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Please find previous editions of This Week's Notices for the Year 2017 - 2018 below.  An archive from previous years can be found by clicking here.  

02 November 2018

From the Principal - Friday 02 November

I was pleased to hear this week that a small group of Year 11 students are setting up their own Feminism Club.  With the support of a teacher who will be supervising the meetings, they have taken the initiative to plan a series of sessions including relevant topics and inspirational women to discuss.

Feminism is an issue that affects us all regardless of gender.  It is about working together to dismantle gender-biased expectations and systems in our society.  We all benefit when everyone feels empowered to contribute, and we are proud that our students want to raise awareness of and learn more about this issue. 

There are many leadership roles for students at Sir Jonathan North and we are always open to establishing additional opportunities.

 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

Principal Awards

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal Award winners:

  • Yasmin  7.4
  • Zarina  9.3
  • Sadiyah  11.6

Stars of the Week

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

  • Anabelle  7.2
  • Enya  8.1
  • Esme  9.3
  • Kari-Lee  10.2
  • Joelle  10.7
  • Navkiran  11.5
  • Milli  11.10
 

Message from the Chair of Governors

Appointment of new Principal

On behalf of the Governing Body, I am pleased to inform you that Rose Angus has been appointed as Principal of Sir Jonathan North Community College with effect from 1 January 2019. Mrs Angus is currently Associate Principal at another city secondary school and has been a senior leader for fourteen years within schools in two local authorities. She is a trained Ofsted inspector and is a former Chair of the Leicester secondary senior leaders group. She is very experienced in school improvement and has supported schools to drive improvement in teaching and learning. I am sure you will join me in congratulating Mrs Angus on her appointment to the college. 

 

Reverend John McGinley

Chair of Governors

 

 

 

Change in Weather

As the weather turns colder, we take this opportunity to ask parents and carers to ensure that their child has a warm, waterproof outdoor coat to wear when making their way to and from school.  Weather appropriate footwear is also necessary as students will be expected to wear proper leather or leather-look school shoes at all times while on site and in the building. 

Students are aware that ‘hoodies’ are not appropriate outdoor wear and anything other than a plain black hoodie, cardigan or jumper is not allowed to be worn either in classrooms or in the place of a coat anywhere on the college site.  This includes PE and Expressive Arts hoodies which are to be worn in those lessons or when representing the college during an extra-curricular opportunity only.  It is important that an appropriate jumper of hoodie is worn because students are not permitted to wear their coats in classrooms or in the dining room. 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

 

Year 8 Netball Success

Year 8 Netball Success

The Sir Jonathan North Year 8 Netball team went to Soar Valley on 30th October and won both of their games! They beat Rushey Mead 14-1 and Soar Valley 8-3. The highlight of the game was when Chloe (GA) caught the ball while off balance in the shooting circle and still managed to take the shot.  Amazingly (and surprisingly) it went in!

Well done everyone!

Year 8 Netball team: Chloe, Chela, Laura, Asmita, Olive, Tafadzwa, Melanie, Huda, Fallon.

 

PE Team


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KS4 Basketball Results

On Tuesday 16 October we went to Rushey Mead to play in our first tournament of the year. The team consisted of some more experienced players and some GCSE girls playing in their first match. We played three matches and won all three. The last game against City Of Leicester was our toughest but, although they became extremely physical, we kept our cool and pulled away in the second half.

Results

SJNCC v Rushey Mead  Won 25 - 12

SJNCC v Moat  Won 29 - 10

SJNCC v City of Leicester  Won 12 - 4

Team: Yasmin 11.8, Lauren 11.6, Nusaybah 10.7, Latisha, Evie 10.10, Khadija, Jadah 10.7, Tutsi, Selma, Jennifer

 

PE Team

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Diwali colouring competition

We hope you were able to attend the wonderful Diwali light ‘switch on’ event on 28 October and visit Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre on Rothley St, Leicester LE4 6LF to see the giant moon and some of the fabulous Diwali colouring competition entries from our students.

I went to see the school entries and was so proud to see our students work on display, here are some photos.

 

Mrs. Vyas

Librarian

 

 

High School Musical Rehearsal Schedule

 

Please note that if you cannot make a rehearsal you must speak to Mrs Glynn in advance. If you are part of the ensemble and you miss a rehearsal where we set a big dance scene then you will not be able to be in that scene. We can only work with the cast that are there on the night.

Date Programme
w/c 29 October

Wednesday 31 October

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

Bop to the Top: Sharpay, Ryan

Friday 2 November

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn

What I’ve been looking for choreography: Sharpay, Ryan

w/c 5 November
Monday 5 November

Lunchtime D5 Mrs Glynn and Mrs Thornber

Pages 60-68: Ms Darbus, Kelsi, Sharpay, Ryan, Gabriella, Troy, Zeke, Chad

Wednesday 7 November

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

Bop to the Top: Sharpay, Ryan, Jocks, Brainiacs

Wednesday 7 November

After school 2:45-4pm D5 Mrs Glynn

Get’cha head in the game choreography: Jocks who are in the dance, Troy, Coach Bolton, Cheerleaders

w/c 12 November
Monday 12 November

Lunchtime D5 Mrs Glynn and Mrs Thornber

Auditions Bop to the top: Ms Darbus, James, Susan, Kelsie, Jack Scott, Cathy, Cyndra, all of the Thespian clique

Tuesday 13 November

Lunchtime D5 Mrs Glynn

What I’ve been looking for choreography: Sharpay, Ryan

Wednesday 14 November

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

Counting on You: Jocks, Brainiacs, Troy, Gabriella

Thursday 15 November

After school 2:45-5pm D5 Mrs Glynn, Mrs Thornber and Mr Lee

Whole cast run through

w/c 19 November
Monday 19 November

Lunchtime D5 Mrs Glynn and Mrs Thornber

Scene 10 Rooftop Garden & scene 12 Study Hall: Gabriella, Troy, Taylor, Chad, Ryan, Sharpay

Wednesday 21 November

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

Breaking Free: Troy, Gabriella

Thursday 22 November

After school 2:45-4.30pm D5 Mrs Glynn and Mrs Thornber

Scene 11 Sharpay’s Locker & scene 14 Locker room/Lab  pages 88-96: Zeke, Sharpay, Troy, Jocks, Gabriella, Brainiacs, Martha, Chad, Taylor

Friday 23 November

Lunchtime D5 Mrs Glynn and Mrs Thornber

Scenes 10 to 14: Zeke, Sharpay, Ryan, Troy, Jocks, Gabriella, Brainiacs, Martha, Chad, Taylor, Coach Bolton, Ms Darbus

w/c 26 November
Monday 26 November

Lunchtime D5 Mrs Glynn and Mrs Thornber

Scene 14 into Counting on you & Scene 15 Theatre: Jocks, Brainiacs, Troy, Gabriella, Chad, Taylor, Martha, Zeke, Kelsi

Wednesday 28 November

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

We’re All in This Together: Whole Cast - ALL

Thursday 29 November

After school 2:45-5pm D5 Mrs Glynn and Mrs Thornber

We’re All in This Together & Scene 18 Gym - Whole Cast - ALL

w/c 3 December
Monday 3 December

Lunchtime D5 Mrs Glynn and Mrs Thornber

Scene 14 into Counting on you & Scene 15 Theatre: Jocks, Brainiacs, Troy, Gabriella, Chad, Taylor, Martha, Zeke, Kelsi

Tuesday 4 December

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

Stick to the Status Quo: Whole Cast - ALL

w/c 10 December
Monday 10 December

Lunchtime D5 Mrs Glynn and Mrs Thornber

Scene 16 Study Hall: Taylor, Chad, Troy, Jack Scott, Kelsi, Sharpay, Ryan, Gabriella, Zeke

Wednesday 12 December

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

N/A (Christmas concert)

Thursday 13 December

Lunchtime D5 Mrs Glynn and Mrs Thornber

Bop to the top: Sharpay, Ryan, Moderator, Jack Scott, Coach Bolton, Taylor, Chad, Troy, Gabriella

w/c 17 December
Monday 17 December

Lunchtime D5 Mrs Glynn and Mrs Thornber

Bop to the top: Sharpay, Ryan, Moderator, Jack Scott, Coach Bolton, Taylor, Chad, Troy, Gabriella, Ms Darbus, Kelsi

Wednesday 19 December

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

Stick to the Status Quo and We’re All in This Together: Whole Cast - ALL

Thursday 20 December

8:20am-2.45pm D5 Mrs Glynn, Mrs Thornber and Mr Lee

Whole Cast: ALL DAY OFF TIMETABLE DRESS REHEARSAL

w/c 7 January 2019
Monday 7 January

8:20-2:45pm Holy Trinity Church

Whole Cast: ALL DAY TECHNICAL REHEARSAL


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Safeguarding Snippet

We’re listening!

This week the assemblies have focussed on the thought of the week – Empathy and also listening and kindness. We have launched a new listening service to extend the support already available at the college. A large number of staff and two students per year group are wearing listening badges to show that I am here to listen. A red heart badge indicates that I will offer a listening ear and offer support for anything you may want to chat about. The rainbow badge indicates that I am comfortable to talk about everything including LGBTQ issues. The student peer listeners will receive training on Wednesday 26 September and then they will be available for students to access support. The listening service is confidential unless anyone has a concern that the individual or someone close to them, is at risk under a safeguarding matter, in which case the information has to be shared with a Designated Safeguarding Lead. Look out for the badges!

 

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

19 October 2018

From the Principal - Friday 19 October

It was wonderful to see so many parents and students at our Year 7 Transition Parent Evening last night.  Parent were able to speak to the Year 7 tutors about their child’s transition to secondary school and receive feedback about their progress in lessons so far.

Research tells us that parental engagement is the most influential factor in in the educational development of their children, it improves attainment more than any other single factor. Parents can help their child most by having regular and meaningful conversations with them, by setting high aspirations and by demonstrating their own interest in and support of learning at home and at school.

Another way that parents can get involved in what their children are doing at school is to download the Show My Homework and College My Ed apps.  This will enable parents to keep up with what their child is getting for homework and to receive the link to the College newsletters.  We would encourage all parents to download these apps to enable them to support their children at home.

Some further ideas to support your child’s development at school can be seen below.

We look forward to welcoming parents and carers at future information, arts and parent events.

Siobhan Evans

Principal


 

Principal Awards

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal Award winners:

  • Isabell  7.4
  • Kia  8.2
  • Nitya  8.2
  • Hanifah  9.2
  • Shania  9.10
  • Aaliah  10.9

Stars of the Week

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

  • Anabelle  7.2
  • Enya  8.1
  • Esme  9.3
  • Kari-Lee  10.2
  • Joelle  10.7
  • Navkiran  11.5
  • Milli  11.10
 

Message from the Chair of Governors

Appointment of new Principal

On behalf of the Governing Body, I am pleased to inform you that Rose Angus has been appointed as Principal of Sir Jonathan North Community College with effect from 1 January 2019. Mrs Angus is currently Associate Principal at another city secondary school and has been a senior leader for fourteen years within schools in two local authorities. She is a trained Ofsted inspector and is a former Chair of the Leicester secondary senior leaders group. She is very experienced in school improvement and has supported schools to drive improvement in teaching and learning. I am sure you will join me in congratulating Mrs Angus on her appointment to the college. 

 

Reverend John McGinley

Chair of Governors

 

 

 

Stranger Danger

Leicester City Council have asked us to remind parents to speak to their children about ‘Stranger Danger’.  This is increasingly important over the half term break when young people may be meeting friends away from home, and around Halloween when they may be approaching stranger’s homes while they are ‘Trick or Treating’.

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

Readathon Autumn 2018

 

£ 568 raised so far!

So far £568 has been raised by Year 7 students. Thank you!

Please return sponsor money to your English teacher, with your sponsor card, in an envelope with your name and the name of your English teacher on it so we can get your special certificate to you.

A reminder of where the money goes.

Most of the money raised is used to support children in hospital. Read For Good provides brand new books and storyteller visits to brighten up the days of children in hospitals across the UK. Even children unable to leave their beds can choose books from Readathon’s specially designed mobile bookcase. Because they are brand new, the books are safe for those at high risk of infection.

20% of the money raised will be used to buy books for the school library.

 

Thank you on behalf of the English Curriculum Team

 

 

 

Belgrave Mela Diwali Competition

 

We are delighted that some students have participated in a Diwali competition organised by Leicester Belgrave Mela. Their entries will be on display at Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre, Rothley Street, Leicester, LE4 6LF, and can be viewed Tuesday 23 October at 1 pm - 3.30 pm and Sunday 28 October at 4pm  – 8.30pm .  Please congratulate your daughter and support her by going along to view her entry if you can and receive a badge of thanks.

 

Ms Vyas

Librarian


 

 

 

Punish the Teacher

On Thursday 18th October, 11.4 put on ‘Punish the Teacher’ Event to raise money for Prom. The brave teachers (R. Carrington, L. Lowther, R. Kataria, D. Kitching, H. Kaur, Dr. Thompson) answered trivia questions and if they answered them wrong they had water thrown over them. They were soaked by the end of lunch time but it was great fun and 11.4 raised £50. Thank you again to all of the teachers who took part.

 

Ms Roberts

PE Team

 

 

 

High School Musical Rehearsal Schedule

 

Please note that if you cannot make a rehearsal you must speak to Mrs Glynn in advance. If you are part of the ensemble and you miss a rehearsal where we set a big dance scene then you will not be able to be in that scene. We can only work with the cast that are there on the night.

Date Programme
Wednesday 19th September

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn

Status Quo & Wildcat cheer: Cheerleaders

Thursday 20th September

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Status Quo main roles: Ripper, Mongo, Martha, Taylor, Zeke, Chad

Friday 21st September

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

Start of something new and What I’ve been looking for: Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan

Monday 24th September

Afterschool 2:45-4:15pm D5 Mr Lee & Mrs Glynn

Wildcat Cheer and Status Quo: Whole cast

Tuesday 25th September

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

Start of something new and What I’ve been looking for: Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan

Wednesday 26th September

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn

Scene 2 & 3: Ms. Darbus, Jack Scott, Chad, Taylor, Gabriella, Troy, Sharpay

Thursday 27th September

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Scene 2 & 3: Ms. Darbus, Jack Scott, Chad, Taylor, Gabriella, Troy, Sharpay

Wednesday 3rd October

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

Get’cha head in the game: Jocks

Wednesday 3rd October

Afterschool 2:45-4:30pm D5 Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Get’cha head in the game: Whole cast

Wednesday 10th October

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn

Scene 5: Ms. Tenny, Sharpay, Gabriella, Taylor, Ryan

Thursday 11th October

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Scene 6: Jack Scott, Ms. Darbus, Taylor, Gabriella, Sharpay, Troy, Chad, Coach Bolton

Wednesday 17th October

Afterschool 2:45-5pm Mr Lee, Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Run through of the show so far: Whole cast

HALF TERM After our rehearsal on October 17th we will review our progress and set the next rehearsal schedule


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Safeguarding Snippet

We’re listening!

This week the assemblies have focussed on the thought of the week – Empathy and also listening and kindness. We have launched a new listening service to extend the support already available at the college. A large number of staff and two students per year group are wearing listening badges to show that I am here to listen. A red heart badge indicates that I will offer a listening ear and offer support for anything you may want to chat about. The rainbow badge indicates that I am comfortable to talk about everything including LGBTQ issues. The student peer listeners will receive training on Wednesday 26 September and then they will be available for students to access support. The listening service is confidential unless anyone has a concern that the individual or someone close to them, is at risk under a safeguarding matter, in which case the information has to be shared with a Designated Safeguarding Lead. Look out for the badges!

 

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

12 October 2018

From the Principal - Friday 12 October

Our Year 7 students have this week been completing their reading for Readathon.  This included a Drop Everything and Read lesson at the end of the day today.  Readathon has enabled our students to raise money for Read For Good, which donates brand new books to children in hospital, and to our own school library.  Readathon also helps to promote reading for pleasure.  At Sir Jonathan North, we strongly believe that everyone can enjoy reading, they just need to find the right book!

We know that reading leads to success. When young people read more than just their classroom assignments, research clearly shows that they generally do well in school. First of all, the extra reading expands their vocabulary. It also shows them how different writers put down their thoughts, leading to better writing skills. Students who read more serious literary works gain skills in handling complex ideas. The more teenagers read, the more information they learn. This leads to a solid core of knowledge that is useful in a wide variety of subjects. For example, a child who reads biographies will have a better understanding of prominent people studied in history classes.

Besides helping our students do well in school, reading also helps them expand their horizons as they learn more about people and the world. Reading can also show young people that other people may share their worries or concerns and may even help them to see solutions to their own problems. Finally, reading is enjoyable. It can bring a great deal of pleasure to everyone.

Parents can encourage their children to read by expressing an interest in what they are reading and tying it to other activities that they enjoy. There are books on every topic and the librarian at your local or our school library and your child’s teachers will be happy to recommend books for interested students.

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

Principal Awards

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal Award winners:

  • Yasmin  7.4
  • Abby  7.6
  • Shaima  9.4
  • Millie  9.7
  • Ammaarah  11.2

Stars of the Week

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

  • Esther  7.4
  • Yakeen  8.8
  • Lili  9.7
  • Abi  10.5
  • Krisha  10.9
  • Kelly  11.4
  • Evie  11.3
 

Readathon 1-12 October 2018

 

Readathon has now finished and we hope you enjoyed reading lots of books over the two weeks.

It is now time to bring in your sponsor money. Please put it in an envelope, along with your sponsor card, and hand it to your English teacher. If you have lost your sponsor card, make sure the envelope has your full name and form on it. You will get a special certificate.

The money collected goes to Read For Good, which donates brand new books to children in hospital, and to our own school library. Keep reading, raising and being amazing!

From The English Curriculum Team

 

 

East Midlands Women Leading in Education Network

On the 4 October Sir Jonathan North Community College Teaching School had the privilege of hosting the launch for the East Midlands Women Leading in Education Network.

The event began with a moving presentation from Peter Barratt, great grandson of Alice Hawkins, Suffragette. He spoke of Alice’s determination to create change around women’s votes and ended very intentionally by reminding everyone present that their votes were really fought for so we should make them count. Female student attendees then had an opportunity to speak with local businesswomen within our temporary marketplace whilst staff attendees attended a workshop. This workshop, called “Coffee and Calpol” was run by Emma Turner and looked at balancing leadership and family life. Students were then treated to a workshop run by two Year 13s from Beauchamp whilst staff had the opportunity to network and also take advantage of the market place. Finally, Jo Tallack, General Manager of Highcross, shared some invaluable tips on leadership with all the attendees, bringing the whole event to a suitable end.

A wonderful time was had by all including great local catering, new relationships formed and a fun giveaway of the top leadership books for adults and students.

Sir Jonathan North Teaching School

 

 

Year 7 City Basketball Tournament

On Tuesday 9 October we took two teams to play in their first Basketball tournament at Rushey Mead. Both teams had some very competitive matches with all our students improving in confidence and skill as the tournament progressed. Congratulation to all the girls involved.

SJNCC A VS ST.PAULS - Lost 4 - 0

SJNCC A VS CITY OF LEICESTER - Won 14 - 2

SJNCC A VS LANCASTER - Won 14 – 0

SJNCC B VS CROWN HILLS - Lost 14 - 2

SJNCC B VS MOAT - Lost 2 - 0

Basketball teams: Esther 7.4, Sarah 7.6, Amelie 7.6, Abigail 7.6, Abby 7.6, Sophie 7.7, Ria 7.8, Megan 7.8, Lucy 7.7, Annabelle 7.7, Tiggi 7.3, Amelie 7.2, Unayza 7.5, Anya 7.8, Isobel 7.8, Jessica 7.6, Mandela 7.1

 

PE team

 

 

 

Change to City October half term pattern

We were pleased this week to hear confirmation of the Leicester City Council’s plan to align city schools with the County October half term pattern for next academic year.  We are a school that attracts students from across the city and county and are aware that many of our students have siblings in Leicestershire County schools.  We hope that this decision will enable our students’ families to enjoy quality family time together in the future.

We often speak to our students about wellbeing and work-life balance and hope that this change will be a positive one for them and for you.

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

 

 

High School Musical Rehearsal Schedule

 

Please note that if you cannot make a rehearsal you must speak to Mrs Glynn in advance. If you are part of the ensemble and you miss a rehearsal where we set a big dance scene then you will not be able to be in that scene. We can only work with the cast that are there on the night.

Date Programme
Wednesday 19th September

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn

Status Quo & Wildcat cheer: Cheerleaders

Thursday 20th September

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Status Quo main roles: Ripper, Mongo, Martha, Taylor, Zeke, Chad

Friday 21st September

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

Start of something new and What I’ve been looking for: Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan

Monday 24th September

Afterschool 2:45-4:15pm D5 Mr Lee & Mrs Glynn

Wildcat Cheer and Status Quo: Whole cast

Tuesday 25th September

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

Start of something new and What I’ve been looking for: Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan

Wednesday 26th September

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn

Scene 2 & 3: Ms. Darbus, Jack Scott, Chad, Taylor, Gabriella, Troy, Sharpay

Thursday 27th September

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Scene 2 & 3: Ms. Darbus, Jack Scott, Chad, Taylor, Gabriella, Troy, Sharpay

Wednesday 3rd October

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

Get’cha head in the game: Jocks

Wednesday 3rd October

Afterschool 2:45-4:30pm D5 Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Get’cha head in the game: Whole cast

Wednesday 10th October

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn

Scene 5: Ms. Tenny, Sharpay, Gabriella, Taylor, Ryan

Thursday 11th October

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Scene 6: Jack Scott, Ms. Darbus, Taylor, Gabriella, Sharpay, Troy, Chad, Coach Bolton

Wednesday 17th October

Afterschool 2:45-5pm Mr Lee, Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Run through of the show so far: Whole cast

HALF TERM After our rehearsal on October 17th we will review our progress and set the next rehearsal schedule


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Safeguarding Snippet

We’re listening!

This week the assemblies have focussed on the thought of the week – Empathy and also listening and kindness. We have launched a new listening service to extend the support already available at the college. A large number of staff and two students per year group are wearing listening badges to show that I am here to listen. A red heart badge indicates that I will offer a listening ear and offer support for anything you may want to chat about. The rainbow badge indicates that I am comfortable to talk about everything including LGBTQ issues. The student peer listeners will receive training on Wednesday 26 September and then they will be available for students to access support. The listening service is confidential unless anyone has a concern that the individual or someone close to them, is at risk under a safeguarding matter, in which case the information has to be shared with a Designated Safeguarding Lead. Look out for the badges!

 

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

5 October 2018

From the Principal - Friday 5 October

We were delighted to host the launch of the East Midlands South Woman Leading in Education network last night at Sir Jonathan North.  Organised by the Sir Jonathan North Teaching School and involving business leaders from the local area and students and teachers from local schools, the event was informative and inspiring.  Alison Merrills, Executive Principal and Champion of Women Leading in Education, spoke about the women who had inspired her in her journey to leadership in her introductory speech.  She reflected that the excellent leaders she had met were well rounded people, able to focus on their business but also able to talk about current events and relate well to people.

