Issue 903: 2nd October 2020

Virtual Parents’ Evenings

At Sweyne Park we have always placed a high value on the relationship between school and home. Given that most of our pupils were away from school for 6 months, feedback from both teachers and parents is now more important than ever. As we are not permitted to hold our usual annual Parents’ Evenings, we are looking to host virtual meetings, via the School Cloud. We will be trialling this model with our Year 7 parents/carers during Academic Induction and, if all goes well, then we will roll it out across the school. I will write further with more details once we have had the opportunity to assess how this works, and to finalise our plans. Watch this space!


Attending Live-Streamed Lessons

In the event that pupils are having to self-isolate at home, but are fit and well, they are expected to attend any of their lessons which may be live-streamed. Pupils will be emailed a link and must join the lesson at the usual start time. Please do encourage your son/daughter to attend any live-streamed lessons, not only will they benefit from this model of teaching, but if they do fail to attend, it may be recorded as an absence, as would be the case if they were in school. Thank you for your support.

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 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!

School Meals: Price Increase

The school meals service has for many years been a highlight of the school day for many pupils, They look forward to break and lunch time with enthusiasm.  However as with most goods, inflation has had an impact in the last 14 months, when we last informed you of the need for a catering price rise.  From 1st November the average cost of canteen food will rise by an 3.1%.  We have been able to freeze the cost of the “Meal deal” at £2.40 which always represents the best value and is a nutritionally balanced meal. The Free School Meals allowance will therefore also remain the same.  As always increases to “healthier items” will be minimal or zero and “less healthy” items will receive the main cost increases.

Updates and further information about the school meals’ service will shortly be added to the website.

If you have any particular comments, do please contact the school by email via

Get more from your Library ...

Manga Shelves

Michelle Waghorn reporting …

Have you checked out the Comic Books, Graphic Novels and Manga collection in the Library? There are lots of new books to choose from!


National Poetry Day

Thursday 1st October

Which means it’s time for the

Simply write a poem on any subject you like, but if you’re stuck for ideas, the national theme this year is
Or check out some of the poetry books in the Library for inspiration.
(Funny poems, silly poems, serious poems – we have something for everyone!)
Please hand in your entries to
Mrs Waghorn, in the Library by

Calling All Year 7s ...

Do you like to write stories? Check out this special writing workshop opportunity with Jennifer Killick (author of Crater Lake the most popular choice for this year’s Bookbuzz books!) and Jacqson Diego Story Emporium.

“Our Young Writers Meet session on Saturday 31st October will run from 10.30am – 12.30pm over Zoom. We will be joined by special guest author, Jennifer Killick, who will be joining us for a masterclass in writing suspense stories on Halloween!

Jennifer will also be signing some dedicated bookplates for us to include in copies of her books and there is an option to include her latest book Crater Lake in the event fee at a subsidised price.

The cost is £15 per child inclusive of a resources pack and postage, or £20 including a copy of Jennifer’s latest book Crater Lake, with a signed bookplate. Booking is essential!”

Library Click & Collect Service

Pupils can have access to the Library computers (for homework purposes only) before school from 07:45, BUT this will be on a rotation for each Year Group as follows:

  • Monday Year 7
  • Tuesday Year 8
  • Wednesday Year 9
  • Thursday Year 10
  • Friday Year 11

VI Form students will have books delivered to their form.

Please login on the Library online catalogue,!dashboard to search and reserve books for our new Click & Collect Service.

You can collect your library books after school (14.55-15.15) on your allocated day.

If you need help in choosing a book then email or complete this form:


Book of the Week

by Manjeet Mann

“Amber is trapped – by her father’s rules, by his expectations, by her own fears. Now she’s ready to fight – for her mother, for her sister, for herself.

Freedom always comes at a price.”

A series of poems which emotively tell Amber’s story of rebellion and freedom with great passion and feeling.

Perfect for National Poetry Day, Thursday 1st October!

The library has more books written in verse available, and you can see some of them here:

Why not reserve one online today, using the Click & Collect service?

A message from Pupil Services

Lost Property

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please ensure that you clearly name your child’s uniform and PE kit. We have several brand new PE kits in bags with no names so we are unable to return them to pupils. If your child has lost anything please encourage them to ask in Pupil Services. We will be clearing unclaimed items at the end of this week.

Many thanks.

1st October is World Vegetarian Day

Year 6 Virtual Open Event Find out more
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