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Leighton Park Weekly eBulletin - Wednesday 19th 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.

 

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.

   


  

Events and Reminders

 

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 this evening from 4.00pm and closing on Monday 24th June. Please see the attached poster here.

 

Friday 21st June, Friday 28th June and 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 from 4.15pm to 5.15pm on Friday 21st June and Friday 28th June and at 1.00pm on 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.

 

Monday 24th June:  PSC Book Group Meeting – The next meeting of the PSC Book Group will be 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 are plenty more slots to fill so if you are able to spare some time to set up, clear up or help during the event (4.00pm-8.30pm), please sign up here. If you should have any queries, ease contact Minnie Mohammed via psc@leightonpark.com.

 


  

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).

  

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 have received 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. There are currently only three spaces left on the trip. If your son/daughter would like to join the trip please submit your booking form via EVOLVE and pay the £150 deposit as soon as possible. If you have any queries, please contact Christopher Tyer, History teacher.

 


  

Year 10

 

Montpellier Trip: There is a blog available covering the activities of the French trip currently enjoying enhancing their GCSE education in Montpellier at https://sites.google.com/leightonpark.com/lpmontpelliertrip/home

 

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. There are currently only three spaces left on the trip. If your son/daughter would like to join the trip please submit your booking form via EVOLVE and pay the £150 deposit as soon as possible. If you have any queries, please contact Christopher Tyer, History teacher. 

 


  

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.

 

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. There are currently only three spaces left on the trip. If your son/daughter would like to join the trip please submit your booking form via EVOLVE and pay the £150 deposit as soon as possible. If you have any queries, please contact Christopher Tyer, History teacher.

 


 

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 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. There are currently only three spaces left on the trip. If your son/daughter would like to join the trip please submit your booking form via EVOLVE and pay the £150 deposit as soon as possible. If you have any queries, please contact Christopher Tyer, History teacher.

 


 

 

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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