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Leighton Park Weekly eBulletin - Wednesday 15th May

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

 

School Fees: The fees for 2019-20 have now been determined by the Board of Governors. Please read a letter from the Chair of Governors regarding fees here. For information on paying fees in advance, please see the letter here.

 

Volunteers for STEAM Careers Fair: Leighton Park is hosting a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) Careers Fair, on Monday 1st July and would love to hear from any parents or guardians who might be able to help. We are looking for individuals or organisations who could either deliver a presentation, run a workshop or host a stand on a STEAM related career. If you think you might be able to help, please contact Elaine King, Head of Careers, by Friday 24th May.

 

Sustainability Initiative: Leighton Park students are working on 14 sustainability projects and have challenged the community to think about what we can do to support a healthy planet for them to inherit. The School has established a grove in the Caledonian Forest and we would like to invite families to donate trees to help mitigate the global rise in CO2 emissions. If you feel able, please contribute to this initiative to support the dedicated work of our Change Champions. It costs £6 to plant one tree: https://treesforlife.org.uk/plant-trees/grove/8795/

 

Swimming Pool Access: We would like to make parents aware of the weekly opportunities for students to use the swimming pool. Please see the attached letter for more information. If you have any queries please contact Jez Belas, Director of Sport.

 


Events and Reminders

 

Friday 17th May: Mufti Day - The student Anti-Bullying Ambassadors have arranged a nationality-themed mufti day on Friday 17th May. Students and staff are invited to wear colours/clothes of their nationality/country in the spirit of community and inclusion. If students wish to come into school in mufti, it will cost a donation of £1 in advance or £2 on the day, which will go towards the anti-bullying charity, the Princess Diana Trust. Please donate via your House.

 

Wednesday 22nd May: Soloists’ Concert All are warmly invited to the Soloists’ Concert next Wednesday, 22nd May, in Main Hall, from 7.15pm. Please see the attached poster.

 


Year 7

 

RSVP Language Options for 2019/20 Year 7 students moving into Year 8 next year should select a second modern foreign language from Mandarin, German or French while continuing their studies in Spanish. Provision for English as an Additional Language (EAL) is also available for eligible students. Please complete the attached form by Friday 24th May to select your son/daughter’s language choice for Year 8. If you should have any queries, please contact Anna Murgett, Modern Foreign Languages teacher.

 

Monday 3rd to Friday 7th June: Exam Week – Exam week takes place immediately after May Long Leave. Please view general information about Exam Week here and the Year 7 Exam Information Booklet here. If you have any general queries please contact Jenny Powlesland, Head of Teaching and Learning. Alternatively, if you have queries relating to specific subjects please contact your child’s subject teachers.

 

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 1.30am. Please complete the form here to confirm your attendance. If you should have any queries, please contact Adrian Stewart, Head of Lower School.

 

RSVP Friday 18th to Tuesday 22nd October: Football and Hockey Tour to Holland - Students are invited to join a combined boys’ football and girls’ hockey tour to Arnhem, Holland during Long Leave, October 2019. Please see the attached letter for more information and complete the online form by Friday 24th May if you would like your son/daughter to attend. If you should have any queries, please contact Tim Green, PE teacher.

 


Year 8

 

Monday 3rd to Friday 7th June: Exam Week – Exam week takes place immediately after May Long Leave. Please view general information about Exam Week here and the Year 8 Exam Information Booklet here. If you have any general queries please contact Jenny Powlesland, Head of Teaching and Learning. Alternatively, if you have queries relating to specific subjects please contact your child’s subject teachers.

 

Friday 14 June: FPQ Expo - Year 8 students will be showcasing their Fryer Project Qualification research on the evening of Friday 14th June from 6.00-8.30pm at our annual FPQ EXPO in the Michael Malnick Centre and Main Hall. This is a fantastic event where you will have the opportunity to be inspired and enlightened as our students present their findings on a diverse range of topics. We hope that all Year 8 students, parents and guardians will be able to able to attend to celebrate the hard work of our students as they come to the end of their time in Fryer. Please contact Jenny Powlesland, Head of Teaching and Learning, if you would like further information.

 

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 1.30am. Please complete the form here to confirm your attendance. If you should have any queries, please contact Adrian Stewart, Head of Lower School.

 

RSVP Friday 18th to Tuesday 22nd October: Football and Hockey Tour to Holland - Students are invited to join a combined boys’ football and girls’ hockey tour to Arnhem, Holland during Long Leave, October 2019. Please see the attached letter for more information and complete the online form by Friday 24th May if you would like your son/daughter to attend. If you should have any queries, please contact Tim Green, PE teacher.

 


Year 9

 

RSVP Immunisation Survey - The School Immunisation Team for The Berkshire Health Care NHS Foundation Trust have requested parental feedback on the delivery of the Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio, Meningitis ACWY and Targeted MMR Year 9 immunisations in the Spring Term 2019. Please complete the survey by Thursday 23rd May by clicking on the link here.

