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Leighton Park Weekly eBulletin - Wednesday 2nd October

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

 

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 Now 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.

 

RSVP Feedback on Events for New Joiners - We very much hope that those new to the School have found their transition to the Leighton Park community to be as smooth as possible. We are always keen to receive feedback about the events within our joining process and hope that you will spare a few moments to tell us how you felt about them. Please complete the brief online survey here to share your thoughts. If you should have any queries, please contact marketing@leightonpark.com

 

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 

  

Friday 11th October: PSC Nearly New Shop – The Nearly New Shop, run by our Parent and Staff Community (PSC), will be open on Friday 11th October and Friday 22nd November, from 4.30-5.30pm, in Fryer House. A price list is available here. Donations of sports kit or school dress that are no longer needed are welcomed. If you should have any queries, please contact psc@leightonpark.com.

 

Wednesday 16th October: Ensembles Concert – The Ensembles Concert will take place in the Main Hall of the Michael Malnick Centre, from 7.00pm on Wednesday 16th October. All are welcome.

 

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 at 3.00pm on Thursday 17th October for the book launch. Please RSVP to the development team to confirm attendance.

 

RSVP Friday 18th October: Oakview Parents’ Lunch - You are cordially invited to the Parents’ Lunch in Oakview at 11.45am on 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 from all year groups. Please email psc@leightonpark.com and include the Year group of your son/daughter if you would like to attend.

 


  

 

Year 7 

 

Friday 11th October: Fryer Parent Tea - Parents and guardians are invited to the Fryer Parent Tea which will take place on Friday 11th October in Fryer House. This is an informal gathering of parents across both year groups in Fryer House. Whilst staff will be there, it is primarily an opportunity for parents to meet each other. The PSC Nearly New Shop will also be open from 4.30-5.30pm. If you should have any queries, please contact Adrian Stewart, Head of Lower School.

 

Monday 14th – Friday 18th October: Assessment Week - During the week commencing 14th October, students in Year 7 will assessed across a range of their subjects. These assessments will take place in normal lessons. An overview of the arrangements can be found here and the Year 7 assessment timetable here. If you have any queries, please contact Jenny Powlesland, Head of Teaching and Learning, or your child’s subject teachers for specific questions about assessments in particular subjects.

 

RSVP Tuesday 15th October: EU Code Event at Rutherford Appleton Laboratories – Your son/daughter has the opportunity to represent the School at the UK EU Code Celebration Event. Please see the attached letter for details of the event and register your interest for one of the limited number of available spaces by Thursday 10th October. If you should have any queries please contact Alasdair Stuart, Computer Science teacher.

 


 

   

Year 8

 

Friday 11th October: Fryer Parent Tea - Parents and guardians are invited to the Fryer Parent Tea which will take place on Friday 11th October in Fryer House. This is an informal gathering of parents across both year groups in Fryer House. Whilst staff will be there, it is primarily an opportunity for parents to meet each other. The PSC Nearly New Shop will also be open from 4.30-5.30pm. If you should have any queries, please contact Adrian Stewart, Head of Lower School.

 

Monday 14th – Friday 18th October: Assessment Week - During the week commencing 14th October, students in Year 8 will be assessed across a range of their subjects. These assessments will take place in normal lessons. An overview of the arrangements can be found here and the Year 8 assessment timetable here. If you have any queries, please contact Jenny Powlesland, Head of Teaching and Learning, or your child’s subject teachers for specific questions about assessments in particular subjects.

 


 

 

Year 9

 

RSVP Tuesday 8th October: Tutor Student Parent Evening – Please see the attached letter regarding the Tutor Student Parent Evening for Year 9 taking place on Tuesday 8th October from 6.00-9.00pm in the Michael Malnick Centre Upper Foyer. Please book your appointment via the Parent Portal using the instructions in the letter. Booking will close at 2.00pm on Monday 7th October. If you should have any difficulties making your booking please contact Chris Banham, Academic Team Administrator, on 0118 987 9544.

