019 season. This form also gives you the option to ‘opt out’ should you wish.

 

Co-Curricular Programme Autumn 2019: An exciting and diverse range of co-curricular activities is currently being planned for the Autumn Term by our dedicated teaching staff who are keen to offer an inspiring and engaging programme of interesting hobbies. The choices available will be collated into a booklet which will be available on the website and shared with you during the Summer holidays, around mid-August. There will be a signup sheet in Google for your son/daughter to complete before the start of the Autumn Term, indicating their preferences. Please ensure their choices fit with the logistics of your family’s other commitments. The deadline for signing up is Thursday 5th September. If you should have any queries, please contact Mark Simmons, Co-Curricular Programme Co-ordinator.

 

PSC Book Group 2019/20: The book choices and dates for the PSC Book Group meetings next year are available here for any readers keen to start over the summer holidays! All parents, guardians and staff are welcome to join the group. For more information, please visit the PSC page on the website and select the book group tab.

 

End of Term Grade Sheets and Reports: End of term Grade Sheets for Year 9 students and End of Term Reports for Years 7, 8, 10 and Lower Sixth IBDP students will be made available via the School Portal by the end of tomorrow, Thursday 4th July. If you have problems logging on to the School Portal or viewing your child’s report please email Elaine Storey, Data Manager

 

School Portal Maintenance: We will be carrying out some planned maintenance on the School Portal during the holidays. We hope that there will be little or no disruption to the availability of the Portal however parents/guardians should be aware of the possibility. If you should have any problems, please contact Elaine Storey, Data Manager

 

School Fees 2019/20: A reminder that there is an opportunity for parents to benefit from a discount on next year’s fees for 2019/20 if they are paid by 31st July 2019. Please see the attached letter for details of the discount. The letter from the Chair of Governors regarding next year’s fees can be read again here. Information regarding changes to additional costs can be found on our website. If you should have any queries regarding fees, please contact Jenny Rowe, Finance Manager.

 

School Transport 2019/20: A reminder that a full term’s written notice is required if you no longer wish to receive transport for your child. Any changes requested now will take effect after the Christmas holidays. Requests should please be emailed to Transport. Students using school transport are reminded that buses and taxis will leave at 1.00pm on Thursday 4th July and transport services will resume on the first full day of the Autumn Term, Thursday 5th September 2019.

 

Updated IT Policy: The IT Acceptable Use policy has been updated and is now available on the School website here. If you should have any queries, please contact David Pacey, Director of ICT.


 

  

Events and Reminders   

 

Thursday 4th July: Lost Property – In accordance with our Lost Property policy the lost property collected during the Summer Term will be on display outside Townson at 1.00pm tomorrow, Thursday 4th July. If you think your child may have misplaced any items, please do check, as any unclaimed items will be given to the Nearly New Shop or to charity after this date.

  

RSVP Friday 30th August: Pre-Season Hockey Training – Please see the attached letter regarding pre-season hockey training taking place before the start of the Autumn Term. If you would like your daughter to attend please complete the form here and pay the £10 required before the end of tomorrow, Thursday 4th July. If you should have any queries, please contact Matt Richards or Heidi Kenny, PE Teachers.

  

Saturday 28th September: Annual Open Morning – Our students are the best ambassadors for our school whether they participate as guides, in activities or in classroom demonstrations. Parents and guardians are reminded that their child’s attendance at Annual Open Morning on Saturday 28th September from approximately 8.30am-12.30pm is mandatory. Should there be any circumstances which may prevent your child attending, please write to the Head, Matthew Judd, for consideration of your request to be excused.


 

 

Year 7

  

The Big Read for KS3: Please see the attached letter regarding a shared read for Key Stage 3 students in Years 7-9 taking place next academic year. Students have now received their copies of ‘Maggot Moon’ by Sally Gardner. If you should have any queries, please contact Chris Routh, Librarian, or Tom Rawlings, Head of English.

 

Reading List for Year 7: Please find attached the recommended reading list prepared by our Library Team with age appropriate books for students in Year 7, which may provide some inspiration for holiday reading!

