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Sir Jonathan North College

Sir Jonathan North College

2018

Please find previous editions of This Week's Notices for the Year 2018 below.

21 December 2018

From the Principal - Friday 21 December

This week in assemblies I have had the opportunity to say goodbye to the wonderful Sir Jonathan North students. I shared my hope that they would go in to fulfil their potential and told them that I was proud of them.  I also thanked everyone - it has been wonderful to work with so many students over the past 17+ years and be a part of their journey to adulthood.

It has been an honour to work at Sir Jonathan North.  I have been privileged to work with extraordinary colleagues and I will miss them, our students and the fantastic families with whom I have been fortunate to work with over the years.   Thank you for the support you give us as teachers – we appreciate it very much.

I know that Sir Jonathan North will go from strength to strength under the leadership of Mrs Merrills and Mrs Angus and look forward to hearing of all the many successes I know that the college will have in the future.

I wish you and your families a peaceful and happy festive season.  I wish you the very best for 2019.

 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

Stars of the Week

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

  • Lucy  7.7
  • Marium  8.10
  • Poppy  9.6
  • Safa  10.1
  • Pia  10.5
  • Sonya  11.9
  • Sarah  11.2
 

Design and Technology Stars of the Month

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

We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for November 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.  November 2018 awards go to:

 

Food Nutrition and Preparation

Year 11 - Rania

Year 10 - Nusaybah

Year 9 - Kitty

Year 8 - Elizabeth

Year 7 - Mandela

Product Design

Year 11 - Ramisa

Year 10 - Taaliah

Year 9 - Jasmine

Year 8 - Leigha

Year 7 - Amy

Fashion and textiles

Year 11 - Shannon

Year 10 - Naomi

Year 9 - Hanifah

Year 8 - Jasmine

Year 7 - Akiera

 

End of Term Arrangements

The College will close at 1 pm on Friday 21 December 2018 and re-open for students on Tuesday 8 January 2019 at 8.30 am.

If you would prefer that your child does not leave school early and is supervised in the Learning Resource Centre until 2.45 pm, please contact the College by 3 pm on Thursday 20 December 2018.

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

Thursday 3 January                9 am – 3 pm

Friday 4 January                     9 am – 3 pm

Monday 7 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 8 January 2019.

 

 

 

 

Festive Holidays 2018 - Non-Homework Activities and Great Reads

'Non-Homework' Festive Holidays 2018

 

Sir Jonathan North's  Great Reads List (Age 11-14)

 

Sir Jonathan North's Great Reads List (Age 13-16)

 

 

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 child to remain in College until the end of the school day, please indicate this by returning the reply slip of the letter that your child will be bringing home today (this letter is also available on our website.)

 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

 

Sixth Form Admissions Consultation

As you may be aware, Beauchamp College are currently consulting on their admissions process for their Sixth Form and would like to invite parents at SJNCC to be involved.  Please follow the link below to respond.

https://www.beauchamp.org.uk/prospective-parents/post-16/sixth-form-consultation/

Below are more documentation relating to the Sixth Form Admissions Consultation:

Sixth Form Consultation Booklet

 

Sixth Form Admissions Consultation Information Letter

 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

 

Celebrating Success with Reward Events

As the end of term approaches, we have held some fantastic events for all year groups to reward students for good attendance, punctuality and behaviour. We were pleased that over 72% of students in Year 7 – 11 attended these, and a great time was had by all.

The events held were:

  - Year 7: Christmas film

  - Year 8 and 9: ‘Chocolate and Chilling’ 

  - Year 10 and 11: Pizza lunches

We look forward to seeing even more students at the next reward event at the end of the Spring Term.

 

Carl Hartley

Assistant Principal

 

 

 

Christmas Card Winner

The design for the college Christmas card this year is a painting by Year 11 student Holly Scone.

This beautiful painting will be used for our College Christmas e-card for this year.  

 

Mrs Merrills

Executive Principal

 

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Royal Society of Chemistry for SJNCC's Chemistry Week

An article about Chemistry Week at SJNCC was submitted to the Royal Society of Chemistry and I am very pleased to say that the article will be published in the British RSC magazine (the Voice) and on the website:

http://www.rsc.org/news-events/community/2018/dec/nine-things-to-do-during-chemistry-week/

Thank you to all the staff who made this possible.

 

Catherine Mynott

Head of Science


Creative Learning Services Book Challenge

In this quarter’s School Librarian Journal, Sir Jonathan North were quoted as part of the Creative Learning Services ‘Book Challenge’.

The ‘9 for 9 Challenge’ was launched in 2016 and sent three copies of nine titles into schools for Year 9 students to read.

One English teacher said:

‘I cannot recommend [the Challenge] highly enough. It is aimed at higher ability students but I showed the DVD to 9B4, several of whom had stopped reading for pleasure. Many started again and are still reading enthusiastically.’

After this success, schools are adapting how they run the Book Challenge. As a school, we are combining the ‘7 for 7 Challenge’ with the BookBuzz programme, with all Year 7 students challenged to read and complete a quiz on twenty books in both collections from October 2018 to March 2019.

 

 

 

 

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

 

From the NSPCC Website:

Keeping children safe on social networks

Social networks can be a great way of allowing children to stay in touch with their friends. However, there’s currently no common set of child safety rules or laws that social media sites have to follow. Each site gets to decide what steps they take to keep children safe.

This can make it tricky to assess which games, apps and sites are safe for your children to use.

The NSPCC and O2 are working together to help parents to keep their children safe on social networks – and our top tips include:

  • Changing privacy settings and turning off location sharing. For tips and support in doing this, call the O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline on 0808 800 5002 or make a face-to-face appointment with an O2 guru in-store (available even if you’re not with O2).
  • Talk with your child about what they like to do online.
  • Download the O2 NSPCC Family Online Agreement from our Share Awarepage so you can agree rules and boundaries with your children about online safety.

Support our campaign

At the NSPCC, we know that over half of children aged 12 (51%) have a social media account and parents are working hard to keep children safe. But there’s more that social networks can do too. 

The NSPCC is working to make sure more is done to keep children safe online.  We want social media sites to have to follow a consistent set of rules and to explain the steps they take to tackle and prevent problems on their site. That’s what young people have told us they want too.

The NSPCC would like your support. Click here to find out how you can encourage Government to make social networks safer, and join us to end the #WildWestWeb for children.

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

14 December 2018

From the Principal - Friday 14 December

As we end the penultimate week of the autumn term, we have the opportunity to reflect on the many successes that we have enjoyed since the start of the academic year.  Our students have achieved in all areas; sporting, creative, academic and enterprise.  Most importantly, they have shown their support to each other and those in need through their massive contributions towards student fundraising efforts and the way that they support their friends in times of need.

It has been an extremely busy term and we recognise how hard our students have been working to become the best possible versions of themselves.  We really want everyone to have the chance to have a relaxing break, spending time with family and friends over the festive period.  For this reason, we will not be setting homework for any student over the holiday that is due for the start of term.  We do want our students to keep learning over the holiday but recognise that learning doesn’t always have to be formal, so we would like to share some ideas of activities that you may wish to do together.  Staff at the college have worked together to create Non-homework’.  We hope the activities will encourage our students to think about their learning as it applies to their lives at home and when they are out and about in the local community or further afield.  We also hope that the ideas will inspire some good family-style fun.  Who knows, they may even start a new tradition or two!

