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Leighton Park Weekly eBulletin - Wednesday 8th January

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 new issue (Autumn 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

 

Appointment of Deputy Head: Pastoral – Please see the attached letter from Matthew Judd, Head, regarding the appointment of this new post.

 

Absence Reporting – Please see the attached letter from Nicky Hardy, Deputy Head: Pastoral, regarding the reviewed procedure around absence reporting.

 

Co-Curricular Activities for Spring Term – The new programme of co-curricular options for the Spring Term is now underway and we hope your children are enjoying their hobbies. If you would like to check any details the Co-Curricular booklet is available to view here. If you have any queries, please contact your child’s tutor.

 

The Park, Autumn Edition - The new edition of the School’s termly magazine, The Park, is now available here.


 

Events and Reminders

 

Monday 13th January: Rugby Information Evening – Please join us for a boys’ rugby information evening on Monday 13th January, to find out what boys’ rugby at Leighton Park is all about. The event will be held in Fryer House from 6.00-7.00pm with refreshments available after a short presentation. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Andy Gallacher, Head of Rugby, as well as our professional coaches, who can answer any questions you may have about the coming season.

 

Tuesday 14th January: PSC Meeting - All parents, guardians and staff are welcome to the Parent and Staff Community (PSC) Committee Meeting taking place in the Cadbury Room in Old School on Tuesday 14th January from 6.30–8.30pm. If you have any queries or would like further information, please contact the PSC.

 

RSVP Thursday 16th January: The Foyer Jazz Club Concert – The grand opening night of The Foyer Jazz Club will feature award winning, London-born saxophonist and composer, Alex Hitchcock. Alex will be joined by students and the Stuart Henderson quartet. The concert will run from 7.30-9.45pm with a short interval in the Michael Malnick Centre. Tickets are available to purchase here for £12 per person.

 

RSVP Saturday 18th January: Leighton Park’s Family Curry and Quiz – Tickets are available for Leighton Park’s Family Curry and Quiz, hosted by our Parent and Staff Community (PSC), which is taking place on Saturday 18th January from 7.00pm in Oakview. This is a great opportunity to pit your wits against other families (and perhaps staff teams) - mixed age group teams are a distinct advantage! There will be a licensed bar and all proceeds from the event will go towards the development projects supported by the Sixth Form Africa trips in 2020. Click here for the poster. Tickets are available here. Please contact the PSC if you have any queries.

 

RSVP Tuesday 21st January: Parental Talk on Anxiety – The School is hosting a series of pastoral care workshops for parents during the next two terms. The first workshop will take place on Tuesday 21st January from 7.00-8.30pm in the Cadbury Room, Old School, and will tackle how parents can identify signs and symptoms of anxiety and learn how to support their child using simple CBT techniques. It will be led by Olga Zilberberg, Parenting Practitioner. If you would like to attend please complete the online form here. If you should have any queries, please contact Nicky Hardy, Deputy Head: Pastoral.

 

RSVP Friday 24th January: Talk from Shyam Bhatia - A fascinating opportunity to hear first-hand from Old Leightonian, former war correspondent and past winner of the Foreign Journalist of the Year Award, Shyam Bhatia. His book ‘Bullets and Bylines’ covers an amazing career at the front-line of Middle Eastern politics and meetings with global figures from Benazir Bhutto to Yasser Arafat. The talk will take place at 3.00pm in Peckover Hall, followed by refreshments. Please book your free ticket here. If you should have any queries, please contact Penny Wallington, Alumni Relations Manager.

 

RSVP Monday 27th January: Chinese New Year Celebration Dinner - We are celebrating Chinese New Year with a meal at the China Palace in Reading Town Centre on Monday 27th January from 5.00-8.00pm. The cost of this dinner is £25 per person. Please see the attached letter for more information. If your son/daughter would like to attend, please complete the attached form before Monday 20th January. Please note that numbers will be limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you have any further questions please contact Lan Worrall, Mandarin Teacher.

 

RSVP Tuesday 4th – 7th February: Chicago Production – We are delighted to announce that tickets for the School’s long-anticipated production Chicago, by Fred Ebb, are now on sale here. The show will run from Tuesday 4th – Friday 7th February starting at 7.00pm, in the Main Hall, Michael Malnick Centre. Please see the attached poster for more details.


 

Year 7 

 

RSVP Woodley Festival 2020 – The next Woodley Festival for Drama, Verse and Prose is taking place on 14th/15th and 21st/22nd of March 2020 at the Oakwood Centre in Woodley. There are a variety of categories for entry and further details can be found in the attached notice. If your son/daughter would like to participate please complete the online form by this Friday, 10th January 2020. If you should have any queries, please contact Adrian Stewart, Head of Lower School.

