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Leighton Park Weekly eBulletin - Wednesday 16th September

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.

 

The most recent issue (Summer 2019) of our termly magazine, The Park, is available to view here.

 

The most recent issue (2019) of our alumni magazine, Old Leightonians, is available to view here.

 

To see more photos and find out more about activities and events students are involved in on the Park, follow Leighton Park School on social media for regular updates. We are on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Flickr.

 

For longer stories and more information, read the news on our website.

For sports results, check our Sports News and Match Reports.

 

 


 

 

  

All Parents and Guardians

 

 

Welfare, Health and Safety - As you are aware, the welfare, health and safety of all our students is of paramount importance. As part of our safeguarding duties we must hold contact information for a minimum of two people for each student, one of whom must be able to come into School within two hours. This also applies to guardians. We recently posted a letter and pupil record card to every parent detailing the contact information that we currently hold on your child. Please can you check this record, send any amendments to Jennie Sutton and where possible, add a third emergency contact. If your child has developed a new allergy, medical condition or has started a new regular medication which you have not notified the Health Centre about, please urgently let them know.

 

 

School Transport Notice for Long Leave - All buses and taxis will collect students at the earlier time of 4.15pm on Friday 18th October due to the start of Long Leave. Transport will run as normal from Monday 4th November.

 

 

New Website Launch – The School will launch its new website in the week commencing 21st October. Parents and guardians will be able to access important information, such as term dates, the School Calendar, sports fixtures and details to report an absence, as well as information about grades and school reports via the link in the top navigation called ‘Parent Portal’.

 

 

Grade Sheets – Parents and Guardians will be able to access a grade sheet for their child/ward by the end of the day on Friday 18th October. If you encounter any problems accessing the grade sheet please contact Elaine Storey, School Data Manager, via the parent portal help email pph@leightonpark.com.

 

 

Youth Industrial Strategy Competition - Please see the attached information from Mark Budge, STEAM Co-Ordinator, regarding an opportunity for students to participate in a national competition developing solutions for issues surrounding AI & Data, the Ageing Society, Clean Growth and the Future of Mobility. Students are expected to develop their ideas over Long Leave and have access to the linked Google Classroom, accessible with classroom code: 699895.

 

 

School Photographs – Parents and Guardians are reminded to register with school photographers, Gillman and Soame, using the link sent out by email. This will allow you to view and directly purchase the whole School photograph, as well as individual photos or Years 7, 10 and Lower Sixth and new Year 9 students.

 

 

PSC Fireworks Update - The PSC Fireworks event, previously scheduled for Friday 15th November, will no longer be going ahead as planned. In light of the need to cancel last year's event and reorganise it for January 2019 due to inclement weather, and after close consultation with the School, it has been agreed to rest the event this year pending a comprehensive feasibility review.

 

 

Autumn Term Music Events – Please see the attached poster for information on musical events taking place throughout the Autumn Term. If you should have any queries please contact Rosemary Scales, Director of Music.

 

 

Information from the Health Centre – Please read the updated attached document from the Health Centre Nursing Team regarding medical care plans, allergies, injuries, medication, emergency contact details and headlice. For any queries, please contact the Health Centre.

 

 

Celebrating students – As part of celebrating students’ academic achievement and personal development, we are seeking to engage our parents and students in building up a picture of outstanding progress of student endeavour across the School. Please see the attached letter for more information and contact Karen Gracie-Langrick, Deputy Head (Academic), or Jenny Powlesland, Head of Teaching & Learning, should you wish to share the progress or an endeavour of a student.

 

 

Political Campaign to Abolish Independent Schools - Please see the following message from the Head, Matthew Judd, relating to the recent news of Labour’s political campaign seeking to abolish all independent schools:

My education colleagues and I are vigorously defending to all parties your right to choose the appropriate education for your child and that abolishing the independent sector would neither improve educational outcomes for the country nor target social mobility. If you feel inclined, I would encourage you to write to your MP (of whatever political party). We have a template letter, provided by national organisations of which we are a member, if that would help and which can be downloaded here. Please send your letter to matt.rodda.mp@parliament.uk. I am happy to discuss this important issue with any parents by telephone or appointment. Please contact headspa@leightonpark.com if you wish to get in touch. Thank you for your support.

 

 

Scholarship Applications Open – We are keen to encourage applications from our talented students for scholarships. Scholarships are available to those joining Year 7, Year 9 or Lower Sixth in September 2020 in Art, Drama, Music, Dance and Sport. If you would like to apply please see our Scholarship Booklet for more details and complete the appropriate Scholarship Application Form by Friday 15th November. Academic Scholarships are also available. The process for internal Academic Scholarships is not reflected in the Scholarship Booklet. If you would like to apply for an Academic Scholarship please contact Karen Gracie-Langrick or the Admissions team.