The ‘Non-Homework’ activities, along with two Sir Jonathan North Great Reads lists are attached.  We will also be sharing them through Show My Homework.  We do hope that you enjoy them.

 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

'Non-Homework' Festive Holidays 2018

 

Sir Jonathan North's  Great Reads List (Age 11-14)

 

Sir Jonathan North's Great Reads List (Age 13-16)

 

Principal Awards

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal’s award winners. You will gain 50 points for this achievement – Well done!

  • Zoe  7.1
  • Grace  7.6
  • Tasneem  8.6
  • Jana  8.8
  • Camatia  9.9
  • Hollie  9.10

 

Stars of the Week

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

  • Grace  7.6
  • Isabelle  8.4
  • Safia  9.1
  • Evie  10.9
  • Leoni  10.10
  • Toga  11.6
  • Abigail  11.9
 

Design and Technology Stars of the Month

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

We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for November 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.  November 2018 awards go to:

 

Food Nutrition and Preparation

Year 11 - Rania

Year 10 - Nusaybah

Year 9 - Kitty

Year 8 - Elizabeth

Year 7 - Mandela

Product Design

Year 11 - Ramisa

Year 10 - Taaliah

Year 9 - Jasmine

Year 8 - Leigha

Year 7 - Amy

Fashion and textiles

Year 11 - Shannon

Year 10 - Naomi

Year 9 - Hanifah

Year 8 - Jasmine

Year 7 - Akiera

 

End of Term Arrangements

The College will close at 1 pm on Friday 21 December 2018 and re-open for students on Tuesday 8 January 2019 at 8.30 am.

If you would prefer that your child does not leave school early and is supervised in the Learning Resource Centre until 2.45 pm, please contact the College by 3 pm on Thursday 20 December 2018.

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

Thursday 3 January                9 am – 3 pm

Friday 4 January                     9 am – 3 pm

Monday 7 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 8 January 2019.

 

 

 

 

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 child to remain in College until the end of the school day, please indicate this by returning the reply slip of the letter that your child will be bringing home today (this letter is also available on our website.)

 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

 

Sixth Form Admissions Consultation

As you may be aware, Beauchamp College are currently consulting on their admissions process for their Sixth Form and would like to invite parents at SJNCC to be involved.  Please follow the link below to respond.

https://www.beauchamp.org.uk/prospective-parents/post-16/sixth-form-consultation/

Below are more documentation relating to the Sixth Form Admissions Consultation:

Sixth Form Consultation Booklet

 

Sixth Form Admissions Consultation Information Letter

 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

 

Cars on the college site

As you are aware, access to the College site is limited to visitors with pre-booked appointments or people who either have a disability or are supporting someone with a disability. Recently we have seen an increase in parents entering the site, causing congestion, as well as an increased risk of student injury. Students who require specialised transport have not been able to access their vehicles.  We are sure that you agree that this is unacceptable.  In addition to this, inconsiderate parking in the local area has led to complaints from our neighbours.  Please ensure that you avoid residents’ driveways and local businesses’ parking areas. 

Please support us by ensuring that you do not enter the college site when dropping off or collecting your child.

 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

 

School Christmas Lunch - Thursday 20 December

The Christmas dinner for students and staff is on Thursday 20 December. We are very pleased that so many students have signed up for the meal and as a result, we will need to start serving at 12.30 pm to ensure all students get through in time. In order to prepare so many meals the kitchens will not be serving food at break time, however breakfast will be served as normal.

 

 

Best Ways to Revise - Top Tips for Students

Our Year 10 and 11 students have been working with Elevate Education to help them learn about the best ways to revise.  One of the methods that they recommend is to take notes after each lesson.  They have recently sent us these top tips to share with our students and parents.

Kwame’s advice on making university standard notes

 

"I’m currently studying Human Rights Law at LSE. It’s something I’m really passionate about, and my lectures are incredibly interesting. To be honest though, in the beginning I struggled with making notes on everything I was studying. There was so much detail in my course books and turning it all into notes used to take me hours! After a while I started to look into some more efficient note-taking systems, and they were an absolute game-changer. I found out you don’t have to make long and exhaustive notes to do well in exams – for me, the more concise and to-the-point my notes were, the easier I found them to recall. They also took me way less time to create and memorise, which is time I now use to do practice questions.

Below is a demonstration of how I always make my notes look. Rather than Human Rights Law, I’ve used William Golding’s novel ‘The Lord of The Flies’ as a familiar example, but you can use this method for absolutely any subject you study."

1. Draw a line

Before you write your notes, the first thing to do is draw a dotted line down the middle of the page. The purpose of this is to act as a guideline: this is the maximum length your bullet point can be, so you have to make them short and punchy!

2. Don’t overdo it

When turning information from your textbooks into notes, you can do yourself a massive favour by reducing the amount of information on the page. We can condense a sentence into five or six key trigger words. Because they use fewer words, notes containing trigger words are easier to memorise. And because trigger words are the most crucial information, you know that what you’re learning will get you marks in an exam.

3. Keep it colourful

Using colour in our notes can be a powerful tool to help us memorise. But don’t just cover your notes randomly with highlighters! Use a colour-coding system to help you. For example, you might write all your key dates in red for History, or all of the key terms in your plant biology module in green. This will help create a visual association in your brain, making recalling the information easier.

4. A picture paints a thousand words

As colour-coding shows, visual notes are easier to remember. Everyone’s brain is different, but in general we tend to be better at remembering pictures and images than words and numbers. Pairing some of your bullet points with a related image is an effective way of reinforcing the association because you’ve given yourself a visual stimulus as well as a verbal one.

 

Revision Hack

We know that revising notes little and often across the year is more effective than cramming right before your exams: it’s better for our long-term memory and better for our stress levels! The only problem is, most of us don’t tend to do it when we get home from school – we’re tired, hungry and have other homework to do. One really easy way around this is to take two minutes when you sit down at the start of lesson to review your notes from the day before. Whilst everyone is arriving and getting settled have a quick read of your notes! It takes barely any time and almost no effort, but if you do it every lesson for a term, you’ll manage to do literally hours of revision without even noticing.

 

 

The 'SJN Way' Award

We would like to say a really big Well Done to our first winners of the ‘SJN Way’ Award for the Autumn Term. The winning tutor groups were 7.8, 8.6, 9.8, 10.6 and 11.7. Each week tutor groups have been competing for the ‘SJN Way’ trophy and this award goes to the tutor group that has the best ratio of achievement points compared to behaviour points over that week. At the end of each term we announce our overall winners in each year group, and they have been awarded with their new lanyard pin badges, SJN pens as well as some chocolates. It is fantastic to see how many positive points students are being awarded across the College and we would like to say a massive well done to the winners and all students that have worked so hard this year. The competition will start again in January with more prizes to be won.

 

Carl Hartley

Assistant Principal

 

Christmas Card Winner

The design for the college Christmas card this year is a painting by Year 11 student Holly Scone.