In his key note speech, Peter Barratt spoke about his great-grandmother, Alice Hawkins.  Alice was a local woman who worked alongside the Pankhursts advocating for equal pay and votes for women.  At a time when there was fierce opposition to the suffrage movement, she was brave enough to stand up for herself and others.  We were able to appreciate the courage of these women and the rights that they fought for, rights that many take for granted today.  Her lasting message to all of us is, ‘You must use your vote, we suffered for it.’  At Sir Jonathan North, we encourage our students to use their voice and would echo this message to them.  No matter how you choose to vote, make your voice heard and vote.

Jo Tallack, General Manager of Highcross, also had encouraging words to delegates at the event.  She spoke about her journey to leadership in an industry that is often dominated by men.  She found that by standing up for herself and promoting her skills and qualities, she earned respect and was given greater opportunities.  She recognised that self-promotion does not always come easily to women but emphasised that if you don’t recognise your own strengths, other people won’t be able to either.  Her message to students was, ‘If you want to succeed, the only person who is going to stop you is yourself.’ Through our Information, Advice and Guidance work in school, students are encouraged to compile evidence of the skills and qualities that they have as well as having mock interviews with local professional leaders.  This helps our students to effectively articulate their strengths in a formal setting and allows them to get feedback that will help them to develop further.

Delegates also enjoyed speaking to leaders of varied professions in a Leadership Marketplace and the chance to network with each other as well as attending workshops which were entertaining and inspiring.

We encourage students at Sir Jonathan North to take advantage of the varied leadership opportunities available to them.  Every Student a Leader, is our ambition and we are proud of the way that our students take a lead in so many areas across the school.

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

Principal Awards

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal Award winners:

  • Chloe  8.5
  • Mapalo  7.7
  • Simran  7.1
  • Hannah  7.1

Stars of the Week

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

  • Tiana  7.1
  • Brogan  8.3
  • Erin  9.9
  • Grace  10.4
  • Martha  10.6
  • Sinead  11.3
  • Mersila  11.9
 

Readathon 1-12 October 2018

 

The Readathon started last Monday and continues till Friday 12 October. The Year 7 students have been very enthusiastic about their extra reading and also raising money to help children who are in hospital.

Most of the money goes to the charity Read For Good which donates brand new books and pays for storyteller visits to children’s hospitals across the UK.

For more information, check out your daughter’s sponsorship card and visit www.readathon.org.

Please remind your daughter to keep safe and not approach strangers for sponsorship.

Thank you for your support – and happy reading!

From The English Curriculum Team

 

 

East Midlands Women Leading in Education Network

On the 4 October Sir Jonathan North Community College Teaching School had the privilege of hosting the launch for the East Midlands Women Leading in Education Network.

The event began with a moving presentation from Peter Barratt, great grandson of Alice Hawkins, Suffragette. He spoke of Alice’s determination to create change around women’s votes and ended very intentionally by reminding everyone present that their votes were really fought for so we should make them count. Female student attendees then had an opportunity to speak with local businesswomen within our temporary marketplace whilst staff attendees attended a workshop. This workshop, called “Coffee and Calpol” was run by Emma Turner and looked at balancing leadership and family life. Students were then treated to a workshop run by two Year 13s from Beauchamp whilst staff had the opportunity to network and also take advantage of the market place. Finally, Jo Tallack, General Manager of Highcross, shared some invaluable tips on leadership with all the attendees, bringing the whole event to a suitable end.

A wonderful time was had by all including great local catering, new relationships formed and a fun giveaway of the top leadership books for adults and students.

Sir Jonathan North Teaching School

 

 

WISPA

On Wednesday we took 9 year 9 students to Braunstone Leisure Centre to participate in the ‘Women In Sport and Physical Activity’.  The girls tried parkour, aqua aerobics, soccersize, kickboxing, dodgeball, Zumba, yoga and mindfulness.

The day was amazing and the girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves mixing with other city schools and trying new activities.

Well done to Smriti, Lamiya, Caitlin, Israa, Ikhlas, Dina, Rayan, Millie and Soud

PE team

 

Year 7 Netball City League

This week we took two teams (Blue Team and Black Team) to the City League at Soar Valley Netball Centre to complete in a round robin competition.

Blue Team

The blue team won all of their games; 7-1 to Soar Valley, 7-0 to Leicester high, 7-5 to St Paul’s and 14-0 to Rushey Mead. We had some fantastic shooting from Yasmin and Esther! If the ball did get to the other team Abby would defend and get it straight back down to our goal. The whole team played really well. Well done!

Blue team: Sophie, Abby, Abbie, Annabelle, Esther, Yasmin (captain), Amelie.

Black Team

The black team only had 6 players but they made fantastic improvements through each game. They lost to English Martyrs 0-3, then then pulled together and drew to New College, they then beat Lancaster 1-0 and also Avanti Fields 3-1 but unfortunately lost to Babington 1-4. The showed great resilience and determination.  Well done!

Black team: Khalan, Millie, Alicia, Annabell, Anya, Tiggi.

 

PE Team

 

Students become “Be strong online ambassadors” as part of the Diana Award’s Anti-bulling work

On Tuesday 25 September 13 students from Years 8-11 attended ‘Be strong online ambassador training’ at the Madani Schools Federation as part of the Diana Award’s Anti-bulling work. Students networked with students from other schools across the City and County, presenting activities which they are hoping to deliver to tutor groups over the next term on a variety of relevant topics such as; My Digital Life, Cyber-bullying, Coding and creativity, Digital footprint, Peer pressure online, Selfies and Self-esteem, Critical Thinking online, Social Media, Power of play, Digital Detox. They confidently took part in the activities and presented very confidently in front of other schools. Well done Ladies!

Jo Allen

Deputy Student Support Manager

 

Year 7 Science Safety Competition

Year 7 students were given homework to complete a poster focussing on one of the science safety rules. The science team are pleased to announce the following winners.  Please remember to collect your prize from Mrs Mynott in L10.

 

First Prize:                    Grace 7.6

Second Prize:               Komal  7.1

Third Prize:                   Khadjah 7.5

 

Runners up:                 Eleeza 7.3

           Edie 7.8

           Isla   7.2

          Tilly 7.7

 

First Prize

 

Change to City October half term pattern

We were pleased this week to hear confirmation of the Leicester City Council’s plan to align city schools with the County October half term pattern for next academic year.  We are a school that attracts students from across the city and county and are aware that many of our students have siblings in Leicestershire County schools.  We hope that this decision will enable our students’ families to enjoy quality family time together in the future.

We often speak to our students about wellbeing and work-life balance and hope that this change will be a positive one for them and for you.

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

Parental Questionnaire

In order to increase the numbers of parents contributing to our annual questionnaire, we asked parents to complete it online at a Parent Evening.  Following a successful pilot with Year 7 and 8 parents, this will now be expanded to all year groups this academic year. 

67% of parents responded to the questionnaire.  The results are as follows:

       1. My child is happy and safe at school.

96%

       2. My child feels safe at school.

95%

       3. My child makes good progress in lessons and is taught well.

95%

       4. The school has systems that support students to be well behaved.

86%

       5. My daughter knows what to do if she is worried about an issue.

92%

       6. My daughter takes advantage of the extra-curricular opportunities available to her.

63%

       7. The school is well led and managed and responds to any concerns that I have.

88%

       8. I would recommend this school to another parent.

95%

 

Actions arising from the Parent Questionnaire are as follows:

  1. The behaviour and rewards system has been developed and tutor groups now receive weekly awards for good behaviour.In addition to this, those students whose attitude to learning has been a cause for concern are supported in new focus groups that have been set up this year.
  2. We have reviewed our practice with regards to responding to concerns and have carried out training for key staff.There is a new enquiries email that is copied to the Principal and Executive Principal so that responses to concerns can be monitored.
  3. We are developing a new data base to track uptake of enrichment opportunities including trips and visits.

 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

High School Musical Rehearsal Schedule

 

Please note that if you cannot make a rehearsal you must speak to Mrs Glynn in advance. If you are part of the ensemble and you miss a rehearsal where we set a big dance scene then you will not be able to be in that scene. We can only work with the cast that are there on the night.

Date Programme
Wednesday 19th September

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn

Status Quo & Wildcat cheer: Cheerleaders

Thursday 20th September

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Status Quo main roles: Ripper, Mongo, Martha, Taylor, Zeke, Chad

Friday 21st September

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

Start of something new and What I’ve been looking for: Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan

Monday 24th September

Afterschool 2:45-4:15pm D5 Mr Lee & Mrs Glynn

Wildcat Cheer and Status Quo: Whole cast

Tuesday 25th September

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

Start of something new and What I’ve been looking for: Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan

Wednesday 26th September

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn

Scene 2 & 3: Ms. Darbus, Jack Scott, Chad, Taylor, Gabriella, Troy, Sharpay

Thursday 27th September

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Scene 2 & 3: Ms. Darbus, Jack Scott, Chad, Taylor, Gabriella, Troy, Sharpay

Wednesday 3rd October

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

Get’cha head in the game: Jocks

Wednesday 3rd October

Afterschool 2:45-4:30pm D5 Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Get’cha head in the game: Whole cast

Wednesday 10th October

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn

Scene 5: Ms. Tenny, Sharpay, Gabriella, Taylor, Ryan

Thursday 11th October

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Scene 6: Jack Scott, Ms. Darbus, Taylor, Gabriella, Sharpay, Troy, Chad, Coach Bolton

Wednesday 17th October

Afterschool 2:45-5pm Mr Lee, Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Run through of the show so far: Whole cast

HALF TERM After our rehearsal on October 17th we will review our progress and set the next rehearsal schedule


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Safeguarding Snippet

We’re listening!

This week the assemblies have focussed on the thought of the week – Empathy and also listening and kindness. We have launched a new listening service to extend the support already available at the college. A large number of staff and two students per year group are wearing listening badges to show that I am here to listen. A red heart badge indicates that I will offer a listening ear and offer support for anything you may want to chat about. The rainbow badge indicates that I am comfortable to talk about everything including LGBTQ issues. The student peer listeners will receive training on Wednesday 26 September and then they will be available for students to access support. The listening service is confidential unless anyone has a concern that the individual or someone close to them, is at risk under a safeguarding matter, in which case the information has to be shared with a Designated Safeguarding Lead. Look out for the badges!

 

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

28 September 2018

From the Principal - Friday 28 September

We were delighted to welcome so many parents of Year 11 students to our Year 11 Transition evening last night.  Students, parents and carers were able to attend a Post 16 ‘market place’ to meet representatives from numerous 6th Form colleges and other training providers.  As always, this opportunity was extremely well received.  Parents and carers also had the opportunity to learn about the Year 11 transition process and what they can do to support their child.  Elevate Learning were also invited to share with parents and carers the best way that their child can prepare for their GCSE exams.  This complements the work that Elevate Education have already done with our students when they were in Year 10 and the work they will do with them in January following their GCSE Mock exams.  A link to the summary of the information that they shared as well as other important information is attached below.  By working in partnership with parents and carers we will be able to help our Year 11s navigate the somewhat stressful time of college applications and GCSE exams.  We thank our parents for all the work they do to support their child at home – it really is a team effort!

Siobhan Evans

Principal

2018 - Year 11 Transition powerpoint presentation:

 

Notes taken from the Elevate Education Parent Seminar:

 

Principal Awards

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal Award winners:

  • Aliyah  11.3
  • Anab  10.8
  • Diya  10.7
  • Paulina  9.10
  • Carys  9.1

Stars of the Week

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

  • Sarah  7.6
  • Sarah  8.5
  • Dina  9.5
  • Aliya  10.2
  • Emily  10.1
  • Zainab  11.6
  • Ella  11.6
 

Change to City October half term pattern

We were pleased this week to hear confirmation of the Leicester City Council’s plan to align city schools with the County October half term pattern for next academic year.  We are a school that attracts students from across the city and county and are aware that many of our students have siblings in Leicestershire County schools.  We hope that this decision will enable our students’ families to enjoy quality family time together in the future.

We often speak to our students about wellbeing and work-life balance and hope that this change will be a positive one for them and for you.

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

Parental Questionnaire

In order to increase the numbers of parents contributing to our annual questionnaire, we asked parents to complete it online at a Parent Evening.  Following a successful pilot with Year 7 and 8 parents, this will now be expanded to all year groups this academic year. 

67% of parents responded to the questionnaire.  The results are as follows:

       1. My child is happy and safe at school.

96%

       2. My child feels safe at school.

95%

       3. My child makes good progress in lessons and is taught well.

95%

       4. The school has systems that support students to be well behaved.

86%

       5. My daughter knows what to do if she is worried about an issue.

92%

       6. My daughter takes advantage of the extra-curricular opportunities available to her.

63%

       7. The school is well led and managed and responds to any concerns that I have.

88%

       8. I would recommend this school to another parent.

95%

 

Actions arising from the Parent Questionnaire are as follows:

  1. The behaviour and rewards system has been developed and tutor groups now receive weekly awards for good behaviour.In addition to this, those students whose attitude to learning has been a cause for concern are supported in new focus groups that have been set up this year.
  2. We have reviewed our practice with regards to responding to concerns and have carried out training for key staff.There is a new enquiries email that is copied to the Principal and Executive Principal so that responses to concerns can be monitored.
  3. We are developing a new data base to track uptake of enrichment opportunities including trips and visits.

 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

High School Musical Rehearsal Schedule

 

Please note that if you cannot make a rehearsal you must speak to Mrs Glynn in advance. If you are part of the ensemble and you miss a rehearsal where we set a big dance scene then you will not be able to be in that scene. We can only work with the cast that are there on the night.

Date Programme
Wednesday 19th September

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn

Status Quo & Wildcat cheer: Cheerleaders

Thursday 20th September

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Status Quo main roles: Ripper, Mongo, Martha, Taylor, Zeke, Chad

Friday 21st September

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

Start of something new and What I’ve been looking for: Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan

Monday 24th September

Afterschool 2:45-4:15pm D5 Mr Lee & Mrs Glynn

Wildcat Cheer and Status Quo: Whole cast

Tuesday 25th September

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

Start of something new and What I’ve been looking for: Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan

Wednesday 26th September

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn

Scene 2 & 3: Ms. Darbus, Jack Scott, Chad, Taylor, Gabriella, Troy, Sharpay

Thursday 27th September

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Scene 2 & 3: Ms. Darbus, Jack Scott, Chad, Taylor, Gabriella, Troy, Sharpay

Wednesday 3rd October

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

Get’cha head in the game: Jocks

Wednesday 3rd October

Afterschool 2:45-4:30pm D5 Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Get’cha head in the game: Whole cast

Wednesday 10th October

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn

Scene 5: Ms. Tenny, Sharpay, Gabriella, Taylor, Ryan

Thursday 11th October

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Scene 6: Jack Scott, Ms. Darbus, Taylor, Gabriella, Sharpay, Troy, Chad, Coach Bolton

Wednesday 17th October

Afterschool 2:45-5pm Mr Lee, Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Run through of the show so far: Whole cast

HALF TERM After our rehearsal on October 17th we will review our progress and set the next rehearsal schedule


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Diwali at New Walk Museum

Models needed for a Diwali Community Show. If you like fashion and modelling, please see below for an opportunity to sparkle and dazzle during a Diwali fashion show at New walk Museum.

 

Mrs. Vyas

Librarian

 

Healthy Lifestyle Support

Get Healthy Leicester provide a service that offers free healthy lifestyle services to adults living in Leicester City. These services provide help & support in the following areas:

· Healthy eating

· Increasing physical activity

· Weight management

· Reducing alcohol consumption

· Quitting smoking

 

 

Music Clubs & Lessons 2018-2019

Music Lessons:

An exciting opportunity for your daughter to learn a musical instrument.

Individual lessons are available for:

  • Guitar (acoustic/electric/bass)
  • Vocal
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Flute
  • Piano

All lessons are either 20 minutes or 30 minutes and are charged between £12.50 - £15.00 per lesson (depending on instrument).

Contact Mr Lee for more info slee@sjncc.leicester.sch.uk

 

Clubs for academic year 2018-2019:
 

 

 

Safeguarding Snippet

We’re listening!

This week the assemblies have focussed on the thought of the week – Empathy and also listening and kindness. We have launched a new listening service to extend the support already available at the college. A large number of staff and two students per year group are wearing listening badges to show that I am here to listen. A red heart badge indicates that I will offer a listening ear and offer support for anything you may want to chat about. The rainbow badge indicates that I am comfortable to talk about everything including LGBTQ issues. The student peer listeners will receive training on Wednesday 26 September and then they will be available for students to access support. The listening service is confidential unless anyone has a concern that the individual or someone close to them, is at risk under a safeguarding matter, in which case the information has to be shared with a Designated Safeguarding Lead. Look out for the badges!

 

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

21 September 2018

From the Principal - Friday 21 September

Students this week heard about a new school initiative to publicly show our support for students beyond the classroom.  They will notice that many staff members are now wearing special pins on their lanyards. The ‘red heart’ symbolises that the wearer is available to listen should a students want to talk about any issue.  The ‘rainbow heart’ pin indicates support for our diverse cohort of students, particularly for our students within the LGBTQ community.  While as a college we always promote individual rights and acceptance for all, these badges are a tangible way of reassuring students and to encourage them to approach someone if they need to talk.

Research tells us that incidents of poor mental health in young people are increasing and it is ever important that we ensure our students know that they are valued for exactly who they are and are supported when they are facing challenges.  Please contact us at college if you feel that your child would benefit from wellbeing support.

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

Principal Awards

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal Award winners:

  • Raheemah  11.8
  • Khadija  10.8

Stars of the Week

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

  • Natalia 7.3
  • Millie 8.7
  • Mia 9.2
  • Jadah 10.7
  • Latisha 10.9
  • Holly 11.1
  • Elisha 11.2
 

High School Musical Rehearsal Schedule

 

Please note that if you cannot make a rehearsal you must speak to Mrs Glynn in advance. If you are part of the ensemble and you miss a rehearsal where we set a big dance scene then you will not be able to be in that scene. We can only work with the cast that are there on the night.

Date Programme
Wednesday 19th September

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn

Status Quo & Wildcat cheer: Cheerleaders

Thursday 20th September

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Status Quo main roles: Ripper, Mongo, Martha, Taylor, Zeke, Chad

Friday 21st September

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

Start of something new and What I’ve been looking for: Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan

Monday 24th September

Afterschool 2:45-4:15pm D5 Mr Lee & Mrs Glynn

Wildcat Cheer and Status Quo: Whole cast

Tuesday 25th September

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

Start of something new and What I’ve been looking for: Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan

Wednesday 26th September

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn

Scene 2 & 3: Ms. Darbus, Jack Scott, Chad, Taylor, Gabriella, Troy, Sharpay

Thursday 27th September

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Scene 2 & 3: Ms. Darbus, Jack Scott, Chad, Taylor, Gabriella, Troy, Sharpay

Wednesday 3rd October

Lunchtime D7 Mr Lee

Get’cha head in the game: Jocks

Wednesday 3rd October

Afterschool 2:45-4:30pm D5 Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Get’cha head in the game: Whole cast

Wednesday 10th October

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn

Scene 5: Ms. Tenny, Sharpay, Gabriella, Taylor, Ryan

Thursday 11th October

Lunchtime D6 Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Scene 6: Jack Scott, Ms. Darbus, Taylor, Gabriella, Sharpay, Troy, Chad, Coach Bolton

Wednesday 17th October

Afterschool 2:45-5pm Mr Lee, Mrs Glynn & Mrs Thornber

Run through of the show so far: Whole cast

HALF TERM After our rehearsal on October 17th we will review our progress and set the next rehearsal schedule


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Diwali at New Walk Museum

Models needed for a Diwali Community Show. If you like fashion and modelling, please see below for an opportunity to sparkle and dazzle during a Diwali fashion show at New walk Museum.

 

Mrs. Vyas

Librarian

 

Healthy Lifestyle Support

Get Healthy Leicester provide a service that offers free healthy lifestyle services to adults living in Leicester City. These services provide help & support in the following areas:

· Healthy eating

· Increasing physical activity

· Weight management

· Reducing alcohol consumption

· Quitting smoking

 

 

Music Clubs & Lessons 2018-2019

Music Lessons:

An exciting opportunity for your daughter to learn a musical instrument.

Individual lessons are available for:

  • Guitar (acoustic/electric/bass)
  • Vocal
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Flute
  • Piano

All lessons are either 20 minutes or 30 minutes and are charged between £12.50 - £15.00 per lesson (depending on instrument).

Contact Mr Lee for more info slee@sjncc.leicester.sch.uk

 

Clubs for academic year 2018-2019:
 

 

 

Safeguarding Snippet

We’re listening!

This week the assemblies have focussed on the thought of the week – Empathy and also listening and kindness. We have launched a new listening service to extend the support already available at the college. A large number of staff and two students per year group are wearing listening badges to show that I am here to listen. A red heart badge indicates that I will offer a listening ear and offer support for anything you may want to chat about. The rainbow badge indicates that I am comfortable to talk about everything including LGBTQ issues. The student peer listeners will receive training on Wednesday 26 September and then they will be available for students to access support. The listening service is confidential unless anyone has a concern that the individual or someone close to them, is at risk under a safeguarding matter, in which case the information has to be shared with a Designated Safeguarding Lead. Look out for the badges!

 

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

14 September 2018

From the Principal - Friday 14 September

We were delighted to welcome several hundred prospective parents and children to our school last night for Open Evening.  The College was busier than ever and buzzing with all of the exciting resources and activities that our teachers had planned.  The stars of the evening were, as always, our students.  Well over two hundred Sir Jonathan North pupils volunteered last night to act as tour guides, subject representatives and make speeches to parents.  It was also fantastic to welcome so many ex-students, some of whom returned to help and to promote the work that we do at the College, some who were visiting as prospective parents and some who came back to reminisce and see how the school had progressed – they were not disappointed. Our students are the best representatives of what we do here at Sir Jonathan North and they were deserving of the excellent feedback that we received from our visitors.  As always they have made us proud. 

If you, or someone that you know intends to apply for a place at the College for September 2019, the date for making an online application to the Local Authority is 31 October 2018.

Last year, the College was again over-subscribed.  We are aware that the admissions process can be stressful for parents and children and we will be working very closely with primary schools and parents to anticipate the problems that might arise.  We aim to make the transfer a positive experience for Year 6 children that helps them to make a confident start to their secondary education.

