Issue 904: 9th October 2020

Uniform

As the weather has definitely taken an autumnal turn, a number of our pupils are, very sensibly, wearing their coats both inside and outside of the school building. Given the need for ventilation in the classrooms, we are permitting pupils to wear their coats during lessons. However, they must still ensure they have the correct uniform under their coats, and not hoodies or other casual jackets. Our school uniform is an important part of our school identity and I would be grateful if you would please remind your son/daughter of the expectation to wear full uniform at all times. Thank you for your support with this.

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Pupil Illness

I would like to take the opportunity to remind you that it is not school policy to set work for pupils who may be at home unwell. The expectation is that they take the time to fully recover and catch up when they are well enough to return to school. The situation is different if a pupil is having to self-isolate due to COVID-19 restrictions. In that instance, we will, of course, provide work via Show My Homework and/or live-streaming, and pupils should follow their usual timetable of lessons. Please remember that all pupils are also able to access resources and additional support on websites such as BBC Bitesize and the Oak National Academy.

Twitter

I am delighted to say that Sweyne Park has joined the world of Twitter! Please head over to follow us @SweynePark. If you have any good news stories that you would like to share in relation to anything your son/daughter has achieved inside or out of school, then please do let us know and, where possible, send us a photo so that we can “tweet” to celebrate our pupils’ successes and experiences. We will also use Twitter to notify you of any urgent matters, although please do continue to keep an eye on your emails, as we will, of course, continue to communicate in this way.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Policy

In line with Government guidelines, all schools are required to have a policy in place setting out how Relationships and Sex Education is taught across Years 7 – 11. RSE includes the exploration of the emotional, social, cultural and physical aspects of growing up, having relationships, including sexual relationships, and learning about human sexuality and sexual health. We are required to consult with parents and carers before formally adopting the policy, and have uploaded a draft copy of the RSE policy onto our website. The policy is based on the template provided by the PHSE Association, which is fully accredited by the DfE. Please do take the time to view it, and to provide any feedback you may have. Thank you for your support of this important area of school life.

Focus on characters & authors from culturally diverse backgrounds ...

cultural diversity

Michelle Waghorn reporting …

The library has plenty of books for every kind of reader and it’s important that everyone can find a book or character which relates to them.

Here is a collection that celebrates cultural diversity within characters in books or authors themselves.

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,  https://uk.accessit.online/ths01/#!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 MWaghorn@sweynepark.com or complete this form:

 

Book of the Week

CRATER LAKE
by Jennifer Killick

“Who is the mysterious bloodstained man who stops their coach?

Why is no one around when Lance and the rest of Year Six arrive at the brand new Crater Lake activity centre?

But this is just the beginning of the school trip from hell; a fight for survival that sees five pupils band together to save their classmates from an alien fate far worse than death.

But whatever happens, they must Never. Ever. Fall asleep!”

The perfect mix of horror, sci-fi, adventure and humour; a highly entertaining read!

The most popular Bookbuzz choice for Year 7 this year!

A message from Pupil Services

Lost Property

Over the lock down and holiday period a large amount of lost property was gathered in. Much has been reclaimed but a few items have still not been reunited with their owners. We will shortly be recycling these items. If you are still missing any items from before the summer please check with Pupil Services.

These PE kits are in Pupil Services in the lost property cupboard. Please could you check to see if one of these belongs to your child and, ask them to collect from Pupil Services. 

Thank you.

9th October is World Egg Day

Year 6 Virtual Open Event Find out more
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