This beautiful painting will be used for our College Christmas e-card for this year.  

 

Mrs Merrills

Executive Principal

 

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PE - Dodgeball Report

Sir Jonathan North took three Key Stage 4 teams to Hamilton Academy on Wednesday 5 December to compete in the City Games Dodgeball Tournament. Our first team won overall, our second came fourth and our third team came joint eighth – a great result for us!  Congratulations to everyone who represented the College.

All of our students were very competitive and really enjoyed the physicality of the games.

Squad: Yasmin, Lauren, Dani, Evie, Khadija, Jadah, Nadia, Shatoyrah, Nusaybah, Selma, Amanda, Kelsey, Rushaleigh, Kylie, Honey, Mollie-Anne, Chantelle, Casey, Heidi, Karachi, Alisha, Thullafait, Saffiye

 

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Mental Health Resources

For our young people today there are more pressures than when we were younger and your child may have told you of some difficulties they are going through at the moment.

Below are some help sheets you may find useful to help your child with various issues young people experience:

Self-Harm – Parent/Carer Information

 

Computer/On-line Gaming - Hobby or Addiction?

 

Supporting my child’s self-esteem

 

Exam Anxiety-Supporting at Home!

 

 

 

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

 

From the NSPCC Website:

Keeping children safe on social networks

Social networks can be a great way of allowing children to stay in touch with their friends. However, there’s currently no common set of child safety rules or laws that social media sites have to follow. Each site gets to decide what steps they take to keep children safe.

This can make it tricky to assess which games, apps and sites are safe for your children to use.

The NSPCC and O2 are working together to help parents to keep their children safe on social networks – and our top tips include:

  • Changing privacy settings and turning off location sharing. For tips and support in doing this, call the O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline on 0808 800 5002 or make a face-to-face appointment with an O2 guru in-store (available even if you’re not with O2).
  • Talk with your child about what they like to do online.
  • Download the O2 NSPCC Family Online Agreement from our Share Awarepage so you can agree rules and boundaries with your children about online safety.

Support our campaign

At the NSPCC, we know that over half of children aged 12 (51%) have a social media account and parents are working hard to keep children safe. But there’s more that social networks can do too. 

The NSPCC is working to make sure more is done to keep children safe online.  We want social media sites to have to follow a consistent set of rules and to explain the steps they take to tackle and prevent problems on their site. That’s what young people have told us they want too.

The NSPCC would like your support. Click here to find out how you can encourage Government to make social networks safer, and join us to end the #WildWestWeb for children.

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

07 December 2018

From the Principal - Friday 07 December

As we start the festive season, it has been heart-warming to see the commitment and enthusiasm with which our students have been planning to support those less fortunate than themselves. 

Tutor groups have been collecting money and thinking carefully about a Christmas gift in partnership with the Laura Crane Trust that works to improve the quality of life for young cancer patients.  We are pleased to be able to show our support for young people who are in hospital over Christmas by purchasing them a thoughtful gift. 

Our Year 9 students have been fundraising for Age UK by holding cake sales and other events to raise money to provide elderly people in the local area with a hamper of luxury items to show that we care for those who are often lonely over Christmas. 

Our students who are currently in care are also working hard to put together ‘shoeboxes’ with useful items to support a local charity, Park Lodge Project, which houses 33 young individuals who are either homeless, asylum seekers, refugees and/or care leavers from the age of 16-24. These remarkable young people feel that they are fortunate to be in good foster care homes and really want to give something back to the community.  If you would like to contribute to this appeal, you would be welcome to donate items from the list below to the Skills for Learning, Skills for Life team based in Room D3.

  • tinned foods
  • dried food
  • toiletries
  • stationery
  • warm clothing like, socks/gloves/scarves
  • snacks (nut free)
  • other suitable gifts

The letters that we receive in thanks for this charity work show what an impact our students have on lives in the local community.  At a time when it can seem that people are very materialistic, our students show us what this time of year should really be about.  We are so proud of them.


 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

Principal Awards

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal’s award winners. You will gain 50 points for this achievement – Well done!

  • Mandela  7.1
  • Eleeza  7.3
  • Khadijah  7.5
  • Aissia  11.5
  • Jessica  11.7

 

Stars of the Week

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

  • Grace  7.6
  • Isabelle  8.4
  • Safia  9.1
  • Evie  10.9
  • Leoni  10.10
  • Toga  11.6
  • Abigail  11.9
 

Design and Technology Stars of the Month

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

We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for November 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.  November 2018 awards go to:

 

Food Nutrition and Preparation

Year 11 - Rania

Year 10 - Nusaybah

Year 9 - Kitty

Year 8 - Elizabeth

Year 7 - Mandela

Product Design

Year 11 - Ramisa

Year 10 - Taaliah

Year 9 - Jasmine

Year 8 - Leigha

Year 7 - Amy

Fashion and textiles

Year 11 - Shannon

Year 10 - Naomi

Year 9 - Hanifah

Year 8 - Jasmine

Year 7 - Akiera

 

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 child to remain in College until the end of the school day, please indicate this by returning the reply slip of the letter that your child will be bringing home today (this letter is also available on our website.)

 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

 

Cars on the college site

As you are aware, access to the College site is limited to visitors with pre-booked appointments or people who either have a disability or are supporting someone with a disability. Recently we have seen an increase in parents entering the site, causing congestion, as well as an increased risk of student injury. Students who require specialised transport have not been able to access their vehicles.  We are sure that you agree that this is unacceptable.  In addition to this, inconsiderate parking in the local area has led to complaints from our neighbours.  Please ensure that you avoid residents’ driveways and local businesses’ parking areas. 

Please support us by ensuring that you do not enter the college site when dropping off or collecting your child.

 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

 

Best Ways to Revise - Top Tips for Students

Our Year 10 and 11 students have been working with Elevate Education to help them learn about the best ways to revise.  One of the methods that they recommend is to take notes after each lesson.  They have recently sent us these top tips to share with our students and parents.

Kwame’s advice on making university standard notes

 

"I’m currently studying Human Rights Law at LSE. It’s something I’m really passionate about, and my lectures are incredibly interesting. To be honest though, in the beginning I struggled with making notes on everything I was studying. There was so much detail in my course books and turning it all into notes used to take me hours! After a while I started to look into some more efficient note-taking systems, and they were an absolute game-changer. I found out you don’t have to make long and exhaustive notes to do well in exams – for me, the more concise and to-the-point my notes were, the easier I found them to recall. They also took me way less time to create and memorise, which is time I now use to do practice questions.

Below is a demonstration of how I always make my notes look. Rather than Human Rights Law, I’ve used William Golding’s novel ‘The Lord of The Flies’ as a familiar example, but you can use this method for absolutely any subject you study."

1. Draw a line

Before you write your notes, the first thing to do is draw a dotted line down the middle of the page. The purpose of this is to act as a guideline: this is the maximum length your bullet point can be, so you have to make them short and punchy!

2. Don’t overdo it

When turning information from your textbooks into notes, you can do yourself a massive favour by reducing the amount of information on the page. We can condense a sentence into five or six key trigger words. Because they use fewer words, notes containing trigger words are easier to memorise. And because trigger words are the most crucial information, you know that what you’re learning will get you marks in an exam.