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

Principal Awards

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal Award winners:

  • Rania  11.2
  • Amira  10.10
  • Senya  10.6
  • Shyann  10.5

Stars of the Week

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

  • Matilda 7.7
  • Kia 8.2
  • Aneri 9.8
  • Joy 10.5
  • Kelsey 10.3
  • Gamze 11.8
  • Daisy 11.7
 

Ms Chudasama filmed for the BBC

Exciting news!  Ms Chudasama, who has recently been featured in the MS Trust Open Door Magazine, has been chosen to be filmed as part of a BBC MS Trust Lifeline Appeal film featuring the specialist nursing support that the MS Trust provides.  She and members of her tutor group were also filmed in action during a lesson last week.  The programme will be aired on BBC One on Sunday 16 September 2018 at 2.45 pm and BBC 2 on Wednesday 19 September 2018 at 1 pm.  Don’t miss it!

Ms Chudasama pictured with her specialist MS nurse, Jon Maisey

 
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Music Clubs & Lessons 2018-2019

Music Lessons:

An exciting opportunity for your daughter to learn a musical instrument.

Individual lessons are available for:

  • Guitar (acoustic/electric/bass)
  • Vocal
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Flute
  • Piano

All lessons are either 20 minutes or 30 minutes and are charged between £12.50 - £15.00 per lesson (depending on instrument).

Contact Mr Lee for more info slee@sjncc.leicester.sch.uk

 

Clubs for academic year 2018-2019:

 

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Safeguarding Snippet

The National online Safety created this FREE guide for schools to share to its community about ‘Screen Addiction’ – an issue which is affecting young people across the globe. This guide informs parents about the issues associated with smartphone and screen addiction amongst children and how they can help to control the associated risks and stop their children becoming ‘Screen Zombies’.

 

App updates from National On-line Safety in May 2018

  • Instagram - Anti-bullying filter: Instagram announced on 1st May that they now have an ‘anti-bullying’ filter on the app. The new filter hides comments containing attacks on a person’s appearance or character, as well as threats to a person’s well-being or health. The filter will also alert Instagram to repeated problems so they can take action on the user if necessary.
     
  • Instagram - In-app payments: Instagram is rolling out in-app payments for products and services directly through the app. It will operate under the same rules as Facebook Payments, which state if you are under the age of 18, you can only use Facebook Payments with the involvement of a parent or guardian.
     
  • WhatsApp - Age restriction change: Due to the new terms and conditions and updates to the privacy policy in May, users could only access their messages once they have confirmed that they are 16 or older (previously 13+). The changes were effective from 25th May.
     
  • Snapchat - Unskippable adverts: The app is testing 6 second unskippable adverts in its ‘Discover’ section. At the moment, the unskippable ads do not appear in a users stories or personal snaps, only in the commercial section.
     
  • YouTube - Music Streaming service: YouTube launched a music streaming service on the 22nd May in 5 countries including the U.S. The service costs around £7.40 p/m. The service is said to come to Europe “soon”.
     
  • YouTube Kids - Proposed updates implemented: In our April newsletter, we mentioned that YouTube Kids announced a change to their app which would mean people (not computers) would check videos and decide if they will be available for children to watch on the app. This change came into effect on 10th May, creating a safer platform for children to view videos.

 

FREE 'Yubo' guide download!

Ever heard of the app called 'YUBO'? Formerly called ‘Yellow’, the platform is being dubbed ‘Tinder for Teens’ - allowing users to swipe through others profiles and contact them. . Here's our FREE Parents' Online Safety Guide on the Platform.

 

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

7 September 2018

From the Principal - Friday 7 September

We have been very pleased by the positive start our students have made to the academic year.  We have challenged them to produce their best work right from the start and visits to lessons have shown that they are engaged and working hard. 

School is about much more than academic lessons and we hope that all of our students get involved in all the college has to offer, both within the classroom and beyond. Please ask your child about the range of clubs, activities and events that are available.   Involvement in extra-curricular activities can raise self-esteem, help to build friendships and create lasting memories.

Please encourage your child to take up the fantastic opportunities that are available to her.   

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

Ms Chudasama filmed for the BBC

Exciting news!  Ms Chudasama, who has recently been featured in the MS Trust Open Door Magazine, has been chosen to be filmed as part of a BBC MS Trust Lifeline Appeal film featuring the specialist nursing support that the MS Trust provides.  She and members of her tutor group were also filmed in action during a lesson last week.  The programme will be aired on BBC One on Sunday 16 September 2018 at 2.45 pm and BBC 2 on Wednesday 19 September 2018 at 1 pm.  Don’t miss it!

Ms Chudasama pictured with her specialist MS nurse, Jon Maisey

 

 

Stars of the Week

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

  • Julia 7.9
  • Tino 8.6
  • Emma 9.4
  • Lucy 10.1
  • Najila 10.8
  • Lena 11.7
  • Madeline 11.7
 

End of Year Reward Trips 2018

At the end of last term we were pleased to be able to offer three different reward trips for the first time. These trips are special events to reward students for their hard work, good behaviour, attendance and punctuality throughout the year.

450 students took part in the Drayton Manor Park trip.  They loved the roller coasters and of course, the ice cream!

We were also able to take 71 students to the Odeon cinema at Freemans Park. The students enjoyed tucking into their popcorn and drinks whilst watching (and singing along to) The Greatest Showman. They then headed next door to Nando’s where the students enjoyed a buffet meal.

The final trip saw 59 students go to Cadbury’s World in Birmingham. The students experienced the 4D cinema and the Bourneville Museum. Students also got to visit the chocolate production part of the factory where they could see chocolate being set in moulds and create their own Cadbury creation.

Students who chose to stay in college also had a range of activities to choose from, including making a horror film and making a music video.

The students had a great time and there will be lots more exciting rewards and trips on offer this academic year too, so please look out for future events.

 

Carl Hartley

Assistant Principal


 

 

Safeguarding Snippet

The National online Safety created this FREE guide for schools to share to its community about ‘Screen Addiction’ – an issue which is affecting young people across the globe. This guide informs parents about the issues associated with smartphone and screen addiction amongst children and how they can help to control the associated risks and stop their children becoming ‘Screen Zombies’.

 

App updates from National On-line Safety in May 2018

  • Instagram - Anti-bullying filter: Instagram announced on 1st May that they now have an ‘anti-bullying’ filter on the app. The new filter hides comments containing attacks on a person’s appearance or character, as well as threats to a person’s well-being or health. The filter will also alert Instagram to repeated problems so they can take action on the user if necessary.
     
  • Instagram - In-app payments: Instagram is rolling out in-app payments for products and services directly through the app. It will operate under the same rules as Facebook Payments, which state if you are under the age of 18, you can only use Facebook Payments with the involvement of a parent or guardian.
     
  • WhatsApp - Age restriction change: Due to the new terms and conditions and updates to the privacy policy in May, users could only access their messages once they have confirmed that they are 16 or older (previously 13+). The changes were effective from 25th May.
     
  • Snapchat - Unskippable adverts: The app is testing 6 second unskippable adverts in its ‘Discover’ section. At the moment, the unskippable ads do not appear in a users stories or personal snaps, only in the commercial section.
     
  • YouTube - Music Streaming service: YouTube launched a music streaming service on the 22nd May in 5 countries including the U.S. The service costs around £7.40 p/m. The service is said to come to Europe “soon”.
     
  • YouTube Kids - Proposed updates implemented: In our April newsletter, we mentioned that YouTube Kids announced a change to their app which would mean people (not computers) would check videos and decide if they will be available for children to watch on the app. This change came into effect on 10th May, creating a safer platform for children to view videos.

 

FREE 'Yubo' guide download!

Ever heard of the app called 'YUBO'? Formerly called ‘Yellow’, the platform is being dubbed ‘Tinder for Teens’ - allowing users to swipe through others profiles and contact them. . Here's our FREE Parents' Online Safety Guide on the Platform.

 

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

6 July 2018

From the Principal - Friday 6 July

As this is the last newsletter of the year, I would like to thank all parents and carers for the contribution they have made in helping their daughters this year in so many ways – your continued support is valued by staff.

As we plan and look forward to the next academic year, it is important that we start to prepare students for next year too. In order to help your daughter to achieve, we believe that it is important that both you and she are clear about College’s expectations. A letter outlining our expectations will be sent home next week together with a copy of the College Dress Code.

We know that a positive attitude and good behaviour impacts on the learning and outcomes for all of our students.

We look forward to welcoming students in Years 8 – 11 for the new year on Thursday 30 August 2018 at 11 am and Year 7 at 8.30 am.

 

Alison Merrills

Principal

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Principal Awards

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal Award winners:

Janya - Year 8.1

Zaynab - Year 9.9

Nomi - Year 10.9

 

Stars of the Week

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

Shiza - Year 7.3

Esme - Year 8.3

Rafia - Year 9.7

Fizzah - Year 10.5

Grace - Year 10.6

 

Stars of the Month

D&T ‘Star of the Month’ Student Awards for June 2018

We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for June 2018! Girls will be awarded a certificate for their record of Achievement and an exclusive ‘star award’ badge to wear. Students have been selected because they have produced outstanding work in one of the Design and Technology subjects. June 2018 awards go to:

Subject

Student

KS3 Product Design/ Resistant Materials

Sheyenne 7.9

Mira 8.4

Ghizlaine 9.3

KS3 Fashion & Textiles

Huda 7.9

Karolina 7.8

Zarina 8.3

KS3 Food & Nutrition

Mily 8.3

Kate 7.1

KS4 Resistant Material

Jessica 10.7

KS4 Fashion & Textiles

Rumaysa 10.3

Lucy 10.3

 

End of Term Arrangements

The College will close for the end of the academic year at 1pm on Friday 13 July.

If you would prefer that your daughter does not leave school early and is supervised  in the Learning Resources Centre until 2.45pm, please contact the College by 3pm on the Monday 9 July.

We wish all students well over the summer break and look forward to welcoming them back next academic year. College will open to students on Thursday 30 August at 8.30am for new students and 11am for Years 8-11. Students should arrive 10 minutes early to ensure a prompt and positive start of the year.

 

Mrs Merrills

Principal

 

 

School term and holiday dates for 2018 – 2019

As we look forward to the next academic year, we take this opportunity to remind you that the dates for the 2018-19 school year were published on the College website in October 2017.  Please note that Leicester City and Leicestershire County holiday dates are not exactly the same next year

Mrs Evans

Head of School

 

College Code For The New Term

hank you to those parents and carers who have shown their support for the College by ensuring that their daughters have worn correct College Dress this year.

To ensure that you are purchasing the correct items of dress for the new academic year, please consult the College Dress Code. This can be found at https://www.sjncc.leicester.sch.uk/parentshandbook

 

Carl Hartley

Assistant Principal

 

Sir Jonathan North Students Embark on Iceland Adventure

On Monday 9 July 2018 we will be embarking on our third Icelandic adventure. Twenty eight students from Years 9,10 and 11 will spend five days in Iceland exploring the geographical features of the country. We will be visiting the Secret Lagoon, walking on a glacier, seeing amazing waterfalls and looking at the plate boundary that runs through Iceland and the Eyjafjallajökull volcano which caused so much travel disruption in 2010.

You can follow our adventure by reading our blog which is written by the students during their visit on https://sjncciceland2018.wordpress.com/. 

 

Simon Pope

Humanities Team

 

New Student Council Executive Appointed 

The Student Council Executive is delighted to announce who will be following on with their role next year. It was a rigorous recruitment process and we would like to congratulate all students who applied to be part of this key team.

Over 30 Year 9 students came to our recruitment lunch where they were able to find out more about the role. Following this, we had 20 students submit a written application and tutor reference for the role. These applications were superb and made making the decision on the final ten who would go through to the interview stage incredibly difficult.

The interviews were held after school with Mrs Merrills, Mrs Evans, Ms White and two members of the current Student Council Executive. Those interviewing were extremely impressed with the enthusiasm and maturity of all the candidates interviewed.

We would like to congratulate Jean, Stella, Oumnia and Ishani who were chosen as the Student Council Executive for 2018-19. We are confident that they will do an amazing job!

 

Kate White

The Student Executive

French Trip to Paris and Normandy - 25-30 June 2018

Last week, the Modern Languages Team took 33 students on a residential trip to France.

The five day trip was packed with exciting activities visiting the top attractions in Paris and the picturesque region of Normandy.

On our first day, we visited the famous Bayeux Tapestry, a medieval embroidery depicting the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Students enjoyed discovering this remarkable work of art and important as a source for 11th century history. 

There were many highlights of the trip:  the time spent in Normandy, exploring the beautiful architecture and sandy beaches, Cabourg market, where students got the opportunity to put their language skills into practice. This year we added a visit to the American cemetery and to one of the D DAY landing beaches. We also were fortunate enough to go to the Trocadero and ascend the fifty ninth floor of the Montparnasse Tower from where we had the most amazing view of  the Eiffel Tower and Paris, whilst the Bateau-Mouche excursion on the river Seine allowed students to discover most of Paris’ famous attractions, including the Louvre museum, Notre Dame cathedral and many more. Our day in Paris ended with a relaxing evening in the heart of Paris artistic quarter, Montmartre, where we enjoyed an authentic dinner at a French restaurant, after visiting the magnificent Sacré Coeur church.

Our last day was spent at Disneyland Paris which was for many, the highlight of the trip. This year for the first time, we spent the evening at Disneyland where we enjoyed the parade and the spectacular fireworks.

Here are some comments from students:

“The French trip was a once in a lifetime experience that will definitely be one of my highlights at Sir Jonathan North. My favourite part was exploring the Parisian culture and of course Disneyland Paris.” Sileena, 8.3.

“The trip was just a blast and I enjoyed every moment. Really wish I could do it again, made some amazing friends and even more amazing memories. Thanks to all the teachers!”. Aamna, 8.5.

“The trip to France was amazing and my favourite part was Paris and Disneyland. The fireworks at Disney were amazing. It was a great experience and I wish I could do it all over again. Thank you so much to the teachers for looking after us and for taking time to share their experience with us.” Emilia,8.2.

“Thank you so much Miss Lopez. It was so much fun. I had an amazing time in Normandy and Paris. It was a great opportunity to make new friends. It was honestly the highlight of my school year.” Maz, 8.2.

“It was one of the most amazing holidays I have ever had. I had a really good time and I honestly don’t know what my favourite part was because I enjoyed every second of it, it was a new experience for me, I made lots of new friends and it was a really good week. Thank you to all the teachers.” Laveen, 8.5.

 

Mrs Lopez-Correia 

Curriculum Team Leader Modern Foreign Languages

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Design and Technology Trip to DMU Art and Design Degree Show 2018

On Thursday 21 June, 30 Year 9 DT students went to DMU for the day.

“We were taken on a tour of the campus and we visited some of the old buildings of The Newarks including the Old Courthouse which was really interesting. We had a careers presentation and toured the show which was amazing. We looked at Fashion, Textile Design, Footwear, Contour, Product Design, Architecture and Design Crafts which included silversmithing and jewellery, ceramic and glass.

We got the opportunity to speak to students and lecturers who answered questions about course requirements, student loans, and bursaries.

We were all impressed with the high standard of work and the interesting and glamorous jobs the graduates had been offered over the last few weeks. This has really inspired me to go and do a degree at DMU”

Marjahan 9.9 and Libby 9.8

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Year 7 Enjoy Fantastic Day Out!

A group of Sir Jonathan North Year 7 students took part in a fantastic day filled with Physical activity and interactive Well-Being workshops. The day was organized by Leicester City Schools Sport and Physical Activity Network. Students had the chance to try out the following activities: Kick-boxing, Boccia, Wheelchair Basketball, Teambuilding, Climbing Wall, Yoga, Mindfulness. They had the opportunity to work together and support each other through activities with students from nine other schools from the city.

Students have written the following after their fun filled day:

'I felt embarrassed and shy at first but after I made new friends it was fine. My favourite activities were yoga, climbing and wheelchair basketball.’
'Today was a fun day, a good opportunity to make friends and to do sports. It was fun.'
'I liked that I got to know different people and made new friends and I got active on the Smoothie Bike.'
'I really loved taking part in the activities I would definitely do it again.'

Monika Butterworth

Senior Learning Mentor

 

Safeguarding Snippet

The National online Safety created this FREE guide for schools to share to its community about ‘Screen Addiction’ – an issue which is affecting young people across the globe. This guide informs parents about the issues associated with smartphone and screen addiction amongst children and how they can help to control the associated risks and stop their children becoming ‘Screen Zombies’.

 

App updates from National On-line Safety in May 2018

  • Instagram - Anti-bullying filter: Instagram announced on 1st May that they now have an ‘anti-bullying’ filter on the app. The new filter hides comments containing attacks on a person’s appearance or character, as well as threats to a person’s well-being or health. The filter will also alert Instagram to repeated problems so they can take action on the user if necessary.
     
  • Instagram - In-app payments: Instagram is rolling out in-app payments for products and services directly through the app. It will operate under the same rules as Facebook Payments, which state if you are under the age of 18, you can only use Facebook Payments with the involvement of a parent or guardian.
     
  • WhatsApp - Age restriction change: Due to the new terms and conditions and updates to the privacy policy in May, users could only access their messages once they have confirmed that they are 16 or older (previously 13+). The changes were effective from 25th May.
     
  • Snapchat - Unskippable adverts: The app is testing 6 second unskippable adverts in its ‘Discover’ section. At the moment, the unskippable ads do not appear in a users stories or personal snaps, only in the commercial section.
     
  • YouTube - Music Streaming service: YouTube launched a music streaming service on the 22nd May in 5 countries including the U.S. The service costs around £7.40 p/m. The service is said to come to Europe “soon”.
     
  • YouTube Kids - Proposed updates implemented: In our April newsletter, we mentioned that YouTube Kids announced a change to their app which would mean people (not computers) would check videos and decide if they will be available for children to watch on the app. This change came into effect on 10th May, creating a safer platform for children to view videos.

 

FREE 'Yubo' guide download!

Ever heard of the app called 'YUBO'? Formerly called ‘Yellow’, the platform is being dubbed ‘Tinder for Teens’ - allowing users to swipe through others profiles and contact them. . Here's our FREE Parents' Online Safety Guide on the Platform.

 

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

29 June 2018

From the Principal - Friday 29 June

During the last two weeks of term, a busy calendar of events continues. On Tuesday 3 July we look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 to college as part of their induction programme. On Tuesday 10 July it is our whole College Sports Day and on Thursday 12 July students are looking forward to a special day. This year we have 3 reward trips where almost 600 Students will be visiting either Cadburys World, the Cinema or Drayton Manor Park and the rest will be enjoying a day in school where timetabled lessons are replaced by a range of fun activities. We are expecting these to be exciting and enjoyable days to end the term on a positive note.

 

Alison Merrills

Principal

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Principal Awards

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal Award winners:

Rijshalia - Year 8.4

Zeenat - Year 8.7

Madihah - Year 9.3

Alicia - Year 9.3

 

Stars of the Week

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

Ayse - Year 7.8

Gabby - Year 8.2

Ayesha - Year 9.1

Jennifer - Year 10.1

Annabel - Year 10.8

 

Stars of the Month

D&T ‘Star of the Month’ Student Awards for June 2018

We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for June 2018! Girls will be awarded a certificate for their record of Achievement and an exclusive ‘star award’ badge to wear. Students have been selected because they have produced outstanding work in one of the Design and Technology subjects. June 2018 awards go to:

Subject

Student

KS3 Product Design/ Resistant Materials

Sheyenne 7.9

Mira 8.4

Ghizlaine 9.3

KS3 Fashion & Textiles

Huda 7.9

Karolina 7.8

Zarina 8.3

KS3 Food & Nutrition

Mily 8.3

Kate 7.1

KS4 Resistant Material

Jessica 10.7

KS4 Fashion & Textiles

Rumaysa 10.3

Lucy 10.3

 

End of Term Arrangements

The College will close for the end of the academic year at 1pm on Friday 13 July.

If you would prefer that your daughter does not leave school early and is supervised  in the Learning Resources Centre until 2.45pm, please contact the College by 3pm on the Monday 9 July.

We wish all students well over the summer break and look forward to welcoming them back next academic year. College will open to students on Thursday 30 August at 8.30am for new students and 11am for Years 8-11. Students should arrive 10 minutes early to ensure a prompt and positive start of the year.

 

Mrs Merrills

Principal

 

 

School term and holiday dates for 2018 – 2019

As we look forward to the next academic year, we take this opportunity to remind you that the dates for the 2018-19 school year were published on the College website in October 2017.  Please note that Leicester City and Leicestershire County holiday dates are not exactly the same next year

Mrs Evans

Head of School

 

College Code For The New Term

hank you to those parents and carers who have shown their support for the College by ensuring that their daughters have worn correct College Dress this year.

To ensure that you are purchasing the correct items of dress for the new academic year, please consult the College Dress Code. This can be found at https://www.sjncc.leicester.sch.uk/parentshandbook

 

Carl Hartley

Assistant Principal

 

Sir Jonathan North Students Embark on Iceland Adventure

On Monday 9 July 2018 we will be embarking on our third Icelandic adventure. Twenty eight students from Years 9,10 and 11 will spend five days in Iceland exploring the geographical features of the country. We will be visiting the Secret Lagoon, walking on a glacier, seeing amazing waterfalls and looking at the plate boundary that runs through Iceland and the Eyjafjallajökull volcano which caused so much travel disruption in 2010.

You can follow our adventure by reading our blog which is written by the students during their visit on https://sjncciceland2018.wordpress.com/. 

 

Simon Pope

Humanities Team

 

New Student Council Executive Appointed 

The Student Council Executive is delighted to announce who will be following on with their role next year. It was a rigorous recruitment process and we would like to congratulate all students who applied to be part of this key team.

Over 30 Year 9 students came to our recruitment lunch where they were able to find out more about the role. Following this, we had 20 students submit a written application and tutor reference for the role. These applications were superb and made making the decision on the final ten who would go through to the interview stage incredibly difficult.

The interviews were held after school with Mrs Merrills, Mrs Evans, Ms White and two members of the current Student Council Executive. Those interviewing were extremely impressed with the enthusiasm and maturity of all the candidates interviewed.

We would like to congratulate Jean, Stella, Oumnia and Ishani who were chosen as the Student Council Executive for 2018-19. We are confident that they will do an amazing job!

 

Kate White

The Student Executive

French and Spanish Translation Bee Regional Finals 2018

Well done to our three Year 9 students who got through the regional finals and secured a place for the national finals held at Cambridge University on 25 June.

4767 students studying French, Spanish and German started the Year 8 and 9 Translation Bee Competition this year in the East Midlands. On Thursday 15 June, the final 54 competed in Peterborough for a place in the final. Year 9 students Grace, Hanna, Zaynab and Nesrin all represented Sir Jonathan North in the semi-finals for French and Spanish and did us proud.

Nesrin and Zayban achieved First and Second place - a fantastic achievement. Their performances were particularly remarkable as for the second year running, they were in the top five. Zaynab is the 2017 Translation Bee Winner.

Will she keep the title this year?  Zaynab and Nesrin will be representing the college for French and Grace will be our Spanish National Finalist.

The competition, which is sponsored by the European Commission, involves Year 8 and Year 9 students competing to translate correctly the most sentences in French, Spanish or German in just 60 seconds, using the three tenses.