 

RSVP Thursday 10th October: DrugFAM Talk for Parents – Elizabeth Burton-Phillips, founder of the charity DrugFAM will be speaking to students from Year 9 to Upper Sixth during their morning PSHE lesson on Thursday 10th October. Elizabeth dedicates her time to raising awareness of the horrific impact of drug and alcohol addiction on families and ensuring that those affected by someone’s substance abuse receive adequate and timely support. In the evening parents are encouraged to attend Elizabeth’s talk in Peckover Hall from 7.00-9.00pm. Please see the following letter for more information. You can register your interest to attend by completing the following form. If you should have any queries, please contact Nicky Hardy, Assistant Head (Pastoral Welfare and Safeguarding).

 

Monday 14th – Friday 18th October: Assessment Week - During the week commencing 14th October, students in Year 9 will be assessed across a range of their subjects. These assessments will take place in normal lessons. An overview of the arrangements can be found here and the Year 9 assessment timetable here. If you have any queries, please contact Jenny Powlesland, Head of Teaching and Learning, or your child’s subject teachers for specific questions about assessments in particular subjects.

 


 

 

Year 10

 

RSVP Sports Leader Level 2 Award – Please see the attached letter from Zoe Macpherson, PE teacher, regarding the Sports Leader Level 2 Award which is delivered through our Year 10 CAS sessions. If your son/daughter would like to participate please complete the online form by Friday 11th October. If you should have any queries, please contact Zoe.

 

RSVP Thursday 10th October: DrugFAM Talk for Parents – Elizabeth Burton-Phillips, founder of the charity DrugFAM will be speaking to students from Year 9 to Upper Sixth during their morning PSHE lesson on Thursday 10th October. Elizabeth dedicates her time to raising awareness of the horrific impact of drug and alcohol addiction on families and ensuring that those affected by someone’s substance abuse receive adequate and timely support. In the evening parents are encouraged to attend Elizabeth’s talk in Peckover Hall from 7.00-9.00pm. Please see the following letter for more information. You can register your interest to attend by completing the following form. If you should have any queries, please contact Nicky Hardy, Assistant Head (Pastoral Welfare and Safeguarding).

  

Monday 14th – Friday 18th October: Assessment Week - During the week commencing 14th October, students in Year 10 will be assessed across a range of their subjects. These assessments will take place in normal lessons. An overview of the arrangements can be found here and the Year 10 assessment timetable here. If you have any queries, please contact Jenny Powlesland, Head of Teaching and Learning, or your child’s subject teachers for specific questions about assessments in particular subjects.

 

RSVP Monday 11th November: GCSE Dance Trip – Year 10 GCSE Dance students have the opportunity to attend a Breathe and Flux phrase course, in preparation for 10% of their final grade. The cost of the day is £10 each. Please see the attached letter for more details and complete the online form by Friday 11th October to confirm your son/daughter’s attendance.  If you should have any queries, please contact Beth Butler, Dance teacher.

 


 

 

Year 11 

 

Sixth Form Options - Parents/guardians may like to be aware that your son/daughter will shortly be invited for an interview with Helen Taylor, Head of Sixth Form, or Karen Grace-Langrick, Deputy Head Academic, in the Caradon Centre to discuss Sixth Form options. There will be an opportunity for students to ask questions, raise any concerns or queries and speak with current Sixth formers. We would ask you to please remind your son/daughter to attend this important interview for which they will be given an allocated time-slot. Boarders will be interviewed on Saturday 5th and Saturday 12th October.

   

Monday 7th October: GCSE Geography Field Trip – Students studying for the Geography iGCSE are invited to attend two different day field trips to the River Pang and Reading Town Centre. You will have received an email with a letter appropriate to your child’s group providing further detail. Please see the attached letters for information on Group 1 or Group 2. If you are unsure which group your child is, in or have any further queries, please contact Oliver Staines, Head of Geography.

  

Tuesday 8th October: Sixth Form Open Evening – Year 11 students and parents/guardians are warmly invited to learn more about the Sixth Form at Leighton Park on Tuesday 8th October in Peckover Hall from 6.00-8.30pm. Information will be shared on the differences between the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and A Levels, and there will be the opportunity to discuss subject choices with Departmental representatives. If you should have any queries, please contact Helen Taylor, Head of Sixth Form.

 

Wednesday 9th October: Africa 2020 Information Evening – Students in Year 11 and Lower Sixth who may be interested in the October 2020 expeditions to Tanzania and Uganda, are invited with their parents, to an information evening on Wednesday 9th October from 6.30-8.00pm in Main Hall. The evening will provide details about each expedition and the opportunity to ask questions of the travel experts from Inspire Worldwide who have helped organise our five previous African trips. If you should have any queries please contact, Helen Taylor, Head of Sixth Form.

