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Leighton Park Weekly eBulletin - Wednesday 12th 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

 

Launch of Park Life – In last Monday’s Collect, we were delighted to introduce Park Life; an initiative comprised of eight environmental projects around the School. For more information, please see the attached presentation. Students are currently signing up for and expressing their particular interests in the project via the attached form, for activities starting after Long Leave. If you should have any queries, please contact Mark Budge, Maths teacher and Park Life Co-ordinator.

 

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.

 

Social Media and Screen Time Talk – Thank you to those who were able to attend last night’s Parent Talk, we do hope you found it useful. For those who were not able to attend, please find a copy of the evening’s presentation attached. If you should have any queries, please contact Nicky Hardy, Deputy Head: Pastoral.

 

Top Academic Progress Ranking – We are pleased that Leighton Park has been ranked as the best in Berkshire and 27th in England for the academic progress of our Sixth Form 2019 Leavers by the Department for Education’s report. The School added an average of 0.6 of an A Level grade to our students’ achievements, securing a ranking of 8th in England when looking at schools with a cohort of at least 50 students. You can read more about the success of our approach here.

 

Coronavirus Update – Please see the attached letter sent out on Friday 31st January regarding the approach of the School to the recent Coronavirus outbreak in China. If you should have any queries, please contact Myles Nash, Director of Boarding.

 

Pepper Lane Entrance Arrangement for Drop off/Pick up – If you regularly use the Pepper Lane entrance to drop off/pick up your son/daughter or to visit the School, please see the attached letter from Keith Eldridge, Bursar, regarding arrangements in place until the end of the academic year to accommodate the Fryer House Boarding Project.

 

Trees for Life - As a School community we fully embrace the Quaker testimony of sustainability. One of our initiatives is the Leighton Park Grove in Scotland where we are able to plant trees to help mitigate rising CO2 levels and work towards safeguarding a healthy planet for future generations. On 22nd January we celebrated the School’s 130th birthday and were delighted to have already achieved over 130 trees in the Grove. If you would like to celebrate the enduring success of the School by leaving a legacy for the future please do plant a tree in the Leighton Park Grove. Each tree costs just £6.00 and you can donate here. If you should have any queries, please contact John Burnett, Director of Marketing and Admissions.

 

Pool Closure for Maintenance Works - Unfortunately, due to unforeseen maintenance issues, the School pool will be out of use throughout the Summer term. We will close the pool at the start of the Easter holidays and hope to re-open ready for September 2020. If you should have any queries, please contact Jeremy Belas, Director of Sport.

 


 

Events and Reminders

 

Friday 14th February: Valentine’s Mufti Day - Students are invited to wear their own clothes, ideally in shades of pink, for Valentine’s Day this Friday. Funds raised will be donated to local Reading charity, Nishkam Swat, which aims to combat a number of issues including homelessness, alcohol and substance abuse and care for the elderly. £1 in advance or £2 on the day will be collected in Houses. If you have any queries, please contact Pablo Gorostidi Perez, Amicus Co-Ordinator.

 

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-4.00pm 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. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Chris Routh, Librarian.

 

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 or your colleagues, would like to join us, please email Chris Routh, Librarian.

 

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 

 

Changes to Collect Dress - Please see the attached letter from Eddie Falshaw, Deputy Head, regarding changes to Year 7 Collect Dress from September 2020 in line with the School’s rebranding activity. If you should have any queries, please contact Eddie Falshaw, Deputy Head.

 

RSVP Thursday 5th March: Year 7 Tutor, Student, Parent Consultation Evening – To ensure clear communication about the academic progression of your child is achieved, we are holding a second Tutors, Students, Parents Consultation Evening in Fryer House, from 6.00-9.00pm. 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, 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.

 

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.

 


 

Year 8

 

Changes to Collect Dress - Please see the attached letter from Eddie Falshaw, Deputy Head, regarding changes to Year 8 Collect Dress from September 2020 in line with the School’s rebranding activity. If you should have any queries, please contact Eddie Falshaw, Deputy Head.

 

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 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.

 


 

Year 9

 

Changes to Collect Dress - Please see the attached letter from Eddie Falshaw, Deputy Head, regarding changes to Year 9 Collect Dress from September 2020 in line with the School’s rebranding activity. If you should have any queries, please contact Eddie Falshaw, Deputy Head.

 

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 Friday 6th March: Ice Skating Trip - Year 9 are invited to attend an ice skating trip to the John Nike Leisuresport Complex in Bracknell. The cost of the trip will be £8. There will be refreshments available from the café and so students may wish to bring a small amount of cash. Please see the attached letter for more information and complete the online form by Friday 21st February to confirm your son/daughter’s attendance. If you should have any queries, please contact Mark Simmons, Senior Master & Head of Year 9.

 

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, Math 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 by the end of today, Wednesday 12th February. If you require any further information, please contact Richard Duckett, History Teacher.

 


 

Year 10 

 

Changes to Collect Dress - Please see the attached letter from Eddie Falshaw, Deputy Head, regarding changes to Year 10 Collect Dress from September 2020 in line with the School’s rebranding activity. If you should have any queries, please contact Eddie Falshaw, Deputy Head.

