As this half term draws to a close, we would like to thank you for your support and commitment in ensuring that our high expectations of our students are being met.
In an effort to maintain these high standards we would like your support in addressing the following:- Uniform, Jewellery and Piercings, Hair and Make-up and the College day.
Information for Parents/Carers - Uniform and Expectations
Uniform Guidance - Download/View
The Reading Across The Curriculum Days
All Year 7 and Year 8 students will be in normal lessons and with their usual six different classroom teachers throughout the day. Each individual lesson, either the teacher or student(s) will read out a specific poem - the poems are attached below and Year 7 & Year 8 students will have their ipads, if required. This will only act as a starter to their lesson then the normal lesson will continue to take place as usual.
Complete Poem Set - Download/View
As in previous events like this, Year 7 and Year 8 students will be listening and/or reading aloud six poems - in this case all linked to the theme of Love in some way - throughout the day. I have informed them about the thinking behind the readings. I have discussed this in registration times in order to establish clear expectations here too.
I have attached a powerpoint of poems along with five possible questions to either ask students or get students to ask each other. I have added some brief notes at the bottom of each slide/poem for you. Please only spend 5 minutes on Tuesday reading and discussing/questioning with your students. The poems/slides are numbered 1-6, 1 being Period One, Slide 2 being P2 etc etc. Please only read the one poem allocated to your Y7 and/or Y8 lesson.
DEAR is student led, so students need to be encouraged to engage in the readings and questioning process themselves. Students can read the poem out - it does not need to be the member of staff - the idea is that this is a whole class participation reading experience. If you have Year 7 or Year 8 more than once on Tuesday you will obviously need to read a different poem per lesson.
Please can you email me photographs of readings taking place in your subject area by the end of Tuesday. I will make sure they are uploaded on to the college website/twitter etc to share with parents. Thank you for your support here and if you have any questions, please just ask.
Kate Christie - Literacy Coordinator Email: email@example.com
Dear Parent, We would really appreciate your support with a few issues:
* If a child is ill they should speak to their Head of Year and we will then contact home if it is serious enough. At the moment we have students contacting home to say they unwell on their mobile phones and parents arriving at reception, though we are unaware of the issue, and often it is not serious enough to warrant them going home. We try and support children to stay in school where possible and just contact home if necessary
* Students need to come to school in full uniform – we sent lot of detailed information home about this before the start of the school year. If there is a short term problem with uniform, please could you send the student in with a note explaining the problem. We have lots of students in a range of coloured trainers at the moment, they must be wearing black polishable footwear except in rare circumstances e.g. shoes have broken and new ones need to be bought.
* Students need to have a pen, pencil and ruler with them in school. They can buy these at the shop at school before school, break and lunch at a low cost, but some students are buying replacements almost every day. Please could you support your child to have a place to put their equipment in their bags e.g. a pencil case, so they do not lose it throughout the day. Thanks for your support with these matters.
We thought it might be useful for us to share the ways in which we praise students on a regular basis:
Students receive house points for excellent achievement or effort in lessons. This adds up throughout the term and they receive a certificate and are entered into a prize draw to win a cinema voucher. These points add up across the year and students are awarded a final certificate. Every student who achieves Diamond or Platinum level of points is given a cinema voucher. The points are taken into account when the awards are given out at the annual Star Awards evening and contribute to the overall House winners each year.
80 Year 9 artists and photographers from both Churchill and Norham are working with 3D visualisers from Ravensworth on a live Urban Regeneration brief to hypothetically develop the outdoor space around school into a multifunctional performance, recreational or educational space. This fantastic opportunity for work related learning is extremely exciting and we are very grateful to Ravensworth for their commitment to working with our students.