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

2 February 2018
 

From the Principal - Friday 2 February 

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

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

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

Alison Merrills

Principal

Year 9 Parents' Evening - Thursday 22 February 2018 

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

Knife Crime Awareness 

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

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

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

Mrs Evans

Head of School

Safeguarding Snippet - Safer Internet Day Tuesday 6 February  

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

What is Safer Internet Day?

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

Time to Talk - Thursday 1 February 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Monika Butterworth

Senior Learning Mentor

Focus on Year 10 

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

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

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

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

Mrs Carrington

Year 10 Progress Leader

Spotlight on Year 11
 

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

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

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

Alice King

Assistant Principal, Student Progress

Sports Fixtures for Week Beginning 5 February
 

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

6 February 2018 - Year 7 Basketball at SJNCC

8 February 2018 - Cricket Final 

POW - Puzzle of the Week – Week Beginning 2 February 

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

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

See if you can solve it!

Principal's Award Winners - 2 February 2018 

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

Heera 7.4

Carys 8.1

Kamila 8.3

Rachel 8.4

Holly 8.4

Armandeep 8.7

Navodya 9.3

Mariyyah 10.5

Sydney 11.1

Kayley 11.7

Stars of the Week - 2 February 2018
 

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

Rebekah 7.7

Lauren 8.9

Ghislaine 9.3

Hana 10.3

Tithi 10.4

Fazila 11.9

Deja 11.1

 

26 January 2018 

Introducing Mr Jonathan Mansfield – New Parent Governor

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

Alison Merrills

Principal

Jonathan Mansfield

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

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

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

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

Year 10 Parents’ Evening – Thursday 1 February 2018

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

Year 11 Spring Mock Exam Timetable

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

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

Focus on Year 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Spotlight on Year 11

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

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

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

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

Alice King

Assistant Principal

Year 7 Creative Conductors Workshop

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

Sports Fixtures for Week Beginning 29 January

30 January 2018 - KS3 Badminton at Sir Jonathan North

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

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

POW – Puzzle of the Week – Week Beginning 29 January

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

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

See if you can solve it!

Principal’s Award Winners – 26 January 2018

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

Asmita 7.1

henali 8.6

Haya 10.1

Jessica 10.2

Lucy 10.3

Lauren 10.6

Yasmin 10.8

Jessica 11.7

Neha 11.8

Stars of the Week – 26 January 2018

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

Leigha 7.8

Destina 8.1

Emily 9.8

Lucy 10.1

Elisha 10.2

Christina 11.4

Lucy 11.5

Humanities Stars of the Week – 26 January 2018

The following students are Humanities stars of the week:

Business Studies - Eleanor 11.7

Geography - Natalie 8.6

History - Freya 11.5

Religious Studies - Ayaat 9.7

Travel and Tourism - Courtney 11.7

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

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

January 2018 awards go to:

Subject

Student

KS3 Engineering

Aimen 7.9

Faith 8.1

Jayna 8.1

Ammarah 8.7

 

KS3 Graphics

Ishani 9.1

Mia 9.3

Diya 7.2

Senya 9.6

 

KS3 Product Design/ RM

Jasleen 7.8

Isabel 8.5

Carys 9.1

 

KS3 Fashion & Textiles

Haniyeh 9.6

Lily 9.1

Bethany 8.9

Erin 8.9

Suhaa 8.6

 

KS4 Graphic Products

Layla 11.5

 

KS4 Resistant Materials

Roeshalia 10.4

Konstantina 11.3

 

KS4 Fashion & Textiles

Maisie 10.2

Holly 10.6

 

KS4 Food Technology

Mariyyah 10.5

Grace 11.10

 

 

19 January 2018 

Change to Timetable for Confidence Bus 862 

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

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

Year 10 Parents' Evening - Thursday 1 February 2018 

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

Year 11 Spring Mock Exam Timetable


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

Spotlight on Year 11 

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

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

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

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

Alice King

Assistant Principal

Safeguarding Snippet - Supporting Exam Anxiety at Home 

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

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

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

Focus On - Year 8 

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

Jo Allen 

Year 8 Progress Leader

 

Year 7 Creative Conductors Workshop 

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

Year 9 Boosters and Meningistis Vaccinations 

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

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

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

Sports Fixtures for Week Beginning 22 January
 

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

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

25 January - Y9 Basketball away at Hinkley

POW - Puzzle of the Week - Week Beginning 22 January    

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

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

See if you can solve it!

