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Previous Editions

Please find previous editions of This Week's Notices for the Year 2019 below.

05 April 2019

From the Principal

It has been lovely to meet so many parents at Parents Evenings over the course of this term.  The feedback you have provided will be analysed and targets set so that we can address any issues raised. 

In regards to the consultation related to the college dress code and in light of feedback received, we will be holding a parents forum on the 11th April at 5.00 at the college. The Chair of Governors and I look forward to seeing you then.

 

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!

  • Millie  7.7
  • Shanade  8.3
  • Harveen  9.2

 

Star of the Week

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

  • Radhika  7.3
  • Faatimah  8.1
  • Sumaya  9.4
  • Katie  10.3
  • Sozi  10.4
  • Nancey  11.2
  • Maisie  11.2

 

 

Design and Technology Star of the Month

D&T ‘Star of the Month’ Student Awards for  March 2019

We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for March 2019! 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 2019 awards go to:

 

Food Nutrition and Preparation

Year 11 - Dezhane

Year 10 - Katie

Year 9 - Faith

Year 8 - Safiyah

Year 7 - Kahlan

Product Design

Year 11 - Sant

Year 10 - Fiza

Year 9 - Kamila

Year 8 - Maiyah

Year 7 - Medeleine

Fashion and textiles

Year 11 - Saima

Year 10 - Umaimah

Year 9 - Harpreet

Year 8 - Karolina

Year 7 - Grace

 

 

New Year 7 Tea Party

We would like to invite you to our New Year 7 Tea Party on Wednesday 1 May at 4:30 - 5:30 pm.

Bookings will be available from Monday 1 April via the Ticket Source link below. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Book now

 

Event listing QR code:

 

Selina Jones

Assistant Principal

 

 

County Sports Hall Athletics Finals

On Tuesday 2nd April 2019, we took 17 Year 7 and 8 students to the County Finals Indoor Athletics event at Uppingham Sports Centre. Our Year 8 team were amazing in the field events which really helped with their overall score.  Particular mention to Maja who jumped 79 times in 30 seconds on the speed bounce, Laura who jumped 2.19m in the long jump and 6.50m in the triple jump, Betty’s 58cm vertical jump and Chloe’s amazing 10.20m shot putt throw.  After a very long, tiring but exciting afternoon, with some of our girls taking part in up to 5 different events, our Year 7 team came 4th in the County overall and our Year 8 team were the COUNTY CHAMPIONS!

 

Well done to all of the girls who took part.

Year 7 team: Khadijah, Edie, Mandela, Elysia, Annabelle, Esther, Yasmin, Abigail, Mapalo

Year 8 team: Chela, Chloe, Laura, Olive, Maja, Betty, Bintu, Isobel

 

Lynda Bryan

PE Team

 

 

 

Year 11 Yoga and Mindfulness Session

This afternoon we had an external company, Mindful Warriors (https://www.mindfulwarriorsmw.com/ @yoga4schools) in school delivering a Yoga and Mindfulness session to 50 Year 11 students during their normal PE lesson.

Mindful Warriors believe in the transformative benefits of yoga and mindfulness - from improved physical and mental health to overall wellbeing. Mindful Warriors believe that if people had these great tools from an early age, they could maintain their own optimal balance throughout their lives and be empowered by yoga techniques to look after their physical and mental health. In this way Yoga can be a preventative practice for maintaining mind and body harmony. It is their goal to share the highest quality Yoga classes available to young people across the country. They believe in making a difference to the world by empowering young people to feel good and lead their most balanced lives.

It was great to see students engaging with Yoga and Mindfulness and we hope that they will have learnt techniques to help them during their upcoming exam period.

 


 

 

 Safeguarding Snippet

From the Ineqe Group:

Once upon a time, our challenge was to get children to stop watching the telly.  Now not only do we struggle with the telly but also with the tablet, phone, gaming console… the list goes on.

Of course, the screen time struggle doesn’t only apply to television or gaming, the Social Media platforms have a huge part to play in our attachment to devices.  Each buzz of our phone, red circle notification and message from a friend give us a chemical zap of dopamine; the feel good neurotransmitter and so, like a drug, we reach to our devices for a hit. No wonder we can feel addicted to our devices.

When Apple released iOS 12, they made a giant leap in supporting families with the release of their new Screen Time feature.  Simply put, they say ‘Screen Time helps you and your family understand and make the most of time spent on devices’.

We know that devices are shared throughout households, so the umbrella-nature of this feature allows families to easily take control of their screen time habits without having to set them on each individual device.

Sounds great, where do I find it?

Make sure your devices are updated to iOS 12. (On your iPhone, iPad or iPod tap Settings > General > Software Update)

Once you’re up-to-date, head back to Settings and you will see a new menu item called ‘Screen Time’. Here you can set your limits and restrictions across all devices linked to your iCloud account, including family members.

Downtime allows you to schedule time away from the screen for all devices linked to your iCloud Account. Access to your phone is always allowed and you can specify other apps to be allowed such as Messages.

You can also set daily App Limits for the time you spend on apps.  For example, if you allow a child to play games for an hour a day, you can set a time limit for 1 hour on games. This timer is reset at midnight and you can set a ‘Screen Time Passcode’ to bypass these restrictions on your own devices.

