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Sir Jonathan North Community College

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. 

To view previous editions of This Week's Notices please click here.

Message from the Principal

This week Year 11 were given an insight into their GCSE results day where they received their mock examination results.  Emotions of the students ranged from elation to disappointment when they viewed their results.  However, there is still a way to go to the real GCSE examinations and over the next few weeks students in Year 11 will be offered planned programmes of revision and extra support sessions with subject staff and learning mentors. 

It was really good to meet Year 11 parents at parents evening on Thursday and I am sure you were able to discuss ways of continuing to support your child through encouraging the regular completion of homework/revision and attending school every day. 

Most importantly, if you are concerned about your child’s progress in any subject, please make early contact with their tutor, Mentor or Year 11 Progress Leader, Mrs Carrington.

 

Rose Angus

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!

  • Bridget  7.1
  • Emma  10.5
  • Maisie  11.2
  • Zahra 11.9

Stars of the Week

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

  • Emily  7.1
  • Ellie-May  8.2
  • Holly  9.4
  • Melody  10.2
  • Irina  10.2
  • Tallulah  11.3
  • Sia  11.7

Year 11 Spotlight 

It was fantastic to see so many of you with your parent/carers at Parents’ evening yesterday. Parental support is greatly appreciated, research suggests that it is eight times more important in determining a child’s academic success than anything else.

We hope you found the mock results day a useful experience, remember this is exactly how it will be when you come to collect you real GCSE results. It was encouraging to see so many happy faces, and speaking to lots of you it was great to hear how your hard work had paid off. Some students were disappointed with their results, this is the time to make the changes needed to make sure that on results day on 22 August 2019 you are one of the smiling faces.

To support your learning over the next few months we will be putting a number of activities in place, these range from after school revision sessions, small group interventions during CEIG and PE, walking talking mocks, half term revision sessions and past papers and exam questions to complete at home. We expect 100% attendance at these sessions, only students needing then additional support have been invited. During the next week you will also be receiving a revision planning booklet, this contains some great tips on revision techniques; as well as a handy revision planner that takes you all the way through your exams. If you need help completing this then pop in to see us in our office in M block.

The Atrium and Learning Resource’s Centre will also be open for Year 11 only from 2.45 -3.45pm Monday to Thursday from next week.

 

Alice King

Assistant Principal

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.)

Cars on the college site

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. 

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

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 has been 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

High School Musical Tickets

Tickets are now on sale for our production of High School Musical.

Show dates: Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 January 2019.

Doors will open at 6.30 pm and the show will start at 7.00 pm.

Ticket price is £5 (excl. booking fee).

Tickets can be selected and purchased through the link below:

 

 

Event listing QR code:

 

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.

 

 

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