Principal's Award Winners - 19 January 2018 

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

Natiya 8.1

Aditi 8.6

Marjahan 9.9

Janki 10.1

Camerondeep 10.3

Amelia 10.5

Kelsie 10.7

Erica 10.8

Eva 11.3

Stars of the Week - 19 January 2018
 

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

Jana 7.8

Samantha 8.2

Isabel 9.10

Neve 10.6

Zulekha 10.5

Nadia 11.8

Zoe 11.6

Humanities Stars of the Week - 19 January 2018
 

The following students are Humanities stars of the week:

Business Studies - Aaminah 10.2

Geography - Millie 8.7

History - Martyna 10.7

Religious Studies - Eithar 9.6

Travel and Tourism - Chelsea 10.7

12 January 2018 

Message from the Chair of Governors 

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

Reverend John McGinley

Chair of Governors

Change to Timetable for Confidence Bus 862 

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

This is 5 minutes earlier than previously timetabled.

Year 11 Parents' Evening 

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

Year 9 Boosters and Meningistis Vaccinations 

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

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

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

Tutor Group Attendance 

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

7.7

97.7

8.2

98.1

9.3

97.2

10.3

96.9

11.3

97.1

Well done on your fantastic attendance!

Mrs Allen

Progress Coach

New Term Starts with a Focus on Health for KS4 Students 

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

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

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

Students enjoyed this event and asked excellent questions. 

Student comments:

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

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

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

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

Kirstie Goodwin

Progress Leader Year 11

POW! Puzzle of the Week - 12 January 2018 

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

See if you can solve it!

Principal's Award Winners - 12 January 2018 

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

Laura 7.5

Mia 8.2

Smriti 8.6

Stars of the Week - 12 January 2018
 

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

Kia 7.2

Emma 8.4

Faiza 9.6

Kristal 10.3

Nina 10.6

Harnoor 11.6

15 December 2017 

End of Term Arrangements 

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

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

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

Thursday 21 December          9 am – 3 pm

Friday 22 December               9 am – 2 pm

Wednesday 3 January            9 am – 3 pm

Thursday 4 January                9 am – 3 pm

Friday 5 January                     9 am – 3 pm

Monday 8 January                  9 am – 3 pm

The College will be closed on all other days. 

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

Reminder: Change to Times of College Day from January 2018 

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

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

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

COLLEGE DAY

Registration/Assembly

8.30 am

Lesson 1   

8.45 am

Lesson 2  

9.45 am

Break

10.45 am

Lesson 3

11.05 am

Lesson 4

12.05 pm

Lunch

12.55 pm     (Year 7)

 

1.05 pm       (Year 8 – 11)

Lesson 5   

1.45 pm

End of College Day

2.45 pm

Spring Term - 9 January 2018 

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

Carl Hartley

Assistant Principal

Year 8 Progress Leader 

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

Carl Hartley

Assistant Principal

What's My Line? 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Expressive Arts Showcase - Monday 18 December 2017 

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

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

Curtesha Matthew

Deputy Team Leader   Expressive Arts

College Dress Code for the New Term 

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

Carl Hartley

Assistant Principal

Principal's Award Winners - 15 December 2017  

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

Huda 7.9

Emilia 8.6

Ayse 9.5

Evie 9.9

Sophie 10.9

Mairead 11.5

Sumaiya 11.5

Anjani 11.6

Stars of the Week - 15 December 2017


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

Stella 7.2

Kathleen 8.7

Wiktoria 9.5

Lisa 10.8

Sonya 10.9

Jessica 11.2

Silvia 11.8

Design Technology Stars of the Month for December 2017  

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

December 2017 awards go to:

KS3 Engineering

Enya 7.1

Sarah 7.1

Paulina 8.2

Myriam 8.2

Devina 9.7

KS3 Graphics

Megan 9.4

Sammy 9.9

KS3 Product Design/ RM

Alyson 7.7

Samantha 8.2

Emily 9.1

KS3 Fashion & Textiles

Laura 7.5

Stella 7.4

Ella 8.2

KS3 Food & Nutrition

Eve 8.4

KS4 Resistant Materials

Sophie 10.9

Konstantina 11.3

KS4 Fashion & Textiles

Fatima 11.1

Iqra 11.6

KS4 Food Technology

Chelsea 10.7

 

8 December 2017 

End of Term Arrangements 

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

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

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

Thursday 21 December          9 am – 3 pm

Friday 22 December               9 am – 2 pm

Wednesday 3 January            9 am – 3 pm

Thursday 4 January                9 am – 3 pm

Friday 5 January                     9 am – 3 pm

Monday 8 January                  9 am – 3 pm

The College will be closed on all other days. 