That’s not all!

Whilst children and young people are becoming more aware of ‘Stranger Danger’ online, they don’t always know how to react when they see something upsetting online.  Within Screen Time, Apple have added ‘Content & Privacy Restrictions’, this gives you easy access over how children and young people use the device. Here you can take control over:

  • Installing and Deleting Apps
  • In App Purchases (no more nasty surprises!)
  • Privacy Settings
  • Content Restrictions

What content can I restrict?

These content restrictions allow you to apply child-appropriate restrictions to SiriGame CentreApp Store content and even Web Content. You can go as far as only allowing access to certain websites, unless you enter your screen time passcode.

 

 

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

29 March 2019

From the Principal

Consultation regarding proposed changes to College Dress

We are consulting with you about a proposed change to the Sir Jonathan North College dress code. We are proposing a formal uniform.

At Sir Jonathan North College, we are continuously working to provide the best possible educational experiences for our students.  As part of this, we believe that having a positive attitude to learning also means being dressed for success. We believe that a change to a more formal uniform will have a positive impact on the culture of the college.  It will encourage our students to feel pride in being part of the Sir Jonathan North community and embody the college’s values. It will also ensure that all students are consistently smart and appropriately dressed for school whilst reducing the scope for competitive dressing which can be a source of much unhappiness. The uniform is practical and will ensure a clarity about expectations of dress.

We are conscious of the financial implications that this might have for parents. Therefore, we are keen to secure value for money and approximate costings are included in the information provided below.

Next steps

We are consulting all stakeholders about these proposed changes and would welcome your views. You should receive either an email or text message shortly containing a link to a questionnaire for you to complete or you can access the questionnaire here:  

https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4927367/b3a5627203f9

All responses should be returned no later than 3pm on Friday 5 April 2019.

We are also consulting with students and staff about the colour scheme. The two options are grey or navy. Following the completion of the consultation, the final decision will be made by the Local Governing Body and parents will be informed of the decision by Friday 29 April 2019.

If our proposal is approved by Governors, we plan to implement these changes for students in Years 7 – 10 from the start of the Autumn Term 2019.

Proposed changes to College Dress for September 2019
We propose to change our current college dress code to a formal uniform policy from September 2019. The proposed uniform and indicative prices are outlined below:

  • The introduction of a formal blazer with the Sir Jonathan North College logo. (£28.00 - £33.00 depending on size).
  • A formal white shirt (bought from any high street shop).
  • Tie (£6.00).
  • School trousers or pleated skirt with the Sir Jonathan North logo (£20.00 - £25.00).
  • An optional V neck jumper with the Sir Jonathan North logo (£15.00 - £21.00).

Footwear will remain the same: plain black shoes / plain black boots.

 

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!

  • Bintu  8.8
  • Elizabeth  11.2

 

Star of the Week

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

  • Sophie  7.7
  • Shriya  8.9
  • Calavati  9.6
  • Hannah  11.1
  • Anya  11.6

 

 

Design and Technology Star of the Month

D&T ‘Star of the Month’ Student Awards for  March 2019

We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for March 2019! 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 2019 awards go to:

 

Food Nutrition and Preparation

Year 11 - Dezhane

Year 10 - Katie

Year 9 - Faith

Year 8 - Safiyah

Year 7 - Kahlan

Product Design

Year 11 - Sant

Year 10 - Fiza

Year 9 - Kamila

Year 8 - Maiyah

Year 7 - Medeleine

Fashion and textiles

Year 11 - Saima

Year 10 - Umaimah

Year 9 - Harpreet

Year 8 - Karolina

Year 7 - Grace

 

 

New Year 7 Tea Party

We would like to invite you to our New Year 7 Tea Party on Wednesday 1 May at 4:30 - 5:30 pm.

Bookings will be available from Monday 1 April via the Ticket Source link below. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Book now

 

Event listing QR code:

 

Selina Jones

Assistant Principal

 

 

Handball Tournament

The U13 Girls Handball Team went to Crown Hills for the next round of the County Handball tournament. They played really well considering most of our team were Year 7 and they were against strong Year 8’s from other schools. We played Priory Belvoir, Loughborough and St Martins and managed to come 2nd for the semi-final rounds. We then had to play St Martins and they beat us!  In our final game we were fighting for 3rd or 4th place against Loughborough. The game ended with a score of 1-1 so we had to go to penalties. Both teams went through each player trying to score a penalty and on our last penalty Millie scored! We were elated! We came 3rd overall in the County. Well done to everyone who played.

 

Team:   Lucy (Year 7), Bintu (Year 8), Esme (Year 7), Madela (Year 7), Elsa (Year 7), Grace (Year 7), Millie (Year 7), Kahlan (Year 7), Tilly (Year 8), Katie (Year 8)

 

Adele Roberts

PE Team

 

 

Year 9 Basketball County Champions

The girls were a little nervous during the warm up especially as Kibworth girls looked like giants compare to some of our girls. The game started very scrappy with both teams struggling to score. We finished the first quarter with a 7 - 4 lead. The game continued back and forth until the third quarter when Kibworth had a good run to lead by 23 - 17.