 

RSVP Friday 17th January: Fryer Parent Tea – Parents and guardians of Fryer students are warmly invited to join other Fryer parents and Fryer staff for tea/coffee on Friday 17th January from 4.30-5.30pm in the Fryer Dining Room. Primarily, this is a parents’ social event, but we will also be taking this opportunity to explain a few changes that will be happening within Fryer House over the coming months as preparations are made to re-introduce boarding into Fryer from September 2020. We look forward to sharing the exciting plans and architects’ drawings with you. Adrian Stewart, Head of Lower School, and Keith Eldridge, Bursar, will be available to answer questions. Please confirm your attendance by completing the short online form.

 

RSVP Friday 15th – Sunday 17th May: Netball Tour – To end the netball season Year 7-10 girls have the opportunity to take part in a residential weekend of training, matches and team building activities. The cost of the weekend will be £165 per student. Please see the attached letter for more information. In order to secure a place for your daughter, please provide a non-refundable deposit of £65 along with the online form, no later than Friday 24th January. The final payment is due by Monday 16th March. If you should require any further details please do not hesitate to contact Zoe Macpherson, Head of Netball.


 

Year 8

 

RSVP Woodley Festival 2020 – The next Woodley Festival for Drama, Verse and Prose is taking place on 14th/15th and 21st/22nd of March 2020 at the Oakwood Centre in Woodley. There are a variety of categories for entry and further details can be found in the attached notice. If your son/daughter would like to participate please complete the online form by this Friday 10th January 2020. If you should have any queries, please contact Adrian Stewart, Head of Lower School.

 

RSVP Friday 17th January: Fryer Parent Tea – Parents and guardians of Fryer students are warmly invited to join other Fryer parents and Fryer staff for tea/coffee on Friday 17th January from 4.30-5.30pm in the Fryer Dining Room. Primarily, this is a parents’ social event, but we will also be taking this opportunity to explain a few changes that will be happening within Fryer House over the coming months as preparations are made to re-introduce boarding into Fryer from September 2020. We look forward to sharing the exciting plans and architects’ drawings with you. Adrian Stewart, Head of Lower School, and Keith Eldridge, Bursar, will be available to answer questions. Please confirm your attendance by completing the short online form.

 

RSVP Wednesday 4th March: Carlos Acosta Dance Company – Students in Years 8, 9 and 10 have the opportunity to watch Acosta Danza from Cuba with the Dance Department, at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. They will leave the School at 5.00pm and return at approximately 11.00pm. The cost of the trip is £26. Please see the attached letter for further information and complete the online form by Friday 31st January if you would like your son/daughter to attend this trip. As ticket numbers are limited they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you should have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Beth Butler, Dance Teacher.

 

RSVP Friday 15th – Sunday 17th May: Netball Tour – To end the netball season Year 7-10 girls have the opportunity to take part in a residential weekend of training, matches and team building activities. The cost of the weekend will be £165 per student. Please see the attached letter for more information. In order to secure a place for your daughter, please provide a non-refundable deposit of £65 along with the online form, no later than Friday 24th January. The final payment is due by Monday 16th March. If you should require any further details please do not hesitate to contact Zoe Macpherson, Head of Netball.

 

RSVP Monday 24th – Friday 28th August: Rugby Tour – As part of a presentation programme for the next acedemic year, we are planning an U14 and U15 Rugby Tour to France. The cost of the tour will be £820 per student. Please see the attached letter for more information. In order to secure a place for your son, please provide a non-refundable deposit of £200 along with the online form, no later than Friday 31st January. If you should require any further details please do not hesitate to contact Jeremy Belas, Director of Sport.


 

Year 9

 

RSVP Friday 24th January: GCSE and IGCSE Options Information Evening – As Year 9 begin to think in earnest about important academic decisions, we invite you to an Options Information Evening in Peckover Hall from 6.00-8.00pm. Please note that the venue has changed from that which was previously advertised. Please see the attached letter for more information and confirm attendance by emailing School Office. If you should have any queries please contact Karen Gracie-Langrick, Deputy Head: Academic.

 

RSVP Tuesday 28th January: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio (Td/IPV), Meningitis ACWY Immunisations – Please see the attached letter for more information regarding the upcoming immunisations that will be offered for your son’s/daughter’s year group. Please complete and return the attached form by Monday 13th January, even if you do not wish for your child to have the injections. If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Health Centre.

 

RSVP Wednesday 4th March: Carlos Acosta Dance Company – Students in Years 8, 9 and 10 have the opportunity to watch Acosta Danza from Cuba with the Dance Department, at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. They will leave the School at 5.00pm and return at approximately 11.00pm. The cost of the trip is £26. Please see the attached letter for further information and complete the online form by Friday 31st January if you would like your son/daughter to attend this trip. As ticket numbers are limited they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you should have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Beth Butler, Dance Teacher.

 

RSVP Friday 15th – Sunday 17th May: Netball Tour – To end the netball season Year 7-10 girls have the opportunity to take part in a residential weekend of training, matches and team building activities. The cost of the weekend will be £165 per student. Please see the attached letter for more information. In order to secure a place for your daughter, please provide a non-refundable deposit of £65 along with the online form, no later than Friday 24th January. The final payment is due by Monday 16th March. If you should require any further details please do not hesitate to contact Zoe Macpherson, Head of Netball.

