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Leighton Park Weekly eBulletin - Wednesday 26th February

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 (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

 

Chicago DVDs and Photobooks – Relive the spectacular tale of murder, corruption and media manipulation with a DVD or Photobook of this year’s sensational Senior School production, available to purchase until Friday 6th March. Photos from the Dress Rehearsal are available to view on our Flickr gallery.

 

Coronavirus Update - The School is continuing to monitor the guidance about Coronavirus. We are taking a proactive approach with regards to our own community and visitors to the School. Any families that have been to Iran, specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy, special care zones in South Korea and Hubei province in China (find further details and maps here) within the last fourteen days, should not be in School and are asked to inform NHS 111 and update the School by emailing the Health Centre. This applies even if you do not have symptoms. For more information please see the attached notice from Donna Fern, Senior Nurse. Visitors to Leighton Park are also being asked screening questions to reduce the risk of the virus being brought into the School. If families have any questions please email the Health Centre.

 

MMR Community Immunisation Clinics - Please see the attached notice detailing the availability of community immunisation catch up clinics across Berkshire. For more information and advice on Measels, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) please see the attached poster. If you should have any queries, please contact the Health Centre.

 

Half Term Grade Sheets - Half Term Grade Sheets are available for all students via the Parent Portal, please select the Common Documents icon to view your child’s/ward’s reports. If you have any problems accessing the grade sheet please contact Elaine Storey, Data Manager, via the Parent Portal help email pph@leightonpark.com.

 


  

Events and Reminders

 

RSVP Friday 28th February: ISA A Cappella Competition – We are proud to be hosting 11 schools for the Independent Schools Association A Cappella competition, in which a number of Leighton Park musicians will perform. There will also be a special performance by the judges, ‘Sons of Pitches’. The competition will run from 11.00am-1.30pm in the Main Hall, Michael Malnick Centre. Tickets to watch the performances are free and available here.

 

RSVP Monday 2nd – Friday 6th March: Book Week – We are looking forward to our Annual Book Week, during which students will have opportunities to participate in a number of activities and events. Please see the attached letter for more information on this year’s programme as well as the Book Shop. To grant permission for your son/daughter to make any purchases in the Book Shop, please complete the online form by Friday 28th February. Please be aware that there are also separate forms for books available at the author events we are hosting. These can be found within the individual year group notices below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Chris Routh, Librarian.

 

Monday 2nd March: PSC Book Group – All are welcome to join the PSC Book Group in the Fiction Room of the School Library from 7.00pm. The book under discussion will be ‘Educated’ by Tara Westover. If you would like to find out more about the Book Group please see the Parent Portal or email PSCBookGroup@leightonpark.com.

 

Tuesday 3rd March: PSC Committee Meeting - The PSC warmly welcome members of the School community to join them from 6.30-8.30pm in the Library, to share views, discuss new committee roles and consider ‘What does the PSC mean to you?’. Please see the attached agenda for a detailed itinerary of the evening. If you are interested or require further information, please contact the PSC.

 

Wednesday 4th March: Scholars’ Concert –The Scholars’ Concert will take place at 7.00pm in the Main Hall, Michael Malnick Centre on Wednesday 4th March. All are welcome to attend.

 

RSVP Thursday 12th March: The Foyer Jazz Club Concert – The second concert from The Foyer Jazz Club will feature global Jazz Vocalist, Joanna Eden. Joanna will be joined by the Stuart Henderson quartet and students from Leighton Park Jazz Groups. The concert will run from 7.30-9.45pm with a short interval, in the Michael Malnick Centre. Please see the attached poster for more information. Tickets are available to purchase here for £12 per person.

 

RSVP Friday 13th March: Meet the Author: Candy Gourlay - We would like to invite parents, guardians and staff to an afternoon tea with author, Candy Gourlay, advocate for diversity in children’s literature and author of a wide range of books from picture books like ‘Is it a Mermaid?’ to young adult fiction like ‘Bone Talk’ about the impact of the American invasion of the Philippines. Candy will be in conversation from 4.30pm in the Library on Friday 13th March and we anticipate finishing around 6.00pm. If you would like to join us, please email Chris Routh, Librarian.

 

Friday 13th March: PSC Nearly New Shop – The Nearly New Shop will be available for purchase or donation of good quality, used sports kit and items of Collect Dress on Friday 13th March from 4.30-5.30pm. Due to the ongoing building work in Fryer House, the shop will be in an alternative location which will be confirmed shorty. A price list is available here.

 

Friday 20th March: EPQ and EE Expo – All are welcome to join our Upper Sixth EPQ and International Baccalaureate students as they showcase their fascinating academic research projects. Presentations will run from 6.30-8.30pm in the MMC Foyer and classrooms. Please see the poster attached. If you should have any queries, please contact Claire Gulliver, Head of Psychology.