 

RSVP Thursday 10th October: DrugFAM Talk for Parents – Elizabeth Burton-Phillips, founder of the charity DrugFAM will be speaking to students from Year 9 to Upper Sixth during their morning PSHE lesson on Thursday 10th October. Elizabeth dedicates her time to raising awareness of the horrific impact of drug and alcohol addiction on families and ensuring that those affected by someone’s substance abuse receive adequate and timely support. In the evening parents are encouraged to attend Elizabeth’s talk in Peckover Hall from 7.00-9.00pm. Please see the following letter for more information. You can register your interest to attend by completing the following form. If you should have any queries, please contact Nicky Hardy, Assistant Head (Pastoral Welfare and Safeguarding).

  


 

 

Lower Sixth

 

Sixth Form Welcome Event – If you were unable to join us for the Sixth Form Welcome Event on Friday 13th September, or would like a reminder of the talk, please see the notes here. If you should have any queries, please contact Helen Taylor, Head of Sixth Form.

 

Wednesday 2nd October: Supporting Sixth Formers to Succeed – Parents and students are invited to join us tonight for this event in Main Hall. We will be sharing a presentation on supporting Sixth Form students, together with an explanation of the results of the baseline ALIis testing that students undertook at the start of term.

  

RSVP Tuesday 8th October: National Archives History Trip – History students will have the opportunity to take part in a workshop and conduct research using original documents at the National Archives, to support coursework and learning. The school minibus will leave the Park at 8.15am and return by 5.00pm. Please see the attached letter for details and contact Richard Duckett, History and Politics Teacher, if you have any further questions.

 

Wednesday 9th October: Africa 2020 Information Evening – Students in Year 11 and Lower Sixth who may be interested in the October 2020 expeditions to Tanzania and Uganda, are invited with their parents, to an information evening on Wednesday 9th October from 6.30-8.00pm in Main Hall. The evening will provide details about each expedition and the opportunity to ask questions of the travel experts from Inspire Worldwide who have helped organise our five previous African trips. If you should have any queries please contact, Helen Taylor, Head of Sixth Form.

 

RSVP Thursday 10th October: DrugFAM Talk for Parents – Elizabeth Burton-Phillips, founder of the charity DrugFAM will be speaking to students from Year 9 to Upper Sixth during their morning PSHE lesson on Thursday 10th October. Elizabeth dedicates her time to raising awareness of the horrific impact of drug and alcohol addiction on families and ensuring that those affected by someone’s substance abuse receive adequate and timely support. In the evening parents are encouraged to attend Elizabeth’s talk in Peckover Hall from 7.00-9.00pm. Please see the following letter for more information. You can register your interest to attend by completing the following form. If you should have any queries, please contact Nicky Hardy, Assistant Head (Pastoral Welfare and Safeguarding).

 


 

  

Upper Sixth

 

Friday 4th October: Upper Sixth Parents’ Consultation Evening – Taking place in the Michael Malnick Centre Foyer, 5.45–8.15pm, this is an opportunity to discuss important issues with teachers as university application season and the final year of schooling approaches. Please see the attached letter for details. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Helen Taylor, Head of Sixth Form.

 

Tuesday 8th October: National Archives History Trip – History students will have the opportunity to take part in a workshop and conduct research using original documents at the National Archives, to support coursework and learning. The school minibus will leave the Park at 8.15am and return by 5.00pm. Please see the attached letter for details and contact Richard Duckett, History and Politics Teacher, if you have any further questions.

 

RSVP Thursday 10th October: DrugFAM Talk for Parents – Elizabeth Burton-Phillips, founder of the charity DrugFAM will be speaking to students from Year 9 to Upper Sixth during their morning PSHE lesson on Thursday 10th October. Elizabeth dedicates her time to raising awareness of the horrific impact of drug and alcohol addiction on families and ensuring that those affected by someone’s substance abuse receive adequate and timely support. In the evening parents are encouraged to attend Elizabeth’s talk in Peckover Hall from 7.00-9.00pm. Please see the following letter for more information. You can register your interest to attend by completing the following form. If you should have any queries, please contact Nicky Hardy, Assistant Head (Pastoral Welfare and Safeguarding).

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