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Leighton Park Weekly eBulletin - Wednesday 5th 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

 

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.

 

Absence Reporting – Please note that any absence should now be reported using the new email address absence@leightonpark.com, copying in the Tutor. Parents should no longer use schooloffice@leightonpark.com, but should direct all other enquiries here. Please see the attached letter from Nicky Hardy, Deputy Head: Pastoral, for more information regarding the reviewed procedure around absence reporting.

 


 

Events and Reminders

 

Monday 3rd – Friday 7th February: National Apprenticeships Week – In support of National Apprenticeships Week, please find attached ‘A Parent’s Guide to Apprenticeships’ from the National Apprenticeship Service. If you should have any questions about apprenticeships or careers advice, please contact Sally Saunders, Head of Careers.

 

RSVP Tuesday 4th – Friday 7th February: Chicago Production – Following a spectacular opening night, tickets for this evening’s and tomorrow’s performance of Chicago are on sale here. Friday night is sold out. The show will start at 7.00pm, in the Main Hall, Michael Malnick Centre. Parents and guardians may like to be aware that this is a Senior Production involving students in Year 10 and above. The content may not be appropriate for those below Year 8.

 

RSVP Tuesday 4th – Friday 7th February: Urgent Volunteer Request for Chicago Bar - The PSC are running a licensed bar in the MMC Foyer serving both soft and alcoholic drinks and snacks, before and during the intervals of the Chicago performances. Interval drinks can also be pre-ordered to be collected from the Upper Foyer. Any help with staffing the bar would be especially appreciated on Thursday and Friday, where there are currently shortages. Sign up is available through the following link. All profits will go to support Music and Drama at Leighton Park. If you should have any queries, please contact the PSC.

 

Friday 7th February: Nearly New Shop – The Nearly New Shop will be open from 4.30-5.30pm in the Fryer Dining Room. Please find the price list attached. Donations of sports kit and school dress that are no longer needed.

 

RSVP Tuesday 11th February: Parent Talk on Social Media and Screen Time - The second workshop in our pastoral care series for parents, will take place on Tuesday 11th February from 7.00-8.30pm in Peckover Hall. Please see the attached flyer for more information and if you would like to attend please complete the online form. If you should have any queries, please contact Nicky Hardy, Deputy Head: Pastoral.

 

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.

 

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 Jazz Vocalist and Vocal Coach to Sam Smith, 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. Tickets are available to purchase here for £12 per person.

 

RSVP 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.

 

Friday 7th February: Fryer Parent Tea - Parents and guardians of Fryer students are warmly invited to the Fryer Parent Tea in Fryer House on Friday 7th February, 4.30-5.30pm. This is primarily a social event for parents, although some members of the House team will be present. The Nearly New Shop will also be open and donations of sports kit or school dress that are no longer needed are welcomed. Please find the price list attached and if you should have any queries, do not hesitate to contact the PSC.

 

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.

 

Friday 7th February: Fryer Parent Tea - Parents and guardians of Fryer students are warmly invited to the Fryer Parent Tea in Fryer House on Friday 7th February, 4.30-5.30pm. This is primarily a social event for parents, although some members of the House team will be present. The Nearly New Shop will also be open and donations of sports kit or school dress that are no longer needed are welcomed. Please find the price list attached and if you should have any queries, do not hesitate to contact the PSC.

 

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 opens on Wednesday 5th February at 2.00pm 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 & IB Administrator.

 

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 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.

 

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 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.

 

RSVP Monday 10th February: Fine Art Exhibition - As part of the Art Department's enrichment programme, Art students have the opportunity to attend the University of Reading’s interim exhibition, at their School of Art. For more information please see the attached letter and complete the online form to confirm your son/daughter’s attendance, by Monday 10th February. If you should have any queries, please contact Ella Shepard, Resident Artist.

 

RSVP 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.

 

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 Wednesday 12th February. If you require any further information, please contact Richard Duckett, History Teacher.

