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Sir Jonathan North Community College

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 

Much has recently been reported in the media about how today’s teenagers can feel increasingly overwhelmed by the pressures they feel to succeed in life. As parents and teachers we need to help our children to recognise that anxiety is normal response to something stressful and to help them to learn to manage it. Anxiety can best be managed by taking control of their brain – through deep breathing and practising mindfulness. It is important to remember that anxiety can be overcome but it might take time. If your daughter needs support with managing anxiety, please contact Jacky Mason, Student Support Manager or Daniela Pinger, SENCO at the college.

Alison Merrills


Safeguarding Snippet

National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Day - 18 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

(NWG Network March 2018)

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

Stars of the Week 

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

Shriya - Year 7.9

Erin - Year 8.9

Grace - Year 9.4

Leyla - Year 10.1

Lamya - Year 10.3

Rifat - Year 11.10

Macy - Year 11.7

Stars of the Month 

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

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



KS3 Product Design/ Resistant Materials


Eve 8.3

Jean 9.6

KS4 Resistant Material

Sant 10.8

Aminah 11.5

KS4 Food Technology

Lucy 11.7

Spotlight on Year 11 

As GCSE exams draw closer, some of our students are starting to have raised anxiety levels. There are many ways that we can offer support during this time, and would urge any student who is worried about the approaching exams to speak to either their tutor, Mrs Goodwin, Year 11 Progress Leader, or Mrs King, Assistant Principal, so that we can make sure that they receive the support they need. There are lots of reasons that students feel anxious.  Everyone is different, but we would like to offer some great general tips on dealing with exam stress.   We have pulled out a few snippets to share with you from the article linked below.  If you have a few moments please read the full article here:


Ways to Beat Exam Stress

1. Listen to Classical Music

Listening to music can create a positive and productive environment by elevating your mood and encouraging you to study more effectively and for longer. Classical music is recommended as the best type of music to boost your brain power but ambient music can work too.

2. Take a Quick Walk

Many students feel as if they should spend their entire time before exams with their books open and their pen poised for action. However, research has proven that exercising such as taking a walk can boost your memory and brain power.

3. Plan your Study Routine

This may not be a big surprise but what is shocking is the amount of students who discount the benefits of creating a personal study plan. With some initial effort, you can become more productive and motivated each day you approach your study by understanding your learning progress.

4. Try to Get Enough Sleep 

The benefits of a proper night’s sleep can never be underestimated. Most importantly, sleep helps your brain to assimilate new knowledge into your long-term memory so that you can recall it when it comes to test day.

5. Break Free from Distractions 

Turn off mobile phones whilst revising to make it easier to stay focused (and off social media.)

We are working hard to help the students with a number of these methods in school by offering the Study Support Centre for Year 11 students’ exclusive use Monday-Thursday at lunch times and after school (‘Plan your study routine’), we have a wide range of resources available for them to use as well as allowing them to listen to music on their headphones (‘Listen to classical music’) and giving them the space to break free from distractions.

We also have a wide range of additional support going on before school, during school, at lunch time and after school. Please see the table below to see the overview of what we have on offer:





Who invited

Monday –Thursday


General revision in the Atrium

All welcome

Monday –Thursday


General revision in the Study Support Centre 

Invited students 

Monday – Thursday


General revision in the Study Support Centre

All welcome




All French students



English with Mrs Greaves

Invited students



Science breakfast club with Mrs Kellock

Invited students



Science breakfast club with Mrs Kellock

Invited students




Invited students



Science drop in L14

All welcome




All History students




Invited students

Wednesday –Friday


Maths breakfast club

Invited students




All Geography students




All Drama students


Support for Parents

We recognise that supporting your child through exams can be stressful for parents.  We are also offering weekly parent drop-ins between now and half term in the Greenwood Lounge, with refreshments.  Please come and see us to find out information about your daughter’s exams, get advice on supporting your daughter and useful websites for aiding revision.

There will be will be 2 slots:  9am – 11am and 3pm – 5pm

Thurs 26 April

Weds 2 May

Weds 9 May

Weds 26 May

We look forward to working together with you to support our students to reach their potential.


Mrs King

Assistant Principal

Principal Awards 

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

Olivia - Year 7.6

Wacila - Year 8.9

Angel - Year 9.4

Muaazah - Year 9.6

Jasmine - Year 10.7

Alissa-Jane - Year 11.7

  Spring Term Rewards

It is always a pleasure at the end of term to reward students for good behaviour, attendance and punctuality. We did this by giving the students  in  Years  7-11  an  Easter egg. These  students  help make  Sir  Jonathan  North  the outstanding College that it is and we wanted to say ‘thank you, well done and keep up the good work’ to all the students who achieved this. We look forward to even more of you being eligible for the End of Year Reward Trip – details to follow this term.

Mr Hartley

Assistant Principal

Double Victory for SJNCC!

Yesterday afternoon, Miss Woolcott and Mrs Mulla travelled to Stamford School, in Lincolnshire, with three of our students, Eleanor (7.4), Sania (7.7) and Fallon (7.9), to compete in the East Midlands Regional Final of the Foreign Language Spelling Bee Competition.  In the face of very tough competition, our girls remained calm and confident and performed brilliantly.  After a tense wait and an even more tense round of sudden death, we were delighted that both Eleanor and Fallon secured a place in the National Finals of the Spanish Spelling Bee Competition, to be held in Cambridge in the summer.  Getting through to the Regional Finals, in itself, was an amazing achievement and we are very proud of all three of our girls.

Mrs Mulla

The MFLTeam

Readathon 2018

£690 raised so far!

Thank you to the 62 Year 7 students who have raised £690 in only the second week. (You also read loads of books!)

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

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

A reminder of where the money goes.

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

The English Team

Puzzle of the Week (POW) – Week Beginning 23 April

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

Have lots of frustrating fun with this one!

Adverse Weather

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