  

 

Leighton Park Honey - Our very own pots of honey made by the bees of Leighton Park’s allotment are now available to buy at Reception in Old School for £5.00 per jar. All proceeds will be invested back into the project, allowing us to continue producing our sweet treats. If you would like to make a purchase please pay in cash at Reception. There are a limited number of jars available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 


 

 

 

Events and Reminders

 

 

Wednesday 16th October: Ensembles Concert – The Ensembles Concert will take place tonight in the Main Hall of the Michael Malnick Centre, from 7.00pm. All are welcome. Please see the evening’s programme attached and the poster here.

 

 

RSVP Thursday 17th October: Launch of ‘Great Ideals Reaffirmed: Leighton Park and the Second World War’ – We are looking forward to sharing the heart-warming and sobering stories of life at Leighton Park during the war years, and putting faces to the names of Old Leightonians remembered on the War Memorial. Please join us in Peckover Hall, tomorrow at 3.00pm for the book launch. Please RSVP to the development team to confirm attendance.

 

 

RSVP Friday 18th October: Oakview Parents’ Lunch – Parents and Guardians are cordially invited to the Parents’ Lunch in Oakview at 11.45am this Friday, 18th October, where our Head Chef, Alessandro, will explain what Thomas Franks provide for a wide variety of dietary requirements. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy lunch and socialise with other parents and guardians from all year groups. Matthew Judd, Head, will also be joining us. Please email psc@leightonpark.com asap and include the year group of your son/daughter if you would like to attend.

 

 

Friday 18th – Tuesday 22nd October: Art and Culture Trip to Madrid – Read about the musings of the Art Department throughout their culture trip to Madrid on our blog.

 

 

Friday 18th – Tuesday 22nd October: Trip to Arnhem, Holland – Keep up to date with the fixtures from the Football and Hockey Tour to Holland on our blog.

 

 

Friday 18th - Sunday 27th October: Trip to China - Follow the adventures of our students in China on our blog.

 

 

Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th October: Reading Charity Art Fair

Leighton Park is hosting the 2019 Reading Charity Art Fair organised by the Rotary Club of Erlegh, Reading, in Oakview restaurant on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October. The exhibitors will be local artists and there will also be a display of our very own Leighton Park artwork by students from Year 7 and GCSE, selected by Mark Wood, Head of Art. Entry to the fair is free of charge and as well as admiring and perhaps buying the art on display you can enjoy refreshments and cakes in the Art Café run by the Inner Wheel Club members. More information is available on the attached poster and can be found at www.readingcharityartfair.org.

 

 

Wednesday 13th November: Soloists’ Concerts – The Soloists’ Concert will take place at 7.00pm in the Main Hall, Michael Malnick Centre on Wednesday 13th November. All are welcome to attend.

 

 

RSVP Thursday 14th November: Trip to watch International Football Match, England vs Montenegro – 13 spaces are still available on a first come, first served basis to watch the England vs Montenegro Euro 2020 Qualifying match on Thursday 14th November, at Wembley Stadium. The cost of the trip is £20. Please see the attached letter for more details and if your son/daughter would like to attend please complete the online form by Friday 18th October. If you should have any queries, please contact Tim Green, PE and Games teacher. 

 

 


  

 

Year 7 

   

 

RSVP Wednesday 6th November: Parents’ Consultation Evening - Parents are invited to discuss the progress of their child and meet with academic teachers. Please see the attached letter for more information and details of how to book an appointment which will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Booking is now open and closes on Tuesday 5th November at 2.00pm. If you should have any queries, please contact Christine Banham, Academic Team Administrator.

 

 


 

  

 

Year 8

    

 

RSVP Wednesday 6th November: Dare to be Different at Porsche – To enrich your daughter’s education in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics), we are offering a limited number of Year 8 and Year 9 girls the opportunity to attend ‘Dare to be Different’ being held at Porsche Cars Great Britain near Reading. Places are limited and will be allocated at the discretion of the School. Please see the attached letter or Dare to be Different website for more and complete the online form by Friday 25th October if you would like your daughter to be considered for a place. If you should have any queries, please contact Mark Budge, STEAM Co-Ordinator.