I told the girls they had the ability to win the game but they must stop getting caught out on the attack by Kibworth's netball passes and start to attack the basket.

The girls listened and managed to do what I told them to win by three points. The game ended 28 - 25 to SJN!

Well done to all the girls for becoming Year 9 County Champions and to Asha for her support. Although we didn’t have our best game, the girls should be very proud of their achievement, well done!

Team: Emma B, Emma R, Eve , Mira , Jayna, Carys, Nadia and Danny

 

Lynda Bryan

PE Team

 

 

 Safeguarding Snippet

From the Ineqe Group:

Once upon a time, our challenge was to get children to stop watching the telly.  Now not only do we struggle with the telly but also with the tablet, phone, gaming console… the list goes on.

Of course, the screen time struggle doesn’t only apply to television or gaming, the Social Media platforms have a huge part to play in our attachment to devices.  Each buzz of our phone, red circle notification and message from a friend give us a chemical zap of dopamine; the feel good neurotransmitter and so, like a drug, we reach to our devices for a hit. No wonder we can feel addicted to our devices.

When Apple released iOS 12, they made a giant leap in supporting families with the release of their new Screen Time feature.  Simply put, they say ‘Screen Time helps you and your family understand and make the most of time spent on devices’.

We know that devices are shared throughout households, so the umbrella-nature of this feature allows families to easily take control of their screen time habits without having to set them on each individual device.

Sounds great, where do I find it?

Make sure your devices are updated to iOS 12. (On your iPhone, iPad or iPod tap Settings > General > Software Update)

Once you’re up-to-date, head back to Settings and you will see a new menu item called ‘Screen Time’. Here you can set your limits and restrictions across all devices linked to your iCloud account, including family members.

Downtime allows you to schedule time away from the screen for all devices linked to your iCloud Account. Access to your phone is always allowed and you can specify other apps to be allowed such as Messages.

You can also set daily App Limits for the time you spend on apps.  For example, if you allow a child to play games for an hour a day, you can set a time limit for 1 hour on games. This timer is reset at midnight and you can set a ‘Screen Time Passcode’ to bypass these restrictions on your own devices.

That’s not all!

Whilst children and young people are becoming more aware of ‘Stranger Danger’ online, they don’t always know how to react when they see something upsetting online.  Within Screen Time, Apple have added ‘Content & Privacy Restrictions’, this gives you easy access over how children and young people use the device. Here you can take control over:

  • Installing and Deleting Apps
  • In App Purchases (no more nasty surprises!)
  • Privacy Settings
  • Content Restrictions

What content can I restrict?

These content restrictions allow you to apply child-appropriate restrictions to SiriGame CentreApp Store content and even Web Content. You can go as far as only allowing access to certain websites, unless you enter your screen time passcode.

 

 

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

22 March 2019

From the Principal

Thank you all for who have contributed towards the survey related to our college values.  Having taken into account student, staff and parent views I will be presenting the 4R’s we agree on to the Governing Body. These are:

  • Reflectiveness
  • Resourcefulness
  • Resilience
  • Respect

The next steps will include a revision to the holistic development programme where the staff will explore the attributes that sit below this, in order to help shape the characteristics of your children as learners.

The other aspect I have been working on with the school council is a change to college dress.  I will be consulting on that shortly once the students have agreed colour schemes.  Your feedback will be much appreciated.

 

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!

  • Iris  7.2
  • Sabat  7.2
  • Lucy  7.7
  • Aysha  9.1
  • Aysha  9.7
  • Ela  10.8
  • Kauthar  11.7

 

Star of the Week

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

  • Toyah  7.9
  • Daisy  8.7
  • Milly  9.3
  • Joelle  10.7
  • Mariam  10.6
  • Aisha  11.3
  • Chelsea  11.7

 

 

Handball Tournament

On 20th March 2019, we took the Year 8 Handball Team (which consisted of mostly Year 7's) and the Year 10 Handball Team (which consisted of Year 9's) to the Handball tournament at Rushey Mead.  They played so well considering the age difference as the scores were as follows:

 

Year 8 game

SJN 13-9 Rushey Mead

Team: Lucy (scored 2), Grace (scored 4), Bintu (scored 4), Mandela (2 scored), Kahlan (scored 1), Elsa, Esme, Millie, Annabelle

 

Year 10 games

SJN 1-5 Soar Valley

SJN 2-5 Rushey Mead

SJN 3-6 Judge Meadow

 

Team: Mira (scored 1), Eve (scored 3), Jayna (scored 1), Cary's (scored 1), Zarina, Shaima, Angeline, Aminah, Sammie

Well done to all the girls who played. Both teams have gone through to the final.

 

Adele Roberts

PE Team

 

Year 7 Football Team

On Tuesday 19th March our Year 7 Football Team went to New College for the final round of the football tournament ready to play English Martyrs, Babington and City of Leicester. Unfortunately due to dwindling team members our scores were:

SJN 3 VS 2 EM (Sophia scored)

SJN 0 VS 8 B

SJN 2 VS 2 COL (Katy and Sophia scored)

Well done to the girls involved for their enthusiasm and teamwork.

Team: Sophia, Katy, Millie and Eleeza

 

Adele Roberts

PE Team

 

Year 10 Geography Fieldwork Trip

On Wednesday 13th March, we went on a geography fieldwork trip to London Road and Clock Tower. We carried out a number of surveys to evaluate the conditions of the environment and to inform the public of future improvements to make Leicester more sustainable. For example, we carried out questionnaires to find out what the pedestrians’ opinion of these improvements were. Many members of the public were impressed, however some were of the opinion that these improvements  were not as beneficial or even worth the millions the Council wish to spend on it. Overall, the trip proved to be very interesting as we were able to gather the different views, see the condition of the environment and the effect that these improvements will have on the public and the environment.

Umaimah, Year 10

Humanities Team

 

 

International Women’s Day

From a dream of being a bio-chemist to drifting into the library profession I found myself being invited to the Houses of Parliament to celebrate International Woman’s Day 2019 by Kate Green MP.  The event was organised by The United Kingdom Women Network and Yorkshire Indian Business Network on behalf of Kate Green, MP, to recognise the work done within the community to promote Women’s  International Day. Afterwards at the networking in the Jubilee Café on the House of Commons Estate, I was able to speak about the crucial role of libraries in giving free access to cultural, social and educational resources at a grass roots level for the under privileged and venerable communities in our society. Sometimes libraries are the  only means for these communities to access information, books, revision space, meet-ups, computers and free internet.  Therefore I feel strongly that libraries should be championing issues that affect our communities in order to effect change and have influence at a local level..

Being inside the historic Houses of Parliament was awe inspiring and awesome. The architecture, the art, the ambience, the chitter chatter, meeting people from all over the world, with the Brexit debate going on in the background, made for an unforgettable experience. The International Women’s Day  conference was a humbling and motivational experience, involving discussions and networking about issues that affect our communities and the world such as child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, access to education and health issues. It was such a privilege to be part of this day and I look forward to continuing to contribute locally to making the world a better and safer place for young women.

Meena Vyas

SJN Library

 

 

 Safeguarding Snippet

From the Ineqe Group:

Once upon a time, our challenge was to get children to stop watching the telly.  Now not only do we struggle with the telly but also with the tablet, phone, gaming console… the list goes on.

Of course, the screen time struggle doesn’t only apply to television or gaming, the Social Media platforms have a huge part to play in our attachment to devices.  Each buzz of our phone, red circle notification and message from a friend give us a chemical zap of dopamine; the feel good neurotransmitter and so, like a drug, we reach to our devices for a hit. No wonder we can feel addicted to our devices.

When Apple released iOS 12, they made a giant leap in supporting families with the release of their new Screen Time feature.  Simply put, they say ‘Screen Time helps you and your family understand and make the most of time spent on devices’.

We know that devices are shared throughout households, so the umbrella-nature of this feature allows families to easily take control of their screen time habits without having to set them on each individual device.

Sounds great, where do I find it?

Make sure your devices are updated to iOS 12. (On your iPhone, iPad or iPod tap Settings > General > Software Update)

Once you’re up-to-date, head back to Settings and you will see a new menu item called ‘Screen Time’. Here you can set your limits and restrictions across all devices linked to your iCloud account, including family members.

Downtime allows you to schedule time away from the screen for all devices linked to your iCloud Account. Access to your phone is always allowed and you can specify other apps to be allowed such as Messages.

You can also set daily App Limits for the time you spend on apps.  For example, if you allow a child to play games for an hour a day, you can set a time limit for 1 hour on games. This timer is reset at midnight and you can set a ‘Screen Time Passcode’ to bypass these restrictions on your own devices.

That’s not all!

Whilst children and young people are becoming more aware of ‘Stranger Danger’ online, they don’t always know how to react when they see something upsetting online.  Within Screen Time, Apple have added ‘Content & Privacy Restrictions’, this gives you easy access over how children and young people use the device. Here you can take control over:

  • Installing and Deleting Apps
  • In App Purchases (no more nasty surprises!)
  • Privacy Settings
  • Content Restrictions

What content can I restrict?

These content restrictions allow you to apply child-appropriate restrictions to SiriGame CentreApp Store content and even Web Content. You can go as far as only allowing access to certain websites, unless you enter your screen time passcode.

 

 

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

15 March 2019

From the Principal

During the first half term I have consulted with students and staff on our core values. These will be known as the 4R’s. These 4R’s will form the basis of our future policies, be taught through the curriculum and be the foundations of the character skills we will develop. I will be sending out texts and emails to gather your views on the values you think should be part of the 4R’s from the list below:

  • Respect
  • Reciprocity
  • Reflective
  • Resilience
  • Resourcefulness

I would be grateful if you could respond to this by the 22nd March 2019.

Once I have your views alongside the students, staff and governors, our values will be agreed and adopted across SJN.

 

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!

  • Emily  7.6
  • Simra  8.10
  • Emilia  9.2
  • Grace  10.2
  • Emily  10.10
  • Amelia  11.5
  • Kaamilah  11.10

 

Star of the Week

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

  • Khadija  7.1
  • Summer  7.2
  • Suhaa  9.6
  • Libbie  10.8

 

 

Visit from transgender racing driver Charlie Martin; Good Morning Britain on Friday, SJN on Monday!

