We have had a great week back at school with students complementing a full two weeks of their timetable. Amongst other trips and activities this week, some of our Year 9 completed a STEM day with visitors from Bath University, this was a great experience putting their scientific knowledge to the test when making their own scaled model planes.
During the week we have been discussing ‘our dreams’ in morning welcome. A positive start to the day aimed at raising our expectations. This coming week we welcome the Police into school during morning assemblies, they will be running discussions and assemblies on Hate Crime.
Next week, I will be writing to parents and carers about COVID vaccinations for 12-15 year olds. Yesterday the Government released details about how they intend to roll this programme out in schools. I have included a link here for you to see the guidance, however I will share more information about our role next week. COVID Vaccinations 12-15 year olds
Once again, I hope you are able to enjoy your weekend,
On Thursday, around 60 of our year 9 students were chosen to take part in our STEM activity day! An external company came in and guided students through an aircraft challenge where students had to construct an aeroplane powered by a propeller mechanism and with a fuselage constructed out of balsa wood.
Our year 9s really rose to the challenge and produced some fantastic aircrafts. It was most impressive to see how they improved their teamwork skills, worked on budgets and even presented their aeroplanes to the whole group.
Well done year 9s, you should be really proud of your hard work.
Year 7 Power Hour
Year 7 have now completed their first cycle of the timetable and have made a superb start. We have been impressed with how quickly they have found their way round and adapted to John of Gaunt routines. They have collected more than 4000 reward points already.
This week in tutor time they have been learning how to self-quiz using the knowledge organisers and the expectation is that from today all students are doing all 3 elements of the homework:
20 mins self quizzing
20 mins Hegarty Maths
20 mins reading
The expectation is that students will look at two subjects a night, but we do only want students to be spending an hour in total on their work. If your child is struggling to complete the self quizzing element please sign off their work after 20 minutes and get in touch with their tutor for further guidance.
The knowledge organiser is available on the website in the ‘Student’ section, so they can look it up there if they can’t find their copy.
Well done Y7
The Year 7 Team
All Expressive Arts clubs will start next week!
Supporting Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance at JoG
The Careers and Next Steps Fair is coming……
Next month, on Wednesday 13th October our Careers and Next Steps Fair is back and in person!
This will be an opportunity for students in years 9-13 to come and talk to a range of employers, local colleges and universities to get them thinking about life beyond school.
Some of those already confirmed include; the NHS, RSPCA, Amey, Selwood Housing, Armed Forces, Goughs Solicitors, Dorothy House, Dragon Capital, Butterfly Care, Swansea University, Portsmouth University, Plymouth University, Winchester University, Wiltshire College, Bath College.
We would always welcome more:
If you are an employer or work for a company that would like the opportunity to have an exhibition stand please contact the school careers adviser firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and book your space.