This Week's Notices
It is important to us that parents are kept up to date with notices from the College. Please check here each week for important information about your daughter and the College.
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From the Principal
As this is the last newsletter of the year, I would like to thank all parents and carers for the contribution they have made in helping their daughters this year in so many ways – your continued support is valued by staff.
As we plan and look forward to the next academic year, it is important that we start to prepare students for next year too. In order to help your daughter to achieve, we believe that it is important that both you and she are clear about College’s expectations. A letter outlining our expectations will be sent home next week together with a copy of the College Dress Code.
We know that a positive attitude and good behaviour impacts on the learning and outcomes for all of our students.
We look forward to welcoming students in Years 8 – 11 for the new year on Thursday 30 August 2018 at 11 am and Year 7 at 8.30 am.
The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal Award winners:
Janya - Year 8.1
Zaynab - Year 9.9
Nomi - Year 10.9
Stars of the Week
With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:
Shiza - Year 7.3
Esme - Year 8.3
Rafia - Year 9.7
Fizzah - Year 10.5
Grace - Year 10.6
Stars of the Month
D&T ‘Star of the Month’ Student Awards for June 2018
We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for June 2018! Girls will be awarded a certificate for their record of Achievement and an exclusive ‘star award’ badge to wear. Students have been selected because they have produced outstanding work in one of the Design and Technology subjects. June 2018 awards go to:
KS3 Product Design/ Resistant Materials
|KS3 Fashion & Textiles||
KS3 Food & Nutrition
KS4 Resistant Material
|KS4 Fashion & Textiles||
The College will close for the end of the academic year at 1pm on Friday 13 July.
If you would prefer that your daughter does not leave school early and is supervised in the Learning Resources Centre until 2.45pm, please contact the College by 3pm on the Monday 9 July.
We wish all students well over the summer break and look forward to welcoming them back next academic year. College will open to students on Thursday 30 August at 8.30am for new students and 11am for Years 8-11. Students should arrive 10 minutes early to ensure a prompt and positive start of the year.
As we look forward to the next academic year, we take this opportunity to remind you that the dates for the 2018-19 school year were published on the College website in October 2017. Please note that Leicester City and Leicestershire County holiday dates are not exactly the same next year
Head of School
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 this year.
To ensure that you are purchasing the correct items of dress for the new academic year, please consult the College Dress Code. This can be found at https://www.sjncc.leicester.sch.uk/parentshandbook
Sir Jonathan North Students Embark on Iceland Adventure
On Monday 9 July 2018 we will be embarking on our third Icelandic adventure. Twenty eight students from Years 9,10 and 11 will spend five days in Iceland exploring the geographical features of the country. We will be visiting the Secret Lagoon, walking on a glacier, seeing amazing waterfalls and looking at the plate boundary that runs through Iceland and the Eyjafjallajökull volcano which caused so much travel disruption in 2010.
You can follow our adventure by reading our blog which is written by the students during their visit on https://sjncciceland2018.wordpress.com/.
Here are the girls cheering on England from on top of the Solheimajokull glacier on Wednesday:
Year 9 Health Fair
On Wednesday 11 July, year 9 students took part in a Health Fair. Many organisations attended including various NHS services, Leicestershire Police, Turning Point and many more. We couldn’t be more proud of all students who were engaged, asked relevant and thought provoking questions as well as behaving impeccably. We hope that students gained valuable information from this opportunity and continue to raise awareness of the topics they explored with those around them.
French Trip to Paris and Normandy - 25-30 June 2018
Last week, the Modern Languages Team took 33 students on a residential trip to France.
The five day trip was packed with exciting activities visiting the top attractions in Paris and the picturesque region of Normandy.
On our first day, we visited the famous Bayeux Tapestry, a medieval embroidery depicting the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Students enjoyed discovering this remarkable work of art and important as a source for 11th century history.
There were many highlights of the trip: the time spent in Normandy, exploring the beautiful architecture and sandy beaches, Cabourg market, where students got the opportunity to put their language skills into practice. This year we added a visit to the American cemetery and to one of the D DAY landing beaches. We also were fortunate enough to go to the Trocadero and ascend the fifty ninth floor of the Montparnasse Tower from where we had the most amazing view of the Eiffel Tower and Paris, whilst the Bateau-Mouche excursion on the river Seine allowed students to discover most of Paris’ famous attractions, including the Louvre museum, Notre Dame cathedral and many more. Our day in Paris ended with a relaxing evening in the heart of Paris artistic quarter, Montmartre, where we enjoyed an authentic dinner at a French restaurant, after visiting the magnificent Sacré Coeur church.
Our last day was spent at Disneyland Paris which was for many, the highlight of the trip. This year for the first time, we spent the evening at Disneyland where we enjoyed the parade and the spectacular fireworks.
Here are some comments from students:
“The French trip was a once in a lifetime experience that will definitely be one of my highlights at Sir Jonathan North. My favourite part was exploring the Parisian culture and of course Disneyland Paris.” Sileena, 8.3.
“The trip was just a blast and I enjoyed every moment. Really wish I could do it again, made some amazing friends and even more amazing memories. Thanks to all the teachers!”. Aamna, 8.5.
“The trip to France was amazing and my favourite part was Paris and Disneyland. The fireworks at Disney were amazing. It was a great experience and I wish I could do it all over again. Thank you so much to the teachers for looking after us and for taking time to share their experience with us.” Emilia,8.2.
“Thank you so much Miss Lopez. It was so much fun. I had an amazing time in Normandy and Paris. It was a great opportunity to make new friends. It was honestly the highlight of my school year.” Maz, 8.2.
“It was one of the most amazing holidays I have ever had. I had a really good time and I honestly don’t know what my favourite part was because I enjoyed every second of it, it was a new experience for me, I made lots of new friends and it was a really good week. Thank you to all the teachers.” Laveen, 8.5.
Curriculum Team Leader Modern Foreign Languages
Students Speak as Suffragettes at Celebration Event
On the 2 July 2018 we were fortunate enough to take part in the Alice Hawkins celebration event in the centre of Leicester. This date marked the ninetieth anniversary of the date when both men and women received the right to vote. The atmosphere was buzzing! Students paraded through town waving banners, cheering and singing.
Once gathered in front of the Alice Hawkins statue, we, along with students from local primary schools, gave speeches as if we were suffragettes still fighting for the vote. We then listened to Peter Barratt, the great grandson of Alice Hawkins speak about his Great Grandmother.
It was a great experience and we would like to thank Ms Ladha and the Student Council Executive for supporting us.
Emma and Abigail (Year 8)
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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.
- 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.
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Student Support Manager