Blog week ending 26th November

Posted on: 26/11/2021

Screen shot 2020 07 17 at 085005At this time of year, I am always mindful of the pressures and stresses that Christmas can bring to families and so it is always somewhat humbling to see the amazing generosity of all of our students and their families.  The creativity and engineering in the Hampers this year was something to behold, and I don’t mind saying brought a tear to my eye. A tremendous thank you for all that has been achieved and for making this such a truly special event.  Half of the hampers will be given to local charity groups who will in turn distribute them amongst our local community to those who need our support .. and some Christmas cheer.  The other half of these splendid hampers will be offered as prizes in our fabulous tombola at our Christmas Fair this Sunday – please do come along, there will be lots of Christmas gift ideas and opportunities to win prizes!

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PTFA Update.  We would like to invite you to our annual Christmas Market & Gifts Fair on Sunday, the 28th of November from 11am to 3pm. This is our biggest event of the year where families of the students and staff, and local residents come along and get into the festive spirit. 

We would very much appreciate your support for the event so please tell your friends and family about the event and drop by yourself to browse through the stalls, enjoy a cup of mulled wine and our hot food, and take a chance on our raffle (to be drawn at the end of the day) or Tombola.

We look forward to seeing you at the event.

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Spotlight on Sociology.  “Sociology is the study of human society and human social behaviour”. Sociologists strive to go beneath the surface of what seems obvious, common sense or natural, to discover and understand what is really happening.”

… It can be said that the first wisdom of sociology is this – “things are not what they seem” (Berger).

Our Sociology Department, led by Mrs Develeski offers both GCSE and A Level courses.  Our new Year 10 Sociology Subject Ambassadors have been elected and will be representing the department at our Year 9 Subjects Events, answering questions and providing advice as students consider their subject options for Y10 & 11 GCSE courses. Mr Alexander’s Year 13 Subject ambassadors will be on hand during our WG6 Open Events

Sociologists are interested in a wide range of social issues, such as whether prisons really deter criminals, why levels of inequality are increasing, why boys are underachieving at school, whether families are less important nowadays and if social class differences have disappeared. If any of these issues interest you, then you are bound to be fascinated by Sociology! 

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Sophia and Elliah two of our Year 10 Sociology Ambassadors, pictured below, are (not entirely surprisingly!) huge advocates for studying GCSE at GCSE.  “It’s a fascinating subject, I’m really enjoying learning and discussing the social impact of human behaviour”

“It’s really made me think about the causes of social issues and the motivation of people, it’s definitely making me view the world differently”

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Subject Ambassador Tyler, pictured left added “I’m hoping to go into teaching or criminology and for me, Sociology was a relevant subject to my future plans, plus the old subject ambassadors spoke about it and it sounded really interesting!”

Subject Ambassador Joy, pictured right added, “Sociology is a great ‘life skills’ subject, I’m learning things that will be relevant and useful to my future life”

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Sociology is incredibly useful to a number of career options providing a strong future pathway to careers in law, marketing, healthcare and politics.  Cerise, pictured below, commented “I’m planning to pursue a career within the social sciences and chose to study Sociology at GCSE to support that ambition but it’s got a broader value if my goals change”.

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Mrs Dhaliwal led an assembly this week on the subject of ‘community’ and each form created their own community pledge.  The assembly included a sociology slide defining community;

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Forms made a range of thoughtful and achievable pledges including;

10R To respect and value every member of our form

8A We pledge to accept everyone as they are and treat everyone with kindness and respect

10E We pledge to follow the school REACH values.

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Mrs Dhaliwal attended a celebration of the birth Guru Nanak, who was the founder of the Sikh religion, and included below quote as it is relevant to our ‘community’ discussion.

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A Year 7 competition was launched by the Pastoral Team to mark Anti-Bullying and Kindness week (15th-19th Nov). Students were asked to create a small piece of artwork to promote kindness with a view to them being displayed in the pastoral offices.

Lots of amazing pieces were entered with the top 5 chosen by Mrs Pike, Mrs Fiander and Mrs Pritchard.  Congratulations!

Olivia J of 7R

Derin A and Beulah F of 7R

Gabriella R of 7C

Elidi J of 7W

Summer C of 7W

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Our WG6 Biologists have been studying kidney function and in this practical lesson dissected a kidney to better understand the internal and external structure.  Students studied samples then went on to practise their biological drawings.

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Congratulations to Mrs Sloane and her family on the birth of her beautiful baby boy, Luca Samuel Christopher Sloane.  We all send our very best wishes, and look forward to receiving more pictures!

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Stone Lodge School, part of Endeavour MAT is scheduled to move into its new permanent buildings this Easter.  This week, Engineering Subject Ambassadors together with the Head Girl and Head Boy represented the student body on a tour of the new site.  Stone Lodge is a co-ed community school and like our Grammar Schools, is heavily over-subscribed.  Students will move into the new £35 million building in April 2022 and Stone lodge School will launch it’s sixth form, SL6, in September 2022 with two bespoke BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A levels).  For more details on our new SL6 and its courses please click here 

Pictured, students at the new building and Head Teacher, Mr Gavin Barnett

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Best wishes,

 

Michelle Lawson

Head Teacher

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