3. Keep it colourful

Using colour in our notes can be a powerful tool to help us memorise. But don’t just cover your notes randomly with highlighters! Use a colour-coding system to help you. For example, you might write all your key dates in red for History, or all of the key terms in your plant biology module in green. This will help create a visual association in your brain, making recalling the information easier.

4. A picture paints a thousand words

As colour-coding shows, visual notes are easier to remember. Everyone’s brain is different, but in general we tend to be better at remembering pictures and images than words and numbers. Pairing some of your bullet points with a related image is an effective way of reinforcing the association because you’ve given yourself a visual stimulus as well as a verbal one.

 

Revision Hack

We know that revising notes little and often across the year is more effective than cramming right before your exams: it’s better for our long-term memory and better for our stress levels! The only problem is, most of us don’t tend to do it when we get home from school – we’re tired, hungry and have other homework to do. One really easy way around this is to take two minutes when you sit down at the start of lesson to review your notes from the day before. Whilst everyone is arriving and getting settled have a quick read of your notes! It takes barely any time and almost no effort, but if you do it every lesson for a term, you’ll manage to do literally hours of revision without even noticing.


 

 

Parent Feedback

We value the feedback that we receive from parents and carers and were pleased to receive comments from the parents of the 2018 leavers in November.

Parents spoke positively about communication between school and home, the friendships and peer support that their children had had during their time at SJN and the excellent facilities that they had enjoyed.  They were also very positive about the teachers and the extra sessions that teachers volunteered to run after school and during holiday periods.  Pastoral care was also highlighted, as was the wide range of enrichment opportunities that students had been offered during their time at secondary school.  Parents felt that behaviour and discipline was a strength and emphasised the fact that the all-girl environment had been beneficial to their child.  They felt that the school was welcoming to all and their children had enjoyed their time at school and were ready for the next phase of their education.

Parent also suggested some improvements.  Some have already been put in place, such as allowing Year 7 to choose their modern language in Year 7 and improved signage to direct parents to parent evening.  Some parents suggested that we adopt a more formal uniform rather than the current dress code which is designed to allow some choice and to prepare our students for making appropriate ‘work wear’ choices.  We plan to consult all stakeholders regarding uniform preferences in the future. 

 

Siobhan Evans

Christmas Card Winner

The design for the college Christmas card this year is a painting by Year 11 student Holly Scone.

This beautiful painting will be used for our College Christmas e-card for this year.  

 

Mrs Merrills

Executive Principal

 

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Poppy Appeal 2018

Once again we supported the Poppy Appeal and we are delighted to let you know that we raised £259.96 for this very worthwhile cause.

Thank you to all those that contributed.

East Midlands National Citizen Service Champion Awards

Every year thousands of students across the country sign up to take part in the NCS 4 week summer programme for young people aged 15-17. In one amazing summer, they have the opportunity to live away from home, develop skills to boost their CV and in the final weeks put these skills and experiences into practice as a team and undertake a social action project that can really make a mark on the local community.

At Sir Jonathan North we recognise and support this fantastic opportunity and are pleased to have been awarded with Silver Champion Status for 2017/2018.

We would encourage all of our students to participate in this wonderful opportunity.  Please speak to your child about National Citizen Service and encourage them to find out more when they see NCS representatives in the dining room during various lunchtimes throughout the year.  You can find out more at www.ncsyes.co.uk

 

 

Latin Readers and Classics for All

Year 7 students were invited to attend the East Midlands Association of Classical Teachers ‘Latin Readers Competition’ for beginners held at Leicester University. After which, they took part in the project ‘Artefact to Art’ organised by the University of Leicester in collaboration with the Classical Association, which aims to explore questions about ancient art and modern creativity. Students considered if ancient artefacts can inspire new works of art and the professors encouraged students to explore the differences between artists in the ancient world and today. Through producing their own piece of art or poetry, students were able to reflect on whether the creative processes of today are different or similar to those of the past.

“When we went to the Latin readers’ competition it was great!  A year eleven group won the Latin readers competition and a woman gave them a huge prize; there was also an Ancient Greek competition which some year nines had won.

After it all had finished, we went to De Montfort Hall to do some Ancient Latin plate art. It was amazing. We met an author of a book of Latin archeology which for us was really fascinating. Finally, when we finished, they gave us a copy of the book each! It was all about ancient Latin temples, tombs and scripts! It was one of the best experiences of my life!!!!"

By Phoebe (year 7)

 

Mental Health Resources

For our young people today there are more pressures than when we were younger and your child may have told you of some difficulties they are going through at the moment.

Below are some help sheets you may find useful to help your child with various issues young people experience:

Self-Harm – Parent/Carer Information

 

Computer/On-line Gaming - Hobby or Addiction?

 

Supporting my child’s self-esteem

 

Exam Anxiety-Supporting at Home!

 

 

 

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

 

From the NSPCC Website:

Keeping children safe on social networks

Social networks can be a great way of allowing children to stay in touch with their friends. However, there’s currently no common set of child safety rules or laws that social media sites have to follow. Each site gets to decide what steps they take to keep children safe.

This can make it tricky to assess which games, apps and sites are safe for your children to use.

The NSPCC and O2 are working together to help parents to keep their children safe on social networks – and our top tips include:

  • Changing privacy settings and turning off location sharing. For tips and support in doing this, call the O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline on 0808 800 5002 or make a face-to-face appointment with an O2 guru in-store (available even if you’re not with O2).
  • Talk with your child about what they like to do online.
  • Download the O2 NSPCC Family Online Agreement from our Share Awarepage so you can agree rules and boundaries with your children about online safety.

Support our campaign

At the NSPCC, we know that over half of children aged 12 (51%) have a social media account and parents are working hard to keep children safe. But there’s more that social networks can do too. 

The NSPCC is working to make sure more is done to keep children safe online.  We want social media sites to have to follow a consistent set of rules and to explain the steps they take to tackle and prevent problems on their site. That’s what young people have told us they want too.

The NSPCC would like your support. Click here to find out how you can encourage Government to make social networks safer, and join us to end the #WildWestWeb for children.

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

30 November 2018

From the Principal - Friday 30 November

As we move into December, it can be a difficult time for students to focus on school and their lessons.  They are tired at the end of the longest school term and excited as they start to plan for the fast-approaching holiday.  It is for this reason that we have been reminding students about our expectations in terms of behaviour and college dress.  We always remind our students that they are capable of excellence in all areas and we make no apology for having high expectations of them.  We truly believe that they are capable of excellence. 

I have been visiting lessons every day and have been impressed with the quality of learning and teaching that I have seen.  Speaking to our students, I have been pleased to hear that they are committed to their education and realise that what they do here at Sir Jonathan North will provide them with opportunities for the future.  This is why we don’t ‘relax’ our expectations at any time – to do this would impact the quality of education they receive here, both in and out of the classroom.  Our students deserve the very best education that we can offer and discipline and respect for themselves and others will be qualities that they will need to be successful later in life. We ask that you continue to support us as we work together to support your child to be the best possible version of themselves.

