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Leighton Park Weekly eBulletin - Wednesday 12th June

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

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Parental Awareness: West Berkshire Council have asked that we share two information documents with our parents and guardians following recent incidents in their area. Please read the documents which are about drug laced sweets and livestreaming. If you should have any queries, please contact Nicky Hardy, Assistant Head (Pastoral Welfare and Safeguarding).

 


 

 

Events and Reminders

Thursday 13th June: ‘Let’s Dance’ – All are warmly invited to the Dance showcase, ‘Let’s Dance’ which will be performed in Main Hall tomorrow, Thursday 13th June, at 7.15pm. We anticipate the show will last around 45 minutes. Please see the poster here. If you should have any queries, please contact Beth Butler, Dance teacher.

 

Friday 14th June: Fox Fitness Festival – PE teacher, Alex Fox, would like to invite students, staff, parents and guardians to the Fox Fitness Festival taking place this Friday on School Field from 3.00pm-7.00pm. There will be a range of fun physical activities and a barbeque. Please see the attached poster for more details.

 

Saturday 15th–Sunday 16th June: Whiteknights Studio Trail Leighton Park is one of the host venues for this year’s art and design festival, the Whiteknights Studio Trail, which showcases paintings, sketches, jewellery, ceramics, multi-media and more from a variety of local artists. The exhibition will be in Peckover Hall from 11.00am to 6.00pm and will feature work by five artists, including our EAL teacher, Tom Cartmill, and two other artists with connections to the School. For more information please see www.studiotrail.co.uk.

 

Monday 17th June: Creative Communications – Next Monday sees our first ever ‘Creative Communications’ event. This is a collaboration between the Music and Dance departments and will be a showcase of original material created by our students. Ranging from compositions, dances and film, there should be something for everybody. The evening starts at 7.15pm in the Main Hall. Please see the poster here. If you should have any queries please contact Rosemary Scales, Director of Music.

 

Tuesday 18th June: Music Tour Meeting – A reminder to the parents of students going on the Music Tour to Greece in July that there will be an information evening on Tuesday 18th June at 7.15pm in the Main Hall. A sign up sheet will be emailed out to you shortly. If you should have any queries please contact Rosemary Scales, Director of Music.

 

Wednesday 19th–Monday 24th June: Boom! Exhibition – All are welcome to the Summer show by our Art and Design students in the Foyer of the Michael Malnick Centre starting from 4.00pm on Wednesday 19th June. Please see the attached poster here.

 

Monday 24th June:  PSC Book Group Change of Date To avoid a clash with the Creative Communications event, the PSC Book Group will next meet a week later than originally scheduled at 7.00pm on Monday 24th June in the Library, to discuss the novel ‘The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox’ by Maggie O’Farrell. All parents, guardians and staff are welcome. For more information, please visit the PSC page on the website.

 

Saturday 29th June: Music for a Summer’s Evening – All are warmly invited to join us for our annual al fresco music event, taking place this year on Grove field from 4.00pm-8.00pm on Saturday 29th June. Please see the poster here. Picnics are welcome and you may like to bring chairs and blankets to sit on. Food and drink will be available from the PSC stall and from our Sixth Form fundraising group, Amicus. If the weather is wet, the event will be relocated to Main Hall. If you should have any queries, please contact Rosemary Scales, Director of Music.

 

RSVP Saturday 29th June: PSC Pimm’s Bar and Barbecue - The PSC will be running a Pimm’s and Soft Drink Bar and a Barbecue supporting the upcoming Music for a Summer’s Evening. Many thanks to those of you who have already volunteered to help.  There will be a sign up sheet to confirm time slots shortly, but there is a need for additional help to make this successful.  If you are able to spare some time to set up, clear up or help during the event (4.00pm-8.30pm), please let us know via psc@leightonpark.com. As well as being a good way to meet other parents, any profits go to support the School.

 


 

 

Year 7

RSVP Saturday 22nd June: Fryer Festival - We are looking forward to welcoming Fryer families to join our September 2019 Year 7 intake at Fryer Festival on Saturday 22nd June from 10.00am to 1.30pm. Please see the attached poster here and complete the form here to confirm your attendance. If you should have any queries, please contact Adrian Stewart, Head of Lower School.

 


 

 

Year 8

West Wales Trip Information  - Please see the attached letter for information, including a kit list, regarding the trip to West Wales from Monday 24th to Friday 28th June. If you should have any queries, please contact Adrian Stewart, Head of Lower School (Fryer).

 

Friday 14th June: FPQ Expo - This Friday our Year 8 students will be showcasing the research that they have put together in pursuit of the Fryer Project Qualification. Parents, guests, staff and students are warmly invited to support our Fryers, celebrate their hard work and hear their thought-provoking presentations. Do join us for an enjoyable and stimulating evening beginning at 6.00pm in the Michael Malnick Centre and Main Hall. We anticipate it will finish around 8.30pm. Please contact Jenny Powlesland, Head of Teaching and Learning, if you would like further information.

 

RSVP Thursday 20th June: Teen Tech STEM Event – There is an opportunity for five girls and five boys from Year 8 to join the team attending the Teen Tech Regional STEM event on Thursday 20th June. For more details please see the attached letter. If your son/daughter wishes to apply for a place please complete the form here as soon as possible. If you should have any queries, please contact Peter Marshman, Head of ICT and Computing.