On Monday Charlie Martin came to speak in Year 11 assembly and to 30 interested students in other year groups following assembly. Charlie is a British racing driver who is on her way to becoming the first transgender racing driver to complete the Le Mans 24hr. She spoke about her transition and journey into racing driving. She has overcome many obstacles and people telling her that she can’t do things has not stopped her. Charlie now wants to encourage others to not give up and to reach for the stars. She is keen to break down stereotypes and promote inclusivity and came to SJN as a Stonewall role model. She inspired students by saying; trust yourself, break some rules, don’t be afraid to fail, ignore the naysayers, work like hell and give something back.

What an inspirational woman you are Charlie- Thank you for coming to visit Sir Jonathan North College!

 

SJN Year 7 Cricket Team

On April 12th the Year 7 cricket team attended the indoor cricket finals. They lost both games to Leicester Grammar and Soar Valley but the girls played incredibly well and tired very hard. They also go some excellent coaching from Loughborough University students.

Squad: Sarah, Abi, Rosie, Tilly, Millie, Lucy, Mandela, Esme and Annabel.

 

Adele Roberts

PE Team

 

International Women’s Day

The Humanities Team are celebrating International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March. The worldwide theme is ‘Balance for Better’ as we continue to strive for the global goal of gender equality  we celebrate the achievements of women, raise awareness against bias and take action in our own ways for equality. To raise awareness of this there will be activities in Humanities lessons on Friday, a display board in the Humanities corridor (stop by and have a look!) and the team have put together some information on women we find inspirational.

Thanks to the Humanities Team and particularly to Miss Hannam for her leadership on this topic about which she is incredibly passionate.

Happy International Women’s Day to the SJNC community; why not share a #balanceforbetter on social media to show how you are fighting for gender equality?              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Becky Gray

Humanities Team

 

 

 

 

 

Safeguarding Snippet

From the Ineqe Group:

TikTok time is running out to set your Privacy Settings

Do the children and young people in your care have the correct privacy setting on the App TikTok?

TikTok (formally Musical.ly) can be a really fun App where children can express themselves through uploading videos of themselves, singing, dancing, and lip-syncing.

Don't wait - be confident that your children are safe online. Take 30 seconds and watch the video below.

During an eight-day investigation into the App, Channel 4 News viewed 45 hours of live streams which revealed nearly half of the streams viewed contained inappropriate content, directed to girls as young as nine! Check out our Top Tips to keep children in your care safe:

Top Tips to keep your children safe in TikTok

✔ Check out the App for yourself before letting the children in your care use it, particularly if they are under 13 years old.

✔ Beware that other users may be live streaming content that contains inappropriate lyrics.

✔ Have a discussion with them about what behaviour is acceptable to live- stream.

✔ Ensure they don't buy any in-app purchases without consent!

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

08 March 2019

From the Principal

As you are aware we became part of the Lionheart Academies Trust on the 1st March 2019.  We are really excited by the opportunities this brings for staff and students.  Already, students have been involved in across the Trust classes in Physics, a maths challenge and a student executive conference.  Some staff have provided their expertise to some of these sessions.  Going forward Sir Jonathan North students will fully participate in the range of enrichment on offer. 

 

Rose Angus

Principal

 

Academy Conversion 1 March 2019

Sir Jonathan North Community College becomes an academy within the Lionheart Trust from Friday 1 March 2019.

We are excited to be joining the Trust and are looking forward to the opportunities this offers our students and staff.

From today our college will be known as Sir Jonathan North College.

 

Alison Merrills

Executive 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!

  • Oumayma  8.4
  • Emma  9.8
  • Shalom  11.1
  • Rafia  11.5
  • Aaminah  11.6

 

Star of the Week

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

  • Sophia  7.5
  • Tasneem  8.6
  • Estrella  9.8
  • Aaishah  9.8
  • Dominika  10.9
  • Kulsoom  11.7
  • Humaira  11.9

 

Design and Technology Star of the Month

D&T ‘Star of the Month’ Student Awards for  January 2019

We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for January 2019! 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 2019 awards go to:

 

Food Nutrition and Preparation

Year 11 - Jasmeet

Year 10 - Heather

Year 9 - Hanifah

Year 8 - Amna

Year 7 - Taiba

Product Design

Year 11 - Sant

Year 10 - Nyjah

Year 9 - Claudia

Year 8 - Ashton

Year 7 - Sarina

Fashion and textiles

Year 11 - Molly

Year 10 - Naomi

Year 9 - Maaria

Year 8 - Laura

Year 7 - Maya

 

 

Visit from transgender racing driver Charlie Martin; Good Morning Britain on Friday, SJN on Monday!

On Monday Charlie Martin came to speak in Year 11 assembly and to 30 interested students in other year groups following assembly. Charlie is a British racing driver who is on her way to becoming the first transgender racing driver to complete the Le Mans 24hr. She spoke about her transition and journey into racing driving. She has overcome many obstacles and people telling her that she can’t do things has not stopped her. Charlie now wants to encourage others to not give up and to reach for the stars. She is keen to break down stereotypes and promote inclusivity and came to SJN as a Stonewall role model. She inspired students by saying; trust yourself, break some rules, don’t be afraid to fail, ignore the naysayers, work like hell and give something back.

What an inspirational woman you are Charlie- Thank you for coming to visit Sir Jonathan North College!

 

Spotlight Sir Jonathan North Gains Award For Work To Support Mental Health And Well-Being

We are delighted to inform you that we have been accredited with the AcSEED Award for our work to support the emotional well-being and mental health of our students, families and staff. The assessors were very impressed with the quality of our provision and cited over 15 examples of best practice at the college.

We would like to thank our entire staff team for their care and support of all students and for providing a range of provision to meet specific need. We will continue to do everything we can to support our students with any emotional difficulties they may encounter during their time at Sir Jonathan North.

 

Alison Merrills

Executive Principal

 

International Women’s Day

The Humanities Team are celebrating International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March. The worldwide theme is ‘Balance for Better’ as we continue to strive for the global goal of gender equality  we celebrate the achievements of women, raise awareness against bias and take action in our own ways for equality. To raise awareness of this there will be activities in Humanities lessons on Friday, a display board in the Humanities corridor (stop by and have a look!) and the team have put together some information on women we find inspirational.

Thanks to the Humanities Team and particularly to Miss Hannam for her leadership on this topic about which she is incredibly passionate.

Happy International Women’s Day to the SJNC community; why not share a #balanceforbetter on social media to show how you are fighting for gender equality?              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Becky Gray

Humanities Team

 

 

 

 

Trampolining Competition

On 5th  March we took a Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 team to the county finals Level 3 trampolining completion at Robert Smyth Academy in Market Harborough. The girls competed excellently and performed with elegance and grace. The Key Stage 3 team came joint 2nd and the Key Stage 4 team came 6th. Well done to all involved.

Squads - Key Stage 3: Olive, Laura, Abi and Amelie. Key Stage 4: Megan, Casey, Jadah and Oumnia. 

 

Samantha Hunt

PE Team

 

 

 

 

Safeguarding Snippet

From the Ineqe Group:

TikTok time is running out to set your Privacy Settings

Do the children and young people in your care have the correct privacy setting on the App TikTok?

TikTok (formally Musical.ly) can be a really fun App where children can express themselves through uploading videos of themselves, singing, dancing, and lip-syncing.

Don't wait - be confident that your children are safe online. Take 30 seconds and watch the video below.

During an eight-day investigation into the App, Channel 4 News viewed 45 hours of live streams which revealed nearly half of the streams viewed contained inappropriate content, directed to girls as young as nine! Check out our Top Tips to keep children in your care safe:

Top Tips to keep your children safe in TikTok

✔ Check out the App for yourself before letting the children in your care use it, particularly if they are under 13 years old.

✔ Beware that other users may be live streaming content that contains inappropriate lyrics.

✔ Have a discussion with them about what behaviour is acceptable to live- stream.

✔ Ensure they don't buy any in-app purchases without consent!

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

01 March 2019

From the Principal

We are pleased to welcome back students and look forward to an exciting half term.  This week we also join the Lionheart Academy Trust and will now be called Sir Jonathan North College.  We are really looking forward to continue working with the Trust in events that support your child’s development and progress.

Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you as parents can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits and have a better chance of achieving her potential.  The whole college attendance is currently 95%.  If you are concerned about your child’s attendance please speak to her Tutor or Progress Leader.

 

Rose Angus

Principal

 

Academy Conversion 1 March 2019

Sir Jonathan North Community College becomes an academy within the Lionheart Trust from Friday 1 March 2019.

We are excited to be joining the Trust and are looking forward to the opportunities this offers our students and staff.

From today our college will be known as Sir Jonathan North College.

 

Alison Merrills

Executive 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!

  • Heidi  9.4
  • Ammaarah  11.2
  • Lauren  11.6
  • Milli  11.10

 

Star of the Week

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

  • Divina  7.9
  • Gianne  8.5
  • Amelia  9.8
  • Patricia  10.5
  • Naomi  10.6
  • Samiah  11.4
  • Lisa  11.8

 

Design and Technology Star of the Month

D&T ‘Star of the Month’ Student Awards for  January 2019

We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for January 2019! 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 2019 awards go to:

 

Food Nutrition and Preparation

Year 11 - Jasmeet

Year 10 - Heather

Year 9 - Hanifah

Year 8 - Amna

Year 7 - Taiba

Product Design

Year 11 - Sant

Year 10 - Nyjah

Year 9 - Claudia

Year 8 - Ashton

Year 7 - Sarina

Fashion and textiles

Year 11 - Molly

Year 10 - Naomi

Year 9 - Maaria

Year 8 - Laura

Year 7 - Maya

 

 

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.)

 

Spotlight Sir Jonathan North Gains Award For Work To Support Mental Health And Well-Being

We are delighted to inform you that we have been accredited with the AcSEED Award for our work to support the emotional well-being and mental health of our students, families and staff. The assessors were very impressed with the quality of our provision and cited over 15 examples of best practice at the college.

We would like to thank our entire staff team for their care and support of all students and for providing a range of provision to meet specific need. We will continue to do everything we can to support our students with any emotional difficulties they may encounter during their time at Sir Jonathan North.

 

Alison Merrills

Executive Principal

 

Year 8 Design and Technology STEM Workshop

On Friday 8th February 50 Year 8 Design and Technology students attended a workshop called ‘Energiser’.

Students investigated different kinds of energy and watched video clips of engineers designing cars that are energy efficient. Working in teams, students used the iterative design process to design and refine buggies using a supercapasitor to store energy. Students learnt quickly to build the buggies and how to maximise limited power to get their buggies to run the length of the main hall on 2.5 volts.

All students were amazing engineers who broke all distance records set by previous workshops. As expected student engagement and behaviour was exemplary to make a totally engaging and enjoyable experience for all.

 

Elise Eldredge

Product Design Teacher

DT DTL         

Laura Crane Christmas Present Appeal

The Student Council Executive would like to thank all the tutor groups who supported their appeal for Christmas presents this year. We were amazed by the all the thoughtful gifts which were donated. These included Kindles, pyjama sets, books, games and headphones. The Laura Crane charity has collected the gifts and will be sending them out to teenage cancer wards across the country. They are very appreciative of the support they receive from our college every year. Thank you to everyone who supported the collection.

 

 

 

Safer Internet Day Tuesday 5 February 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Safer Internet Day 2019 will be celebrated in the UK on Tuesday 5th February, focusing on the theme of:

Together for a better internet

The aim of Safer Internet Day is to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically creatively. 

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. Find out more at www.saferinternetday.org.uk.

The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charities – Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) - with a shared mission to make the internet a better place for children and young people.

This year in the UK, Safer Internet Day will focus on how consent works in an online context and will ask young people to explore how they ask, give, and receive consent online. This could be in their friendships or relationships, how they take and share images and videos or how they manage their privacy and data.

The campaign encourages young people to explore how the internet works, who owns the information that is shared on it, and how they can actively take ownership of digital spaces. We want SID 2019 to empower young people to take control of their online lives and to feel that they can harness and use the positive power of the internet for good.

At SJN we are doing a variety of activities focusing on our use of the internet through the FABAD club (Friends Against Bullying And Discrimination) and during Computer Science lessons. We want to encourage all young people to think more carefully about how they use the internet and consider the questions in the poster below:

 

 

Safeguarding Snippet

From the Ineqe Group:

TikTok time is running out to set your Privacy Settings

Do the children and young people in your care have the correct privacy setting on the App TikTok?

TikTok (formally Musical.ly) can be a really fun App where children can express themselves through uploading videos of themselves, singing, dancing, and lip-syncing.

Don't wait - be confident that your children are safe online. Take 30 seconds and watch the video below.

During an eight-day investigation into the App, Channel 4 News viewed 45 hours of live streams which revealed nearly half of the streams viewed contained inappropriate content, directed to girls as young as nine! Check out our Top Tips to keep children in your care safe:

Top Tips to keep your children safe in TikTok

✔ Check out the App for yourself before letting the children in your care use it, particularly if they are under 13 years old.

✔ Beware that other users may be live streaming content that contains inappropriate lyrics.

✔ Have a discussion with them about what behaviour is acceptable to live- stream.

✔ Ensure they don't buy any in-app purchases without consent!

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

22 February 2019

SJNCC - Truly World Class

We were delighted this week to receive a message from the Director of the World Class Schools Quality Mark, Miranda Perry, confirming why at Sir Jonathan North, we continue to be a World Class School.

Miranda says,  ‘It is our aspiration as an organisation to find schools which develop students to be World Class once they have left the institution.

We want you to know that at Sir Jonathan North Community College you have done this.  Lucia Guzy-Kirkden has taken the initiative to contact us about her research into curriculum breadth and the importance of the arts being taught in school.   She is going to write a blog for us, and has helped us to frame up the focus of our World Class Schools Symposium on 4 July where hopefully she will run a session.

Lucia has impressed us greatly, and we wanted you to know what a tremendous alumna she is for Sir. Jonathan North.’

Well done Lucia. We are very proud of you!

 

Alison Merrills

Executive 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!

  • Radhika 7.6
  • Safa 8.8
  • Hanifah 9.1
  • Amelia 9.4
  • Poppy 9.6
  • Afroditi 10.1

 

 

Star of the Week

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

  • Hamda 7.1
  • Alice 8.4
  • Lauren 9.9
  • Ellie 10.7
  • Aysha 10.7
  • Zara 11.2
  • Beatrice 11.1

 

Design and Technology Star of the Month

D&T ‘Star of the Month’ Student Awards for  January 2019

We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for January 2019! 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 2019 awards go to:

 

Food Nutrition and Preparation

Year 11 - Jasmeet

Year 10 - Heather

Year 9 - Hanifah

Year 8 - Amna

Year 7 - Taiba

Product Design

Year 11 - Sant

Year 10 - Nyjah

Year 9 - Claudia

Year 8 - Ashton

Year 7 - Sarina

Fashion and textiles

Year 11 - Molly

Year 10 - Naomi

Year 9 - Maaria

Year 8 - Laura

Year 7 - Maya

 

 

Year 10 Parents' Evening

We are pleased to invite you to our Parents’ Evening on Thursday 28 February 2019 when you will be able to meet your child's teachers to discuss their work and progress. Staff will be available between 5.30 pm and 8.00 pm and your child will be able to make five minute appointments for you using their appointment sheet. Please encourage your child to accompany you, as we feel it is important they take every opportunity to work with us to ensure their success.

