Issue 1033: 2nd February 2024

  • HEADLINES

Coming Soon

Please see below a few key dates for your diary of events planned for the rest of this half-term:

8th February Year 7 Parents’ Evening
12th February Year 12 Aspirations Week begins
15th February Year 9 Employment Enterprise Careers Day
16th February End of half-term

As ever, we will provide further and more detailed information nearer the time.

Facebook Checklist – Privacy

Please find attached a checklist about Facebook that has been produced by South West Grid for learning (SWGfL).  This has been updated by SWGfL after some recent updates to Facebook, so it is useful for those of our pupils who use Facebook, and indeed parents and carers, to check that all privacy settings are what you want them to be.

Learn more

Achievements Outside of School

As I regularly say, we are always very excited to hear about the wide range of hobbies and interest our pupils and students enjoy outside of school.  If your child(ren) would like to share any of their achievements, or just simply promote a club or society that they are involved in, please do encourage them to write a short article which we can publish in the Sweyne Park Times.  If possible, it is always nice to have an accompanying photo!

Free School Meals

As you may be aware, parents on low incomes and receiving certain benefits, are entitled to claim Free School Meals for their child(ren). Full details and an application form are available online at www.essex.gov.uk/free-school-meals.

Alternatively, if you think you may be eligible, but want to find out more, please do ring Pupil Services at the school, and they will be happy to advise you and help with an application. If your claim is successful a set amount will be credited to your child’s account in our cashless catering system, which ensures anonymity.

It is well worth having – even if your child only uses it to buy a drink/snack to supplement a packed lunch!

And Finally…

Have a nice weekend

Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize

Once again, the Library’s Book clubs were chosen to be an official judging panel for the Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize.

The Book prize features six science-related books, aimed at younger audiences, and the pupils read and discussed them all, awarding marks in the categories: Ease of reading / Interest / Look & feel and Inspiration

Our Book Clubs have enjoyed the whole process and on Friday they merged for the final debate to choose our overall winner.

It was great to see the Year 7s showing no intimidation in the presence of the older students and holding their own in the debate.

The debate was excellent – and almost every student spoke up with either a point, a challenge or response

It was an incredibly close run debate – and the split remained equal between the two top books, but when pushed Live like a Hunter Gatherer just about pipped it!

KNITTING CLUB

Mrs Cajee has started a new knitting club on Wednesdays from 3.15pm-4.15pm in ML4. If pupils would like to sign up there is a sign up sheet in Pupil Services.

If anyone has any knitting needles or wool to donate, please could they be dropped off to Pupil Services.

Thank you in advance.

 

Next week, the Caterlink menu will be ‘Lunch Week 1’.

Click here to see the menu.

 

What do you do when you're not in school?

We would love to hear about your hobbies, interests and achievements...

If you have any stories and/or photos that you would like to share, please contact us at pupilservices@sweynepark.com