 

RSVP Saturday 22nd June: Fryer Festival - We are looking forward to welcoming Fryer families to join our September 2019 Year 7 intake at Fryer Festival on Saturday 22nd June from 10.00am to 1.30pm. Please see the attached poster here and complete the form here to confirm your attendance. If you should have any queries, please contact Adrian Stewart, Head of Lower School (Fryer).

 

Tuesday 2nd July: Orientation Day for Year 9 – Current Year 8 students will be meeting new students joining the School for Year 9 and sharing lessons and activities with their new cohort at the Year 9 Orientation Day on Tuesday 2nd July. Please ensure your son/daughter has their PE kit, swimwear, a waterproof coat and suncream (if appropriate) in School that day. Parents and guardians are invited to meet Mark Simmons, Head of Middle School, in Main Hall at 3.15pm. Please park at the Shinfield Road entrance by Grove House and enter Main Hall via the Michael Malnick Centre. After the talk, parents and guardians will join their son/daughter in their new Senior House for refreshments at 3.45pm. Please see here for more details.

 

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

RSVP Saturday 15th-Tuesday 18th June 2020: History and Politics Trip to Berlin - The School is trialling a new trip management system called EVOLVE with the History and Politics trip going to Berlin in the Spring Term 2020 Long Leave. This trip is being arranged to support students’ study of IGCSE, IB and A Level History as well as A Level Politics and as such is only currently open to students studying one of these courses. If your son/daughter is eligible you will receive an email directly from the EVOLVE system with the sender email address of evolve.leightonparkvisits@edufocus.co.uk. More details are available in the attached letter. If your son/daughter would like to join the trip please submit your booking form via EVOLVE and pay the £150 deposit by the deadline of Friday 14th June. If you have any queries, please contact Christopher Tyer, History teacher.

 


 

 

Year 10

Montpellier Trip: There will be a blog available covering the activities of the French trip to Montpellier next week at https://sites.google.com/leightonpark.com/lpmontpelliertrip/home

 

RSVP Monday 24th June: Physics Trip to Thorpe Park – Year 10 Physics students are invited to study the science of rollercoasters at Thorpe Park on Monday 24th June. Please see the attached letter for more details. If your son/daughter would like to attend, please complete the form here as soon as possible. Please note there is a charge of £19.50 for this trip. If you should have any queries, please contact Simon Booth, Head of Physics.

 

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 Saturday 15th-Tuesday 18th June 2020: History and Politics Trip to Berlin - The School is trialling a new trip management system called EVOLVE with the History and Politics trip going to Berlin in the Spring Term 2020 Long Leave. This trip is being arranged to support students’ study of IGCSE, IB and A Level History as well as A Level Politics and as such is only currently open to students studying one of these courses. If your son/daughter is eligible you will receive an email directly from the EVOLVE system with the sender email address of evolve.leightonparkvisits@edufocus.co.uk. More details are available in the attached letter. If your son/daughter would like to join the trip please submit your booking form via EVOLVE and pay the £150 deposit by the deadline of Friday 14th June. If you have any queries, please contact Christopher Tyer, History teacher.

 


 

 

Year 11

Tuesday 18th June: Return of Chromebooks and Academic Text Books Please see the attached letter regarding the return of all Year 11 students’ academic text books and Chromebooks by Tuesday 18th June.

 

Tuesday 18th June: Sixth Form Academic Induction Day – Year 11 Students joining the Sixth Form next September should arrive at Peckover Hall at 9.00am for the Academic Induction Day on Tuesday 18th June. There will be taster lessons and a discussion of some of the co-curricular activities on offer to Sixth Form students. Please see the attached poster here. Please bring your phone, notebook and a pen. Please wear Sixth Form Collect dress. A reminder of the dress code can be found on our website. If you are not able to attend on this day, please email Helen Taylor, Head of Sixth Form. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

RSVP Saturday 15th-Tuesday 18th June 2020: History and Politics Trip to Berlin - The School is trialling a new trip management system called EVOLVE with the History and Politics trip going to Berlin in the Spring Term 2020 Long Leave. This trip is being arranged to support students’ study of IGCSE, IB and A Level History as well as A Level Politics and as such is only currently open to students studying one of these courses. If your son/daughter is eligible you will receive an email directly from the EVOLVE system with the sender email address of evolve.leightonparkvisits@edufocus.co.uk. More details are available in the attached letter. If your son/daughter would like to join the trip please submit your booking form via EVOLVE and pay the £150 deposit by the deadline of Friday 14th June. If you have any queries, please contact Christopher Tyer, History teacher.

 


 

 

Lower Sixth

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 Saturday 15th-Tuesday 18th June 2020: History and Politics Trip to Berlin - The School is trialling a new trip management system called EVOLVE with the History and Politics trip going to Berlin in the Spring Term 2020 Long Leave. This trip is being arranged to support students’ study of IGCSE, IB and A Level History as well as A Level Politics and as such is only currently open to students studying one of these courses. If your son/daughter is eligible you will receive an email directly from the EVOLVE system with the sender email address of evolve.leightonparkvisits@edufocus.co.uk. More details are available in the attached letter. If your son/daughter would like to join the trip please submit your booking form via EVOLVE and pay the £150 deposit by the deadline of Friday 14th June. If you have any queries, please contact Christopher Tyer, History teacher.

 


 

  

Upper Sixth 

Tuesday 18th June: Return of Academic Text Books – Please see attached letter regarding the return of all Upper Sixth students’ academic text books by Tuesday 18th June.

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