We are looking forward to seeing our students compete again in Cambridge on 3 July.


Mrs Lopez-Correia

Curriculum Team Leader Modern Foreign Languages

Year 9 Success in National Competition Scrub Up on Science

Scrub Up On Science is a national competition organised by the Society of Cosmetic Scientists. Having got through the preliminary rounds by submitting a presentation about their investigations into the properties of bubble bath, Team Bubblicious were invited to the final. This was held in the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester on Wednesday 20th June. The programme for the day was action packed:

 - Formal Address by the President of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists.

 - Student teams set up their area and produced their product.

 - Judges circulated and quizzed students, the success criteria were:

    Excellence of scientific method
    Hypothesis
    Communication skills
    Creativity
    Passion for Science

Whilst the judges made their decisions the students were able to explore the museum and had the wonderful opportunity to experience the “Descent VR with Tim Peake”.

Team “Bubblicious”, comprised of Ramisa, Jasmeen, Xena and Humairah, the students worked incredibly hard and were awarded a trophy for the runners up. They also received a fantastic goodie bag totally full of amazing personal care products.


Ms Mynott

Deputy Curriculum Team Leader Science

Safeguarding Snippet

The National online Safety created this FREE guide for schools to share to its community about ‘Screen Addiction’ – an issue which is affecting young people across the globe. This guide informs parents about the issues associated with smartphone and screen addiction amongst children and how they can help to control the associated risks and stop their children becoming ‘Screen Zombies’.

 

App updates from National On-line Safety in May 2018

  • Instagram - Anti-bullying filter: Instagram announced on 1st May that they now have an ‘anti-bullying’ filter on the app. The new filter hides comments containing attacks on a person’s appearance or character, as well as threats to a person’s well-being or health. The filter will also alert Instagram to repeated problems so they can take action on the user if necessary.
     
  • Instagram - In-app payments: Instagram is rolling out in-app payments for products and services directly through the app. It will operate under the same rules as Facebook Payments, which state if you are under the age of 18, you can only use Facebook Payments with the involvement of a parent or guardian.
     
  • WhatsApp - Age restriction change: Due to the new terms and conditions and updates to the privacy policy in May, users could only access their messages once they have confirmed that they are 16 or older (previously 13+). The changes were effective from 25th May.
     
  • Snapchat - Unskippable adverts: The app is testing 6 second unskippable adverts in its ‘Discover’ section. At the moment, the unskippable ads do not appear in a users stories or personal snaps, only in the commercial section.
     
  • YouTube - Music Streaming service: YouTube launched a music streaming service on the 22nd May in 5 countries including the U.S. The service costs around £7.40 p/m. The service is said to come to Europe “soon”.
     
  • YouTube Kids - Proposed updates implemented: In our April newsletter, we mentioned that YouTube Kids announced a change to their app which would mean people (not computers) would check videos and decide if they will be available for children to watch on the app. This change came into effect on 10th May, creating a safer platform for children to view videos.

 

FREE 'Yubo' guide download!

Ever heard of the app called 'YUBO'? Formerly called ‘Yellow’, the platform is being dubbed ‘Tinder for Teens’ - allowing users to swipe through others profiles and contact them. . Here's our FREE Parents' Online Safety Guide on the Platform.

 

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

22 June 2018
 

From the Principal - Friday 22 June

We are always very pleased with our success with Young Enterprise and proud to be a Young Enterprise School. This year, Year 10 student Emily, won a place in the East Midlands regional final which took place in Nottingham on Wednesday 20 June 2018. Emily was nominated for the East Midlands ‘Journey Award’ and was runner-up which is a fantastic achievement. Well done Emily!

As well as student success, our Young Enterprise teacher, Simon Pope , was recognised for his dedication, contribution and achievement to Young Enterprise. He received the Young Enterprise Gold Award for his services. We offer our congratulations to Simon – very well deserved.

The ability to present ideas, to make informed decisions, to manage finances, to question, to listen and to be creative are all very important skills in the world of work. We aim to prepare our students for the excitement and challenges that lie ahead of them as we, together with parents and carers, support them to become confident and able young women in the workplace and beyond.

 

Alison Merrills

Principal

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Principal Awards

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal Award winners:

Tasneem - Year 7.6

Daisy - Year 7.7

Rachel - Year 8.4

Martyna - Year 10.1

Ammaarah- Year 10.2

 

Stars of the Week

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

Grace - Year 7.7

Rhea-Mae - Year 8.5

Leonie - Year 9.6

Saima - Year 10.1

Samiah - Year 10.7

 

Stars of the Month

D&T ‘Star of the Month’ Student Awards for May 2018

We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for May 2018! Girls will be awarded a certificate for their record of Achievement and an exclusive ‘star award’ badge to wear. Students have been selected because they have produced outstanding work in one of the Design and Technology subjects. May 2018 awards go to:

Subject

Student

KS3 Engineering/Electronics (Mr Mander)

Olive 7.1

Tasmin 7.6

Ammarah 8.7

Aakifah 8.3

KS3 Graphics (Mr Mander)

Bhakti 9.7

Mahek 9.5

KS3 Product Design/ Resistant Materials

Azza 7.8

Emily 8.3

Safiyyah 9.2

KS3 Fashion & Textiles

Hanna 9.6

Hana 9.3

Raiyyan 9.3

Bhakti 9.7

KS3 Food & Nutrition

Sharo 9.7
KS4 Graphic Products (Mr Mander)

Zoe 11.6

Kia 11.10

Olivia 11.6

KS4 Resistant Material

Safiyah 10.1

Jagoda 11.8

KS4 Fashion & Textiles

Molly 10.6

Shannon 10.6

 

Parent and Carers’ Feedback Questionnaire

We highly value the feedback that we receive from parents and carers as this helps us to review and improve our provision and practice. You can access this via the College website. The survey will only take 3 or 4 minutes to complete. Please take time to complete the questionnaire by Monday 25 June 2018. https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4420920/Questionnaire-for-Parents-and-Carers

 

 

School term and holiday dates for 2018 – 2019

As we look forward to the next academic year, we take this opportunity to remind you that the dates for the 2018-19 school year were published on the College website in October 2017.  Please note that Leicester City and Leicestershire County holiday dates are not exactly the same next year

Mrs Evans

Head of School

 

Sir Jonathan North Students Embark on Iceland Adventure

On Monday 9 July 2018 we will be embarking on our third Icelandic adventure. Twenty eight students from Years 9,10 and 11 will spend five days in Iceland exploring the geographical features of the country. We will be visiting the Secret Lagoon, walking on a glacier, seeing amazing waterfalls and looking at the plate boundary that runs through Iceland and the Eyjafjallajökull volcano which caused so much travel disruption in 2010.

You can follow our adventure by reading our blog which is written by the students during their visit on https://sjncciceland2018.wordpress.com/. 

 

Simon Pope

Humanities Team

 

 

Piers Shepperd, Director of Wonder Works Ltd., Inspires Year 8

We were thrilled to host a visit from inspirational speaker Piers Shepperd last Tuesday. Piers is a director of a creative media company and has worked in the entertainment industry since he left school. Some of his projects include designing the opening and closing Games ceremonies and music tours such as Beyonce’s latest tour.

Piers spoke to Year 8 about his career and gave students a real insight into a fascinating industry. The students found the talk very interesting and now have a much better idea of potential careers open to them.

Here are some thoughts from the students:

‘Pier’s talk was interesting and flawlessly presented to us all. This amazing man has inspired us to consider following in his footsteps and to pursue the same career.’      Grace 8.3
‘We had an amazing opportunity to hear about Pier’s journey into the design industry. He gave us a clear view on what obstacles may come later in life and how we can overcome them. It was an eye-opening experience.’     Maz, Alex and Jayna 8.1 and 8.2

 

Kate White

Lead Teacher Student Voice

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French and Spanish Translation Bee Regional Finals 2018

Well done to our three Year 9 students who got through the regional finals and secured a place for the national finals held at Cambridge University on 25 June.

4767 students studying French, Spanish and German started the Year 8 and 9 Translation Bee Competition this year in the East Midlands. On Thursday 15 June, the final 54 competed in Peterborough for a place in the final. Year 9 students Grace, Hanna, Zaynab and Nesrin all represented Sir Jonathan North in the semi-finals for French and Spanish and did us proud.

Nesrin and Zayban achieved First and Second place - a fantastic achievement. Their performances were particularly remarkable as for the second year running, they were in the top five. Zaynab is the 2017 Translation Bee Winner.

Will she keep the title this year?  Zaynab and Nesrin will be representing the college for French and Grace will be our Spanish National Finalist.

The competition, which is sponsored by the European Commission, involves Year 8 and Year 9 students competing to translate correctly the most sentences in French, Spanish or German in just 60 seconds, using the three tenses.

We are looking forward to seeing our students compete again in Cambridge on 3 July.


Mrs Lopez-Correia

Curriculum Team Leader Modern Foreign Languages

Year 9 Success in National Competition Scrub Up on Science

Scrub Up On Science is a national competition organised by the Society of Cosmetic Scientists. Having got through the preliminary rounds by submitting a presentation about their investigations into the properties of bubble bath, Team Bubblicious were invited to the final. This was held in the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester on Wednesday 20th June. The programme for the day was action packed:

 - Formal Address by the President of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists.

 - Student teams set up their area and produced their product.

 - Judges circulated and quizzed students, the success criteria were:

    Excellence of scientific method
    Hypothesis
    Communication skills
    Creativity
    Passion for Science

Whilst the judges made their decisions the students were able to explore the museum and had the wonderful opportunity to experience the “Descent VR with Tim Peake”.

Team “Bubblicious”, comprised of Ramisa, Jasmeen, Xena and Humairah, the students worked incredibly hard and were awarded a trophy for the runners up. They also received a fantastic goodie bag totally full of amazing personal care products.


Ms Mynott

Deputy Curriculum Team Leader Science

Safeguarding Snippet

The National online Safety created this FREE guide for schools to share to its community about ‘Screen Addiction’ – an issue which is affecting young people across the globe. This guide informs parents about the issues associated with smartphone and screen addiction amongst children and how they can help to control the associated risks and stop their children becoming ‘Screen Zombies’.

 

App updates from National On-line Safety in May 2018

  • Instagram - Anti-bullying filter: Instagram announced on 1st May that they now have an ‘anti-bullying’ filter on the app. The new filter hides comments containing attacks on a person’s appearance or character, as well as threats to a person’s well-being or health. The filter will also alert Instagram to repeated problems so they can take action on the user if necessary.
     
  • Instagram - In-app payments: Instagram is rolling out in-app payments for products and services directly through the app. It will operate under the same rules as Facebook Payments, which state if you are under the age of 18, you can only use Facebook Payments with the involvement of a parent or guardian.
     
  • WhatsApp - Age restriction change: Due to the new terms and conditions and updates to the privacy policy in May, users could only access their messages once they have confirmed that they are 16 or older (previously 13+). The changes were effective from 25th May.
     
  • Snapchat - Unskippable adverts: The app is testing 6 second unskippable adverts in its ‘Discover’ section. At the moment, the unskippable ads do not appear in a users stories or personal snaps, only in the commercial section.
     
  • YouTube - Music Streaming service: YouTube launched a music streaming service on the 22nd May in 5 countries including the U.S. The service costs around £7.40 p/m. The service is said to come to Europe “soon”.
     
  • YouTube Kids - Proposed updates implemented: In our April newsletter, we mentioned that YouTube Kids announced a change to their app which would mean people (not computers) would check videos and decide if they will be available for children to watch on the app. This change came into effect on 10th May, creating a safer platform for children to view videos.

 

FREE 'Yubo' guide download!

Ever heard of the app called 'YUBO'? Formerly called ‘Yellow’, the platform is being dubbed ‘Tinder for Teens’ - allowing users to swipe through others profiles and contact them. . Here's our FREE Parents' Online Safety Guide on the Platform.

 

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

15 June 2018
 

From the Principal - Friday 15 June

We highly value the feedback that we receive from parents and carers as this helps us to review and improve our provision and practice. This year we are again providing our whole college parent/carer questionnaire online. You can access this on your mobile phone or computer via the college website. The survey will only take 3-4 minutes to complete. Please can I ask you to take time to complete this by Monday 25 June 2018. Click here to access the survey.

 

Alison Merrills

Principal

 

Principal Awards

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal Award winners:

Shanade - Year 7.3

Alessandra - Year 7.4

Tasneem - Year 7.6

Rachel - Year 8.4

Bindiya - Year 8.8

Megan - 9.4

Eithar - 9.6

 

Stars of the Week

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

Millie - Year 7.7

Dania - Year 8.5

Sophie - Year 9.6

Muskan - Year 10.1

Jasmine - Year 10.7

 

Stars of the Month

D&T ‘Star of the Month’ Student Awards for May 2018

We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for May 2018! Girls will be awarded a certificate for their record of Achievement and an exclusive ‘star award’ badge to wear. Students have been selected because they have produced outstanding work in one of the Design and Technology subjects. May 2018 awards go to:

Subject

Student

KS3 Engineering/Electronics (Mr Mander)

Olive 7.1

Tasmin 7.6

Ammarah 8.7

Aakifah 8.3

KS3 Graphics (Mr Mander)

Bhakti 9.7

Mahek 9.5

KS3 Product Design/ Resistant Materials

Azza 7.8

Emily 8.3

Safiyyah 9.2

KS3 Fashion & Textiles

Hanna 9.6

Hana 9.3

Raiyyan 9.3

Bhakti 9.7

KS3 Food & Nutrition

Sharo 9.7
KS4 Graphic Products (Mr Mander)

Zoe 11.6

Kia 11.10

Olivia 11.6

KS4 Resistant Material

Safiyah 10.1

Jagoda 11.8

KS4 Fashion & Textiles

Molly 10.6

Shannon 10.6

 

Spotlight on Year 11

Dear Parent/Carer

We would like to thank you for encouraging and supporting your child to attend the May half term revision sessions.  Over 170 Year 11 students attended the Maths ‘Walking Talking Mock’, with many others arranging to collect the predictive paper. The students who attended were extremely positive about the positive impact it made on paper two, and our staff could not speak highly enough about the exemplary behaviour and fantastic attitude to learning of all students during the sessions.

Following this successful revision session, we have decided to deliver another ‘Walking Talking Mock’ for the Maths paper 3. All students are invited to attend the paper 3 prediction session this Saturday. The session will run from 9:30 am to approximately 12 pm.  It is important that your daughter arrives promptly. It is assumed that your daughter’s attendance comes with your permission and that your emergency contact details will be the ones we have on record. The session will undoubtedly impact positively on students’ GCSE mathematics result.

Students are now working on their reduced timetable.  In summary, we expect all students to attend lessons for the subjects for which they have not yet completed exams. Students are not expected to be in school if they do not have an exam, or they have lessons for subjects they have now finished. We also expect them to wear full college dress whenever they are in college.

Our last whole school exam is on Friday 15 June. This is likely to clash with the Eid al-Fitr festivities. External exams will continue as scheduled and the awarding bodies will give no consideration for absence due to religious observance.

Best wishes

 

Mrs King

Assistant Principal

 

 

School term and holiday dates for 2018 – 2019

As we look forward to the next academic year, we take this opportunity to remind you that the dates for the 2018-19 school year were published on the College website in October 2017.  Please note that Leicester City and Leicestershire County holiday dates are not exactly the same next year

Mrs Evans

Head of School

 

County Athletics Finals

Congratulations to the following students who participated on Saturday at Saffron Lane at the County Athletics Finals

Year 8 - Rachel 1st 2km walk

Year 8 - Alex 2nd 2km walk

Year 7 - Olive 2nd 2km walk

Year 10 - Yasmin 2nd Javelin

Year 7 - Jasmin 3rd  2km walk

Year 7 - Chloe 3rd shot put

Year 9 - Amanda 3rd 200m

Year 7 - Alessandra 4th discus

Year 8 - Abigail 4th HJ

Year 10 - Jordan 4th TJ

Year 8 - Emma 4th Discus

Year 8 - Hanifah 5th Shot put

Year 7 - Relay 5th

Year 7 - Chela 7th HJ

Year 10 - Naomi 8th 1500m

Year 8 - Faith 11th 800m


There were some excellent performance and new personal bests!

PE team

 

Planetary Scientist Inspires our Students

Students at Sir Jonathan North Community College today were fortunate to listen to an inspiring and very interesting talk from Professor Suzanne Imbers. Suzanne is a Planetary Scientist at the University of Leicester and was the winner of the 2017 BBC Two television program ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?’.

Students learnt about some of the projects that Suzanne has worked on including space weather and how to predict severe space weather. Severe space weather would result in no power for weeks or months, GPS and mobile phone failure. At the moment scientists are only able to predict this two days in advance.

In addition, Suzanne has also worked on the BepiColompo mission which is to launch to Mercury in 2018. The x-ray telescope will capture x-rays emitting from Mercury to work out what Mercury is made of. The telescope will not reach Mercury for 7 years, so expected arrival will not be until 2025.

Recently Suzanne was contacted to take part in a BBC2 TV series ‘Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?’. Here she took part in an astronaut training programme which tested lots of different skills from hovering a helicopter for 15 minutes to being submerged in a capsule under water and trying to remain calm.

 

Suzanne with Commander Hadfield who was the judge of the TV series.

Such an inspiring talk. Thank you to Suzanne Imbers for taking time out to engage with our students.

Jane Shearer

Science Team

 

The 2018 Reading Rampage Celebration Event

Leicester’s Reading Rampage ended last Thursday with a grand awards ceremony at the Leicester Tigers Stadium and 16 of our Year 7s were lucky enough to attend this exciting event. Nine of the authors on the Reading Rampage list were present including Tamsin Winters who won the author award for her book ‘Being Miss Nobody’. (If you haven’t read it, you should as it was our favourite). Our students had a spectacular time at the event playing games, quizzes and meeting the authors. Here is a quote from Angel,

"It was a once in a lifetime experience for me!! Meeting well experienced, kind hearted writers who, I believe, change people's lives with a book that they put all their time and effort into was wonderful. Meeting the writers and reading their books was a dream come true."

A special mention also needs to go to Alessandra who received a student award because she was so enthusiastic about the challenge and attended all of the lunchtime activities linked to the Reading Rampage. She is an avid reader, energetic, full of recommendations and is always discussing what she likes with the librarian. Her favourite book was ‘Through the Woods’ by Emily Carroll of which she says, ‘It was like reading a really modern twist on a fairy tale of Red Riding Hood and Cinderella combined, very dark and creepy with some beautiful illustrations. I love reading as it takes me to many different worlds and universes.’

 

Ms Vyas (librarian) and Ms Morris (English teacher)

 

Year 7 Lunchtime Arrangements

As our Year 11 begin their GCSE exams on Monday, they will now be able to access the dining hall 10 minutes before the rest of the College at 12.55 pm. This is to allow students the time to prepare fully for afternoon GCSE exams. This will mean that from Monday 14 May, Year 7 students will now go to the dining hall at 1.05 pm at the end of lesson 4. We wish our Year 11 the best of luck in their upcoming exams.

Mr Hartley

Assistant Principal

 

Safeguarding Snippet

The National online Safety created this FREE guide for schools to share to its community about ‘Screen Addiction’ – an issue which is affecting young people across the globe. This guide informs parents about the issues associated with smartphone and screen addiction amongst children and how they can help to control the associated risks and stop their children becoming ‘Screen Zombies’.

 

App updates from National On-line Safety in May 2018

  • Instagram - Anti-bullying filter: Instagram announced on 1st May that they now have an ‘anti-bullying’ filter on the app. The new filter hides comments containing attacks on a person’s appearance or character, as well as threats to a person’s well-being or health. The filter will also alert Instagram to repeated problems so they can take action on the user if necessary.
     
  • Instagram - In-app payments: Instagram is rolling out in-app payments for products and services directly through the app. It will operate under the same rules as Facebook Payments, which state if you are under the age of 18, you can only use Facebook Payments with the involvement of a parent or guardian.
     
  • WhatsApp - Age restriction change: Due to the new terms and conditions and updates to the privacy policy in May, users could only access their messages once they have confirmed that they are 16 or older (previously 13+). The changes were effective from 25th May.
     
  • Snapchat - Unskippable adverts: The app is testing 6 second unskippable adverts in its ‘Discover’ section. At the moment, the unskippable ads do not appear in a users stories or personal snaps, only in the commercial section.
     
  • YouTube - Music Streaming service: YouTube launched a music streaming service on the 22nd May in 5 countries including the U.S. The service costs around £7.40 p/m. The service is said to come to Europe “soon”.
     
  • YouTube Kids - Proposed updates implemented: In our April newsletter, we mentioned that YouTube Kids announced a change to their app which would mean people (not computers) would check videos and decide if they will be available for children to watch on the app. This change came into effect on 10th May, creating a safer platform for children to view videos.

 

FREE 'Yubo' guide download!

Ever heard of the app called 'YUBO'? Formerly called ‘Yellow’, the platform is being dubbed ‘Tinder for Teens’ - allowing users to swipe through others profiles and contact them. . Here's our FREE Parents' Online Safety Guide on the Platform.

 

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

8 June 2018
 

From the Principal - Friday 8 June

Staff will be starting to visit our feeder primary schools after half-term to meet Year 6 students and their teachers to discuss transfer to the College next year. Also, in the next few weeks we will be speaking to all Year Groups about ‘moving up’ to the next year at college. The last half-term of the year gives the teachers the opportunity not only to finish the work of one year, but also to begin to introduce the work for next year. We will be aiming to ensure that this transition from one year to the next means that the students are very well prepared for the new academic year, particularly Year 10, when they are starting their GCSE examination courses.

Alison Merrills

Principal

 

Principal Awards

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal Award winners:

Aneri - Year 8.8

Deajanay - Year 9.5

Meryem - Year 9.5

Nabeela- Year 11.4

Ruqayah - Year 11.7

 

Stars of the Week

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

Hinde - Year 7.2

Natiya - Year 8.1

Ela - Year 9.8

Roeshalia - Year 10.4

Kaya - Year 10.6

 

Stars of the Month

D&T ‘Star of the Month’ Student Awards for May 2018

We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for May 2018! Girls will be awarded a certificate for their record of Achievement and an exclusive ‘star award’ badge to wear. Students have been selected because they have produced outstanding work in one of the Design and Technology subjects. May 2018 awards go to:

Subject

Student

KS3 Engineering/Electronics (Mr Mander)

Olive 7.1

Tasmin 7.6

Ammarah 8.7

Aakifah 8.3

KS3 Graphics (Mr Mander)

Bhakti 9.7

Mahek 9.5

KS3 Product Design/ Resistant Materials

Azza 7.8

Emily 8.3

Safiyyah 9.2

KS3 Fashion & Textiles

Hanna 9.6

Hana 9.3

Raiyyan 9.3

Bhakti 9.7

KS3 Food & Nutrition

Sharo 9.7
KS4 Graphic Products (Mr Mander)

Zoe 11.6

Kia 11.10

Olivia 11.6

KS4 Resistant Material

Safiyah 10.1

Jagoda 11.8

KS4 Fashion & Textiles

Molly 10.6

Shannon 10.6

 

Spotlight on Year 11

Dear Parent/Carer

We would like to thank you for encouraging and supporting your child to attend the May half term revision sessions.  Over 170 Year 11 students attended the Maths ‘Walking Talking Mock’, with many others arranging to collect the predictive paper. The students who attended were extremely positive about the positive impact it made on paper two, and our staff could not speak highly enough about the exemplary behaviour and fantastic attitude to learning of all students during the sessions.

