I hope you were all able to enjoy your half-term break. Our older students have certainly come back positive and engaged really well in their exams. This week I spoke with Year 10 and reminded them about this important time of year, particularly as their mock exams are only three weeks' away.
Thank you to all those that have completed our parent and carer questionnaire. Your feedback is always important so if you could take a few minutes to complete it that would be great Parent and Carer Questionnaire
As always at this time of year, we are providing a lot of tours for our current Year 5 students. If you have a Year 5 child (or know someone who has) please get in touch with Mrs Nichols email@example.com to arrange a tour, remember OPEN DAY EVERY DAY. We believe the best way to view a school is to see it in action, and we are confident you will like what you see!
After this date your points will be reset to zero. You will then be able to carry on earning and accumulating points up until next year.
If you don't spend your points before 24th June, you will lose them - so please spend, spend, spend!
We aim to deliver all your rewards to you during tutor time by 15th July 2022.
Faculty Admin Team
Year 7 – Rainbow Salad
Just what we all need on a hot day – rainbow salad.
These have been based upon the principles of the Eatwell Guide and developing basic knife skills.
Horrible History JOG Style
Over 120 Year 8 pupils recently participated in the annual John of Gaunt School “Living History Day”.
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.
The event was 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 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
New Year 6’s
We are currently preparing to welcome the new cohort of students to The John of Gaunt School, visiting primary schools and getting to know our future students.
We have really enjoyed receiving photos of the sunflowers our current year 7s and our soon-to-be Year 7’s have been growing from seeds sent by the Year and student council. Watching them grow is a fabulous way of joining the John of Gaunt community and seeing ‘time’ get shorter as the plants get taller, soon to be with us in September.
We can’t wait!
The Year 7 team
I spread my wings and sail across the sky.
There’s a fire blazing in me, and it’s lighting the night.
As I go higher all my past is burnt away,
I’m very powerful
my enemies stay at bay,
I am a symbol that can’t help but show the path.
There’s no one else like me…
I’m one of a kind.
I am bright yellow, orange and red.
Yellow and fearless
Orange and imperishable
Red and perpetual.
I soar through the celestial sphere,
Behind me there’s a combustion following me in the sky.
I am the next big thing…
Max Kuza 7H
On Thursday, The John of Gaunt School hosted the U15s Girls Rounders Tournament. The schools that entered included Clarendon Academy, Kingdown School, Matravers School, St Augustine’s Catholic College and Frome College. The John of Gaunt won their first two games against Frome and Matravers. Players of the match went to Lily and Hala.
The next two games they lost against Kingdown and Clarendon. Player of the match for both games went to Emily.
The final game was very close against St Augstine’s who won by ½ a rounder! The player of the match went to Megan. The John of Gaunt School came 4th overall.
Team: Chloe Knight, Amy Marcinkiewicz, Lily Andrews, Emily Macklin-Day, Hala Hamdia, Megan Keast, Bella Kingwell, Riannon Passey-Brown and Grace.
Well done to all that took part!
Mrs Acheson and Mrs Bodman
Year 7 & 8 Boys Cricket Match
The year 7 and 8 boys cricket team took to the field for their first cricket fixture of the season against Kingdown school. The match was played in terrific spirits and was enjoyable to be a part of. Kingdown batted first and thanks to a spell of 4’s and 6’s in the middle of their innings, totalled a score of 106. JOG bowled and fielded very well and managed to take 2 wickets, which in the rules of this game, reduced the Kingdown total to 96. That was the target for JOG, 96 to draw, 97 to win. The boys really tried their best, looking for runs, looking to run hard and take any singles that were on offer. A few quick boundaries from Rory March got the boys ticking. However, the bowling from Kingdown didn’t allow for much momentum to be gathered by JOG resulting in a total of 66 runs, 30 short of Kingdown.
Congrats to Kingdown. The John of Gaunt boys represented the school exceptionally well, and should be proud of their efforts. With more fixtures coming up, please continue to come to Cricket club on Thursdays after-school with Mr Smith.
Your Year 9 child is now due the routine vaccinations Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) and Meningitis ACWY (MenACWY), these will be delivered by the School Aged Immunisation Team of Nurses, at John of Gaunt on 5th July 2022.
For more information and to enable your child to receive these important vaccines it is essential that you complete the online consent following the link below.
If you do not want your child to receive the vaccines then please also complete a form stating that you do not want them to receive the vaccine, this will ensure it is recorded on your child’s record, and you will not receive any direct follow up from our team.
The link for the consent for your child’s school will close at midnight on 28th June 2022 - this is to ensure safe and efficient planning of the session therefore please ensure it is completed before this time to avoid disappointment.
If the link is not working for you:
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If it continues not to work, or you are experiencing any other problems, please contact our designated team on 0300 247 0082 for support.
School Aged Immunisation Team
Nominations for the Wiltshire Music Education Awards 2022 are now open!
The Wiltshire Music Education Awards are designed to celebrate teachers, peripatetic teachers, music leaders, schools and music schools in the county who dedicate themselves to creating outstanding music education for our young people. Find out all about the awards and hear from last year’s winners in this short video: