Another busy but great week at John of Gaunt. With the Year 12 exams finished, it is now the start of Year 10 students. They now start their exams this week, and we wish them all the very best.
This week, we have been looking through the updated guidance after the Prime Minister's announcement on Monday to look at what impact this will have on our plans. Our Year 11 and Year 13 team have been working really hard to discuss what we can do to celebrate the end of their respective year groups, and we should be in a position next week to confirm this. We are really pleased that our Activities Week will still be going ahead, as most of these trips will be after the revised unlocking date of Monday 19th July. We have also had specific guidance to allow school sports days to continue as normal. In school, we are pleased that the restrictions we have relaxed are continuing to work well, whilst maintaining many of the other controls.
This week, we have been delighted to launch our Summer Camps for Year 6 students who are going to be joining us in September along with any Year 5 students. If you have any children that fall into this category in your household, here is the booking link ActiveTrowbridge/Coaching/Camp We have worked alongside Active Trowbridge to develop these camps and I have to say they look brilliant! Lazer Tag, Climbing Walls, Fire Lighting Workshops, DJ’ing and much more will be on offer, and it’s all Free!!
As usual, I hope you are able t have a lovely weekend,
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Just to say that if our sports day goes according to plan the day will end between 2.30 - 2.45pm.
This week lots of girls took part in This Wilts Girl Can; a campaign to increase confidence and activity levels in girls especially after lock down.
Many girls took part in the survey and joined me to work out over two after-school clubs! It was a great opportunity for students to access a different way to exercise and benefit from working out. We burnt calories, learnt about what it means to be healthy and had fun!
We look forward to the next festival. Thanks to all those who participated.
STUDENTS OF THE WEEK
Congratulations to the following students who have been recognised by their PE teacher for their efforts, contribution and enthusiasm.
KS3: Josh Allison
KS3: Aaron Frankham
KS5: Scott Smith
Year 9’s First Fortnight
As we reach the end of the first fortnight of Term 6, the Year 9 team wanted to highlight those students and tutor groups who continue to make positive choices and meet The John of Gaunt’s core values of Respect, Resilience and Responsibility.
Over the last two weeks, Y9 have accrued a staggering 1644 achievement points, with the following students the Top 10 of these recipients.
Mrs Scott has been teaching relationships to several of the year 9 classes and wanted to praise them for their respect and level of maturity around this sometimes-tricky topic. She particularly wanted to flag up class 9C, who have fabulous attitude to their learning.
Miss Liddington also highlighted a number of students who have impressed recently. Stoyan, Melissa H are consistently working hard in lessons, whilst Patryk K and Macey-Mae Gilling both joined us later in the academic year have demonstrated excellent work ethics and presentation.
A number of students in 9F - Will G, Jimmy, Charlie P, and Bradley S - have also been making great contributions to their History lessons, whilst Tia H, Megan K, Olivia M, Hollie O’S, Patrycja, and Rhys L have shown excellent focus and hard work.
Mr Lear would like to pass on how impressed he has been with 9X1 in terms of work ethic and the quality of work they produce. In particular, he'd like to highlight Tom J, Cara F and Matthew H for working especially hard, also Grace P for teaching other students and working exceptionally hard. Matthew H also stands out in History with Mrs Mason, alongside Adam B for effort and achievement.
Miss Wall also wanted to mention two students who she is incredibly proud of for demonstrating significant resilience in the first fortnight – Poppy S and Anisha.
A huge well done to our Year 9 students for the positive return to school, it is good to see individuals making the right choices' day in and day out, focusing on their learning and preparing for the next step they take in their education. We have high hopes for the rest of the term and for next academic year when we formally start GCSEs.
Miss Wood, Mr Powell, Miss Wall & Miss Beer
Year 13 A Level Business students have been studying how businesses respond to external factors, particularly how hospitality and leisure businesses have adapted and changed in order to survive the difficulties of the last 18 months.
This week we finally got to visit Cotswold Water Park to have a look at a business in action. As all exams and assessments are out of the way, the group were able to relax and have a bit of fun in the sun as well as applying all that business knowledge to real life.
A great day all round.
Our year 12 students have given the radio room a new lease of life! They have worked incredibly hard to transform the space, and they are excitedly planning a new radio channel for The John of Gaunt School.
All students who have signed up to go to the cinema during activities week were asked to vote for the two films that they would like to see. We have a large screen booked each day, just for our use.
The votes are in and the results are:
Monday 19th July, Yr 8 will be watching Peter Rabbit and Cruella;
Tuesday 20th July, Yr 7 will be watching Peter Rabbit and Avengers Black Widow;
Wednesday 21st July, Yr 10 will be watching Cruella and Fast & Furious 9;
Thursday 22nd July, Yr 9 will be watching Avengers Black Widow and Fast & Furious 9.
Appeal for nearly new, young adult books
As part of The Word – our upcoming literature festival – we are kindly asking for donations of nearly new books that are suitable for years 7 to 11. These books will be the centerpiece of the ‘Book and Bake Takeaway’ that we will be running during the festival – where any student can freely take home a book and a piece of cake.
What: Nearly new books suitable for years 7 to 11 (please, no older adult or younger children’s books)
How: Where families can donate a book or two, students to bring them to school before Thursday 8th July.
Where: Students to take them to the library where there will be a donation box.
Many thanks for your support!
I don’t want my child to have free school meals, so what’s the point of applying for Pupil Premium funding?
Even if you do not wish your child to receive free school meals, if they are eligible for Pupil Premium (PP) funding we can (and do!) use the additional funding to boost our provision and are able to support families to ensure their child does not miss out on any valuable opportunities or experiences. Here are some examples of how we use our funding to bridge the gaps…
Our curriculum has benefited over the years. With the additional PP funding we have been able to employ Higher Level Teaching Assistants who have supported our Catch-up programme and Literacy/Numeracy additional classes at KS3. This has led to the majority of our students who have joined JoG below the national expected levels in English and maths to progress rapidly to now be working in-line with their peers.
We have also used the additional funding to support students from all year groups to access on-line, small group core subject teaching after school with undergraduates through the National Tutoring Programme (NTP).
Accelerated reader is another programme that has been funded by our PP funding. An integral aspect of how our library runs, PP funding helps us regularly purchase new and relevant books and run the software programme that has been boosting ALL our students reading in Yr7 & 8.
“What Accelerated Reader does so well is help students find their reading confidence - regardless of their starting level. The book quizzes introduce a bit of fun but more importantly: it helps show even the less confident students what they are capable of reading.”
Mrs Bruton, Learning Resources manager
We have four academic mentors who support a range of students at KS4 & 5, including those who have pupil premium funding.
“The Academic Mentoring Program is a positive approach to support key students in KS4 to help prepare them fully and effectively for their exam and coursework requirements. Students receive individualised subject-based tuition and revision guidance as well as regular check-ins and plenty of encouragement! A supportive partnership between mentor, mentee and home is developed and regular communication is encouraged. We aim to provide a learning environment where each key student can thrive and achieve their absolute best.
This programme also allows for funding to be used towards materials, books and general resources for school use. In Art this year students have benefitted from using specialised art materials such as spray-paint, for example, which has enabled each student to fully express their creativity and exploration of skill development in this subject area and allowed for a greater depth of artistic study“
Miss Farion, Academic Mentor
“I feel that my organisation and focus has improved significantly by working with my mentor” Yr 12 student
“I’m very glad I had the chance [to work with the mentors] as they both helped me massively. They also changed my attitude towards school.”
“I am really glad I had the chance to work with the mentors. I had the opportunity to go over things I wouldn’t have been able to in class in a 1 to 1 setting.”
“The unique approach they [the mentors] used to encourage you and help you succeed is really motivating.”
“The mentors were a massive help and future Yr10’s will be glad to have them both!”
Yr 11 students
All our PP students, when entering KS4, are provided with free revision guides in all their subjects – that’s a real saving for parents!
Over the last two years, the government has prioritised PP students to be loaned laptops to support them with their studies. At The John of Gaunt, we have worked effectively to provide ALL our students who require laptops a device.
Throughout an academic year there are many additional trips, excursions and events for all year groups that enhance students’ learning experience that cannot be provided by the school and families need to pay for these. For students who have PP status, financial subsidies can be made to ensure they have an equal opportunity of participating in all extra-curricular programmes offered including having music lessons paid for!
You can see the benefits. If you feel you maybe eligible for Pupil Premium (PP) funding then please use this link to apply or find our more details.
The Word is out - sponsorship opportunities to support The John of Gaunt School
Next term, we are organising an exciting summer festival and are seeking sponsorship from businesses in the region. A vibrant medley of events and activities are being organised to celebrate the spoken and written word across the school. ‘The Word 2021’ festival is already underway, but additional funds from local companies will offer a boost of income. Extra funding will be focused on celebrating our students and giving the school a festival feel.
What can you do?
If you work at a business that might support us, please could you bring this opportunity to your HR manager? Do you own a local company that wants to help make a difference? If so, please see the Sponsorship Opportunities In return, we can offer an accreditation package to thank supporters. Interested companies or individuals to please email their interest – specifying which option - to email@example.com by 25th June.
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!
Fountains of Silenceby Ruta Sepetys
A well-researched, beautifully layered story set in Spain under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Daniel is a rich American tourist and Ana is the maid assigned to look after his family in the Castellana Hilton Hotel in Madrid. As their relationship grows, we meet a cast of supporting characters who all have an important role to play in the unfolding story, and whose lives subtly intertwine as we delve into the secrets of Franco’s Spain.
This captivating novel depicts the grim existence of ordinary people under Franco’s regime. Ana’s family are living in extreme poverty as a result of her parents’ political affiliations. In contrast, Daniel is the son of a Texan oil baron and wants for nothing. As Daniel wanders the streets of Madrid taking photographs he begins to uncover some of the unsavoury happenings under the Fascist regime, putting both himself and Ana in danger. The compelling theme of secrets was carried throughout the story. The tension and the ever-present sense of danger were foremost holding the reader’s attention throughout this compassionate and gripping novel.
Fountains of Silence has been shortlisted for this year’s Carnegie Medal.
Supporting Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance at JoG
CAREER of the WEEK
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