Following this successful revision session, we have decided to deliver another ‘Walking Talking Mock’ for the Maths paper 3. All students are invited to attend the paper 3 prediction session this Saturday. The session will run from 9:30 am to approximately 12 pm.  It is important that your daughter arrives promptly. It is assumed that your daughter’s attendance comes with your permission and that your emergency contact details will be the ones we have on record. The session will undoubtedly impact positively on students’ GCSE mathematics result.

Students are now working on their reduced timetable.  In summary, we expect all students to attend lessons for the subjects for which they have not yet completed exams. Students are not expected to be in school if they do not have an exam, or they have lessons for subjects they have now finished. We also expect them to wear full college dress whenever they are in college.

Our last whole school exam is on Friday 15 June. This is likely to clash with the Eid al-Fitr festivities. External exams will continue as scheduled and the awarding bodies will give no consideration for absence due to religious observance.

Best wishes

 

Mrs King

Assistant Principal

 

 

School term and holiday dates for 2018 – 2019

As we look forward to the next academic year, we take this opportunity to remind you that the dates for the 2018-19 school year were published on the College website in October 2017.  Please note that Leicester City and Leicestershire County holiday dates are not exactly the same next year

Mrs Evans

Head of School

 

Progress Leader Changes for after Half term

The Midlands Salters’ Festival of Chemistry took place at Leicester University on the 7th June. The purpose of these Festivals is to:

  • Excite pupils by doing practical chemistry
  • Give pupils responsibility to carry out investigations “like a real Chemist”
  • Encourage team working and independent problem-solving skills

We entered a group of four Year 8 students – Wijdaan, Emily, Smriti and Grace. The students had to complete two tasks as a team in the university chemistry labs. The first task was a CSI investigation set by the Salters’ Institute and the second task was based on density which was set by the Chemistry Department at the University.

After completing the tasks, the students were entertained by an Exciting Chemistry Show whilst the judges deliberated.

SJNCC’s team won second prize out of 15 teams from the Midlands in the Salters’ CSI investigation. They were commended for their excellent investigative skills, fabulous explanations and tremendous team work.

 

Ms Mynott

Science Team

 

Take The Scrub Up On Science Challenge - Year 9 Science Club

As part of a STEM Silver Crest award, Y9 students have been investigating the properties of bubble bath and bath bombs. The data was then analysed and put together into presentations which were entered in a national competition run by the Society of Cosmetic Scientists.

We are very proud to announce that one of our teams have been selected to progress to the national final which will take place in June at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester.  We wish them all of the best for the final.

Congratulations to:

Team Name: Bubblicious

Team participants: Ramisa, Jasmeen, Xena and Humairah

Ms Mynott

Science Team

 

Arrangements for Year 11 students on Friday 25 May 2018

Dear Parent/Carer

Year 11 students will have a Leavers’ Assembly following their English exam on Friday 25 May.  Following this assembly, they will leave College at 12.30 pm.

If you have any concerns about your daughter leaving at this time please contact the College and we will make alternative arrangements for her.

May we take this opportunity to remind you that all students will be offered breakfast throughout the exam period next half term and should attend all lessons for which they are yet to write their exams.  Students must sign in and out of College in the main reception each day and are free to leave site to study if they do not have an exam or lesson.  Pork Pie and Aylestone Libraries both have facilities for student study.  There will be a limited number of study areas in College for independent revision should a student be unable to travel to either a local library or home during school hours.  Please note that full College dress should be worn throughout the rest of the exam period.

We wish your daughter the very best for her remaining exams.

Yours sincerely

Siobhan Evans

Head of School

 

Year 7 Lunchtime Arrangements

As our Year 11 begin their GCSE exams on Monday, they will now be able to access the dining hall 10 minutes before the rest of the College at 12.55 pm. This is to allow students the time to prepare fully for afternoon GCSE exams. This will mean that from Monday 14 May, Year 7 students will now go to the dining hall at 1.05 pm at the end of lesson 4. We wish our Year 11 the best of luck in their upcoming exams.

Mr Hartley

Assistant Principal

 

Safeguarding Snippet

The National online Safety created this FREE guide for schools to share to its community about ‘Screen Addiction’ – an issue which is affecting young people across the globe. This guide informs parents about the issues associated with smartphone and screen addiction amongst children and how they can help to control the associated risks and stop their children becoming ‘Screen Zombies’.

 

App updates from National On-line Safety in May 2018

  • Instagram - Anti-bullying filter: Instagram announced on 1st May that they now have an ‘anti-bullying’ filter on the app. The new filter hides comments containing attacks on a person’s appearance or character, as well as threats to a person’s well-being or health. The filter will also alert Instagram to repeated problems so they can take action on the user if necessary.
     
  • Instagram - In-app payments: Instagram is rolling out in-app payments for products and services directly through the app. It will operate under the same rules as Facebook Payments, which state if you are under the age of 18, you can only use Facebook Payments with the involvement of a parent or guardian.
     
  • WhatsApp - Age restriction change: Due to the new terms and conditions and updates to the privacy policy in May, users could only access their messages once they have confirmed that they are 16 or older (previously 13+). The changes were effective from 25th May.
     
  • Snapchat - Unskippable adverts: The app is testing 6 second unskippable adverts in its ‘Discover’ section. At the moment, the unskippable ads do not appear in a users stories or personal snaps, only in the commercial section.
     
  • YouTube - Music Streaming service: YouTube launched a music streaming service on the 22nd May in 5 countries including the U.S. The service costs around £7.40 p/m. The service is said to come to Europe “soon”.
     
  • YouTube Kids - Proposed updates implemented: In our April newsletter, we mentioned that YouTube Kids announced a change to their app which would mean people (not computers) would check videos and decide if they will be available for children to watch on the app. This change came into effect on 10th May, creating a safer platform for children to view videos.

 

FREE 'Yubo' guide download!

Ever heard of the app called 'YUBO'? Formerly called ‘Yellow’, the platform is being dubbed ‘Tinder for Teens’ - allowing users to swipe through others profiles and contact them. . Here's our FREE Parents' Online Safety Guide on the Platform.

 

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

 

Puzzle of the Week (POW) - Week Beginning 4 June

Dear All,
Please find the next POW attached. It’s tricky!!  Please remind winners to collect their chocolate from myself – my office is next to the maths office.

Have lots of frustrating fun with this one!

​​ ​ ​ ​​ ​ ​

25 May 2018
 

From the Principal - Friday 25 May

Staff will be starting to visit our feeder primary schools after half-term to meet Year 6 students and their teachers to discuss transfer to the College next year. Also, in the next few weeks we will be speaking to all Year Groups about ‘moving up’ to the next year at college. The last half-term of the year gives the teachers the opportunity not only to finish the work of one year, but also to begin to introduce the work for next year. We will be aiming to ensure that this transition from one year to the next means that the students are very well prepared for the new academic year, particularly Year 10, when they are starting their GCSE examination courses.

Alison Merrills

Principal

 

Principal Awards

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal Award winners:

Aneri - Year 8.8

Deajanay - Year 9.5

Meryem - Year 9.5

Nabeela- Year 11.4

Ruqayah - Year 11.7

 

Stars of the Week

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

Hinde - Year 7.2

Natiya - Year 8.1

Ela - Year 9.8

Roeshalia - Year 10.4

Kaya - Year 10.6

 

Stars of the Month

D&T ‘Star of the Month’ Student Awards for May 2018

We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for May 2018! Girls will be awarded a certificate for their record of Achievement and an exclusive ‘star award’ badge to wear. Students have been selected because they have produced outstanding work in one of the Design and Technology subjects. May 2018 awards go to:

Subject

Student

KS3 Engineering/Electronics (Mr Mander)

Olive 7.1

Tasmin 7.6

Ammarah 8.7

Aakifah 8.3

KS3 Graphics (Mr Mander)

Bhakti 9.7

Mahek 9.5

KS3 Product Design/ Resistant Materials

Azza 7.8

Emily 8.3

Safiyyah 9.2

KS3 Fashion & Textiles

Hanna 9.6

Hana 9.3

Raiyyan 9.3

Bhakti 9.7

KS3 Food & Nutrition

Sharo 9.7
KS4 Graphic Products (Mr Mander)

Zoe 11.6

Kia 11.10

Olivia 11.6

KS4 Resistant Material

Safiyah 10.1

Jagoda 11.8

KS4 Fashion & Textiles

Molly 10.6

Shannon 10.6

 

Spotlight on Year 11

We are offering some revision sessions this week between Wednesday and Friday. We strongly encourage your daughter to attend if she has been invited. We hope that by offering these sessions it will allow students some free time at home to relax properly in the knowledge they have worked intensively at school. If they have not handed in their consent form it isn’t too late to attend the session, but they do need to bring it on the day. The sessions are as follows:

  • Maths ‘Walking Talking Mock’ on Wednesday 30 May between 9.30am and 12.30pm. All students.
  • Generic study session on Thursday 31 May between 9.30am and 12pm. Selected students.
  • English intervention on Friday 1 June from 10am-3pm. Selected students.

The students have been given a reduced timetable for after half term, in summary we expect them to attend lessons for the subjects they have not yet sat exams for; however they are not expected to be in school if they do not have an exam, or they have lessons for subjects they have now finished. We also expect them to wear school uniform for their exams.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support during this busy exam season. We know that the smallest things can make a difference in an exam, and so every little detail really can make a big difference.

Wishing you and your daughter a restful and productive half term.

Mrs King

Assistant Principal

 

School term and holiday dates for 2018 – 2019

As we look forward to the next academic year, we take this opportunity to remind you that the dates for the 2018-19 school year were published on the College website in October 2017.  Please note that Leicester City and Leicestershire County holiday dates are not exactly the same next year

Mrs Evans

Head of School

 

Progress Leader Changes for after Half term

In preparation for the next academic year, some of the Progress Leaders will be changing to lead their new year group after this half term.  This will ensure a smooth transition into the new academic year and consistently high support for the students.

So the Progress Leaders from Monday 4 June will be:

  • Current Year 7 - Mrs Allen
  • Current Year 8 - Mrs Goodwin
  • Current Year 9 - Mrs Thornber
  • Current Year 10 - Mrs Carrington

Thanks

Mr Hartley

Assistant Principal

 

Take The Scrub Up On Science Challenge - Year 9 Science Club

As part of a STEM Silver Crest award, Y9 students have been investigating the properties of bubble bath and bath bombs. The data was then analysed and put together into presentations which were entered in a national competition run by the Society of Cosmetic Scientists.

We are very proud to announce that one of our teams have been selected to progress to the national final which will take place in June at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester.  We wish them all of the best for the final.

Congratulations to:

Team Name: Bubblicious

Team participants: Ramisa, Jasmeen, Xena and Humairah

Ms Mynott

Science Team

 

Arrangements for Year 11 students on Friday 25 May 2018

Dear Parent/Carer

Year 11 students will have a Leavers’ Assembly following their English exam on Friday 25 May.  Following this assembly, they will leave College at 12.30 pm.

If you have any concerns about your daughter leaving at this time please contact the College and we will make alternative arrangements for her.

May we take this opportunity to remind you that all students will be offered breakfast throughout the exam period next half term and should attend all lessons for which they are yet to write their exams.  Students must sign in and out of College in the main reception each day and are free to leave site to study if they do not have an exam or lesson.  Pork Pie and Aylestone Libraries both have facilities for student study.  There will be a limited number of study areas in College for independent revision should a student be unable to travel to either a local library or home during school hours.  Please note that full College dress should be worn throughout the rest of the exam period.

We wish your daughter the very best for her remaining exams.

Yours sincerely

Siobhan Evans

Head of School

 

Year 7 Lunchtime Arrangements

As our Year 11 begin their GCSE exams on Monday, they will now be able to access the dining hall 10 minutes before the rest of the College at 12.55 pm. This is to allow students the time to prepare fully for afternoon GCSE exams. This will mean that from Monday 14 May, Year 7 students will now go to the dining hall at 1.05 pm at the end of lesson 4. We wish our Year 11 the best of luck in their upcoming exams.

Mr Hartley

Assistant Principal

 

Safeguarding Snippet

In recognition of Bike Week, delivered by Cycling UK, between 9th and 17th June we would like to encourage everyone – students, staff and parents to get cycling!

Cycling is not only good for the environment but can also combat stress and improve fitness. Look after your mental and physical health and get pedalling.

There are lots of great events happening up and down the UK throughout Bike week from the end of the May to the end of June, look out for events in your local area.

Win a Bike!

Cycling UK partners, Love to Ride are giving away a bike a day all through-out Bike Week 2018!

Register now and log your ride to go in the draw for brand new bikes, holidays and more!

All you need to do is register at lovetoride.net, ride a bike anywhere, anytime for just 10 minutes during Bike Week – 9 to 17 June – and log your ride! You can also win prizes for encouraging others to ride and sharing your riding stories and photos!

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

 

Puzzle of the Week (POW) - Week Beginning 4 June

Dear All,
Please find the next POW attached. It’s tricky!!  Please remind winners to collect their chocolate from myself – my office is next to the maths office.

Have lots of frustrating fun with this one!

​​ ​ ​ ​​ ​ ​

18 May 2018
 

From the Principal - Friday 18 May

This week Year 10 students have returned from work experience placements all over the city, and beyond. Students have had to work a normal working day, usually from 9am to 5pm. Their employers have been writing reports about them and it has been a pleasure to see so many students who have been rated very highly.

The qualities rated highly by employers were:

  • Arriving for work on time
  • Appropriate dress
  • Ability to listen, learn and follow instructions
  • Confidence, including answering the telephone and dealing with the publicStaff will be starting to visit our feeder primary schools after half-term to meet Year 6 students and their teachers to discuss transfer to the College next year. Also, in the next few weeks we will be speaking to all Year Groups about ‘moving up’ to the next year at college. The last half-term of the year gives the teachers the opportunity not only to finish the work of one year, but also to begin to introduce the work for next year. We will be aiming to ensure that this transition from one year to the next means that the students are very well prepared for the new academic year, particularly Year 10, when they are starting their GCSE examination courses.
  • Ability to get on with staff

Thank you to all employers who have provided places for work experience. Please let us know if you can provide a student with a one week work experience placement next year.

Alison Merrills

Principal

 

Principal Awards

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal Award winners:

Ellie-May - Year 7.2

Khawlah - Year 9.4

Lateya - Year 9.10

Reema - Year 10.8

Bruktawit - Year 11.4

Maria - 11.6

 

Stars of the Week

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

Yakeen - Year 7.8

Lily - Year 8.2

Alina - Year 9.6

Holly - Year 10.6

Beatrice - Year 10.1

Cheyenne - 11.2

Ruth - 11.5

 

Stars of the Month

D&T ‘Star of the Month’ Student Awards for April 2018

We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for April 2018! Girls will be awarded a certificate for their record of Achievement and an exclusive ‘star award’ badge to wear. Students have been selected because they have produced outstanding work in one of the Design and Technology subjects. April 2018 awards go to:

Subject

Student

KS3 Engineering/Electronics (Mr Mander)

Lilly 8.2

Millie 8.7

Erin 8.9

Lyla 7.7

Natalia 7.3

KS3 Graphics (Mr Mander)

Frances 9.3

Mahek 9.5

KS3 Product Design/ Resistant Materials

Jess 7.9

Regan 8.8

Leyla 9.5

KS3 Fashion & Textiles

Ria 8.2

Emilia 8.2

Shazia 7.7

Fallon 7.9

Gurleen 8.9

Estrella 8.8

KS3 Food & Nutrition

Betty 7.6
KS4 Graphic Products (Mr Mander)

Lamya 10.3

Maryam 11.2

KS4 Resistant Material

Jess 7.9

Regan 8.8

Leyla 9.5

KS4 Fashion & Textiles

Holly 10.6

Lizzie 10.2

 

Spotlight on Year 11

Dear Parent/Carer

Prom seems a distant memory after the busy week of exams we have had, but what a happy memory! The school and the students were transformed and our ears were still ringing the next day from the music and laughter that filled the room. There were so many highlights, but spending time the afternoon before of prom with our prom reps getting the room ready was especially special. Their steely determination to get a job done in the face of adversity (our schedule is always tight), their ability to think outside of the box and problem solve, their attention to detail and their enthusiasm for ensuring that everything was perfect for their fellow Year 11s was impressive.  It was also wonderful to observe the relationships and respect they have for each other.  What amazing young adults they have become. A reminder that school is not just about exams; it is about being part of a community.

We recently found a short video aimed at students on coping with exam stress, and right at the end the young DJ who was sharing her tips gave some of the best advice we have heard for a long time. She said something along the lines of, “Write a list of the things that make you happy and put them somewhere visible.  When it all seems too much, read through the list.” I have followed her advice myself, and prom 2018 is on my list of happy memories. The video can be found here: https://riseabove.org.uk/article/exams-people-exams/ .

This week was warm as forecast, we do our best to keep the sports hall cool but it can get hot after a few hours. Unfortunately bringing large fans into the sports hall is not possible as they are too noisy and blow the papers round.   We do have the doors open at the back of the hall, but when it is hot outside this does not make a great deal of difference. Please make sure your daughter wears layers which are easy to remove and brings a clear water bottle (with a sports lid) to take into the exam. Encourage her to speak to us if she has forgotten her water as we always have spare bottles at the front of the exam hall.

Your daughter should have come home with a letter today about the Maths ‘Walking Talking Mock’ during half term on Wednesday 30 May between 9.30am and 12.30pm. Please save this date as it is expected that all students will attend this essential preparation for their exams. This will be the only opportunity for students to go through the Predicted Paper 3 maths paper with maths teachers. Selected students have also been invited to English intervention on the Friday 1 June from 10am-2pm, and a generic study session on Thursday 31 May during the morning. To help to plan staff numbers and refreshments for students, we would appreciate the consent forms being returned as soon as possible.

If you are concerned about your daughter or would like more support in helping her prepare for the exams, please send me an email, or come to one of our last parent drop in sessions before half term.   They will take place in the Greenwood Lounge on Wednesday 26 May.  As before there are two slots, 9am-11am and 3pm-5pm.

We look forward to seeing you.

Mrs King

Assistant Principal

 

School term and holiday dates for 2018 – 2019

As we look forward to the next academic year, we take this opportunity to remind you that the dates for the 2018-19 school year were published on the College website in October 2017.  Please note that Leicester City and Leicestershire County holiday dates are not exactly the same next year

Mrs Evans

Head of School

 

British Science Week

​​

As part of British Science Week, the Science and Art teams ran a joint competition to design a Space Tourism Poster.
We received lots of entries which were all very imaginative and descriptive as to why their planet should be chosen as the place to visit.

The winning design was of ‘ZOZON - The planet of stars’ and it was created by Fairouz, a Year 7 student.  Congratulations!

Science and Art Teams

 

 

 

Readathon 2018

The final total raised by Year 7 students for Readathon is:

£1027.23

This is a massive achievement.

Thank You.

It’s great that you have supported children who are in hospital by doing something you love….reading. Now make sure you collect your Readathon certificate from your English teacher.

The money which has been raised will help the Readwell charity to provide brand new books and storyteller visits to brighten up the days of children in hospitals across the UK.

Thank you on behalf of the English Team who organised this event.

 

Arrangements for Year 11 students on Friday 25 May 2018

Dear Parent/Carer

Year 11 students will have a Leavers’ Assembly following their English exam on Friday 25 May.  Following this assembly, they will leave College at 12.30 pm.

If you have any concerns about your daughter leaving at this time please contact the College and we will make alternative arrangements for her.

May we take this opportunity to remind you that all students will be offered breakfast throughout the exam period next half term and should attend all lessons for which they are yet to write their exams.  Students must sign in and out of College in the main reception each day and are free to leave site to study if they do not have an exam or lesson.  Pork Pie and Aylestone Libraries both have facilities for student study.  There will be a limited number of study areas in College for independent revision should a student be unable to travel to either a local library or home during school hours.  Please note that full College dress should be worn throughout the rest of the exam period.

We wish your daughter the very best for her remaining exams.

Yours sincerely

Siobhan Evans

Head of School

 

Year 7 Lunchtime Arrangements

As our Year 11 begin their GCSE exams on Monday, they will now be able to access the dining hall 10 minutes before the rest of the College at 12.55 pm. This is to allow students the time to prepare fully for afternoon GCSE exams. This will mean that from Monday 14 May, Year 7 students will now go to the dining hall at 1.05 pm at the end of lesson 4. We wish our Year 11 the best of luck in their upcoming exams.

Mr Hartley

Assistant Principal

 

Safeguarding Snippet

In recognition of Bike Week, delivered by Cycling UK, between 9th and 17th June we would like to encourage everyone – students, staff and parents to get cycling!

Cycling is not only good for the environment but can also combat stress and improve fitness. Look after your mental and physical health and get pedalling.

There are lots of great events happening up and down the UK throughout Bike week from the end of the May to the end of June, look out for events in your local area.

Win a Bike!

Cycling UK partners, Love to Ride are giving away a bike a day all through-out Bike Week 2018!

Register now and log your ride to go in the draw for brand new bikes, holidays and more!

All you need to do is register at lovetoride.net, ride a bike anywhere, anytime for just 10 minutes during Bike Week – 9 to 17 June – and log your ride! You can also win prizes for encouraging others to ride and sharing your riding stories and photos!

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

 

Puzzle of the Week (POW) - Week Beginning 21 May

Dear All,
Please find the next POW attached. It’s tricky!!  Please remind winners to collect their chocolate from myself – my office is next to the maths office.

Have lots of frustrating fun with this one!

​​ ​ ​​ ​

11 May 2018
 

From the Principal - Friday 11 May

This evening we will be celebrating with our Year 11 students at the annual College Prom.  It is a chance for students and staff to enjoy time together and create lasting memories of secondary school.  This year, the theme of the evening is Hollywood and no doubt staff and students will be showing off their glamourous outfits on the red carpet before entering our College dining room that will be utterly transformed into a sophisticated evening venue. Students will enjoy a tasty buffet meal, take lots of beautiful photographs and enjoy the annual ‘prom awards’ before dancing the night away together for one last time.

We encourage our students to ensure a balance between work and leisure time and we hope that this evening away from exam preparation will allow our Year 11 students to relax and give them a boost before they return to their revision in preparation for their GCSE exams.  We are very proud of our students and wish them the best of luck for the start of the exam season.