 

RSVP ISA Dance Competition 2019: If your son/daughter would like to be part of the team entering the Independent Schools Association Dance Competition 2019, please contact Beth Butler, Dance teacher, as soon as possible. Further details are available on the attached poster.


 

 

Year 8

  

The Big Read for KS3: Please see the attached letter regarding a shared read for Key Stage 3 students in Years 7-9 taking place next academic year. Students have now received their copies of ‘Maggot Moon’ by Sally Gardner. If you should have any queries, please contact Chris Routh, Librarian, or Tom Rawlings, Head of English.

 

Reading List for Year 8: Please find attached the recommended reading list prepared by our Library Team with age appropriate books for students in Year 8, which may provide some inspiration for holiday reading!

 

RSVP ISA Dance Competition 2019: If your son/daughter would like to be part of the team entering the Independent Schools Association Dance Competition 2019, please contact Beth Butler, Dance teacher, as soon as possible. Further details are available on the attached poster.

 

Wednesday 4th September: Starting Year 9 – Please note that the first day of the Autumn Term for those starting Year 9 next academic year is Newcomers’ Day, Wednesday 4th September. Please ensure that students arrive at their new Senior House by 8.00am in Collect Dress and bring their school bags and sports kit with them. Parents and guardians are invited to meet their son/daughter in their House at 4.30pm when there will be a talk from the Housemaster/mistress and an opportunity to see your child’s tutor. A barbeque on School Field will follow, with the chance to catch up with other Year 9 parents / guardians and their children. Should it rain, the social event will be moved to Oakview restaurant. Please note that there will be no breakfast for day students on Newcomers’ Day and that the School buses will not be running.


 

 

Year 9

 

The Big Read for KS3: Please see the attached letter regarding a shared read for Key Stage 3 students in Years 7-9 taking place next academic year. Students have now received their copies of ‘Maggot Moon’ by Sally Gardner. If you should have any queries, please contact Chris Routh, Librarian, or Tom Rawlings, Head of English.

 

Reading List for Year 9: Please find attached the recommended reading list prepared by our Library Team with age appropriate books for students in Year 9, which may provide some inspiration for holiday reading!

 

Monday 9th–Thursday 12th September: Chicago Auditions – Students in Year 10 and above in September 2019 are invited to audition for the 2019/20 Senior Production of ‘Chicago’. Auditions are necessary for main and supporting roles and will take place as follows:

Monday 9th September, 4.30pm–5.30pm Main Hall, Singing RS/PAS

Tuesday 10th September, 4.30pm–5.30pm Main Hall, Singing RS/PAS

Wednesday 11th September, 4.30pm-5.30pm, Main Hall, Dancing BGB/PAS

Thursday 12th September, 4.30pm-5.30pm, Main Hall, Acting, PAS


 

 

Year 10

 

Thursday 29th-Friday 30th August: Pre-Season Rugby Training – Students keen on rugby who will be in Year 11, Lower Sixth or Upper Sixth next academic year should have received a letter for Senior Rugby pre-season training at Leighton Park on Thursday 29th August and Friday 30th August from 10.00am-4.00pm. The cost is £40 and includes a session at GoPerform gym and a seminar from a professional football coach on 'winning teams'. There will also be a fixture against Reading Colts on the Friday afternoon followed by a BBQ for players and parents. If you have any queries, please contact Andy Gallacher, PE teacher.

 

Monday 9th–Thursday 12th September: Chicago Auditions – Students in Year 10 and above in September 2019 are invited to audition for the 2019/20 Senior Production of ‘Chicago’. Auditions are necessary for main and supporting roles and will take place as follows:

Monday 9th September, 4.30pm–5.30pm Main Hall, Singing RS/PAS

Tuesday 10th September, 4.30pm–5.30pm Main Hall, Singing RS/PAS

Wednesday 11th September, 4.30pm-5.30pm, Main Hall, Dancing BGB/PAS

Thursday 12th September 4.30pm-5.30pm, Main Hall, Acting, PAS


 

 

Year 11 

 

Thursday 22nd August: GCSE Results – Please see the attached letter regarding the collection of GCSE results on Thursday 22nd August. In addition to the logistical arrangements for the day, the letter refers to documents required for the return of exam scripts and for requesting a review of marking. If you should have any queries, please contact Karen Gracie-Langrick, Deputy Head (Academic).