 

RSVP Tuesday 24th March: Exam Stress Management Parent Workshop - Parent Practitioner, Olga Zilberberg, will be leading the third parent workshop of this academic year, regarding stress management. Please see the poster here. Olga will be on hand to share useful tips to help your child manage revision and exam stress. If you would like to join us in Peckover Hall from 7.00-8.30pm, please complete the online form. If you should have any queries, please contact Nicky Hardy, Deputy Head: Pastoral.

 

Saturday 28th March: National Quaker Schools’ Concert – A number of Leighton Park students are participating in the National Quaker Schools’ Choir Concert, to be held in York on Saturday 28th March at 7.00pm. Please see the attached invitation for more details on the event, as well as information about staying in York here. Tickets are available to purchase here.

  


 

Year 7 

 

RSVP Wednesday 4th March: Talk and Writers' Workshops with Ali Sparkes - Author Ali Sparkes will be talking to all Year 7 students on Wednesday 4th March, followed by two writers’ workshops. Please see the attached letter for more information. To grant permission for your son/daughter to purchase any books at this event, please complete the online form by Friday 28th February. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Chris Routh, Librarian.

 

RSVP Thursday 5th March: Year 7 Tutor, Student, Parent Consultation Evening – We are holding a Tutor, Student, Parent Consultation Evening in Fryer House, from 6.00-9.00pm. Appointments are available to book via the Parent Portal on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis. Please note that online bookings must be made by 2.00pm, Wednesday 4th March. For more information and details on how to make a booking, please see the attached letter. If you should have any queries, please contact School Office.

 


 

Year 8

 

RSVP Tuesday 10th March: Year 8 Parents’ Consultation Evening – We are holding an important Parents' Consultation Evening for Year 8 in Oakview, from 6.15-9.00pm. Appointments are now available to book via the Parent Portal on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis. Please note that online bookings must be made by 2.00pm, Monday 9th March. For more information and details on how to make a booking, please see the attached letter. If you should have any queries, please contact School Office.

 

RSVP Friday 13th March: Author Talk with Candy Gourlay - Author Candy Gourlay will be talking to all Year 8 students on Wednesday 13th March. Please see the attached letter for more information. To grant permission for your son/daughter to buy books at this event, please complete the online form by Friday 28th February. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Chris Routh, Librarian.

 

RSVP Tuesday 24th March: Author Talk with Frances Hardinge - Award-winning author Frances Hardinge will be talking to Year 8 and 9 on Tuesday 24th March. Please see the attached letter for more information. To grant permission for your son/daughter to buy books at this event please complete the online form by Friday 13th March. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Chris Routh, Librarian.

 


 

Year 9

 

RSVP Friday 28th February: Year 9 Parents’ Consultation Evening – We are holding an important Parents' Consultation Evening for Year 9 in Oakview, from 6.15-9.00pm on Friday 28th February. Following the Options Evening on Friday 24th January all students will have received the IGCSE and GCSE options booklet. For those who were not able to attend, please find a copy of the evening’s presentation attached. We ask parents to book their appointments online at the Parent Portal. Please note that booking is open and appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please see the attached letter for more information and instructions on how to book. If you should have any queries, please contact Karen Gracie-Langrick, Deputy Head, Academic Studies.

 

RSVP Monday 2nd March: Author Talk with Lauren James - Author Lauren James will be talking to all Year 9 students on Monday 2nd March, followed by a writers’ workshop for a selected group. Please see the attached letter for more information. To grant permission for your son/daughter to purchase books at this event, please complete the online form by Friday 28th February. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Chris Routh, Librarian.

 

RSVP Tuesday 24th March: Author Talk with Frances Hardinge - Award-winning author Frances Hardinge will be talking to Year 8 and 9 on Tuesday 24th March. Please see the attached letter for more information. To grant permission for your son/daughter to buy books at this event please complete the online form by Friday 13th March. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Chris Routh, Librarian.

 

Wednesday 1st April: Careers Open Evening – Jacobs Engineering are inviting students, parents and teachers to their offices in Winnersh Triangle to discuss apprenticeship and graduate schemes. This event is aimed at students interested in Engineering, Environment, IT, Geography, Science, Technology, Maths or Design. Please see the attached poster for more information. If you should have any queries, please contact Sally Saunders, Head of Careers.

 

RSVP Friday 16th – Sunday 25th October: Global Perspectives Trip to Peru - As part of the new IGCSE Global Perspectives Course, we are pleased to offer 30 places to students who are currently in Year 9 and Year 10, who would like to immerse themselves in Peruvian culture on a ten-day tour. The total cost of the trip will be approximately £2,349 per person. For more information please see the attached letter. If you would like to secure a place on the trip, please complete the online form together with a non-refundable deposit of £250 as soon as possible. If you require any further information, please contact Richard Duckett, History Teacher.

 


 

Year 10 

 

History and Politics Trip to Berlin – See photos from the GCSE and A Level trip in our Flickr gallery, or read the news story to find out what students got up to in the capital city.