Siobhan Evans

Head of School

Principal Awards

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal Award winners:

Leigha - Year 7.8

Hanifah - Year 8.2

Rajan - Year 11.1

Cheyenne - Year 11.2

Shante - Year 11.5

 

Stars of the Week

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

Jasmine - Year 7.6

Ella - Year 8.2

Deajanay - Year 9.5

Leila - Year 11.1

Shante - Year 11.5

 

Stars of the Month

D&T ‘Star of the Month’ Student Awards for April 2018

We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for April 2018! Girls will be awarded a certificate for their record of Achievement and an exclusive ‘star award’ badge to wear. Students have been selected because they have produced outstanding work in one of the Design and Technology subjects. April 2018 awards go to:

Subject

Student

KS3 Engineering/Electronics (Mr Mander)

Lilly 8.2

Millie 8.7

Erin 8.9

Lyla 7.7

Natalia 7.3

KS3 Graphics (Mr Mander)

Frances 9.3

Mahek 9.5

KS3 Product Design/ Resistant Materials

Jess 7.9

Regan 8.8

Leyla 9.5

KS3 Fashion & Textiles

Ria 8.2

Emilia 8.2

Shazia 7.7

Fallon 7.9

Gurleen 8.9

Estrella 8.8

KS3 Food & Nutrition

Betty 7.6
KS4 Graphic Products (Mr Mander)

Lamya 10.3

Maryam 11.2

KS4 Resistant Material

Jess 7.9

Regan 8.8

Leyla 9.5

KS4 Fashion & Textiles

Holly 10.6

Lizzie 10.2

 

Spotlight on Year 11

Dear Parent/Carer

I have just read an interesting article on the popular student support website, thestudentroom.co.uk entitled ‘How to do better without knowing more’.  It finished with a golden piece of advice, ‘Show the examiner how clever you are’. There are many ways we can interpret this.  The most obvious way is for students to show their working out.  However, we truly believe that the positive aspect of exams is that our students have an opportunity to show off what they know. A great positive message to share with your daughters when you wish them good luck next week before their exams.   We will also be reinforcing the message that they need to focus on what they know and make sure that they clearly show how they know it.

Next week is forecast to be warm. The exam hall starts off cool but can get hot after a few hours.  Please make sure your daughter wears layers which are easy to remove and brings a clear water bottle (with a sports lid) to take into the exam. Encourage her to speak to us if she has forgotten her water as we always have spare bottles at the front of the exam hall.

You should have received a text to explain we will be running a Maths ‘Walking Talking Mock’ during half term on Wednesday 30 May between 9.30am and 12.30pm for all students. Please save this date as it is expected that all students will attend this essential preparation for their exams. This will be the only opportunity for students to go through the Predicted Paper 3 maths paper (produced by Pixl, an education focus company, after their scrutiny of the first two maths papers) with maths teachers.  There will also be English intervention on the Friday 1 June from 9am-3pm. More information will follow about additional revision opportunities.

The exam season is busier than ever with most subjects’ exams taking place at the end of Year 11. This does not mean, however, that we expect our students to do nothing else but revise over the exam period.  Planning breaks and physical exercise is essential to maintain well-being over what can be a stressful period.   We think that this information listing 10 reasons students should exercise and play sport during exams is very useful.

 

If you are concerned about your daughter or would like more support in helping her prepare for the exams, please send me an email, or come to one of our last parent drop in sessions before half term.   They will take place in the Greenwood Lounge on Wednesday 26 May.  As before there are two slots, 9am-11am and 3pm-5pm.

We look forward to seeing you.

Mrs King

Assistant Principal

 

Primary Tennis Competition

On Thursday 10 May 2018, 29 teams from East and West Leicester primary schools competed in the annual Primary tennis competition at the Knighton Tennis Centre.  Thank you to the PE staff and Year 8 students from Sir Jonathan North Community College who supported the event and shared the college's wonderful tennis facilities with our primary school visitors.

Well done to all of the schools who participated on some excellent tennis and sporting etiquette.

Special congratulations go to the award winners:

West area winners:                          Overdale Junior School

East area winners:                           Saint Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy

'Spirit of the Games’ winners:        Saint John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy

We look forward to continuing to promote the sport of tennis through events like this and through our work as a recognised LTA ‘School of Tennis’.

Ms Lowther

PE Team

 

Local Offer Live Event

Year 7 Lunchtime Arrangements

As our Year 11 begin their GCSE exams on Monday, they will now be able to access the dining hall 10 minutes before the rest of the College at 12.55 pm. This is to allow students the time to prepare fully for afternoon GCSE exams. This will mean that from Monday 14 May, Year 7 students will now go to the dining hall at 1.05 pm at the end of lesson 4. We wish our Year 11 the best of luck in their upcoming exams.

Mr Hartley

Assistant Principal

 

Arrangements for Year 11 students on Friday 25 May 2018

Dear Parent/Carer

Year 11 students will have a Leavers’ Assembly following their English exam on Friday 25 May.  Following this assembly, they will leave College at 12.30 pm.

If you have any concerns about your daughter leaving at this time please contact the College and we will make alternative arrangements for her.

May we take this opportunity to remind you that all students will be offered breakfast throughout the exam period next half term and should attend all lessons for which they are yet to write their exams.  Students must sign in and out of College in the main reception each day and are free to leave site to study if they do not have an exam or lesson.  Pork Pie and Aylestone Libraries both have facilities for student study.  There will be a limited number of study areas in College for independent revision should a student be unable to travel to either a local library or home during school hours.  Please note that full College dress should be worn throughout the rest of the exam period.

We wish your daughter the very best for her remaining exams.

Yours sincerely

Siobhan Evans

Head of School

 

Safeguarding Snippet

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 – Launch of Zumos

We would like to remind everyone that 14 – 20 May is Mental Health Awareness week and we encourage all students to access their account with Zumos to promote their own positive mental wellbeing.

All students have received information  through assemblies and they have been provided with the link to the website and the access code which is unique to the college, to enable them to set up their own log in and password.

The website has resources, games, helplines and activities which are designed to promote confidence, resilience and positive mental health.

We would like to encourage all students to listen to the short mind technique of the day and to implement those which are relevant to them.

www.zumos.co.uk

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

 

Puzzle of the Week (POW) - Week Beginning 14 May

Dear All,
Please find the next POW attached. It’s tricky!!  Please remind winners to collect their chocolate from myself – my office is next to the maths office.

Have lots of frustrating fun with this one!

​​ ​

4 May 2018
 

From the Principal - Friday 4 May

Governors are proposing that Sir Jonathan North Community College becomes an Academy within the Lionheart Academies Trust. The formal consultation with stakeholders opened on Friday 27 April 2018 and closes at 3 pm on Monday 4 June 2018.  Information about this process was made available to parents last week and the documents are available on our website, together with a link to the online consultation. Your views are important to us and we would encourage you to read the information about this important change and to take part in the consultation.

Alison Merrills

Principal

Principal Awards

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal Award winners:

Olive - Year 7.1

Diya - Year 7.2

Jayna - Year 8.1

Abigail - Year 8.1

Fathima - Year 8.6

Lily - Year 9.1

Charlotte - 9.2

Beatrice - 10.8

Michelle - 11.3

 

Stars of the Week

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

Hannah - Year 7.8

Katie - Year 8.10

Sammy - Year 9.9

Madeleine - Year 11.6

Chloe - Year 11.2

 

Stars of the Month

D&T ‘Star of the Month’ Student Awards for April 2018

We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for April 2018! Girls will be awarded a certificate for their record of Achievement and an exclusive ‘star award’ badge to wear. Students have been selected because they have produced outstanding work in one of the Design and Technology subjects. April 2018 awards go to:

Subject

Student

KS3 Engineering/Electronics (Mr Mander)

Lilly 8.2

Millie 8.7

Erin 8.9

Lyla 7.7

Natalia 7.3

KS3 Graphics (Mr Mander)

Frances 9.3

Mahek 9.5

KS3 Product Design/ Resistant Materials

Jess 7.9

Regan 8.8

Leyla 9.5

KS3 Fashion & Textiles

Ria 8.2

Emilia 8.2

Shazia 7.7

Fallon 7.9

Gurleen 8.9

Estrella 8.8

KS3 Food & Nutrition

Betty 7.6
KS4 Graphic Products (Mr Mander)

Lamya 10.3

Maryam 11.2

KS4 Resistant Material

Jess 7.9

Regan 8.8

Leyla 9.5

KS4 Fashion & Textiles

Holly 10.6

Lizzie 10.2

 

Spotlight on Year 11

Dear Parent/Carer

With the start of the GCSE exams fast approaching, students have been telling us what would help them best over the next few weeks. One popular suggestion was about the ways we share exam information and guidance with students. As you are aware, we already use Twitter and Show My Homework to do this.  Some students have indicated that they would be able to engage more with this information if it were to be posted on Instagram.  In response to this feedback we have set up two separate Instagram accounts. If you have an Instagram account please have a look.

mathsquestions_sjncc

revisiontips_sjncc

We are in the final stages of planning our revision sessions for the May half term week.  All students are invited to attend an important Maths ‘Walking, Talking Mock’ on Wednesday 30 May between 9.30am and 12.30pm.  Please save this important date as it is expected that all students will attend this essential preparation for their exams. There will also be English intervention on the Friday 1 June from 9am-3pm.  More information will follow about additional revision opportunities.  

We are aware that this year, Ramadam falls in the same period as the GCSE exams.  Early information suggests that it will start on the evening of 15 May 2018 and end on the evening of Thursday 14 June 2018.  Eid al-Fitr will therefore be on Friday15 of June.  This is also the same day as the GCSE Physics paper that all students will sit. External exams are set nationally and will continue as scheduled.  Please note no awarding bodies will give consideration for absence due to religious observance. All students are expected to attend the exam.

A number of students have approached us about fasting during Ramadam.  We have sought external advice to ensure that we support our Muslim students during the exam and end of year assessments this summer. Our Muslim students will need to take into consideration the impact on their studies and the importance of exams and tests for their future, as well as any other relevant factors (such as health considerations) when deciding how they will observe Ramadan this year. There is no doubt that Ramadan falling during the exam season will put extra pressure on young Muslims, whatever decision they make, especially with the length of the fast over the next few years. There is a wide and diverse range of possible interpretations of Islamic law. Scholars differ in their opinions on the legitimate exemptions. Some feel there are allowances Islam gives for students to break the fast and make up for it later if they feel fasting will in anyway jeopardise their performance.  Please speak to your own Imam for guidance if you have any questions or concerns. We have also been advised that if students are in an exam and are showing signs of dehydration, such as a headache or drowsiness, then they should be advised to terminate the fast immediately by drinking some water. We have been reassured that in this situation Islamic rulings allow them to break the fast and make it up later. If you have any concerns or would like more information about exams please contact Mrs King directly.

We are still offering weekly parent drop in sessions between now and half term in the Greenwood Lounge, with refreshments.  Please come and see us to find out information about your daughter’s exams, get advice on supporting your daughter and useful websites for aiding revision.

There will be will be two slots, 9am – 11am and 3pm – 5pm, on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 9 May
  • Wednesday 26 May

We look forward to seeing you.

Mrs King

Assistant Principal

 

Queen of Climbing

Congratulations to Erin who came 7th in the British Youth Climbing Finals last Saturday in Edinburgh. This is a national competition and Erin’s finish was superb and showed her class and natural ability in this event.  Erin was selected after rigorous rounds of competition to represent the Midlands and Peak District and she did herself proud on the day and we wish her well in the Welsh Climbing Championships in June.  A truly remarkable performance, well done!

Miss Lowther

Curriculum Team Leader PE

 

County Tennis Update

Congratulations to the Under 13 and 15 tennis players who have both made winning start in the Ageon county tennis competitions.  Both teams played Loughborough High School and won 10 – 2.  The under 13 team played an exceptionally hard game against Twycross School and the scores were level so we played a doubles tie break and eventually won that 10 – 7.

Well done to Eve, Emma, Daisy, Fallon, Dani, Millie, Ella and Stella.  The next under 15 match is away to Lutterworth  on 17 May and then both teams will be going to Leicester Grammar School on 22 May.

PE Team

 

Readathon 2018

Fantastic News! £1000 raised for Readathon

Thank you to the 112 Year 7 students who have raised £1000 for Readathon.

This is a fantastic achievement. It’s great that you have supported children who are in hospital by doing something you love….reading.

The money which has been raised will help the Readwell charity to provide brand new books and storyteller visits to brighten up the days of children in hospitals across the UK.

It’s not too late to hand in any sponsor money.  Please return your sponsor money to your English teacher in an envelope with your name on it a.s.a.p. , so we can get your special certificate to you.

Thank you on behalf of the English Team

 

Design and Technology Year 8 STEM Workshop

On Friday 27 April Tomorrows Engineers STEM company came into college to deliver the ‘Energiser’ workshop to 56 of our students.

“We investigated renewable forms of energy which are available to us such as wind, water, solar and biomass. We studied the geographical features and natural resources of different countries around the world to plan sustainable energy for them. We then engineered battery powered buggies to run on no more than 250 volts of power. We tested their performance and engineered them to be more efficient.”

“We found this both challenging and fun and learnt lots of new facts about renewable energy”

Grace and Zara (Year 8)

Elise Eldredge

Deputy Team Leader DT

 

Safeguarding Snippet

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 – Launch of Zumos

We would like to remind everyone that 14 – 20 May is Mental Health Awareness week and we encourage all students to access their account with Zumos to promote their own positive mental wellbeing.

All students have received information  through assemblies and they have been provided with the link to the website and the access code which is unique to the college, to enable them to set up their own log in and password.

The website has resources, games, helplines and activities which are designed to promote confidence, resilience and positive mental health.

We would like to encourage all students to listen to the short mind technique of the day and to implement those which are relevant to them.

www.zumos.co.uk

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

 

Puzzle of the Week (POW) - Week Beginning 8 May

Dear All,
Please find the next POW attached. It’s tricky!!  Please remind winners to collect their chocolate from myself – my office is next to the maths office.

Have lots of frustrating fun with this one!

27 April 2018
 

From the Principal - Friday 27 April 

We are pleased to report that 379 students achieved 100% attendance in the Spring Term and 97 have 100% attendance so far this academic year. The whole College attendance figure to date is 94.8%. It is well known that students who have good attendance at school feel happier, find it easier to make and keep friends, achieve more and have better prospects of employment and further education and training. What is less well known is that for every 17 days of school missed each year, a student will see her progress and overall GCSE results drop by a grade! This could have a lasting effect on her future prospects.

As parents you can help to encourage good attendance by taking a positive interest in your daughter’s work, by working together with the College if attendance is a concern and by ensuring that you arrange any appointments (e.g. dental check-ups, visits to the GP) outside College hours.

Alison Merrills

Principal

Principal Awards

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal Award winners:

Maiyah - Year 7.7

Elizabeth - Year 8.1

Ria - Year 8.2

Zarina - Year 8.3

Millie - Year 8.7

Molly - Year 9.2

Rebekah - 11.2

Lucia - 11.9

 

Stars of the Week

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

Tafadzwa - Year 7.5

Eve - Year 8.4

Naomi - Year 9.6

Sant - Year 10.4

Kelsie - Year 10.7

Anjali - Year 11.8

Ruby - Year 11.9

 

Stars of the Month

D&T ‘Star of the Month’ Student Awards for April 2018

We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for April 2018! Girls will be awarded a certificate for their record of Achievement and an exclusive ‘star award’ badge to wear. Students have been selected because they have produced outstanding work in one of the Design and Technology subjects. April 2018 awards go to:

Subject

Student

KS3 Engineering/Electronics (Mr Mander)

Lilly 8.2

Millie 8.7

Erin 8.9

Lyla 7.7

Natalia 7.3

KS3 Graphics (Mr Mander)

Frances 9.3

Mahek 9.5

KS3 Product Design/ Resistant Materials

Jess 7.9

Regan 8.8

Leyla 9.5

KS3 Fashion & Textiles

Ria 8.2

Emilia 8.2

Shazia 7.7

Fallon 7.9

Gurleen 8.9

Estrella 8.8

KS3 Food & Nutrition

Betty 7.6
KS4 Graphic Products (Mr Mander)

Lamya 10.3

Maryam 11.2

KS4 Resistant Material

Jess 7.9

Regan 8.8

Leyla 9.5

KS4 Fashion & Textiles

Holly 10.6

Lizzie 10.2

 

Spotlight on Year 11

Dear Parent/Carer

For those of you who have a child in the house studying for French or Spanish you will know that the MFL speaking exams have been taking place this week.  This has raised the anxiety levels for some of our students with it being the first formal exam of the season. Please do have a look at the article I shared last week if you haven’t had a chance to already:   https://www.goconqr.com/en/examtime/blog/beat-exam-stress-10-easy-ways/. It is well worth a read.

Revision sessions are going well across the college, however we are still having to  chase some students to attend. Please have a look at the timetable below and urge your daughter to attend the sessions relevant for her. Every hour counts at this point, it is much easier for the girls to revise when they have the ‘experts’ in the room to support them with any concepts that they may find challenging.  For many of the GCSE courses; this year is the first time that they will be examined, so there are very few relevant past exam questions available on line so the teachers are hand picking appropriate bespoke material to work through in these sessions.

 

Day

Time

Subject 

Who invited

Monday –Thursday

2.45-3.45pm

General revision in the Atrium

All welcome

Monday –Thursday

2.45-3.45pm

General revision in the Study Support Centre 

Invited students 

Monday – Thursday

Lunchtime

General revision in the Study Support Centre

All welcome

Monday

2.45-3.45pm

French

All students studying French

Monday

2.45-3.45pm

English with Mrs Greaves

Invited students

Monday

8-8.45am

Science breakfast club with Mrs Kellock

Invited students

Tuesday

8-8.45am

Science breakfast club with Mrs Kellock

Invited students

Tuesday

2.45-3.45pm

Science

Invited students

Tuesday

2.45-3.45pm

Science drop in L14

All welcome

Tuesday

2.45-3.45pm

History

All students studying History

Wednesday

2.45-3.45pm

Maths

Invited students

Wednesday –Friday

8-8.45am

Maths breakfast club

Invited students

Thursday

2.45-3.45pm

Geography

All students studying Geography

Friday

Lunchtime

Drama

All students studying Drama

 

We have been promoting another free online revision tool to our students this week. It is an online flash card game which you could even use to do some revision together. Have a look here https://quizlet.com/PiXL_GCSE

You do need a password to access this but they are all easy to remember:

GCSE Subject

Password

RS

pixl2018rs

Higher maths

pixl2018highermaths

Drama

pixl2018drama

English

pixl2018englisheducas

English Literature

pixl2018englishlit

 

We are still offering weekly parent drop in sessions between now and half term in the Greenwood Lounge, with refreshments.  Please come and see us to find out information about your daughter’s exams, get advice on supporting your daughter and useful websites for aiding revision.

There will be will be two slots:  9am – 11am and 3pm – 5pm

Wednesday 2 May

Wednesday 9 May

Wednesday 26 May

 

We look forward to seeing you.

Mrs King

Assistant Principal

 

KS3 Attendance Awards

The following tutor groups received the best attendance in their Year Groups for the academic year so far. They will receive chocolate to congratulate them in their assemblies this week.

  • 7.4 & 7.8 - 97.2%
  • 8.1 - 98.5%
  • 9.9 - 96.9%

Very well done to the students in these tutor groups who have achieved fantastic attendance.

Mrs Allen

Year 8 Progress Leader

 

Readathon 2018

£828 raised so far!

Thank you to the 85 Year 7 students who have raised £828 in three weeks.

This is a fantastic achievement.

Lots of students still need to hand in their sponsor money so we can send it off to the Readwell charity as soon as possible.

Please return your sponsor money to your English teacher with your sponsor card, in an envelope with your name and the name of your English teacher on it, so we can get your special certificate to you.

A reminder of where the money goes.

The money raised is used to support children in hospital. Readwell provides brand new books and storyteller visits to brighten up the days of children in hospitals across the UK. Even children unable to leave their beds can choose books from Readathon’s specially designed mobile bookcase. Because they are brand new, the books are safe for those at high risk of infection.

Thank you on behalf of the English Team

 

Puzzle of the Week (POW) - Week Beginning 30 April

Dear All,
Please find the next POW attached. It’s tricky!!  Please remind winners to collect their chocolate from myself – my office is next to the maths office.

Have lots of frustrating fun with this one!

 

Safeguarding Snippet

National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Day - 18 March 2018

National Charity NWG Network asks all to unite against child sexual exploitation for their National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Day – 18th March 2018.

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity.

The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding child sexual exploitation; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children.

On the 18 March 2018 NWG Network call for all to unite against child sexual exploitation.

Show your support by writing a personal pledge and posting to your social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands to help them raise awareness of CSE.

NWG are committed to the fight against child sexual exploitation and supporting victims and their families who are subjected to this abuse. But they cannot succeed without the support of people like you.

(NWG Network March 2018)

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

2 February 2018
 

From the Principal - Friday 2 February 

In all walks of life, how we present ourselves to others can and does make a huge difference.

Whether it’s a college interview or meeting new people, first impressions really do last. But leaving a positive lasting impression is extremely important: how we continue to conduct ourselves in any situation can mean the difference between success and failure.

How we present ourselves, how we behave, how we dress, how we speak… these are the things that leave a lasting impression on others and can determine whether or not we are successful. It is wonderful to see so many of our students in and around College who are model examples of polite, friendly and respectful individuals.  From the way they dress to the way they speak to others, students who make an effort to maintain a positive attitude and work ethic are the ones who will go far in life. We would like to say a huge ‘well done’ to everyone who tries their best in lessons and when interacting with others; keep it up!

Alison Merrills

Principal

Year 9 Parents' Evening - Thursday 22 February 2018 

Parents of Year 9 students have the opportunity to meet their daughter’s subject teachers on Thursday 22 February from 5.30 pm to 8 pm.  A letter giving more information can be found by clicking here.  Parents are asked to confirm their attendance via the online form.  We would strongly advise all parents to make an appointment with their daughter’s teachers to discuss her academic progress.

Knife Crime Awareness 

Representatives from Leicestershire Police recently delivered Knife Crime awareness assemblies to all students as part of their ‘Lives, Not Knives’ campaign. The message was clear - one knife crime incident is one too many. The hard-hitting assembly delivered the message of the devastating consequences knife crime can have and what could happen if a person was to be caught carrying a weapon.  Students were also told what to do if they had a concern and were encouraged to speak to their tutors or any other responsible adult if they were worried about anything that had been covered during the assembly. 

Statistically, girls are less likely to carry a knife or be involved in a knife related crime.  However we felt that it was important to highlight student awareness of this serious issue.  More information can be found at:  https://leics.police.uk/categories/_knife-crime

Year 7 have now been asked to participate in an awareness competition run by Goldhill Adventure Playground in conjunction with the Home Office and The Leicester Mercury.  Students have been asked to design a poster on either Knife Crime or Anti-Social Behaviour.  The closing date is 2 March 2018 and entries can be handed in to the main office.  Entries will be judged by the Police Crime Commissioner for Leicester and City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby.  The winning entry will receive a £100 cash prize and have their poster displayed across the City.  