 


 

Year 11 

 

RSVP Monday 10th February: Fine Art Exhibition - As part of the Art Department's enrichment programme, Art students have the opportunity to attend the University of Reading’s interim exhibition, at their School of Art. For more information please see the attached letter and complete the online form to confirm your son/daughter’s attendance, by Monday 10th February. If you should have any queries, please contact Ella Shepard, Resident Artist.

 

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. 

 

RSVP From Tuesday 4th February: Life Drawing – Following our previous letter detailing extra-curricular Life Drawing sessions at the Rising Sun Local Arts Centre, to be followed by classes held at the School, we are pleased to confirm that three more additional classes will be hosted by Leighton Park, from Tuesday 11th February. We are delighted to invite interested students from Year 11, Lower and Upper Sixth, ideally studying an Arts subject, to attend the sessions. Please see the attached letter for more information and complete the online form to confirm attendance. If you should have any queries please contact Ella Shepard, Resident Artist.

 

RSVP 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

 

RSVP From Tuesday 4th February: Life Drawing – Following our previous letter detailing extra-curricular Life Drawing sessions at the Rising Sun Local Arts Centre, to be followed by classes held at the School, we are pleased to confirm that three more additional classes will be hosted by Leighton Park, from Tuesday 11th February. We are delighted to invite interested students from Year 11, Lower and Upper Sixth, ideally studying an Arts subject, to attend the sessions. Please see the attached letter for more information and complete the online form to confirm attendance. If you should have any queries please contact Ella Shepard, Resident Artist.

 

RSVP Monday 10th February: Fine Art Exhibition - As part of the Art Department's enrichment programme, Art students have the opportunity to attend the University of Reading’s interim exhibition, at their School of Art. For more information please see the attached letter and complete the online form to confirm your son/daughter’s attendance, by Monday 10th February. If you should have any queries, please contact Ella Shepard, Resident Artist.

 

RSVP Monday 10th February: Financial Apprenticeship Webinar - Deloitte are hosting an online Q&A from 6.00-6.45pm for students, teachers and parents with experts and current apprentices, to share information about their BrightStart Apprenticeship programme. The event is open to students in Lower and Upper Sixth, as well as parents and teachers. For more information on what will be covered, please see the attached itinerary. Sign up for the webinar is available here. If you should have any queries, please contact Sally Saunders, Head of Careers.

 

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.

 

RSVP 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.

 

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.

 

RSVP 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 Timetables - Students have now been sent their mock exam timetable for 24th–28th February and have been asked to speak to the Exams Office if they have any questions. Please remind your son or daughter to check their emails as there will be further exam information being sent over the next few weeks. If you should have any queries, please contact Sarah Gill, Exams Officer.

 

RSVP From Tuesday 4th February: Life Drawing – Following our previous letter detailing extra-curricular Life Drawing sessions at the Rising Sun Local Arts Centre, to be followed by classes held at the School, we are pleased to confirm that three more additional classes will be hosted by Leighton Park, from Tuesday 11th February. We are delighted to invite interested students from Year 11, Lower and Upper Sixth, ideally studying an Arts subject, to attend the sessions. Please see the attached letter for more information and complete the online form to confirm attendance. If you should have any queries please contact Ella Shepard, Resident Artist.

 

RSVP Monday 10th February: Fine Art Exhibition - As part of the Art Department's enrichment programme, Art students have the opportunity to attend the University of Reading’s interim exhibition, at their School of Art. For more information please see the attached letter and complete the online form to confirm your son/daughter’s attendance, by Monday 10th February. If you should have any queries, please contact Ella Shepard, Resident Artist.

 

RSVP Monday 10th February: Financial Apprenticeship Webinar - Deloitte are hosting an online Q&A from 6.00-6.45pm for students, teachers and parents with experts and current apprentices, to share information about their BrightStart Apprenticeship programme. The event is open to students in Lower and Upper Sixth, as well as parents and teachers. For more information on what will be covered, please see the attached itinerary. Sign up for the webinar is available here. If you should have any queries, please contact Sally Saunders, Head of Careers.

 

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.

 

RSVP 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.

 

RSVP 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 directly.

 

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