It’s been so nice this week for Year 7 to enjoy their trips to PGL in Liddington. Their feedback has been so positive, and it has been wonderful to see how much they have enjoyed it.
On Monday we were pleased to hear news that face coverings are no longer expected to be worn in schools. As you will know by my other communication, from Monday 17th May, we will be giving staff and students the option of wearing masks in school, however, it is no longer compulsory. Please remember that if your child uses public transport to come to school, they are still required to wear a mask. At the moment there has been no further guidance about allowing year groups to mix, so we will maintain our current system of keeping students in their bubbles.
This week our Post-16 students were able to hear from various universities about ‘university life’. We are delighted that the vast majority of students within our Post-16 are choosing to move on to university, with some being the first member of their family to do so.
Next week on Wednesday, it is the deadline for getting Activity Trip requests back into school. If you could ensure this is done it would be really appreciated.
As always, thank you for your support. I do hope you are able to enjoy your weekend.
• KS3 Isabelle - continuous efforts and positive attitude in PE
• KS4 Vincent - resilience to complete the orienteering course
• KS5 Hannah - sound subject knowledge, organised with coursework and hard-working
Well done to all 3 of our students, you deserve the recognition you are getting!
Remember, if you or your child are particularly proud of anything and you would like this to feature on our social media platforms please send an email to: JOGPEachievements@jogschool.org
Year 7 PGL Day Camps
This week our Year 7 students have had an outdoor education day at PGL Liddington as a reward for making a great transition to John of Gaunt in the most difficult of times. Through archery, trapeze, giant swing and raft building the students have had to use their bravery, teamwork and leadership skills to succeed- especially tutor groups 7A, 7G and 7I who had to do it all in the pouring rain!
It has been a real delight seeing the students trying new skills with enthusiasm and encouraging each other. We have been especially proud of students who have faced their fears and shown strong resilience. Students worked well with the others in their activity groups even if they didn’t know them at the start of the day and they celebrated each other’s successes. There has been a fair amount of water (“falling” in the lake), a bit of screaming but most importantly a lot of laughter.
The member of staff supporting each group has nominated students for PGL Superstar Awards in the categories of resilience, leadership, positivity and encouraging others. These will be announced next week.
Thank you to all the staff who accompanied the three trips.
Supporting the nationwide initiative #EndChildFoodPoverty
Marcus Rashford and Tom Kerridge want to help give children and families the skills and confidence to cook good, proper food in their own kitchens, using the equipment available to them. Encouraging them to be creative, have fun and spend valuable time together cooking and eating.
Tom has created 52 pocket friendly and seriously tasty recipes that the whole family can cook; dishes to fill hungry tummies. These recipes are simple and easy to follow with emphasis on limited equipment and inclusion of store cupboard goods with a longer shelf life.
Every Sunday morning, they will launch a new cook-along video on their Instagram page. Follow @FullTimeMeals to access all cook-along videos featuring Tom, Marcus and famous friends.
You won’t need a load of ingredients, equipment, or skill. Just head to your local supermarket or corner shop grab the ingredients and cook up some mega tasty meals!
Horrible History JOG Style
Over 120 Year 7 pupils participated in the annual John of Gaunt School “Living History Day” on Wednesday 5 May.
The students learned the story of the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings in October 1066. They role-played the key events in the story of Harold Godwinson, England’s last Saxon king and Duke William of Normandy which ended with the defeat of the Saxons and William becoming the new King of England.
They handled artefacts including swords, helmets, Halberks and battle-axes and then started on some battle training.
As new recruits to the Saxon army the students learned how to create the famous Saxon shield wall and how to handle their spear. As the Normans charged the shield wall the students held firm and repelled the enemy attack.
Two days later a similar number of Year 8 pupils were recruited into the Royalist forces fighting the Parliamentarians in the Civil War. These recruits learned pike drill and how to fire a musket and load and fire a canon at the Royalist encampment on the school field. They were put through their paces by a sergeant and learned the importance of a tight formation and how to withstand a cavalry attack.
Both events were organised in conjunction with Oxenwood Outdoor Education centre who provided the professional re-enactor and all the weaponry.
The day provided an enrichment opportunity for Year 7 and 8 students who had been studying the events of 1066 and the Civil War 1642-49 and how these shaped our island’s history. An event like this really brings History alive as the students don’t just learn about events but experience them.
It’s the next best thing to having a time machine!
Looking forward to next year,
Head of History
IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE
On Friday 21st May there will be an additional Inset day. This means the school will be closed to children. This day is to allow for teachers to moderate and standardise all the Year 11 and Post 16 evidence that is being put forward for their grade submission. We wholeheartedly apologise for the inconvenience, however given the exceptional circumstances and huge task to submit accurate grades for our students we hope you understand.
The History Department are delighted to announce the winners in the Year 7 Model Castle Building competition.
In first place were Lily-Mae Smith and Kyle WIlliams - who both win a £10 Love to Shop Gift Card.
Runners-Up were Wes Marsh and Reece Beale who each win a £5 Amazon voucher.
The winning 5 castles were historically accurate and beautifully constructed, a perfect combination of attention to detail and flair.
Well done to all those students who entered, we hope that you enjoyed making your models.
Ms Davison and the History Team
Every week you will find a new reading recommendation. It will be a mix of new and old books and all recommendations are available in your school library.
Would you like to recommend your favourite book? Pop in to see Mrs Bruton!
The Girl Who Became a Tree by Joseph Coelho
Daphne is unbearably sad and adrift. She feels the painful loss of her father acutely and seeks solace both in the security of her local library and the escape her phone screen provides by blocking out the world around her. As Daphne tries to make sense of what has happened she recalls memories of shared times and stories past, and in facing the darkness she finds a way back from the tangle of fear and confusion, to feel connected once more with her friends and family.
The Girl Who Became a Tree sees Joseph Coelho deploy a wide variety of poetic forms with consummate skill in its narration of events. He seamlessly but searingly weaves together the ancient legend of Daphne, who was turned into a tree to avoid the attentions of the god Apollo, and a totally modern tale, mixing real-life and fantasy, in which a latter-day Daphne seeks her own freedom. This is a heart-stoppingly imaginative story told in poems, at times bleak and even tragic, which is layered, rich and ultimately a tour de force of poetic skill and energy.
The Girl Who became a Tree has been shortlisted for this year’s Carnegie Medal.
Careers in Government and Politics
Have you ever considered a career in Government & Politics? Want to know how key decisions are made and what influences change in our political landscape? Are you interested in what happens over in Brussels? Ever thought about international relations? If so then this event is for you!
For the first time ever we are bringing together 6 leaders from across the UK political spectrum with experiences at Houses of Parliament, Brussels, Lobbyist Groups, GCHQ and much more!
In this exclusive 1-hour session we will be hearing each presenter's career journey and then opening it up to the floor for plenty of questions!
Tuesday 25th May, 5pm - 6pm
Insight to Government & Politics
Gaining inside knowledge on how to secure jobs in this sector
Focus on international relations and what it's like working in Brussels