Mrs Evans

Head of School

Safeguarding Snippet - Safer Internet Day Tuesday 6 February  

At Sir Jonathan North Community College we focus on internet safety every day and encourage students to behave responsibly on-line.  We would like to highlight to parents and students the focus for this year’s national safer internet day which is on 6 February 2018.  The theme for this year is Create, Connect and Share Respect - A better internet starts with you.

What is Safer Internet Day?

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and to inspire a national conversation.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Get involved to play your part!

For more information visit the website www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2018

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

Time to Talk - Thursday 1 February 2018

Time to Talk Day is part of the Time to Change campaign, the biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination across England.

At Sir Jonathan North, we would like to encourage parents and carers to support and talk to their daughter about mental health this week and every week.

This Tuesday FABAD dedicated the lunchtime for students to come and talk about experiences with mental health.

Around one in four people will suffer with a mental health problem in any given year and yet people are still reluctant to talk about it.

We need to challenge that stigma and change our attitudes together by all joining in the conversation about mental health.

Monika Butterworth

Senior Learning Mentor

Focus on Year 10 

It has been an exciting term for Year 10.  The girls embraced the first day back by attending an extremely informative Health Fair which included over 16 outside agencies.  

Last term we trained over 50 prefects who act as role models and carry out duties around the college.  The current prefects are doing an excellent job.  We have now extended the programme so that some Year 10 students also carry out peer mentoring and buddy roles to help support younger students within the college.

Year 10 continue on their journey towards their final GCSE exams.  One particular highlight is to see the exceptional work produced within Art.  Many girls within the group have even set up their own lunchtime group to continue to produce and improve on their pieces.

Next half term on 6 March, Year 10 will be preparing their mock interview techniques to help prepare them for work experience.   Their work experience placement will be for two weeks from 30 April.  We have had the highest number of self-placements this year, showing that the girls understand the importance of this valuable opportunity.  

Mrs Carrington

Year 10 Progress Leader

Spotlight on Year 11
 

We have had another busy week in Year 11.  It has been great to see so many students using their new highlighter pens and stationery in lessons and hearing about how they have been using the resources to help with their revision. Half term is fast approaching and this will start with a bang at Kingswood Outdoor Pursuit Centre. As staff we really enjoy this residential trip.  It is fantastic seeing the girls working together as a team and forging lasting friendships while they push themselves out of their comfort zones; leaping off telegraph poles and climbing down walls as high as a block of flats (all perfectly safe I promise)!

Thanks to our dedicated team who will be coming in during half term to provide three days of revision sessions.  Please click here for the timetable.  Invited students need to return their reply slips as soon as possible so that we can make sure we have enough resources. All invited students should make every effort to attend these sessions as they really do make a difference to their outcomes. 

If you are unsure whether your daughter should be attending, please contact me at the collge or email contactus@sjncc.leicester.sch.uk 

Alice King

Assistant Principal, Student Progress

Sports Fixtures for Week Beginning 5 February
 

5 February 2018 - Year 8 Basketball (A) at Rawlins.  Finishing at 5 pm

6 February 2018 - Year 7 Basketball at SJNCC

8 February 2018 - Cricket Final 

POW - Puzzle of the Week – Week Beginning 5 February 

Well done to all those who managed to solve last week's puzzle.  The answer is below along with this week's puzzle. 

Students are invited to solve problems through the use of numeracy, logical thinking and resilience. Each week students have the opportunity to post an answer in the hope of winning PUZZLE PRIDE and some chocolate. A winning student from each year group will be selected at random. The first set of winners are listed below.

See if you can solve it!

Principal's Award Winners - 2 February 2018 

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal award winners.  Mrs Merrills awards a certificate to outstanding students each week.  

Heera 7.4

Carys 8.1

Kamila 8.3

Rachel 8.4

Holly 8.4

Armandeep 8.7

Navodya 9.3

Mariyyah 10.5

Sydney 11.1

Kayley 11.7

Stars of the Week - 2 February 2018
 

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

Rebekah 7.7

Lauren 8.9

Ghislaine 9.3

Hana 10.3

Tithi 10.4

Fazila 11.9

Deja 11.1

 

26 January 2018 

Introducing Mr Jonathan Mansfield – New Parent Governor

I am pleased to introduce Mr Jonathan Mansfield as a new Parent Governor for Sir Jonathan North.  Please see Jonathan's Pen Portrait below. 

Alison Merrills

Principal

Jonathan Mansfield

I live in Leicester and my daughter attends the school, now in her second year. I am an IT Consultant currently working mostly with SME’s but having worked with public sector bodies, mainly on projects relating to change management and dissemination of best practice.

I am passionate about looking at ways of using technology to empower and support people and teams to share knowledge, skills and information to facilitate growth and change.

I volunteer with the local cadets and I’m really enjoying working with some great young people.

I look forward to joining the team of Governors at the school and to bringing another perspective and another set of skills to those already present to both support and challenge the school with some of the exciting times ahead. 

Year 10 Parents’ Evening – Thursday 1 February 2018

Parents of Year 10 students have the opportunity to meet their daughter’s subject teachers on Thursday 1 February from 5.30 pm to 8 pm.  A letter giving more information can be found by clicking here.  Parents are asked to confirm their attendance via the online form.  We would strongly advise all parents to make an appointment with their daughter’s teachers to discuss her academic progress.

Year 11 Spring Mock Exam Timetable

Please click here for a copy of the Spring timetable for the Year 11 Mock Exams.  Students are asked to look closely at the timetable so that they come to school prepared for the exam they are sitting.

A letter has been sent to all Year 11 parents.  Please click here for a copy of the letter. 

Focus on Year 9

Year 9 have had a busy December and January this academic year.

At the beginning of December Year 9 took part in our annual 'What’s My Line' event as students prepared for their options.

At the same time they were imaginative with their fundraising and collected for Age UK hampers and raised £887.77.

Just before the end of term we celebrated our reward event where the majority of Year 9 attended ‘Chocolate and Chill’.

Year 9 Options' Evening was well attended as students and parents made decisions about their futures and some very successful progress checks went home for the holidays.

This term has started well with Year 9 with some students starting their GCSE courses.

We look forward to seeing parents at Parents' Evening on Thursday 22 February.

 

Spotlight on Year 11

We have had a steady stream of enthusiastic Year 11 students coming through our door this week to collect their revision packs.  They are crammed full of stationery to help them get underway with their revision.  In addition to the pens, pencils, highlighters, maths equipment, pencil case, revision cards, note book and post it notes there are also two very helpful booklets enclosed.

Please look out for these booklets as they are a great way of engaging with your daughter and helping her get a revision plan underway.  One is filled with tips on how to revise and the other is a blank weekly revision plan for her to fill in.  This plan will take her all the way to the exams and also includes the dates of the exams. 

We have also just completed the second week of after school intervention sessions.  The feedback from students has been hugely positive.

We have had a small number of students not attending and next week we will be sending out messages to parents if their daughter fails to turn up for a session.  Your support in encouraging your daughter to engage with these intervention lessons is greatly appreciated.  Please note we only invite students that we feel need this additional support to succeed.   

Alice King

Assistant Principal

Year 7 Creative Conductors Workshop

If your daughter loves Design Technology, Science and Engineering then Sir Jonathan North has an exciting opportunity which she can get involved in!  We are offering a 2 hour practical workshop on Wednesday 21 March provided by the company e.on.  Click here for a letter giving more information.   Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.  There are no costs involved – all expenses are paid for by e.on!

Sports Fixtures for Week Beginning 29 January

30 January 2018 - KS3 Badminton at Sir Jonathan North

31 January 2018 - U13 Cricket (Year 7 and 8) at Sir Jonathan North

1 February 2018 - U15 Cricket (Year 9 and 10 at Sir Jonathan North

POW – Puzzle of the Week – Week Beginning 29 January

Well done to all those who managed to solve last week's puzzle.  The answer is below along with this week's puzzle. 

Students are invited to solve problems through the use of numeracy, logical thinking and resilience. Each week students have the opportunity to post an answer in the hope of winning PUZZLE PRIDE and some chocolate. A winning student from each year group will be selected at random. The first set of winners are listed below.

See if you can solve it!

Principal’s Award Winners – 26 January 2018

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal award winners.  Mrs Merrills awards a certificate to outstanding students each week.  

Asmita 7.1

henali 8.6

Haya 10.1

Jessica 10.2

Lucy 10.3

Lauren 10.6

Yasmin 10.8

Jessica 11.7

Neha 11.8

Stars of the Week – 26 January 2018

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

Leigha 7.8

Destina 8.1

Emily 9.8

Lucy 10.1

Elisha 10.2

Christina 11.4

Lucy 11.5

Humanities Stars of the Week – 26 January 2018

The following students are Humanities stars of the week:

Business Studies - Eleanor 11.7

Geography - Natalie 8.6

History - Freya 11.5

Religious Studies - Ayaat 9.7

Travel and Tourism - Courtney 11.7

Design and Technology ‘Star of the Month’ Awards January 2018

We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for January 2018! Girls will be awarded a certificate for their Record of Achievement and an exclusive ‘star award’ badge to wear. Students have been selected because they have produced outstanding work in one of the Design and Technology subjects.

January 2018 awards go to:

Subject

Student

KS3 Engineering

Aimen 7.9

Faith 8.1

Jayna 8.1

Ammarah 8.7

 

KS3 Graphics

Ishani 9.1

Mia 9.3

Diya 7.2

Senya 9.6

 

KS3 Product Design/ RM

Jasleen 7.8

Isabel 8.5

Carys 9.1

 

KS3 Fashion & Textiles

Haniyeh 9.6

Lily 9.1

Bethany 8.9

Erin 8.9

Suhaa 8.6

 

KS4 Graphic Products

Layla 11.5

 

KS4 Resistant Materials

Roeshalia 10.4

Konstantina 11.3

 

KS4 Fashion & Textiles

Maisie 10.2

Holly 10.6

 

KS4 Food Technology

Mariyyah 10.5

Grace 11.10

 

 

19 January 2018 

Change to Timetable for Confidence Bus 862 

Parents are advised that from Monday 22 January 2018 the 862 Confidence Bus will pick up students at 3.15 pm.

Please note: This is 5 minutes earlier than previously timetabled.

Year 10 Parents' Evening - Thursday 1 February 2018 

Parents of Year 10 students have the opportunity to meet their daughter’s subject teachers on Thursday 1 February from 5.30 pm to 8 pm.  A letter giving more information can be found by clicking here.  Parents are asked to confirm their attendance via the online form.  We would strongly advise all parents to make an appointment with their daughter’s teachers to discuss her academic progress.

Year 11 Spring Mock Exam Timetable


Please click here for a copy of the Spring timetable for the Year 11 Mock Exams.  Students are asked to look closely at the timetable so that they come to school prepared for the exam they are sitting.

Spotlight on Year 11 

We have had a busy week, which started on Monday with the launch of our targeted intervention campaign in assembly.  Throughout the week we have been meeting all students who are not yet on target and assigning them Assertive Mentors.  This will continue into next week.

It was great to see so many parents and carers at Parents' Evening last night. Your support plays a huge part in your daughter's outcomes. Research carried out by ‘The Campaign for Learning’ found parental support is eight times more important in determining a child’s academic success than their background.  Many parents were asking if there was anything else they could do to support their daughter.  At this point, the key things a parent can do to support their daughter are:

  • Make sure your daughter has a revision plan (she will be coming home with a blank plan next week to support with this)
  • Make sure she has somewhere quiet to work
  • Make sure she is getting plenty of sleep and eating healthily.

For more great tips and some really useful links especially for parents please click here for the notes taken from the Elevate Education Parent Seminar.

Alice King

Assistant Principal

Safeguarding Snippet - Supporting Exam Anxiety at Home 

The Rebalance Programme has put together a list of helpful Dos and Don’ts to support your daughter during the exam period. 

It is important that during the exam period you talk to your daughter about her mental health and any anxiety she is feeling.  As the Rebalance team says ‘some stress and anxiety around exams is good and perfectly normal’.  However, we don't want your daughter to feel overwhelmed.  She must always feel she has someone she can talk to either at home or College.

Click here to see the list of Dos and Dont's. 

Focus On - Year 8 

During tutor times last term Year 8 students investigated Conflict Resolution. During the induction morning at the beginning of term,  students produced drama pieces on this topic.  These were filmed and entered into a competition. The winning entry was a performance by Zainab, Joanna, Zoha and Emma in 8.8. Well done!

Jo Allen 

Year 8 Progress Leader

 

Year 7 Creative Conductors Workshop 

If your daughter loves Design Technology, Science and Engineering then Sir Jonathan North has an exciting opportunity which she can get involved in!  We are offering a 2 hour practical workshop on Wednesday 21 March provided by the company e.on.  Click here for a letter giving more information.   Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.  There are no costs involved – all expenses are paid for by e.on!

Year 9 Boosters and Meningistis Vaccinations 

As part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme. The Immunisation Team will soon be at Sir Jonathan North to deliver the booster and meningitis vaccine to Year 9 girls. Letters and consent forms have been given out to all Year 9 students.  Please click here for a copy of the letter. 

Please be aware that even if you do not consent, the reply form still needs to be returned.  Please click here for a copy of the return slip. 

There are spare letters at main office which your daughter can collect. Please return your fully completed consent forms to the main office by Monday 22 January.

Sports Fixtures for Week Beginning 22 January
 

23 January - Y8 Basketball at Sir Jonathan North against South Charnwood High

24 January - Football at Soar Valley (finish time 5 pm)

25 January - Y9 Basketball away at Hinkley

POW - Puzzle of the Week - Week Beginning 22 January    

Well done to all those who managed to solve last week's puzzle.  The answer is below along with this week's puzzle. 

Students are invited to solve problems through the use of numeracy, logical thinking and resilience. Each week students have the opportunity to post an answer in the hope of winning PUZZLE PRIDE and some chocolate. A winning student from each year group will be selected at random. The first set of winners are listed below.

See if you can solve it!

Principal's Award Winners - 19 January 2018 

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal award winners.  Mrs Merrills awards a certificate to outstanding students each week.  

Natiya 8.1

Aditi 8.6

Marjahan 9.9

Janki 10.1

Camerondeep 10.3

Amelia 10.5

Kelsie 10.7

Erica 10.8

Eva 11.3

Stars of the Week - 19 January 2018
 

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

Jana 7.8

Samantha 8.2

Isabel 9.10

Neve 10.6

Zulekha 10.5

Nadia 11.8

Zoe 11.6

Humanities Stars of the Week - 19 January 2018
 

The following students are Humanities stars of the week:

Business Studies - Aaminah 10.2

Geography - Millie 8.7

History - Martyna 10.7

Religious Studies - Eithar 9.6

Travel and Tourism - Chelsea 10.7

12 January 2018 

Message from the Chair of Governors 

After careful consideration and reciprocal due diligence, the Governing Body of Sir Jonathan North Community College has agreed to join The Lionheart Academy Trust subject to the completion of all legal formalities, from 1 September 2018.

Reverend John McGinley

Chair of Governors

Change to Timetable for Confidence Bus 862 

Parents are advised that from Monday 22 January 2018 the 862 Confidence Bus will pick students up at 3.15 pm.

This is 5 minutes earlier than previously timetabled.

Year 11 Parents' Evening 

Parents of Year 11 students have the opportunity to meet their daughter’s subject teachers on Thursday 18 January from 5.30 pm to 8 pm.  Parents’ are asked to confirm their attendance via the online form.  We would strongly advise all parents to make an appointment with their daughter’s teachers to discuss her academic progress.

Year 9 Boosters and Meningistis Vaccinations 

As part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme. The Immunisation Team will soon be at Sir Jonathan North to deliver the booster and meningitis vaccine to Year 9 girls. Letters and consent forms have been given out to all Year 9 students.  Please click here for a copy of the letter. 

Please be aware that even if you do not consent, the reply form still needs to be returned.  Please click here for a copy of the return slip. 

There are spare letters at main office which your daughter can collect. Please return your fully completed consent forms to the main office by Monday 22 January.

Tutor Group Attendance 

Congratulations to the following tutor groups who had the best attendance in their year groups during Term 2. Each tutor group will receive a prize.

7.7

97.7

8.2

98.1

9.3

97.2

10.3

96.9

11.3

97.1

Well done on your fantastic attendance!

Mrs Allen

Progress Coach

New Term Starts with a Focus on Health for KS4 Students 

On Tuesday 9 January 2018 representatives rom health services and providers from a range of health services joined us for our first ever Health Fair.  This was a fantastic opportunity for KS4 students to learn more about different aspects of health that they can take forward and make use of in life.

Sian Green, local entrepreneur, gave an inspirational speech about her journey since having her leg amputated as a result of an accident on holiday.

Students were able to speak to practitioners such mental health workers, nurses, dieticians and representatives from Heartwize and Get Healthy.  

Students enjoyed this event and asked excellent questions. 

Student comments:

'Really good to learn about all different health issues and who to go to if you are worried or unsure'

'Very informative and good for awareness of a variety of things'

'Really good to learn about how to detect cancer and where to go for help'

The providers gave positive feedback saying, 'Students have been very well behaved, mature and interested in what we have had to say'.

Kirstie Goodwin

Progress Leader Year 11

POW! Puzzle of the Week - 12 January 2018 

Students are invited to solve problems through the use of numeracy, logical thinking and resilience. Each week students have the opportunity to post an answer in the hope of winning PUZZLE PRIDE and some chocolate. A winning student from each year group will be selected at random. The first set of winners are listed below.

See if you can solve it!

Principal's Award Winners - 12 January 2018 

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal award winners.  Mrs Merrills awards a certificate to outstanding students each week.  

Laura 7.5

Mia 8.2

Smriti 8.6

Stars of the Week - 12 January 2018
 

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

Kia 7.2

Emma 8.4

Faiza 9.6

Kristal 10.3

Nina 10.6

Harnoor 11.6

15 December 2017 

End of Term Arrangements 

The College will close at 1 pm on Wednesday 20 December 2017 and re-open for students on Tuesday 9 January 2018 at 8.30 am.

If you would prefer that your daughter does not leave school early and is supervised in the Learning Resource Centre until 2.55 pm, please contact the College by 3 pm on Friday 15 December 2017.

College Office: Should you wish to contact the College during the Christmas holidays, the office opening hours are as follows:

Thursday 21 December          9 am – 3 pm

Friday 22 December               9 am – 2 pm

Wednesday 3 January            9 am – 3 pm

Thursday 4 January                9 am – 3 pm

Friday 5 January                     9 am – 3 pm

Monday 8 January                  9 am – 3 pm

The College will be closed on all other days. 

We wish all students a happy holiday and look forward to welcoming them back on Tuesday 9 January 2018.

Reminder: Change to Times of College Day from January 2018 

From 9 January 2018 the times of the College day will be changing.  This follows consultation with students, parents and staff last year and aims to reduce our lunch time period slightly to ensure a more positive start to afternoon lessons.  This change will also enable an earlier start time to after school activities and intervention so that students can travel home in the daylight hours throughout the year.   The college day will continue to start at 8.30 am but will finish at 2.45 pm. 

Students should arrive on 9 January 2018 by 8.30 am and go to their tutor groups. 

Below is the overview of the day to share with your daughter.

COLLEGE DAY

Registration/Assembly

8.30 am

Lesson 1   

8.45 am

Lesson 2  

9.45 am

Break

10.45 am

Lesson 3

11.05 am

Lesson 4

12.05 pm

Lunch

12.55 pm     (Year 7)

 

1.05 pm       (Year 8 – 11)

Lesson 5   

1.45 pm

End of College Day

2.45 pm

Spring Term - 9 January 2018 

Students will return to College on Tuesday 9 January  at 8.30 am and we have planned an exciting induction timetable for lessons 1, 2 and 3. Students should arrive at the normal time and we feel that the sessions that have been arranged will help make this a really positive start to the year. Students will be working with their tutor groups during the morning sessions and will then be following their normal timetable from lesson 4 onwards.

Carl Hartley

Assistant Principal

Year 8 Progress Leader 

We are pleased to announce that Year 8 will have a new Progress Leader when they return in January and this will be Jo Allen. She is looking forward  to working with the students, helping them on their Year 8 journey and making excellent progress along the way.

Carl Hartley

Assistant Principal

What's My Line? 

Thank you to all our guests who kindly gave up their time to volunteer at this year’s event on Friday 8 December. It is always a fantastic opportunity for Year 9 students to start to think about different careers before choosing their GCSE subjects.

One guest said, ‘Hopefully it gave them an insight into what they may do as a career, where to look for advice, and what questions to ask’ and ‘ I hope they will start to understand the opportunities that are available to them and they should not hold back planning for aspirational careers’.

Students commented that ‘It was fascinating and helped us get an idea of what jobs we might do when we are older’ and ‘It was interesting to hear about people’s careers and what they studiedit was a great experience’.

Well done to all Year 9 who took part and thank you to the following companies who participated in the day.

  • Design Engineer Triumph Motorcycles
  • Outreach Officer - Loughborough University
  • Canal & Riverside Trust
  • Biomedical Scientist for the NHS
  • B-inspired Team Manager
  • Trade Union Official
  • Communications and Cricket Logistics Manager
  • Sustainability Assistant British Gypsum
  • Leicester City Council
  • Europcar
  • Caterpillar 
  • Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership
  • Solicitor - Emery Johnson Astills
  • Whetstone Pastures Farm
  •  GP NHS
  • Hair and Make-up artist
  • Director of HR and Training Pick Everard
  • Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology
  • Education and Children’s Services
  • Counsellor
  • Solicitor
  • IT Project Management, Business Analysis
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • BBC English Regions Scheduling Analyst
  • Director Knightsbridge Estate Agents
  • Customer Analyst for Santander  
  • Facility Manager Biostatistics Hub
  • Public Engagement Manager, University of Leicester
  • General Manager SHBS LTD

 

Expressive Arts Showcase - Monday 18 December 2017 

Ticket are now sold out for the Expressive Arts showcase.  Any parents who have reserved seats need to pay via the Main School office. 

The event will celebrate students’ hard work including creative Year 10 and 11 dance and drama work as well as music by the choir and orchestra.   Students would welcome the opportunity to share their work with you to get you into the Christmas spirit!   

Curtesha Matthew

Deputy Team Leader   Expressive Arts

College Dress Code for the New Term 

Thank you to those parents and carers who have shown their support for the College by ensuring that their daughters have worn correct College Dress during this term. To ensure that you are purchasing the correct items of dress, please consult the College Dress Code which can be found by clicking here.

Carl Hartley

Assistant Principal

Principal's Award Winners - 15 December 2017  

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal award winners.  Mrs Merrills awards a certificate to outstanding students each week.  