 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

Principal Awards

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal’s award winners. You will gain 50 points for this achievement – Well done!

  • Summer  7.2
  • Kaija  7.8
  • Patricia  10.5
  • Ellie  11.1
  • Grishma  11.8

 

Stars of the Week

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

  • Elysia  7.7
  • Karolina  8.8
  • Sumayah  9.9
  • Mia 10.3
  • Hanna  10.6
  • Amelie  11.7
  • Marwa  11.6
 

Design and Technology Stars of the Month

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

We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for November 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.  November 2018 awards go to:

 

Food Nutrition and Preparation

Year 11 - Rania

Year 10 - Nusaybah

Year 9 - Kitty

Year 8 - Elizabeth

Year 7 - Mandela

Product Design

Year 11 - Ramisa

Year 10 - Taaliah

Year 9 - Jasmine

Year 8 - Leigha

Year 7 - Amy

Fashion and textiles

Year 11 - Shannon

Year 10 - Naomi

Year 9 - Hanifah

Year 8 - Jasmine

Year 7 - Akiera

 

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 child to remain in College until the end of the school day, please indicate this by returning the reply slip of the letter that your child will be bringing home today (this letter is also available on our website.)

 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

 

Cars on the college site

As you are aware, access to the College site is limited to visitors with pre-booked appointments or people who either have a disability or are supporting someone with a disability. Recently we have seen an increase in parents entering the site, causing congestion, as well as an increased risk of student injury. Students who require specialised transport have not been able to access their vehicles.  We are sure that you agree that this is unacceptable.  In addition to this, inconsiderate parking in the local area has led to complaints from our neighbours.  Please ensure that you avoid residents’ driveways and local businesses’ parking areas. 

Please support us by ensuring that you do not enter the college site when dropping off or collecting your child.

 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

 

Best Ways to Revise - Top Tips for Students

Our Year 10 and 11 students have been working with Elevate Education to help them learn about the best ways to revise.  One of the methods that they recommend is to take notes after each lesson.  They have recently sent us these top tips to share with our students and parents.

Kwame’s advice on making university standard notes

 

"I’m currently studying Human Rights Law at LSE. It’s something I’m really passionate about, and my lectures are incredibly interesting. To be honest though, in the beginning I struggled with making notes on everything I was studying. There was so much detail in my course books and turning it all into notes used to take me hours! After a while I started to look into some more efficient note-taking systems, and they were an absolute game-changer. I found out you don’t have to make long and exhaustive notes to do well in exams – for me, the more concise and to-the-point my notes were, the easier I found them to recall. They also took me way less time to create and memorise, which is time I now use to do practice questions.

Below is a demonstration of how I always make my notes look. Rather than Human Rights Law, I’ve used William Golding’s novel ‘The Lord of The Flies’ as a familiar example, but you can use this method for absolutely any subject you study."

1. Draw a line

Before you write your notes, the first thing to do is draw a dotted line down the middle of the page. The purpose of this is to act as a guideline: this is the maximum length your bullet point can be, so you have to make them short and punchy!

2. Don’t overdo it

When turning information from your textbooks into notes, you can do yourself a massive favour by reducing the amount of information on the page. We can condense a sentence into five or six key trigger words. Because they use fewer words, notes containing trigger words are easier to memorise. And because trigger words are the most crucial information, you know that what you’re learning will get you marks in an exam.

3. Keep it colourful

Using colour in our notes can be a powerful tool to help us memorise. But don’t just cover your notes randomly with highlighters! Use a colour-coding system to help you. For example, you might write all your key dates in red for History, or all of the key terms in your plant biology module in green. This will help create a visual association in your brain, making recalling the information easier.

4. A picture paints a thousand words

As colour-coding shows, visual notes are easier to remember. Everyone’s brain is different, but in general we tend to be better at remembering pictures and images than words and numbers. Pairing some of your bullet points with a related image is an effective way of reinforcing the association because you’ve given yourself a visual stimulus as well as a verbal one.

 

Revision Hack

We know that revising notes little and often across the year is more effective than cramming right before your exams: it’s better for our long-term memory and better for our stress levels! The only problem is, most of us don’t tend to do it when we get home from school – we’re tired, hungry and have other homework to do. One really easy way around this is to take two minutes when you sit down at the start of lesson to review your notes from the day before. Whilst everyone is arriving and getting settled have a quick read of your notes! It takes barely any time and almost no effort, but if you do it every lesson for a term, you’ll manage to do literally hours of revision without even noticing.


 

 

SciChemistry Week 2018 at SJNCC -  Monday 19 to Friday 23 November

 

After another successful Chemistry Week, the number of participants this year has been phenomenal with about 200 students getting involved. The idea behind chemistry week, this year, was to try and complete 9 tasks during lunchtimes. Each time an activity was completed, students got their card stamped. Those students who completed all 9 activities got a Royal Society of Chemistry pen and a glow stick about 100 students so far.

The 9 activities were varied and took place in three science labs and the Learning Resource centre every lunchtime. Thank you to all the science teachers, science technicians and Mrs Vyas for giving up their time to make the week possible.

 

Year 10 Triple Science students helped to run the activities. In order to do this, they had to attend training during previous week and then help to run an individual activity. They proved to be very enthusiastic science assistants. They will receive a certificate.

Thank you to the Royal Society of Chemistry for a grant which funded SJNCC’s Chemistry Week.

Science Team

 

West Area Sportshall Athletics Competition -  Thursday 22 November 2018

On 22 November, SJNCC hosted the Year 9 and KS4 Sportshall Athletics Competition for the West area.

For most of our girls it was their first experience in this type of competition. They all performed to the best of their ability and showed true class and athleticism in some events.

The Year 9 team won their competition and the Key Stage 4 teams came first and second.

Congratulations to all of our competitors.

 

Year 9 Team:  Nadia, Dani, Angeline, Zarina, Emilia, Abi, Hanifah and Rose

Key Stage 4 Teams:  Lucy, Amanda, Casey, Evie, Chloe, Jadah, Karachi, Mesba, Heide, Aleksandra, and Selma

 

PE Team

 

 

KS3 Rowing Results

On Wednesday 29 November we took 15 girls to compete in the Leicester City Indoor Rowing Competition. Although the competition is mixed, our girls stepped up and rowed in the boys events as well. There was great team work and competitive banter between the teams. The Year 7 and 8 squad won the overall city competition and are West Area Champions (Squad: Mandela, Abby, Fallon. Chloe, Laura, Olive, Kia & Esther). The Year 9 Squad rowed with one player short and came first in the West Area and second overall in the City Competition (Squad: Faith, Carys, Zarina, Hanifah, Jayna, Angeline & Sammie). Well done to all competitors!

 

PE Team

 

 

Year 8 Basketball Results

On Tuesday 27 November we went to play our first City Tournament at Rushey Mead Academy. At the start of the matches we were a little rusty, especially on our lay-ups and passing, however, as soon as we warmed up our games improved especially our teamwork, shooting and defending. We won all of our games:

SJN VS Rushey Mead WON 12-0

SJN VS Crown Hills WON 30-2

SJN VS Moat WON 24-2

Team: Asmita, Chloe, Huda, Sarah, Laura & Tiegan

 

PE Team

 

 

Readathon - Autumn 2018

£ 800 raised so far!