 

RSVP Monday 24th – Friday 28th August: Rugby Tour – As part of a presentation programme for the next acedemic year, we are planning an U14 and U15 Rugby Tour to France. The cost of the tour will be £820 per student. Please see the attached letter for more information. In order to secure a place for your son, please provide a non-refundable deposit of £200 along with the online form, no later than Friday 31st January. If you should require any further details please do not hesitate to contact Jeremy Belas, Director of Sport.


 

Year 10

 

RSVP Saturday 1st February: Art and Textiles Trip – Students of Art and Textiles have the opportunity to attend an overnight trip to Brighton and Charleston which will support their GCSE coursework projects. The estimated cost of the trip should not exceed £150. Please see the attached letter for more information and complete the online form by Friday 17th January if you would like your son/daughter to attend. If you should have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Ella Langer, Art Teacher.

 

RSVP Wednesday 4th March: Carlos Acosta Dance Company – Students in Years 8, 9 and 10 have the opportunity to watch Acosta Danza from Cuba with the Dance Department, at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. They will leave the School at 5.00pm and return at approximately 11.00pm. The cost of the trip is £26. Please see the attached letter for further information and complete the online form by Friday 31st January if you would like your son/daughter to attend this trip. As ticket numbers are limited they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you should have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Beth Butler, Dance Teacher.

 

RSVP Friday 15th – Sunday 17th May: Netball Tour – To end the netball season Year 7-10 girls have the opportunity to take part in a residential weekend of training, matches and team building activities. The cost of the weekend will be £165 per student. Please see the attached letter for more information. In order to secure a place for your daughter, please provide a non-refundable deposit of £65 along with the online form, no later than Friday 24th January. The final payment is due by Monday 16th March. If you should require any further details please do not hesitate to contact Zoe Macpherson, Head of Netball.

 

RSVP Saturday 20th June - Friday 26th June 2020: Montpellier Trip - Year 10 French GCSE students have the opportunity to attend a residential language trip to the town of Montpellier in the South of France. The trip is expected to leave on Saturday 20th June 2020, returning the following Friday, 26th June. The cost of this trip will be approximately £900. This price depends, however, on the number of pupils participating in the trip. If you would like to register your son/daughter’s interest, please complete the online form by Friday 17th January with a non-refundable deposit of £200. Please see the attached letter for more information. If you have any further questions, please email Didier Descamps, Head of Modern Foreign Languages.

 

RSVP Sunday 21st June - Friday 26th June 2020: Málaga Trip - Year 10 Spanish GCSE students have the opportunity to attend a residential language trip to Málaga in Spain. The trip is expected to leave on Sunday 21st June 2020, returning the following Friday, 26th June. The cost of this trip should not exceed £750. This price depends, however, on the number of pupils participating in the trip. If you would like to reserve a place for your son/daughter, please complete the online form by Friday 24th January with a non-refundable payment of £750. Please see the attached letter for more information and if you have any further questions, please email Pablo Gorostidi Perez, Spanish Teacher. 


 

Year 11 

 

RSVP Friday 31st January: Parents’ Consultation Evening - We are holding an important Parents' Consultation Evening on Friday 31st January from 6.15–9.00pm in Oakview, which is a change of timing and venue from the information previously circulated. We ask parents/guardians to please book their appointments online by logging onto the Parent Portal on the School website. Please see the attached letter for more information and details on how to book appointments. Please contact School Office, should you have any queries.


 

Lower Sixth

 

RSVP Work Experience Placement at Pfizer – A great opportunity has arisen for Lower Sixth students to complete a work experience placement with Pfizer in Hurley, during July 2020. Please see the attached notice for more information, as well as a draft agenda for the week. If you are interested in participating, please send a completed application form directly to Jonas Kamberas at Pfizer by Friday 31st January. However, it should be noted that students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. If you have any questions or require further information please do not hesitate to contact Jonas Kamberas, Pfizer, or Sally Saunders, Head of Careers.

 

Friday 17th January: Parents’ Consultation Evening - We are holding an important Parents' Consultation Evening on Friday 17th January from 6.15–8.00pm in Oakview, which is a change of timing and venue from the information previously circulated. If you are likely to need a particularly long conversation with any teacher, please request a double slot in advance and we will try to accommodate you. Please see the attached letter for more information and contact Helen Taylor, Head of Sixth Form, should you have any queries.

 

RSVP Saturday 1st February: Art and Textiles Trip – The opportunity to attend an overnight trip to Brighton and Charleston, aimed at supporting Art and Textiles GCSE coursework is extended to Lower Sixth students of the subject whom may be interested. The estimated cost of the trip should not exceed £150. Please see the attached letter for more information and complete the online form by Friday 17th January if you would like your son/daughter to attend. If you should have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Ella Langer, Art Teacher.

 


 

Upper Sixth

 

There are no specific notices for the Upper Sixth this week.

 

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