 


 

 

 

Year 9

   

 

RSVP Wednesday 6th November: Dare to be Different at Porsche – To enrich your daughter’s education in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics), we are offering a limited number of Year 8 and Year 9 girls the opportunity to attend ‘Dare to be Different’ being held at Porsche Cars Great Britain near Reading. Places are limited and will be allocated at the discretion of the School. Please see the attached letter or Dare to be Different website for more and complete the online form by Friday 25th October if you would like your daughter to be considered for a place. If you should have any queries, please contact Mark Budge, STEAM Co-Ordinator.

 

 


  

 

Year 10

 

 

Internships with InvestIN at UCL – Led by a group of experienced professionals, InvestIN deliver week-long programmes aimed at creating the ‘ultimate work experience’. Operating on a first-come, first-served basis, programme places are limited and usually full a couple of months in advance of the programme date. For more information, please visit their website or contact Sally Saunders, Head of Careers, if you are interested in further pursuing this opportunity.

  

 

RSVP Friday 29th November: GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition Trip – Year 10 GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition students have the opportunity to attend BBC Good Food Live on Friday 29th November. During the day students will observe masterclasses from professional chefs and have the opportunity to take part in the big school’s theatre session, hosted by Nadiya Hussain, Winner of The Great British Bake Off. The cost of this trip is £30.00. Please see the attached letter for more details and complete the online form by Friday 18th October. If you should have any queries, please contact Tim Green, Food Preparation and Nutrition teacher.

 

 


 

  

  

Year 11 

 

 

RSVP Africa 2020 – To those interested in the Africa 2020 trips to Tanzania and Uganda, thank you for your attendance at the Launch Evening last week. Places for the trip will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis on receipt of the deposit and a completed application form, (which must be returned to Helen Taylor). Please see the attached document for key trip information. If you should have any queries please contact, Helen Taylor, Head of Sixth Form, who will be able to forward enquiries to Beth Chapman from Inspire Worldwide if necessary.

 

 

Internships with InvestIN at UCL – Led by a group of experienced professionals, InvestIN deliver week-long programmes aimed at creating the ‘ultimate work experience’. Operating on a first-come, first-served basis, programme places are limited and usually full a couple of months in advance of the programme date. For more information, please visit their website or contact Sally Saunders, Head of Careers, if you are interested in further pursuing this opportunity.

 

 

RSVP Tuesday 12th November: Tutor, Student, Parents’ Evening – Parents and students are invited to discuss progress in the approach to the GCSE trial examinations next term. Please see the attached letter for more information and details of how to book an appointment which will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Booking is now open and closes on Monday 11th November at 2.00pm. If you should have any queries, please contact Beverley Eldridge, Head of Years 10 and 11.

 

 

RSVP Wednesday 27th November: An Inspector Calls GCSE English Trip – Year 11 English Literature students have the opportunity to attend Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning production, ‘An Inspector Calls’ at the New Wimbledon Theatre. The cost of this trip is £45 and limited tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information please see the attached letter and if your son/daughter would like to attend please complete the online form by Friday 8th November. If you should have any queries, please contact Jenny Powlesland, Head of Teaching and Learning.

 


 

 

 

Lower Sixth

 

 

RSVP Africa 2020 – To those interested in the Africa 2020 trips to Tanzania and Uganda, thank you for your attendance at the Launch Evening last week. Places for the trip will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis on receipt of the deposit and a completed application form, (which must be returned to Helen Taylor). Please see the attached document for key trip information. If you should have any queries please contact, Helen Taylor, Head of Sixth Form, who will be able to forward enquiries to Beth Chapman from Inspire Worldwide if necessary.

 

 

Internships with InvestIN at UCL – Led by a group of experienced professionals, InvestIN deliver week-long programmes aimed at creating the ‘ultimate work experience’. Operating on a first-come, first-served basis, programme places are limited and usually full a couple of months in advance of the programme date. For more information, please visit their website or contact Sally Saunders, Head of Careers, if you are interested in further pursuing this opportunity.

   

 

RSVP Thursday 28th November: Psychology Trip – Lower Sixth A Level and IB Psychology students are invited to visit the Natural History and Science Museums in London, to focus specifically on visiting exhibitions relating to topics that have been covered thus far in their course. The cost of this trip is £19. Please see the attached letter for more details and if your son/daughter would like to attend please complete the online form by Friday 8th November. If you should have any queries, please contact Claire Gulliver, Head of Psychology.

 

 


 

 

 

Upper Sixth

 

 

Internships with InvestIN at UCL – Led by a group of experienced professionals, InvestIN deliver week-long programmes aimed at creating the ‘ultimate work experience’. Operating on a first-come, first-served basis, programme places are limited and usually full a couple of months in advance of the programme date. For more information, please visit their website or contact Sally Saunders, Head of Careers, if you are interested in further pursuing this opportunity.

   

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