It has been a busy week in school with lessons, clubs, fixtures, trips and Post 16 mock exams taking place. The weather has been crisp, but it has been really rewarding to see so many students fully engaged in their learning. This week I led a number of tours around the school, one prospective parent said, ’there is such a positive environment in every lesson we have seen, I wish I could come back to school’!
I am also pleased to let you know that the number of positive COVID cases has reduced quite significantly within the school. This afternoon, I have been sent details from the Department for Education to let us know that schools across the country are going to be asked to lateral flow test all students as they return after the Christmas holiday. We have only heard this news this afternoon so will now set to work to arrange the logistics. Once we have this in place, we will let you know.
Next week, our Year 9 students will start to think about their options for the following year, they will have an assembly informing them of the process followed by their subject parents evening after school.
As always, I hope you are able to enjoy a relaxing weekend.
Thank you to all of our community for your contributions and support of our Children In Need events. We had a lot of fun and raised £899.90.
Thank you very much for supporting this excellent cause.
Free School Meals holiday payment
We have received notification that Wiltshire Council has taken the decision to make a Winter Free School Meals payment to cover the two-week holiday period at Christmas.
If we have previously paid you by bank transfer, or you are happy to receive an Asda voucher you do not need to take any further action.
If your child is Year 7, or you would now like to receive payment by bank transfer please send the following details BY TUESDAY 30 NOVEMBER to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Please note that we require this information even if your child has an older sibling who is already paid by bank transfer)
Student’s name and tutor group:
Parent’s bank account name: (ie: Mr A Smith)
How to Grow a Grown-up - Parenting in a Pandemic
On Thursday 3 February from 6.30 pm we yet again have Dr Dominique Thompson giving a talk on how best to support your child particularly since lock down.
Dominique is an award-winning GP, young people's mental health and parenting support expert, TEDx speaker, author and educator, with two decades of clinical experience.
She is co-author of How to Grow a Grown Up (PenguinRandomHouse), a book written to support parents to raise independent and resilient young people in the 21st century.
To support parents further
Dominique hosts a private Facebook community for parents to create safe spaces to share their concerns or ask for help, and she writes regular blogs on a vast array of parenting topics. She also hosts webinars for parents on supporting their child’s mental health, and writes a regular free newsletter for parents.
We hope that many parents will attend. On previous occasions parents have given positive feedback regarding Dominique's talk and Q&A sessions afterwards.
Our Year 7 students were busy fundraising last week for Children in Need organised by our student council. During the week we hosted ‘Guess the Sweets’ in the turtle and managed to raised over £86 with our winner being Mason in 7C with a guess of 299.
Then on Friday we organised a Cat Walk where our tutors dressed up with items brought in from their tutor group's houses. It was such a great atmosphere with students' laughing and supporting their peers! Students then had to vote for their favourite outfit and the winner was 7A - Mr Wigmore. We managed to raise £163.91 from this event which is AMAZING!
Year 7 have managed to raise a grand total of £250.88 which is a staggering amount of money and the most we have ever raised. So, thank you so much to everyone who donated and helped spread the word for such a great charity!
We look forward to our Christmas competition which will be announced next week.
Thanks so much,
Year 7 Team
Year 7 Reward Points
As a Year group, students have been awarded 20000 reward points so far this year. A-ma-zing! Whether for progress and effort in class, for being helpful and a good citizen or representing the school in some way the vast majority of students demonstrate JOG values every day.
Topping the leader board are Sym Edwards (157), Izzy O’Grady (151) and Ava Pike (149).
80 students have achieved Bronze Level (100 points) this term. These are listed below.
We are a super proud Year Team. Keep up the good work!
Bouarakia - Bakali
Van Der Poel
This week during STEM club, the students made their own salt dough models. Some tried to make something that was related to Christmas... and Science!
Last term some of our wonderful year 9’s took part in a Lantern making workshop. Fun was had by all.
Please come along to the parade on the 27th November and show support for our talented students.
Dear Parents and Carers.
We would be really grateful if you could support the school in this charity event being run by the Lions association to collect items for Christmas hampers for families in need.
The list of Items required, is as follows:
Festive Flavoured Crisps
Tins Of biscuits
Boxes of chocolates
Lucky charm cereal
Bottles of fizzy drinks
Cheese and crackers
Please donate your items to tutors, and we will gather them at a central location point.
Any donation big or small, will make a real difference to Trowbridge families this Christmas.
Thank you in advance.
Mrs S Scott - Social Sciences teacher
Our year eleven GCSE Citizenship have been busy taking part in an active campaign since the start of September. As a part of their course, the group had to identify something in our community that they wanted to raise awareness of.
As a group they chose to raise awareness of mental health, with the aim of raising money for Mind (a mental health charity). The group planned an active campaign by ensuring they involved key stakeholders in our community, including our MP Andrew Murrison.
The group raised over £100 for Mind, by selling cakes, raffles and running various sporting activities. The group were very lucky to take part in a webinar with Paul Farmer, the Chief Executive of Mind, who told them about Mind in more detail - as well as the importance of campaigning for change in society. Mr Farmer was very pleased with the campaign that our GCSE Citizenship group have taken part in, so much so that he regularly wants to Tweet about out school and our GCSE Citizenship course!
Mrs Scott and Mr Perraton
Our second Ten Tors training hike took place last week, a 15-mile circuit taking in Widbrook, Tellisford, Rode, Southwick and Wingfield. The 36 students present were rewarded with a glorious autumn day, with a lovely fresh chill to nullify the sweat and heat of hiking.
The group were practising their navigation and whilst George and Abi "led" the group, 10 or so other students were being continually asked to show our exact location on their maps.
Our pace was slower than the previous week, but this was mainly due to the excess of stiles and gates which had to be negotiated. Lunch was taken in the beautifully tranquil surroundings of Tellisford Weir (as opposed to our usual spot in Rode churchyard) and the students dealt with close encounters with mud, cows and frisky horses with a minimum of fuss.
Overall, a lovely day was had by all. Thanks again to my volunteers and helpers Mr Lord, Ms Cornick, Mrs Brooks and Iain Richards, without whom this wouldn't have been possible. A final thank-you also to the departing Fran Booth for all her wonderful support and assistance with Ten Tors finances over the years - you'll be missed Fran!!
The John of Gaunt School were entered into the Year 9 Netball Tournament at Melksham Oak School on Wednesday 24th November. This was a tournament to give the Year 9s an opportunity to practice their game play skills before their season begins next term. Selection of the teams were a challenge as all the netballers play to a similar standard! Both The John of Gaunt teams played exceptionally well and were a credit to the school.
All those who took part gained a certificate of participation along with achievement points. Players' players went to Konnie and Sophia.