So far £800 has been raised by Year 7 students. Thank you!

Please return sponsor money to your English teacher in an envelope with your name 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.

Thank you on behalf of the English Curriculum Team

 

 

Mental Health Resources

For our young people today there are more pressures than when we were younger and your child may have told you of some difficulties they are going through at the moment.

Below are some help sheets you may find useful to help your child with various issues young people experience:

Self-Harm – Parent/Carer Information

 

Computer/On-line Gaming - Hobby or Addiction?

 

Supporting my child’s self-esteem

 

Exam Anxiety-Supporting at Home!

 

 

 

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

 

From the NSPCC Website:

Keeping children safe on social networks

Social networks can be a great way of allowing children to stay in touch with their friends. However, there’s currently no common set of child safety rules or laws that social media sites have to follow. Each site gets to decide what steps they take to keep children safe.

This can make it tricky to assess which games, apps and sites are safe for your children to use.

The NSPCC and O2 are working together to help parents to keep their children safe on social networks – and our top tips include:

  • Changing privacy settings and turning off location sharing. For tips and support in doing this, call the O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline on 0808 800 5002 or make a face-to-face appointment with an O2 guru in-store (available even if you’re not with O2).
  • Talk with your child about what they like to do online.
  • Download the O2 NSPCC Family Online Agreement from our Share Awarepage so you can agree rules and boundaries with your children about online safety.

Support our campaign

At the NSPCC, we know that over half of children aged 12 (51%) have a social media account and parents are working hard to keep children safe. But there’s more that social networks can do too. 

The NSPCC is working to make sure more is done to keep children safe online.  We want social media sites to have to follow a consistent set of rules and to explain the steps they take to tackle and prevent problems on their site. That’s what young people have told us they want too.

The NSPCC would like your support. Click here to find out how you can encourage Government to make social networks safer, and join us to end the #WildWestWeb for children.

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

23 November 2018

From the Principal - Friday 23 November

It has been wonderful to see the number of students participating in all the different opportunities that are available to them outside of the classroom this week.  It is impossible to list them all

Year 7 students who entered a Science poster competition earlier in the term were invited to take part in a Crime Science Investigation day – they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and put their logic to the test to find out who the murderer was.  Students who take part in our Classics Club were also invited to participate in a Latin Readers Competition – one of very few state schools invited – at Leicester University.  They were delighted to get such positive feedback about their reading in Latin and were pleased to be given a book each on Roman history in Leicester.  Today, the Museum Educator Service have been working with our students in Design Technology to make felt and then to create a piece of fabric art with it.  As always we have received praise for the excellent behaviour of our students and for how polite and enthusiastic they are. 

Year 9 students are working hard to raise money for their Age UK Hamper Appeal and have been very persuasive in getting us all to support this very worthwhile cause.  It is truly heartening to see the way our students care for others and the way that they want to make a difference to people in our wider community.

Rehearsals continue for our High School Musical performance which will be taking place in January.  It is sure to be a sell out so please keep an eye out for information about ticket sales.

All of experiences teach just as much as academic lessons and we value them equally.  If your child is not yet taking advantage of all the college has to offer, please do encourage them to do so.

 

 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

Principal Awards

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

  • Radhika 7.3
  • Eleni  9.1
  • Lucy  10.1
  • Phoebe  10.3
  • Isobel  11.2

 

Stars of the Week

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

  • Khadijah  7.5
  • Jasmine  8.6
  • Sammie  9.2
  • Sophie 10.6
  • Aaliah  10.9
  • Rhiannon  11.1
  • Sairah  11.9
 

Design and Technology Stars of the Month

Chosen for producing excellent design work and high quality 3D products.

 

Food Nutrition and Preparation

Year 11 - Rukayyah 11.4

Year 10 - Diya 10.7

Year 9 - Erin 9.9

Year 8 - Aamanah 8.2

Year - 7Ameena 7.1

Product Design

Year 11 - Rafia 11.5

Year 10 - Marjahan 10.9

Year 9 - Simar 9.6

Year 8 - Arwen 8.8

Year 7 - Alicia 7.5

Fashion and textiles

Year 11 - Lizzie 11.2 

Year 10 - Raiyyan 10.3

Year 9 - Rida 9.3

Year 9 - Safa 9.1

Year 7 - Milee 7.9

Year 7 - Nima 7.9

 

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 child to remain in College until the end of the school day, please indicate this by returning the reply slip of the letter that your child will be bringing home today (this letter is also available on our website.)

 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

 

Best Ways to Revise - Top Tips for Students

Our Year 10 and 11 students have been working with Elevate Education to help them learn about the best ways to revise.  One of the methods that they recommend is to take notes after each lesson.  They have recently sent us these top tips to share with our students and parents.

Kwame’s advice on making university standard notes

 

"I’m currently studying Human Rights Law at LSE. It’s something I’m really passionate about, and my lectures are incredibly interesting. To be honest though, in the beginning I struggled with making notes on everything I was studying. There was so much detail in my course books and turning it all into notes used to take me hours! After a while I started to look into some more efficient note-taking systems, and they were an absolute game-changer. I found out you don’t have to make long and exhaustive notes to do well in exams – for me, the more concise and to-the-point my notes were, the easier I found them to recall. They also took me way less time to create and memorise, which is time I now use to do practice questions.

Below is a demonstration of how I always make my notes look. Rather than Human Rights Law, I’ve used William Golding’s novel ‘The Lord of The Flies’ as a familiar example, but you can use this method for absolutely any subject you study."

1. Draw a line

Before you write your notes, the first thing to do is draw a dotted line down the middle of the page. The purpose of this is to act as a guideline: this is the maximum length your bullet point can be, so you have to make them short and punchy!

2. Don’t overdo it

When turning information from your textbooks into notes, you can do yourself a massive favour by reducing the amount of information on the page. We can condense a sentence into five or six key trigger words. Because they use fewer words, notes containing trigger words are easier to memorise. And because trigger words are the most crucial information, you know that what you’re learning will get you marks in an exam.

3. Keep it colourful

Using colour in our notes can be a powerful tool to help us memorise. But don’t just cover your notes randomly with highlighters! Use a colour-coding system to help you. For example, you might write all your key dates in red for History, or all of the key terms in your plant biology module in green. This will help create a visual association in your brain, making recalling the information easier.

4. A picture paints a thousand words

As colour-coding shows, visual notes are easier to remember. Everyone’s brain is different, but in general we tend to be better at remembering pictures and images than words and numbers. Pairing some of your bullet points with a related image is an effective way of reinforcing the association because you’ve given yourself a visual stimulus as well as a verbal one.

 

Revision Hack

We know that revising notes little and often across the year is more effective than cramming right before your exams: it’s better for our long-term memory and better for our stress levels! The only problem is, most of us don’t tend to do it when we get home from school – we’re tired, hungry and have other homework to do. One really easy way around this is to take two minutes when you sit down at the start of lesson to review your notes from the day before. Whilst everyone is arriving and getting settled have a quick read of your notes! It takes barely any time and almost no effort, but if you do it every lesson for a term, you’ll manage to do literally hours of revision without even noticing.