 

Thursday 29th August-Friday 30th August: Pre-Season Rugby Training – Students keen on rugby who will be in Year 11, Lower Sixth or Upper Sixth next academic year should have received a letter for Senior Rugby pre-season training at Leighton Park on Thursday 29th August and Friday 30th August from 10.00am-4.00pm. The cost is £40 and includes a session at GoPerform gym and a seminar from a professional football coach on 'winning teams'. There will also be a fixture against Reading Colts on the Friday afternoon followed by a BBQ for players and parents. If you have any queries, please contact Andy Gallacher, PE teacher.

 

RSVP Friday 6th–Sunday 8th September: Sixth Form Adventure Weekend – Students joining the Lower Sixth in September 2019 are invited to PGL Adventure Centre trip on the Isle of Wight. For more information see the attached poster, read the attached letter and complete the form here if your son/daughter would like to attend. If you have any queries please contact Helen Taylor, Head of Sixth Form.

 

Monday 9th–Thursday 12th September: Chicago Auditions – Students in Year 10 and above in September 2019 are invited to audition for the 2019/20 Senior Production of ‘Chicago’. Auditions are necessary for main and supporting roles and will take place as follows:

Monday 9th September, 4.30pm–5.30pm Main Hall, Singing RS/PAS

Tuesday 10th September, 4.30pm–5.30pm Main Hall, Singing RS/PAS

Wednesday 11th September, 4.30pm-5.30pm, Main Hall, Dancing BGB/PAS

Thursday 12th September 4.30pm-5.30pm, Main Hall, Acting, PAS

 

Friday 13th September: Sixth Form Evening Event – Parents and guardians whose sons/daughters are joining the Lower Sixth in September are invited to the Sixth Form Evening Event on Friday 13th September from 6.00pm-8.00pm in the MMC. There will be a welcome talk from Helen Taylor, Head of Sixth Form, and the Head, Matthew Judd, followed by drinks and canapes in the Upper Foyer. Please see the invitation attached. If you should have any queries, please contact Helen Taylor, Head of Sixth Form.


 

 

Lower Sixth

 

Thursday 15th August: AS Results Day – Please see the attached letter regarding the collection of GCE AS Level results on Thursday 15th August. In addition to the logistical arrangements for the day, the letter refers to documents required for the return of exam scripts and for requesting a review of marking. If you should have any queries, please contact Karen Gracie-Langrick, Deputy Head (Academic).

 

Thursday 29th-Friday 30th August: Pre-Season Rugby Training – Students keen on rugby who will be in Year 11, Lower Sixth or Upper Sixth next academic year should have received a letter for Senior Rugby pre-season training at Leighton Park on Thursday 29th August and Friday 30th August from 10.00am-4.00pm. The cost is £40 and includes a session at GoPerform gym and a seminar from a professional football coach on 'winning teams'. There will also be a fixture against Reading Colts on the Friday afternoon followed by a BBQ for players and parents. If you have any queries, please contact Andy Gallacher, PE teacher.

 

Monday 9th–Thursday 12th September: Chicago Auditions – Students in Year 10 and above in September 2019 are invited to audition for the 2019/20 Senior Production of ‘Chicago’. Auditions are necessary for main and supporting roles and will take place as follows:

Monday 9th September, 4.30pm–5.30pm Main Hall, Singing RS/PAS

Tuesday 10th September, 4.30pm–5.30pm Main Hall, Singing RS/PAS

Wednesday 11th September, 4.30pm-5.30pm, Main Hall, Dancing BGB/PAS

Thursday 12th September 4.30pm-5.30pm, Main Hall, Acting, PAS


 

  

Upper Sixth 

 

Thursday 15th August: A Level Results Day – Please see the attached letter regarding the collection of GCE A Level results on Thursday 15th August. In addition to the logistical arrangements for the day, the letter refers to documents required for the return of exam scripts and for requesting a review of marking. If you should have any queries, please contact Karen Gracie-Langrick, Deputy Head (Academic).

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