 

Friday 14th – Wednesday 19th February: History and Politics Trip to Berlin – See the Berlin Trip Blog to keep up to date with our History and Politics students as they explore the capital’s turbulent past, art scene and modern landmarks over Long Leave.

 

Thursday 5th March: Year 10 Tutor, Student, Parent Consultation Evening – Please note that we are holding an important Parents' Consultation Evening for Year 10 on Friday 5th March. More information will be communicated following Long Leave, when appointment booking will also open via the Parent Portal. If you should have any queries, please contact Beverley Eldridge, Head of Year 10 & 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, Math 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 by the end of today, Wednesday 12th February. If you require any further information, please contact Richard Duckett, History Teacher.

 


 

Year 11 

 

Thursday 13th February: Medical Careers Talk - In a talk jointly hosted by MedSoc and the Entrepreneurship Societies, Dr Stephanie Eltz will talk about her career ‘From Surgeon to Healthcare CEO’. Students and accompanying teachers are welcome to attend the talk which will take place in Jafar Hall, Eton College, at 8.45pm. Please see the attached poster for more information. If you should have any queries, please contact Sally Saunders, Head of Careers.

 

Friday 14th – Wednesday 19th February: History and Politics Trip to Berlin – See the Berlin Trip Blog to keep up to date with our History and Politics students as they explore the capital’s turbulent past, art scene and modern landmarks over Long Leave.

 

Saturday 29th February: Mock Examination Resits - Students who would benefit from another attempt at a mock paper(s) are encouraged to attend a resit day. Please see the attached letter for more information and 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, Math 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

 

Thursday 13th February: Medical Careers Talk - In a talk jointly hosted by MedSoc and the Entrepreneurship Societies, Dr Stephanie Eltz will talk about her career ‘From Surgeon to Healthcare CEO’. Students and accompanying teachers are welcome to attend the talk which will take place in Jafar Hall, Eton College, at 8.45pm. Please see the attached poster for more information. If you should have any queries, please contact Sally Saunders, Head of Careers.

 

Friday 14th – Wednesday 19th February: History and Politics Trip to Berlin – See the Berlin Trip Blog to keep up to date with our History and Politics students as they explore the capital’s turbulent past, art scene and modern landmarks over Long Leave.

 

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 4th March: Drama Trip to see Frankenstein - Drama students have the opportunity to see Frankenstein on stage at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, as part of their A Level course. The cost of this visit is £25.00. Please see the attached letter for more information and complete the online form by Friday 14th February to confirm your son/daughter’s attendance. If you have any queries, please contact Natasha Coccia, Drama Teacher.

 

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, Math or Design. Please see the attached poster for more information. If you should have any queries, please contact Sally Saunders, Head of Careers.

 

RSVP Thursday 25th – Friday 26th June: Residential Geography Field Trip - As an integral part of the Sixth Form AS Level and IB courses, the Geography Department are taking all Lower Sixth Geography students on a residential field trip to South Devon in June. The all-inclusive cost of the trip will be £280. This will include transport, accommodation, meals and tuition costs whilst at the centre. Please see the attached letter for more information and complete the online form with payment of £280 by Friday 14th February. If you should have any questions please do not hesitate to Oliver Staines, Head of Geography.

 

Sunday 12th – Saturday 18th July: Medical Humanities Summer School - Green Templeton College, Oxford, is offering places at their Summer School for Medical Humanities. There are five bursaries available for Sixth Form students to attend, alongside 15 undergraduates. If you are interested in applying please see the attached brochure, which contains further details. If you should have any queries, please contact Sally Saunders, Head of Careers, or contact the Medical Humanities Summer School.

 


 

Upper Sixth

 

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.

 

Thursday 13th February: Medical Career’s Talk - In a talk jointly hosted by MedSoc and the Entrepreneurship Societies, Dr Stephanie Eltz will talk about her career ‘From Surgeon to Healthcare CEO’. Students and accompanying teachers are welcome to attend the talk which will take place in Jafar Hall, Eton College, at 8.45pm. Please see the attached poster for more information. If you should have any queries, please contact Sally Saunders, Head of Careers.

 

Friday 14th – Wednesday 19th February: History and Politics Trip to Berlin – See the Berlin Trip Blog to keep up to date with our History and Politics students as they explore the capital’s turbulent past, art scene and modern landmarks over Long Leave.

 

RSVP Wednesday 4th March: Drama Trip to see Frankenstein - Drama students have the opportunity to see Frankenstein on stage at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, as part of their A Level course. The cost of this visit is £25.00. Please see the attached letter for more information and complete the online form by Friday 14th February to confirm your son/daughter’s attendance. If you have any queries, please contact Natasha Coccia, Drama Teacher.

 

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, Math or Design. Please see the attached poster for more information. If you should have any queries, please contact Sally Saunders, Head of Careers.

 

Sunday 12th – Saturday 18th July: Medical Humanities Summer School Deadline – The deadline for the Green Templeton College Summer School for Medical Humanities is this Saturday 15th February. There are five bursaries available for Sixth Form students to attend, alongside 15 undergraduates. If you are interested in applying please see the attached brochure, which contains further details. If you should have any queries, please contact Sally Saunders, Head of Careers, or contact the Medical Humanities Summer School directly.

 

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