 

 

Science Poster Competition

 

 

On Wednesday 21 November, 11 SJNCC students attended the CSI event at Beauchamp College as a result of producing fantastic posters for the above competition.

Students were given a crime to solve – Mrs Wicken the Associate Principal of Beauchamp College had been murdered.

The crime scene where this heinous crime took place was visited by the students. The students then analysed fibres, fingerprints and soil samples found at the scene. After reading the suspects’ statements the students had to present their findings and decide who was guilty.

The students really enjoyed the day as shown by their comments:

"I really enjoyed the CSI trip because it was fun to work out who murdered Mrs Wicken. Mr Wicken was the murderer because Mrs Wicken ate his sandwich. It was the worst excuse to murder someone!! I loved it."   Anna
"It was fun, I would do it again."  Tiggi
"I loved the CSI trip. Every part of it was a mystery. I really liked it when we did the flame test. I would totally do it again."  Sarah
"Exciting: the murderer who I expected the least!!" Bridget

 

Science Team

 

 

Mental Health Resources

For our young people today there are more pressures than when we were younger and your child may have told you of some difficulties they are going through at the moment.

Below are some help sheets you may find useful to help your child with various issues young people experience:

Self-Harm – Parent/Carer Information

 

Computer/On-line Gaming - Hobby or Addiction?

 

Supporting my child’s self-esteem

 

Exam Anxiety-Supporting at Home!

 

 

 

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

 

From the NSPCC Website:

Keeping children safe on social networks

Social networks can be a great way of allowing children to stay in touch with their friends. However, there’s currently no common set of child safety rules or laws that social media sites have to follow. Each site gets to decide what steps they take to keep children safe.

This can make it tricky to assess which games, apps and sites are safe for your children to use.

The NSPCC and O2 are working together to help parents to keep their children safe on social networks – and our top tips include:

  • Changing privacy settings and turning off location sharing. For tips and support in doing this, call the O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline on 0808 800 5002 or make a face-to-face appointment with an O2 guru in-store (available even if you’re not with O2).
  • Talk with your child about what they like to do online.
  • Download the O2 NSPCC Family Online Agreement from our Share Awarepage so you can agree rules and boundaries with your children about online safety.

Support our campaign

At the NSPCC, we know that over half of children aged 12 (51%) have a social media account and parents are working hard to keep children safe. But there’s more that social networks can do too. 

The NSPCC is working to make sure more is done to keep children safe online.  We want social media sites to have to follow a consistent set of rules and to explain the steps they take to tackle and prevent problems on their site. That’s what young people have told us they want too.

The NSPCC would like your support. Click here to find out how you can encourage Government to make social networks safer, and join us to end the #WildWestWeb for children.

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

16 November 2018

From the Principal - Friday 16 November

It was a pleasure to welcome our Year 11 leavers last night for their Achievement Evening.  Students were recognised for their varied achievements over their time at Sir Jonathan North – there were many, both in and out of the classroom!  We enjoyed the presentation from Dibjeet and Anika who entertained the audience with their memories of school and listened with interested to our speaker, Jenni Platts, who told us about her career path to become the youngest manager of a flagship Boots store in the UK.  She spoke about how her setbacks contributed just as much to her journey as her successes and shared her strategies for dealing with those moments when she felt that she had failed. 

Building resilience in young people is something that we take very seriously.  We encourage our students to take a risk and ‘give it a go’, to reflect on what went well and what they can do to improve. It is not the result, but what we learn from an action that matters the most.

On the surface, girls are thriving. They are outpacing boys in test scores and university admissions.  We are seeing greater numbers of women reaching senior positions in their career, but beneath the surface we are seeing a rise in girls suffering from poor mental health.  In part, this is related to the fact that they think that everyone else has ‘perfect’ lives – the lives that are shared on social media.  They also put pressure on themselves to excel in all arenas, including appearances, academics and extra-curricular activities.  When they do this, they succumb to a pressure that limits them. These “supergirls” can develop an inability to take risks, practice authenticity and make mistakes.

One way to help them is to support them to see the reality behind the ‘perfect’ images shared by celebrities and friends.  We can also share with them the times that we have experienced failure on our journey to where we are now.  We can also help them to put things into perspective and show then that one test, one result, is not going to define them as people. 

The college is well equipped to support our students, if you are worried about your child please do speak to us so that we can offer support in school. 

 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

Principal Awards

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

  • Joanna 7.4
  • Muaazah  10.6

 

Stars of the Week

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

  • Zinah  7.8
  • Millie  8.4
  • Chelsea  9.10
  • Mariah  10.1
  • Amne  10.4
  • Jennifer  11.1
  • Katie  11.2
 

Design and Technology Stars of the Month

Chosen for producing excellent design work and high quality 3D products.

 

Food Nutrition and Preparation

Year 11 - Rukayyah 11.4

Year 10 - Diya 10.7

Year 9 - Erin 9.9

Year 8 - Aamanah 8.2

Year - 7Ameena 7.1

Product Design

Year 11 - Rafia 11.5

Year 10 - Marjahan 10.9

Year 9 - Simar 9.6

Year 8 - Arwen 8.8

Year 7 - Alicia 7.5

Fashion and textiles

Year 11 - Lizzie 11.2 

Year 10 - Raiyyan 10.3

Year 9 - Rida 9.3

Year 9 - Safa 9.1

Year 7 - Milee 7.9

Year 7 - Nima 7.9

 

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

 

 

Candida Gertler OBE and Yves Blais Visit to our College

On Monday 13th November Candida Gertler and Yves Blais came to our college to give a talk to Year 10 students. Candida is the co-founder of Outset, a contemporary arts fund. It helps to produce visual art exhibitions for the public around the world. Candida told us about how the modern arts movement inspired her to start Outset and to create beautiful exhibitions. She also told us about how she went to university and studied law and journalism but ended up doing something completely different! 

Yves is an exhibition curator and is currently working with  DeMonfort university. Each week in November there will be a different exhibition happening at The Gallery at the university.  Our Year 10 art students went on a trip this week to see one of the weekly exhibitions and were given a tour by the curator. This exhibition is part of a group of exhibitions that have been happening all over England!

We really enjoyed having them speak to us and telling us about the visual art world. Here is what some students said:

"It was a really good talk which I enjoyed! They were really capturing and interesting people to talk to and their experiences were great to hear about!” - Ishani, Year 10.
"I liked the wonderful advice that they gave us for if we wanted to have a future career in an art & design based subject.” - Jean, Year 10.

 

 

 

Poole’s Cavern Trip

On Friday 9 November, the Geography department took 98 Year 9 students to Poole’s Cavern in the Peak District. The trip allowed the students to look at a tourist attraction within a National Park giving them a first-hand experience of what they are like. The students had a guided tour of the cavern, getting a chance to see features such as stalagmites and stalactites. They also found out how dark the cavern can be when all of the lights are turned off. The second half of the visit involved a walk up to Solomon’s temple. This enabled students to view the fantastic scenery of the Peak District National Park. The group who did the walk in the morning did not get a fantastic view due to the low lying cloud. Luckily this had cleared away by the afternoon and the views were spectacular.

