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Leighton Park Weekly eBulletin - Wednesday 9th 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

 

Information from the Health Centre – Please read the attached document from the Health Centre Nursing Team regarding medical care plans, allergies, medication, emergency contact details and headlice. For any queries, please contact the Health Centre.

  

Celebrating students – As part of celebrating students’ academic achievement and personal development, we are seeking to engage our parents and students in building up a picture of outstanding progress of student endeavour across the School. Please see the attached letter for more information and contact Karen Gracie-Langrick, Deputy Head (Academic) or Jenny Powlesland, Head of Teaching & Learning should you wish to share the progress or an endeavour of a student.

 

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.comif you wish to get in touch. Thank you for your support.

 

Scholarship Applications 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.

  

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 

 

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 all 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).

  

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.

 

Friday 11th October: Friday Night Lights Rugby Event v Reddam House - Regrettably, Friday Night Lights has been postponed until after Long Leave. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and will share information on a rescheduled date in due course. If you should have any queries, please contact Andrew Gallacher, Head of Rugby.

 

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 – Parents and Guardians 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 and guardians from all year groups. Please email psc@leightonpark.com and include the Year group of your son/daughter if you would like to attend.

 

RSVP Thursday 14th November: Trip to watch International Football Match, England vs Montenegro – 29 spaces are available on a first come, first served basis to watch the England vs Montenegro Euro 2020 Qualifying match on Thursday 14th November, at Wembley Stadium. The cost of the trip is £20. Please see the attached letter for more details and if your son/daughter would like to attend please complete the online form by Friday 18th October. If you should have any queries, please contact Tim Green, PE and Games teacher. 

 


 

 

 

Year 7 

 

Music Events for Fryer Musicians - Please see the attached letter for details of our fantastic music events scheduled throughout the Autumn Term, as well as the expected commitments of Fryer Musicians. If you should have any queries, please contact Stephanie McGill, Music teacher.

 

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. Should your son/daughter be attending a School trip during Assessment Week, please be aware that they will be provided with an alternative assessment timetable for any assessments missed due to the School trip. This will be emailed to them directly by Jenny Powlesland, Head of Teaching and Learning. If you have any queries, please contact Jenny, 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 tomorrow, Thursday 10th October. If you should have any queries please contact Alasdair Stuart, Computer Science teacher.

 

RSVP Wednesday 6th November: Parents’ Consultation Evening - Parents are invited to discuss the progress of their child and meet with academic teachers. Please see the attached letter for more information and details of how to book an appointment which will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Booking is now open and closes on Tuesday 5th November at 2.00pm. If you should have any queries, please contact Adrian Stewart, Head of Fryer House (Lower School).

 


 

 

Year 8

 

Music Events for Fryer Musicians - Please see the attached letter for details of our fantastic music events scheduled throughout the Autumn Term, as well as the expected commitments of Fryer Musicians. If you should have any queries, please contact Stephanie McGill, Music teacher.

  

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. Should your son/daughter be attending a School trip during Assessment Week, please be aware that they will be provided with an alternative assessment timetable for any assessments missed due to the School trip. This will be emailed to them directly by Jenny Powlesland, Head of Teaching and Learning. If you have any queries, please contact Jenny, or your child’s subject teachers for specific questions about assessments in particular subjects.

  


 

 

Year 9

   

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. Should your son/daughter be attending a School trip during Assessment Week, please be aware that they will be provided with an alternative assessment timetable for any assessments missed due to the School trip. This will be emailed to them directly by Jenny Powlesland, Head of Teaching and Learning. If you have any queries, please contact Jenny, 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.

 

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. Should your son/daughter be attending a School trip during Assessment Week, please be aware that they will be provided with an alternative assessment timetable for any assessments missed due to the School trip. This will be emailed to them directly by Jenny Powlesland, Head of Teaching and Learning. If you have any queries, please contact Jenny, 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.

 

RSVP Friday 29th November: GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition Trip – Year 10 GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition students have the opportunity to attend BBC Good Food Live on Friday 29th November. During the day students will observe masterclasses from professional chefs and have the opportunity to take part in the big school’s theatre session, hosted by Nadiya Hussain, Winner of The Great British Bake Off. The cost of this trip is £30.00. Please see the attached letter for more details and complete the online form by Friday 18th October. If you should have any queries, please contact Tim Green, Food Preparation and Nutrition 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 who were not interviewed on 5th October will be interviewed on Saturday 12th October.

    

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 tonight 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 Tuesday 12th November: Tutor, Student, Parents’ Evening – Parents and students are invited to discuss progress in the approach to the GCSE trial examinations next term. Please see the attached letter for more information and details of how to book an appointment which will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Booking is now open and closes on Monday 11th November at 2.00pm. If you should have any queries, please contact Beverley Eldridge, Head of Years 10 and 11.

 


 

 

Lower Sixth

 

Supporting Sixth Formers to Succeed - For any parents who missed the Parents’ Seminar last Wednesday evening aimed at supporting your child’s success, please find attached notes from the Elevate presentation.

 

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 tonight 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 Monday 11th November: Trip to Progress Theatre: Hangmen by Martin McDonagh – Sixth Form A Level and IB students are being offered the chance to attend the black comedy ‘Hangmen’ as part of their wider reading in English Literature. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, at the cost of £10. Please see the attached letter for more details and if your son/daughter would like to attend please complete the online form by Monday 14th October. If you should have any queries, please contact Thomas Rawlings, Head of English.

 


 

 

Upper Sixth

  

RSVP Monday 11th November: Trip to Progress Theatre: Hangmen by Martin McDonagh – Sixth Form A Level and IB students are being offered the chance to attend the black comedy ‘Hangmen’ as part of their wider reading in English Literature. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, at the cost of £10. Please see the attached letter for more details and if your son/daughter would like to attend please complete the online form by Monday 14th October. If you should have any queries, please contact Thomas Rawlings, Head of English.

 

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