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

Reminder: Change to Times of College Day from January 2018 

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

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

COLLEGE DAY

Registration/Assembly

8.30 am

Lesson 1   

8.45 am

Lesson 2  

9.45 am

Break

10.45 am

Lesson 3

11.05 am

Lesson 4

12.05 pm

Lunch

12.55 pm     (Year 7)

 

1.05 pm       (Year 8 – 11)

Lesson 5   

1.45 pm

End of College Day

2.45 pm

Year 9 GCSE Options Information Evening - Thursday 14 December 

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

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

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

Adverse Weather Conditions 

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

You will find information on this by:

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

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

Mrs Merrills

Principal

Expressive Arts Showcase - Monday 18 December 2017 

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

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

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

Curtesha Matthew

Deputy Team Leader   Expressive Arts

Spotlight on Year 11 - Year 11 Mock Exams 

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

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

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

Important dates for Year 11 after the Christmas break

January 2018:             College references to be sent off

18 January 2018:        Year 11 Parents’ Evening

9 February 2018:         Kingswood Residential Trip

College Dress 

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

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

Mr Hartley, Assistant Principal

Poppy Appeal Total 

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

Year 11 (2016 - 2017) Achievement Evening  

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

Special prizes are awarded which include:

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

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

Classics For All
 

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

Alice King

Assistant Principal

Sporting Fixtures for Week Beginning 11 December 2017 

12 December - KS3 Badminton at SJN

12 December - KS4 Basketball at Rushey Mead

13 December - Football 

POW - Puzzle of the Week - Week Beginning 11 December   

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

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

See if you can solve it!

 

Principal's Award Winners - 8 December 2017  

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

Mira 8.4

Hanna 9.6

Latisha 9.9

Khadeeja 10.3

Julienne 11.7

Emili 11.8

Melissa 11.9

Stars of the Week - 8 December 2017 

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

Lily - 7.5

Lily - 8.2

Stella - 9.2

Camerondeep - 10.3

Maryam 10.10

Hollie 11.3

Kiran 11.6

1 December 2017
 

End of Term Arrangements 

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

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

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

Thursday 21 December          9 am – 3 pm

Friday 22 December               9 am – 2 pm

Wednesday 3 January            9 am – 3 pm

Thursday 4 January                9 am – 3 pm

Friday 5 January                     9 am – 3 pm

Monday 8 January                  9 am – 3 pm

The College will be closed on all other days. 

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

Reminder: Change to Times of College Day from January 2018 

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

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

COLLEGE DAY

Registration/Assembly

8.30 am

Lesson 1   

8.45 am

Lesson 2  

9.45 am

Break

10.45 am

Lesson 3

11.05 am

Lesson 4

12.05 pm

Lunch

12.55 pm     (Year 7)

 

1.05 pm       (Year 8 – 11)

Lesson 5   

1.45 pm

End of College Day

2.45 pm

Challenge Partners Review of Sir Jonathan North 

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

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

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

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

Alison Merrills

Principal

Printing in School 

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

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

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

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

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

Ian Dunmore

IT Network Manager

Year 9 GCSE Options Information Evening - Thursday 14 December 

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

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

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

Mindful Sessions  

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

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

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

Monika Butterworth

Senior Learning Mentor and College Counsellor

Adverse Weather Conditions 

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

You will find information on this by:

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

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

Mrs Merrills

Principal

Expressive Arts Showcase - Monday 18 December 2017 

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

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

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

Curtesha Matthew

Deputy Team Leader   Expressive Arts

24 November 2017 

Important – Keep our students and your daughter safe! 

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

Thank you for your support in keeping our students safe.

Alison Merrills

Principal

 

Message for Year 11 Parents 

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

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

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

 

GL Assessments Commencing 11 November for Year 9 Students 

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

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

 

SEND Drop-In Coffee Morning 

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

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

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

Mrs Greaves

Curriculum Team Leader Skills for Learning

 

National Citizenship Service

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

Mrs Greaves

 

Student Christmas Dinner - 15 December 

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

 

Children in Need Total 

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

The Student Executive Committee

 

Adverse Weather Conditions 

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

You will find information on this by:

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

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

Mrs Merrills

Principal

17 November 2017
 

Parent Forum - Tuesday 28 November 

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

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

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

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

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

Alison Merrills

Principal

 

Important – Keep our students and your daughter safe! 

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

Thank you for your support in keeping our students safe.

Alison Merrills

Principal

 

Student Christmas Dinner - 15 December 

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

 

Safeguarding Snippet - National Anti-bullying Week

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

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

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

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

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

 

Christmas Card Winner 

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

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

Congratulations!

Mr Herickx

 

POW - Puzzle of the Week - Week Beginning 20 November  

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

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

See if you can solve it!