 

Monday 3rd to Friday 7th June: Exam Week – Exam week takes place immediately after May Long Leave. Please view general information about Exam Week here and the Year 9 Exam Information Booklet here. If you have any general queries please contact Jenny Powlesland, Head of Teaching and Learning. Alternatively, if you have queries relating to specific subjects please contact your child’s subject teachers.

 

RSVP Thursday 27th June: Big Bang Fair South East - Students are invited to an opportunity to visit the Big Bang Fair South East which aims to engage and inspire students by exploring interactive exhibitions, meeting STEM role models and discovering STEM career opportunities. For more information please see the attached letter and complete the online form by Friday 17th May. If you should have any queries, please contact David Hammond, Head of Science.

 

RSVP Friday 18th to Tuesday 22nd October: Football and Hockey Tour to Holland - Students are invited to join a combined boys’ football and girls’ hockey tour to Arnhem, Holland during Long Leave, October 2019. Please see the attached letter for more information and complete the online form by Friday 24th May if you would like your son/daughter to attend. If you should have any queries, please contact Tim Green, PE teacher.

 


Year 10

 

Monday 3rd to Friday 7th June: Exam Week – Exam week takes place immediately after May Long Leave. Please view general information about Exam Week here and the Year 10 Exam Information Booklet here. If you have any general queries please contact Jenny Powlesland, Head of Teaching and Learning. Alternatively, if you have queries relating to specific subjects please contact your child’s subject teachers.

 

RSVP Sunday 16th – Friday 21st June: Malaga Trip - Spanish GCSE students are invited to join a trip to Malaga in June 2019 to expand their Spanish language skills. For more information please see the attached letter and complete the attached medical, dietary and behavioural consent form here by Friday 17th May. If you should have any queries please contact Pablo Gorostidi, Spanish teacher.

 

RSVP Friday 18th - Monday 21st October: Art and Culture Madrid Trip - GCSE and A Level Art students are invited to join a trip to Madrid to provide both inspiration and broader reference points for their own creative practices and their knowledge and appreciation of Art History as a whole. Please see the attached letter and complete this form by Friday 24th May if you wish to attend. If you should have any queries please contact Mark Wood, Head of Art.

 


Year 11

 

Travel during Exam Period: We are aware of a number of significant roadworks, including those on the Reading IDR at Vastern Road, which may have an impact on travel times during the public examination period. It is essential that students arrive at School in good time for their examinations so please do check your route and adjust your usual travel plans if necessary.

 

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 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.

 

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 in the Isle of Wight. For more information see 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.

 

RSVP Friday 18th - Monday 21st October: Art and Culture Madrid Trip - GCSE and A Level Art students are invited to join a trip to Madrid to provide both inspiration and broader reference points for their own creative practices and their knowledge and appreciation of Art History as a whole. Please see the attached letter and complete this form by Friday 24th May if you wish to attend. If you should have any queries please contact Mark Wood, Head of Art.

 


Lower Sixth

 

Travel during Exam Period: We are aware of a number of significant roadworks, including those on the Reading IDR at Vastern Road, which may have an impact on travel times during the public examination period. It is essential that students arrive at School in good time for their examinations so please do check your route and adjust your usual travel plans if necessary.

 

Monday 3rd to Friday 7th June: Exam Week – Exam week takes place immediately after May Long Leave. Please view general information about Exam Week here and the Lower Sixth IBDP Exam Timetable here. If you have any general queries please contact Helen Taylor, Head of Sixth Form. Alternatively, if you have queries relating to your child’s chosen subjects please contact the specific subject teacher.

 

RSVP Friday 18th - Monday 21st October: Art and Culture Madrid Trip - GCSE and A Level Art students are invited to join a trip to Madrid to provide both inspiration and broader reference points for their own creative practices and their knowledge and appreciation of Art History as a whole. Please see the attached letter and complete this form by Friday 24th May if you wish to attend. If you should have any queries please contact Mark Wood, Head of Art.

 


Upper Sixth

 

RSVP Photographic Permission: Please complete the photographic permission form here relating to the School’s use of your image once you become an Old Leightonian. If you should have any queries, please contact marketing@leightonpark.com.

 

Exam Leave Arrangements: Please read the important information regarding exam leave arrangements for the Upper Sixth A Level students via the links below. If you should have any queries, please contact Helen Taylor, Head of Sixth Form.

Upper Sixth A Level Day Students

Upper Sixth A Level Full and Weekly Boarders

 

Travel during Exam Period: We are aware of a number of significant roadworks, including those on the Reading IDR at Vastern Road, which may have an impact on travel times during the public examination period. It is essential that students arrive at School in good time for their examinations so please do check your route and adjust your usual travel plans if necessary.

 

Library Books: Please could Upper Sixth students return all of their library books before exam leave. If any books are required to support your son/daughter’s studies please ask them to come to the library to arrange an extended loan. If you have any queries, please contact our Librarian, Chris Routh.

 

RSVP Yearbook for Upper Sixth Leavers: The Upper Sixth Leavers’ Yearbook will be available at a cost of £22 and distributed on Thursday 23rd May. For more details and to place your order please complete the attached form by Friday 17th May. If you should have any queries please contact Helen Taylor, Head of Sixth Form.

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