The following students attended the visit:

"On Friday 9 November I went on a trip to Poole’s Cavern which is a cave in Buxton. At Poole’s Cavern we looked at and explored a cave which has been here for thousands of years. We saw stalactites and stalagmites. We were told about how when Mary Queen of Scots visited the cave she said “this is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen" - Caitlin, Year 9
"I enjoyed my day out to Poole’s Cavern. We watched a video clip about the cavern and then went on a guided tour of it. We then had lunch before walking to Solomon’s temple. We were able to see cows near the top of the temple. It was a lovely day out" - Mille, Year 9
"On Friday 9 November I went to Poole’s Cavern and I saw a massive cave. I learnt that it has been there for thousands of years and there was an arch in the cave. After we saw the cave we did a walk through the forest to Solomon’s temple. We learnt that the cave was always 7 degrees Celsius and that people carved their names in the walls." - Natalie, Year 9
"I really loved our trip to Poole’s Cavern. It was fun and we learned some facts that we didn’t know before. It was really interesting inside the cave. Solomon’s temple was my favourite. The view from the top was so beautiful. I can’t wait for the next trip." - Lamiya Year 9

 

Mr Pope

Geography Team


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West Area Sporthall Athletics Competition

We arrived at Fullhurst and launched straight into our field events. All teams performed well with the Year 8s showing their experience after becoming county Champions last year. Many students beat their personal bests. Once the field events were completed, we started to prepare for our track events. Both Year 7 and 8 students competed well in all of the track events where the long distance runners had to pace themselves. The Year 8 relay team baton changes were quick and fluent, much improved after dropping the baton last year. With all the track events finished we had to wait for the results.

 

Year 7 - A team 1st, B team 2nd

Years 8 - 1st 

 

Well done to all the students who competed, it was evident that all the practice had paid off.

Year 8 - Isobel, Lucy, Laura, Chloe, Betty, Chela and Olive.

Year 7 - Yasmin, Mandela, Tiggi, Edie, Esther, Khadijah, Zaara, Elysia, Mapolo, Samira, Ellie, Phoebe, Kayanna and Annabelle.

Thank you to Abigail for her hard work and support during this event.

 

PE Team

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Year 9 Basketball City Tournament

On Tuesday 30 October we took two teams to compete in their first city tournament for Year 9’s. The A team were far more advanced technically compared to their opposition and won all their games. Miss Bryan encouraged the team to practice different skills throughout the games in order to develop their skills further.

The B team had some new players this year and the team improved in confidence as they progressed through the matches. A convincing win over Moat CC was followed by a hard fought game against Crown Hills which finished in a draw.

Results

SJNCC A

SJNCC B

SJN v Rushey Mead  won 30 - 2

SJN v Crown Hills  Draw 10 - 10

SJN v Crown Hills  won 25 - 8

SJN v Moat won 15 - 2

SJN v Moat won 24 - 8

 

Year 9 Squad: Mira, Emma, Eve, Faith, Carys, Gurleen, Zoha, Zoya, Daniela, Hanifah, Jayna, Zahra and Ella.

PE Team

 

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Readathon 2018

 

£750 raised so far!

Thank you to the 90 Year 7 students who have raised £750 for Read for Good.

This is a fantastic achievement.

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

Please return your sponsor money to your English teacher in an envelope with your name 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. 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 the 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

 

 

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

09 November 2018

From the Principal - Friday 09 November

This week many of our students, staff and their families have been celebrating Diwali.  We wish you a Diwali that brings happiness, prosperity and joy to you and your family.  Happy Diwali!

Light is an important element in many holidays and festivals throughout the world at this time of year. It is the symbol of the triumph of light over darkness.  The different festivals of light remind us that good always triumphs over evil when good people stand together. 

As a school we encourage our students to look for the good in everyone and to appreciate and celebrate diversity.  Our students believe in a range of social issues and are articulate in promoting them in school and in the local community.  We are proud of the work that they are leading in groups such as Friends Against Bullying and Discrimination and Together Against Homophobia.

Next week we will be welcoming back to Sir Jonathan North our Year 11 leavers for their Achievement Evening when they will receive their GCSE certificates and a range of special awards.  As always we are extremely proud of their achievements, both academically and within the range of activities they participated in outside the classroom.  We know that they will continue on to achieve success and wish them all of the best in their future endeavours. 

 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

Principal Awards

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

  • Safa  9.1
  • Jayna  9.1
  • Rida  9.3
  • Madihah 10.3
  • Zahraa  10.7
  • Aliyah  10.8
  • Harry  11.9

Stars of the Week

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

  • Komal  7.1
  • Elizabeth  8.10
  • Jasmin  9.8
  • Zoe  10.2
  • Jean  10.6
  • Berfin  11.6
  • Melissa  11.7
 

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

 

 

Trampolining Competition

On 7 November 2018 we took 15 girls to a Trampolining Competition at New College where they performed a set routine followed by separate set skills. Our KS3 first team won overall (Olive, Laura, Beth, Erin) and our KS3 third team came 3rd overall (Abi, Amber, Amelie, Lucy). Three students picked up a medal for performing their set skills and routine really well; Abi (Year 7) won KS3 overall and Olive (Year 8) came second for KS3 overall. Oumnia (Year 9) came first overall for KS4.

A big thank you to all of the girls who took part! (Chela, Lucy, Eleanor, Scarlett, Lauran, Chantelle)

 

PE Team


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Happy Diwali

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Students enjoying making origami flower ‘Indian Toran’ or wall decorative hangings today in the library. Happy Diwali to all who celebrate it.

Erin, Year 7, said:

It was interesting and relaxing learning to make the springs and strings for the flowers.

 

Ms Vyas

Librarian

 

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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

 

 

Visit from Rueben Thomas, Project Officer from the Young Transgender Centre of Excellence

On Tuesday lunchtime Rueben Thomas, Project Officer from the Young Transgender Centre of Excellence came into SJN to talk to staff and students about the support available from the LGBT+ centre and his transgender journey. Around 100 students and 20 staff members attended and leant about how to best support students who would describe themselves as being on the LGBT+ spectrum. Thank you to the students and staff who attended. If any students are interested in knowing more about the LGBT+ support available at SJN and in Leicester they are welcome to see a member of staff in D15 and attend the Friends Against Bullying And Discrimination (F.A.B.A.D) club. On the first Tuesday of the month the group have an LGBT+ focus and would welcome any visitors.

 

Anti-Bullying Week- Choose Respect

This week in assemblies we have been focusing on anti-bullying week which is taking place next week; 12th- 16th November across the country. The theme of this year’s anti-bullying week is Choose Respect and students have been encouraged to make the choice to respect each other and to celebrate our diversity and uniqueness. One way in which we are doing this is by joining in with an Odd Socks Day on Monday 12th November and the Cyberbullying Day on Thursday 15th November on Stop, Speak, Support. Students have watched the following two clips from the Anti-Bullying Alliance in assemblies:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNjddfY-AXA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGcLa-vyxVQ

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

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


​ ​

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