We have had an extremely productive day moderating all the work produced by our Year 11 and Post 16 students and using external staff too as a method of quality assurance. Thank you for your understanding in us having an additional inset day, the staff really appreciate it!
Next week is our last week before half-term, I can’t quite believe where the time has gone. We are looking very closely at all the new Government Guidance to see what measure we may look at relaxing after half-term. We will, however, communicate with you about this in a separate Parent Update. Many of you would have seen on our school Facebook account many of our students being presented with a range of awards for the amount of positive points this week, we really love our extravagant rewards system!
Thank you to all of you who managed to return your child’s activities' form on time, if you haven’t done it yet, please return it ASAP.
Please can you check your child’s school meal’s account and where necessary top up.
Year 11’s and 13’s
Please use up any credit that you have on your account before you finish next Friday and also ensure that any overdraft is paid.
Should you have any concerns about your account please contact the Finance Office on 01225 711165.
English Department Shortlisted for Award
Last Friday, it was announced in the Times Educational Supplement (TES) that the English department have been shortlisted for 'English Team of the Year'. The award will recognise the achievements and efforts of an English team or English teacher over the last academic year.
TES editor Jon Severs said: “It is more important this year than ever before to celebrate the fantastic work schools do, because in the past 12 months they have gone above and beyond to ensure pupils were able to be educated and be kept safe in extraordinary circumstances. We were inundated with entries that demonstrated just how hard the pandemic made the work of schools, and just how amazing the response from staff has been. We are looking forward to showcasing , as we do every year, just how vital our education professionals are to every facet of this country. "
We are now one of eight schools on the shortlist, with the winner announced in a ceremony on the 25th June. Watch this space!
There was some fantastic team work and great enthusiasm on display throughout the three days but the following students stood out because of their bravery and resilience, their leadership of the team, their support for their peers or for keeping the team spirits up with their positivity or sense of humour.
Well done everyone!
Royal Academy of Arts Youth Summer Show
I entered students into this year’s RA show and Abbie Bowker in year 12 and Ella Robinson in year 8 have been selected to show their work at the RA summer youth show this year. I am beyond proud and this truly is a real achievement. They have 33,000 entries and its is not easy to get selected.
As a school we should be very proud to have JOG represented in the RA exhibition in London this summer!
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!
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!
Clap When You Landby Elizabeth Acevedo
Camino and Yahaira see their lives collide when their families and cultures are unexpectedly brought together in this thought-provoking novel. Grief and family revelations are explored through dual narrative verse that questions how well we really know those closest to us.
This is a powerful, heart-breaking and compelling novel. There is economy and beauty in the language, demonstrated in an immersive narrative artfully told through verse. The structure and shape of the text adds an essential component to the superb overall quality of the story. The believable characters develop and mature as the story unfolds in this tale of family and unconditional love.
Most students will know I am a big fan of free verse novels. An outstanding reading experience.
Clap When You Land has been shortlisted for this year’s