Huda 7.9

Emilia 8.6

Ayse 9.5

Evie 9.9

Sophie 10.9

Mairead 11.5

Sumaiya 11.5

Anjani 11.6

Stars of the Week - 15 December 2017


With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

Stella 7.2

Kathleen 8.7

Wiktoria 9.5

Lisa 10.8

Sonya 10.9

Jessica 11.2

Silvia 11.8

Design Technology Stars of the Month for December 2017  

 We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for December 2017! Girls will be awarded a certificate for their record of Achievement and an exclusive ‘star award’ badge to wear. Students have been selected because they have produced outstanding work in one of the Design and Technology subjects.

December 2017 awards go to:

KS3 Engineering

Enya 7.1

Sarah 7.1

Paulina 8.2

Myriam 8.2

Devina 9.7

KS3 Graphics

Megan 9.4

Sammy 9.9

KS3 Product Design/ RM

Alyson 7.7

Samantha 8.2

Emily 9.1

KS3 Fashion & Textiles

Laura 7.5

Stella 7.4

Ella 8.2

KS3 Food & Nutrition

Eve 8.4

KS4 Resistant Materials

Sophie 10.9

Konstantina 11.3

KS4 Fashion & Textiles

Fatima 11.1

Iqra 11.6

KS4 Food Technology

Chelsea 10.7

 

8 December 2017 

End of Term Arrangements 

The College will close at 1 pm on Wednesday 20 December 2017 and re-open for students on Tuesday 9 January 2018 at 8.30 am.

If you would prefer that your daughter does not leave school early and is supervised in the Learning Resource Centre until 2.55 pm, please contact the College by 3 pm on Friday 15 December 2017.

College Office: Should you wish to contact the College during the Christmas holidays, the office opening hours are as follows:

Thursday 21 December          9 am – 3 pm

Friday 22 December               9 am – 2 pm

Wednesday 3 January            9 am – 3 pm

Thursday 4 January                9 am – 3 pm

Friday 5 January                     9 am – 3 pm

Monday 8 January                  9 am – 3 pm

The College will be closed on all other days. 

We wish all students a happy holiday and look forward to welcoming them back on Tuesday 9 January 2018.

Reminder: Change to Times of College Day from January 2018 

From 9 January 2018 the times of the College day will be changing.  This follows consultation with students, parents and staff last year and aims to reduce our lunch time period slightly to ensure a more positive start to afternoon lessons.  This change will also enable an earlier start time to after school activities and intervention so that students can travel home in the daylight hours throughout the year.   The college day will continue to start at 8.30 am but will finish at 2.45 pm. 

Below is the overview of the day to share with your daughter.

COLLEGE DAY

Registration/Assembly

8.30 am

Lesson 1   

8.45 am

Lesson 2  

9.45 am

Break

10.45 am

Lesson 3

11.05 am

Lesson 4

12.05 pm

Lunch

12.55 pm     (Year 7)

 

1.05 pm       (Year 8 – 11)

Lesson 5   

1.45 pm

End of College Day

2.45 pm

Year 9 GCSE Options Information Evening - Thursday 14 December 

Year 9 parents are invited to our GCSE Options Information Evening on Thursday 14 December 2017.  The evening will start at 5.30 pm in the dining hall and will run until 7.30 pm. There will be a short presentation to parents where you will be given some general information about the options process and the choices your daughter will need to make. The first presentation will be at 5.30 pm and will be repeated again at 6 pm and 6.30 pm if necessary.

The main focus of the evening is to meet the teachers from each subject area to discuss what their subject has to offer your daughter in terms of career progression. Whilst your daughter has already been looking at careers and future pathways, this evening is the starting point for many of her option choices. 

Please click here for a copy of the letter that was sent home with further information. 

Adverse Weather Conditions 

We would like to remind parents of the arrangements in place in the event of adverse weather conditions. Should we judge the weather conditions on site and/or in the local area to be a health and safety risk, we may be forced to close the College.

You will find information on this by:

In the very unlikely event that the College is forced to close before the end of the school day, we will inform parents by text message.

Should you prefer your daughter to remain in College until the end of the school day, a record of this will have been kept in the Main Office.

Mrs Merrills

Principal

Expressive Arts Showcase - Monday 18 December 2017 

Parents and carers are invited to the KS4 Expressive Arts Showcase on Monday 18 December at 6pm in D5/6.  Students will be showcasing their talents in music, drama and dance. 

Tickets are £3 and you can reserve your seat by clicking here.   Payment will be taken in the Main Office on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 December.  Any reserved seats that are not paid for by 3 pm on 15 December will be resold.  We would appreciate it if when booking seats you avoid leaving spare seats between reservations. 

The event will celebrate students’ hard work including creative Year 10 and 11 dance and drama work as well as music by the choir and orchestra.   Students would welcome the opportunity to share their work with you to get you into the Christmas spirit!   

Curtesha Matthew

Deputy Team Leader   Expressive Arts

Spotlight on Year 11 - Year 11 Mock Exams 

The Year 11 Mock Exam period started on Monday 20 November. For just over 2 weeks, the Year 11’s have been coming in for breakfast and sitting a number of exams throughout the day.

This is a really important learning experience for our students so that they are able to get into the routines of exams before the real GCSE’s in the summer term. Behaviour and conduct has generally been very good.

Mock results day will be on Thursday 14 December. Over the Christmas break we encourage students to reflect on their strengths and areas for development, and get themselves prepared for the term ahead.

Important dates for Year 11 after the Christmas break

January 2018:             College references to be sent off

18 January 2018:        Year 11 Parents’ Evening

9 February 2018:         Kingswood Residential Trip

College Dress 

Thank you to all parents and carers who have shown their support for the College by ensuring that their daughters have worn correct College Dress this year. We are pleased to say that the majority of students follow the College Dress Code and are proud of their appearance, both at school and in the local community.

Please ensure that your daughter still adheres to the Dress Code – including correct shirts, trousers and footwear. We would like to remind you that coloured fleeces or tracksuit tops are not to be worn as coats. A reminder of the full College Dress Code is available by clicking here.

Mr Hartley, Assistant Principal

Poppy Appeal Total 

We would like to thank all students who contributed to raising £75 for the Poppy Appeal. 

Year 11 (2016 - 2017) Achievement Evening  

Our annual Achievement Evening took place last night and we were delighted to welcome Sian Green-Lord as our guest speaker.  Students who left the College in the Summer Term of 2017, having taken their GCSE examinations, returned to receive their certificates.  It is an event that acknowledges the hard work that has been carried out by students and staff and the support that has been provided by parents and carers.  

Special prizes are awarded which include:

  • Outstanding achievement and effort
  • Sakinah Awards for Service to the Community and Leadership
  • Emma Phillips Award for a student who has achieved under difficult circumstances
  • Chair of Governors' Award
  • Enterprise and Innovation Award

Two students, Zainah and Bethan gave speeches about their time at Sir Jonathan North.  The event was very well attended by students and their parents or carers.  Details of award winners can be found by clicking here.

Classics For All
 

Mr Waite and I spent a fascinating afternoon with three of our Year 8 students attending a workshop designed to develop students’ skills as writers. This was part of project called ‘Classics For All’. This afternoon’s workshop was organised by the University of Leicester in collaboration with the Classical Association and aimed to develop recognition and understanding of Roman Leicester and offered an opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge beyond the curriculum. We are excited to announce we will be starting our very own Classics Club after Christmas. Watch this space to find out more information over the next few weeks.

Alice King

Assistant Principal

Sporting Fixtures for Week Beginning 11 December 2017 

12 December - KS3 Badminton at SJN

12 December - KS4 Basketball at Rushey Mead

13 December - Football 

POW - Puzzle of the Week - Week Beginning 11 December   

Well done to all those who managed to solve last week's puzzle.  The answer is below along with this week's puzzle. 

Students are invited to solve problems through the use of numeracy, logical thinking and resilience. Each week students have the opportunity to post an answer in the hope of winning PUZZLE PRIDE and some chocolate. A winning student from each year group will be selected at random. The first set of winners are listed below.

See if you can solve it!

 

Principal's Award Winners - 8 December 2017  

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal award winners.  Mrs Merrills awards a certificate to outstanding students each week.  

Mira 8.4

Hanna 9.6

Latisha 9.9

Khadeeja 10.3

Julienne 11.7

Emili 11.8

Melissa 11.9

Stars of the Week - 8 December 2017 

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

Lily - 7.5

Lily - 8.2

Stella - 9.2

Camerondeep - 10.3

Maryam 10.10

Hollie 11.3

Kiran 11.6

1 December 2017
 

End of Term Arrangements 

The College will close at 1 pm on Wednesday 20 December 2017 and re-open for students on Tuesday 9 January 2018 at 8.30 am.

If you would prefer that your daughter does not leave school early and is supervised in the Learning Resource Centre until 2.55 pm, please contact the College by 3 pm on Friday 15 December 2017.

College Office: Should you wish to contact the College during the Christmas holidays, the office opening hours are as follows:

Thursday 21 December          9 am – 3 pm

Friday 22 December               9 am – 2 pm

Wednesday 3 January            9 am – 3 pm

Thursday 4 January                9 am – 3 pm

Friday 5 January                     9 am – 3 pm

Monday 8 January                  9 am – 3 pm

The College will be closed on all other days. 

We wish all students a happy holiday and look forward to welcoming them back on Tuesday 9 January 2018.

Reminder: Change to Times of College Day from January 2018 

From 9 January 2018 the times of the College day will be changing.  This follows consultation with students, parents and staff last year and aims to reduce our lunch time period slightly to ensure a more positive start to afternoon lessons.  This change will also enable an earlier start time to after school activities and intervention so that students can travel home in the daylight hours throughout the year.   The college day will continue to start at 8.30 am but will finish at 2.45 pm. 

Below is the overview of the day to share with your daughter.

COLLEGE DAY

Registration/Assembly

8.30 am

Lesson 1   

8.45 am

Lesson 2  

9.45 am

Break

10.45 am

Lesson 3

11.05 am

Lesson 4

12.05 pm

Lunch

12.55 pm     (Year 7)

 

1.05 pm       (Year 8 – 11)

Lesson 5   

1.45 pm

End of College Day

2.45 pm

Challenge Partners Review of Sir Jonathan North 

Challenge Partners is a national practitioner-led charity that enables collaboration between schools in order to underpin improvements in educational outcomes.  It encourages schools to challenge each other to pursue the very best for every child. 

On 16 and 17 November, the college had its annual performance review where 4 reviewers, led by an Ofsted inspector, visited lessons and spoke to students and staff about provision and practice at the college. 

Their report was very positive and upheld the school's current Ofsted grading of outstanding.  Some of the key findings are listed below:

  • The Principal and her team are passionate about their school and have high levels of ambition for all pupils.  They are driven by an unwavering pursuit of excellence.
  • Students in general are making above expected progress.
  • The girls demonstrate a business-like attitude to learning.  They are resilient, respect one another and are not afraid to learn from their mistakes.
  • In most lessons the pace of lessons was often rapid with students being challenged.
  • Students’ work is regularly marked and feedback... includes targets for improvement.
  • School leaders are aware of the key areas for development to be urgently addressed and decisive actions have been implemented to secure rapid progress in underperforming areas.

Alison Merrills

Principal

Printing in School 

From time to time, students may choose to print out their work in college.  Parents and carers now have the option to buy printer credits for their daughters using sQuid, the same system used for buying school meals and educational visits.

If you already have a sQuid account then please log in and click on Trips and Other Offers, if not, then please create an account with sQuid from the logon screen, (https://portal.squidcard.com/LoginPortal).

Under Trips and Other Offers you will see that you have a choice of printing offers.  All students at the college were automatically allocated a 60p credit for printing, but you can now top up your daughter’s printing credits by £2, £5 or £10.  Printing for staff and students is charged at 15p for each A4 colour sheet and 3p for each black and white A4 sheet.  (The colour printers are in the Library and the Digital Arts Suite).

If your daughter’s account still has a balance at the end of her time with us at Sir Jonathan North, you may request a refund.  This will be processed and the amount returned to you by cheque, less a £2.50 administration fee.   

sQuid is not able to show individual student printing balances, but our IT Team are happy to provide information about balances and printing details if you email ict@sjncc.leicester.sch.uk.

Ian Dunmore

IT Network Manager

Year 9 GCSE Options Information Evening - Thursday 14 December 

Year 9 parents are invited to our GCSE Options Information Evening on Thursday 14 December 2017.  The evening will start at 5.30 pm in the dining hall and will run until 7.30 pm. There will be a short presentation to parents where you will be given some general information about the options process and the choices your daughter will need to make. The first presentation will be at 5.30 pm and will be repeated again at 6 pm and 6.30 pm if necessary.

The main focus of the evening is to meet the teachers from each subject area to discuss what their subject has to offer your daughter in terms of career progression. Whilst your daughter has already been looking at careers and future pathways, this evening is the starting point for many of her option choices. 

Please click here for a copy of the letter that was sent home with further information. 

Mindful Sessions  

Mindful sessions will be available to students in Years 8, 9, 10, and 11. Students will be attending 4 sessions in small groups. The first 4 sessions will be offered to Year 8 and 9 students and the following four sessions will be offered to Year 10 and 11 students.  Sessions will then rotate accordingly.

Sessions will begin on Friday 1 December from 8.25 – 8.45 am.  If you feel your daughter would benefit from attending these session please ask her to see me in D15 on a Monday, Tuesday or Friday.

The aim of these Mindful sessions is to help develop a set of life skills that allows students to relate to what is happening within and around them with more wisdom and compassion. During each session, students will be using a set of mindfulness games to teach life skills such as focusing, quietening, seeing, reframing, caring and connecting.

Monika Butterworth

Senior Learning Mentor and College Counsellor

Adverse Weather Conditions 

We would like to remind parents of the arrangements in place in the event of adverse weather conditions. Should we judge the weather conditions on site and/or in the local area to be a health and safety risk, we may be forced to close the College.

You will find information on this by:

In the very unlikely event that the College is forced to close before the end of the school day, we will inform parents by text message.

Should you prefer your daughter to remain in College until the end of the school day, a record of this will have been kept in the Main Office.

Mrs Merrills

Principal

Expressive Arts Showcase - Monday 18 December 2017 

Parents and carers are invited to the KS4 Expressive Arts Showcase on Monday 18 December at 6pm in D5/6.  Students will be showcasing their talents in music, drama and dance. 

Tickets are £3 and you will be able to reserve your seat from 8 December.  You will then be asked to pay on arrival. 

The event will celebrate students’ hard work including creative Year 10 and 11 dance and drama work as well as music by the choir and orchestra.   Students would welcome the opportunity to share their work with you to get you into the Christmas spirit!   

Curtesha Matthew

Deputy Team Leader   Expressive Arts

24 November 2017 

Important – Keep our students and your daughter safe! 

We would like to thank all parents and carers who are considerate and careful drivers when they bring/collect their daughter to/from College.  However we ask that you are considerate of the safety of all of our students and residents in the surrounding area during these busy times of the day. Please do not park across driveways or block access to properties. Some vehicles have also been stopping on the zig zag lines outside of the College and by the pedestrian crossing or making u turns in the road.  This makes crossing the road dangerous; we request you park in the correctly marked areas. We would also like to remind you not to bring your car on to the College site to collect your daughter at the end of the day unless this has been agreed with staff. This helps to improve student safety at the start and end of school when the pathway across the College driveway gets extremely busy.

Thank you for your support in keeping our students safe.

Alison Merrills

Principal

 

Message for Year 11 Parents 

We would like to say well done to all Year 11 students for a great start to their mock exams. Exams continue until Wednesday 6 December so positive behaviour needs to continue, both inside the exam room and entering and leaving exams.

Please make sure you are looking after your daughter during this busy period, allowing her to take time out to relax and eat well. On the topic of eating, make sure your daughter takes up the offer of a free breakfast on exam days, serving ends at 8.30 am so encourage her to get to the canteen in plenty of time.

The mock exam results will be handed out officially during a ‘Results Day’ on Thursday 14 December. 

 

GL Assessments Commencing 11 November for Year 9 Students 

GL assessments take place for Year 9 during week commencing 11 November 2017.  

Assessments are all completed on the computer.  Students should go straight to the room allocated at the start of the lesson and will be registered there. If your daughter has her own headphones, then please ask her to bring them.  However, we do have spares if she needs to borrow some. Students cannot revise for these tests.   It is one piece of information the college uses to ensure your daughter is making the progress she should be and helps us to identify areas she needs to work on.

 

SEND Drop-In Coffee Morning 

As a college, we recognise how vital it is for the school and parents to work together to ensure the best outcomes for students. We were therefore delighted to host 23 parents at our SEND drop-in coffee morning  last Tuesday.  As well as enjoying a wide variety of refreshments, parents and carers were able to meet members of the Skills for Learning team, share concerns and queries, and find out more about the interventions and activities their daughters are enjoying. Laptops were available to demonstrate how parents can find useful information on the new school website, as well as log-ins and guides for parents not yet accessing Show My Homework.   It was lovely to see parents and carers sharing experiences with each other too. 

One parent commented , ' I am so pleased with the school for organising this coffee morning as it has given me a chance to understand what my daughter is receiving and also which groups she is attending.  Thank you!'

We look forward to welcoming even more at our next drop-in in March.

Mrs Greaves

Curriculum Team Leader Skills for Learning

 

National Citizenship Service

We are thrilled to announce that this year we have been awarded Bronze Champion School Status by our local National Citizenship Service delivery provider.  During the summer 59 of our students took part in the National Citizenship Service which involved a residential, fundraising, team challenges and much more.  It is an amazing opportunity and great for the CV.  Year 11, it will be your turn next - can you beat this?!

Mrs Greaves

 

Student Christmas Dinner - 15 December 

The student Christmas Dinner will be on Friday 15 December 2017.  If your daughter would like a Christmas dinner, she will need to let her form tutor know her menu choice and pay £2.05 to Ms Ford in the dining hall by Monday 27 November.

 

Children in Need Total 

We had a fantastic time fundraising for Children in Need this year. It was super to have an opportunity to support such a great charity by having a non-uniform day. Thanks to our peers we were able to raise approximately £800 for the charity.

The Student Executive Committee

 

Adverse Weather Conditions 

We would like to remind parents of the arrangements in place in the event of adverse weather conditions. Should we judge the weather conditions on site and/or in the local area to be a health and safety risk, we may be forced to close the College.

You will find information on this by:

In the very unlikely event that the College is forced to close before the end of the school day, we will inform parents by text message.

Should you prefer your daughter to remain in College until the end of the school day, a record of this will have been kept in the Main Office.

Mrs Merrills

Principal

17 November 2017
 

Parent Forum - Tuesday 28 November 

As you will be aware from my letter dated 9 October 2017, governors are proposing that Sir Jonathan North Community College joins The Lionheart Academies Trust in the near future and we would like to invite parents and carers to be a part of the discussion about this change.

The Government has made clear its intention for schools to become academies by 2022 and in particular for schools to organise themselves within groups. As their budgets are reduced, local authorities are also reducing the services that they have available to schools. Making this change means we can develop in partnership with another outstanding school.

Our values at Sir Jonathan North are that learning should be both enjoyable and rewarding; that students should have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. A shared ethos of academic excellence and holistic development will be central to this partnership.

We believe that this collaboration will have a positive impact on the already excellent standards of teaching and learning, pastoral care, and extra-curricular provision at Sir Jonathan North.

To give you an opportunity to discuss this change, there will be a Parent Forum at 6 pm on Tuesday 28 November 2017.  Please reserve your place via TicketSource by clicking here.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Alison Merrills

Principal

 

Important – Keep our students and your daughter safe! 

We would like to thank all parents and carers who are considerate and careful drivers when they bring/collect their daughter to/from College.  However we ask that you are considerate of the safety of all of our students and residents in the surrounding area during these busy times of the day. Please do not park across driveways or block access to properties. Some vehicles have also been stopping on the zig zag lines outside of the College and by the pedestrian crossing or making u turns in the road.  This makes crossing the road dangerous; we request you park in the correctly marked areas. We would also like to remind you not to bring your car on to the College site to collect your daughter at the end of the day unless this has been agreed with staff. This helps to improve student safety at the start and end of school when the pathway across the College driveway gets extremely busy.

Thank you for your support in keeping our students safe.

Alison Merrills

Principal

 

Student Christmas Dinner - 15 December 

The student Christmas Dinner will be on Friday 15 December 2017.  If your daughter would like a Christmas dinner, she will need to let her form tutor know her menu choice and pay £2.05 to Ms Ford in the dining hall by Monday 27 November.

 

Safeguarding Snippet - National Anti-bullying Week

This week was National Anti-bullying week. At Sir Jonathan North Community College we promote anti-bullying throughout the year but during Anti-bullying week we raise the profile even further. The girls had an assembly during the week commencing 30 October to inform them of the theme for this year “ All Different, All Equal”. We are proud of our diversity and celebrate the skills and qualities that all individuals bring and actively encourage the girls to be proud of who they are. Students were asked to show their support of “all different all equal” by wearing odd socks on Monday 13 November in support of the Anti-bullying Alliance campaign.

Electronic communication and social media are very popular with young people and research suggests that they can experience high levels of bullying through this platform. Ditch the Label’s annual bullying survey reported that out of over 10,000 youths between 12 and 20, 42% said they were bullied on Instagram and 37% were bullied on Facebook.

The assembly  highlighted the importance of staying safe on-line and making sure everything posted does not cause offence or concern to anyone who might read it. We encourage you to talk to your daughter about her on-line activity and her digital footprint. Students were reminded of the support available at the college through their Tutors, Progress Leaders and Learning Mentors and if they are experiencing difficulties  the actions that they can take to report concerns.

We are committed to anti-bullying work at the college and this is recognised through us being an Inclusion Quality Mark Flagship School, Anti-Bullying Community Award holders and a Stonewall School Champion. Students are encouraged to get involved through the Friends Against Bullying and Discrimination club (FABAD) which takes place every Tuesday lunch time and is open to all students.

We use the acronym STOP for our definition of bullying - Several Times On Purpose and students are encouraged to Start Telling Other People. Please do not hesitate to contact the college if you have any concerns regarding your daughter.

 

Christmas Card Winner 

Thank you to all students who entered the College Christmas card competition. The standard was high with students demonstrating a wide variety of creative techniques. 

The winning design was a coloured pencil drawing of a reindeer by Year 8 student Faith Crummey and will be used for our College Christmas E-card for this year.  

Congratulations!

Mr Herickx

 

POW - Puzzle of the Week - Week Beginning 20 November  

Well done to all those who managed to solve last week's puzzle.  The answer is below along with this week's puzzle. 

Students are invited to solve problems through the use of numeracy, logical thinking and resilience. Each week students have the opportunity to post an answer in the hope of winning PUZZLE PRIDE and some chocolate. A winning student from each year group will be selected at random. The first set of winners are listed below.

See if you can solve it!