 

RSVP Thursday 5th March: Year 10 Tutor, Student, Parent Consultation Evening – We are holding an important Tutor, Student, Parent Consultation Evening for Year 10 on Thursday 5th March in Peckover Hall. Please book your appointment via the Parent Portal and find instructions on how to do so in the attached letter. Please note that booking is now open and appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All online bookings must be made by 2.00pm on Wednesday 4th March. If you should have any queries, please contact Beverley Eldridge, Head of Year 10 and 11.

 

Wednesday 1st April: Careers Open Evening – Jacobs Engineering are inviting students, parents and teachers to their offices in Winnersh Triangle to discuss apprenticeship and graduate schemes. This event is aimed at students interested in Engineering, Environment, IT, Geography, Science, Technology, Maths or Design. Please see the attached poster for more information. If you should have any queries, please contact Sally Saunders, Head of Careers.

 

RSVP Friday 16th – Sunday 25th October: Global Perspectives Trip to Peru - As part of the new IGCSE Global Perspectives Course, we are pleased to offer 30 places to students who are currently in Year 9 and Year 10, who would like to immerse themselves in Peruvian culture on a ten-day tour. The total cost of the trip will be approximately £2,349 per person. For more information please see the attached letter. If you would like to secure a place on the trip, please complete the online form together with a non-refundable deposit of £250 as soon as possible. If you require any further information, please contact Richard Duckett, History Teacher.

 


 

Year 11 

 

History and Politics Trip to Berlin – See photos from the GCSE and A Level trip in our Flickr gallery, or read the news story to find out what students got up to in the capital city.

 

Saturday 29th February: Mock Examination Resits - Some students in Year 11, in consultation with their teachers and Heads of Department, have agreed on a selection of 1-hour paper resits, to be taken in Peckover Hall. These resits will run from 9.15-12.00pm. Please see the most recent letter for more information. If you should have any queries, please contact Beverley Eldridge, Head of Year 10 and 11.

 

Academic Support Clinics – Academic support clinics are now available to students in Year 11, who can opt to attend academic clinics instead of hobbies and activities on a week by week basis. Please see the attached letter and timetable for more information. If you should have any queries, please contact Beverley Eldridge, Head of Year 10 and 11.

 

Wednesday 1st April: Career’s Open Evening – Jacobs Engineering are inviting students, parents and teachers to their offices in Winnersh Triangle to discuss apprenticeship and graduate schemes. This event is aimed at students interested in Engineering, Environment, IT, Geography, Science, Technology, Maths or Design. Please see the attached poster for more information. If you should have any queries, please contact Sally Saunders, Head of Careers.

 


 

Lower Sixth

 

History and Politics Trip to Berlin – See photos from the GCSE and A Level trip in our Flickr gallery, or read the news story to find out what students got up to in the capital city.

 

Thursday 27th February: Higher Education Information Evening – Parents, guardians and students are warmly invited to a talk regarding tertiary education in Main Hall from 6.30-8.00pm with Helen Taylor, Head of Sixth Form and Sally Saunders, Head of Careers. If you should have any questions in advance, please contact Helen Taylor.

 

RSVP Wednesday 11th March: UCAS Higher Education Convention – As part of continuing careers guidance for our Lower Sixth, we are inviting students to attend the UCAS Higher Education Convention at Brunel University. The cost of this trip is £12. Please see the attached letter for more information and complete the online form by Friday 6th March to confirm your son/daughter’s attendance. If you should have any queries, please contact Sally Saunders, Head of Careers.

 

Wednesday 1st April: Careers Open Evening – Jacobs Engineering are inviting students, parents and teachers to their offices in Winnersh Triangle to discuss apprenticeship and graduate schemes. This event is aimed at students interested in Engineering, Environment, IT, Geography, Science, Technology, Maths or Design. Please see the attached poster for more information. If you should have any queries, please contact Sally Saunders, Head of Careers.

 

Monday 11th – Friday 15th May: End of Year Examinations - All Lower Sixth students will sit internal examinations during the week commencing 11th May. These examinations will cover the work completed during this academic year and give useful practice for the final examinations that will take place during Summer 2021. Please see the attached letter for more information. If you should have any queries, please contact Helen Taylor, Head of Sixth Form.

 


 

Upper Sixth

 

History and Politics Trip to Berlin – See photos from the GCSE and A Level trip in our Flickr gallery, or read the news story to find out what students got up to in the capital city.

 

Mock Exam Week Study – If Upper Sixth students have no examinations on a particular day during Mock Exam week, they may wish to study at home if they feel this will be more productive. Parents are asked to email absence@leightonpark.com in addition to Helen Taylor, Head of Sixth Form, in advance with requests for home study.

 

Wednesday 1st April: Careers Open Evening – Jacobs Engineering are inviting students, parents and teachers to their offices in Winnersh Triangle to discuss apprenticeship and graduate schemes. This event is aimed at students interested in Engineering, Environment, IT, Geography, Science, Technology, Maths or Design. Please see the attached poster for more information. If you should have any queries, please contact Sally Saunders, Head of Careers.

 

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