If you feel you would benefit from our interpreter service, please indicate as appropriate on the reply slip. Translation Services are available in Gujarati, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and Kutchi.

Light refreshments will be available to purchase from the Dining Hall on the evening. There will be several subjects’ specific revision guides available from the stall located near the entrance of the Dining Hall.

Mrs A Thornber

Year 10 Progress Leader

 

Year 11 Spotlight

Well done to the 58 students who sat their GCSE Health and Social Care exam this morning. Despite the daily threat of snow, and the sub-zero temperatures outside all students made it in safely and enjoyed a free breakfast and revision session first thing in the dining hall.

Intervention is now in full swing, please make sure you are attending the sessions you have been invited to. If you are unsure where you should be please see your tutor who has been sent a detailed list. I have included a summary table below.

Look out for a letter inviting you to February half term sessions. All students have been invited to attend a ‘Walking Talking Maths Mock’ on the Tuesday of half term, and there are also sessions for history, dance, product design, health and social care and textiles.

If you haven’t been and picked up your revision planner come and see us in our office in M block to do so. The library will also be open for revision after school from next week, there will be someone on hand if you need support planning your revision timetable or just need a quiet place to work. Remember to refer to the school website to find useful revision pages, and to download your free PiXL apps.

Our door is always open if you need support, academic or otherwise over the coming months; please pop in and see us before school, during break, lunch or after school.

 

Alice King

Assistant Principal

 

Spring term intervention

 

Morning intervention 

Lunchtime 

After School

Monday

 

Drama

English /Drama/SEND D9

Tuesday

Maths

Drama

Science/SEND D9

Wednesday

Maths

Drama

Maths/Dance/Drama/SEND D9

Thursday

Maths

Drama 

MFL/ Drama/SEND D9

Friday 

 

 

PE/ HSC

 

February half term intervention

 

Subject

Time from – till

List of students

Monday

History

 9am-1pm

 All EGA group and others

Tuesday

Maths

 9.30am – 1pm

 All students

Wednesday

Dance/ Product Design

 9.30am-2.30pm

 All on course

Thursday

Health and Social Care

  9.30am-2.30pm

 All on course

Friday

Textiles

  9.30am-2.30pm

 All on course

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.)

Year 9 Teenage Booster and Meningitis Vaccination

All Year 9  students should have received paperwork direct from the Immunisation Team. If you are choosing to ‘Opt Out’ of the vaccination please bring your completed forms to the Main Office by Friday 8 February.  If you have not received a form please contact the Immunisation team direct on  0300 3000 007.

The vaccinations will be taking place on Tuesday 26 February. Details of the day to follow.

 

Mrs Flynn

Office Manager

 

 

KS4 Dodgeball County Champions

On Tuesday 6th Feb 2019, our Key Stage 4 Dodgeball Team went to play in the County Finals at Beauchamp Academy. After the competitive and closely fought preliminary rounds, we got into the final round to compete for 1st, 2nd or 3rd. In our final match, both teams had 1 player left and Lauren successful hit the other girl with a ball. Our students worked exceptionally hard as a team, communicating and coming up with their own tactics which allowed us to win!

KS4 Team: Lauren, Yasmin, Shatoyrah, Chantelle (Year 11's), Casey, Evie, Irina, Selma (Year 10's)

 

PE Team

 

 

SJNCC High School Musical

Last month, the SJNCC Expressive Arts team staged their production of ‘High School Musical Junior’ at Holy Trinity church.  The show ran for two sold-out evening performances in the stunning venue, with captivating performances from the cast and ‘West-End’-like sound, lighting and staging provided by the technical staff at Holy Trinity.

Senya brought the role of Troy Bolton to life with an assured delivery and confident singing.  Shyann Dhindsa played Troy’s on-stage love interest, Gabriella Montez, with equal assurance. The duo delivered roof-raising performances of some of the biggest hits from the original movie and stage show including ‘Start Of Something New’ and ‘Breaking Free’.

Holly took on the role of sassy Sharpay Evans with Molly playing her brother Ryan Evans.  The on-stage siblings delivered their lines with perfect comedic timing and sang with pitch-perfect harmonies throughout as well as dancing the choreographed highlight of the show ‘What I’ve Been Looking For’.

Grace created a truly believable performance as Ms. Darbus with amazing on-stage projection and authority, with Faith playing her nemesis, Coach Bolton.  Their delivery created a real sense of the brewing power struggle and rivalry between the two characters throughout the show.

Other notable performances included Caitlin's take on ‘brainiac’ Taylor McKessie, Keira as ‘jock’ Chad Danforth, Ella's performance as the composer Kelsi Neilson (including live piano playing!) and Deajanay as Jack Scott.  Emma performed as secret-baker Zeke Baylor alongside Abigail’s Mongo, Emily’s Ripper and Hannah’s Martha in the first act closing number ‘Stick to the Status Quo’.

The rest of the cast were Isobel , Katie and Juniper as ‘jocks’, Vanessa, Jasmine, Tiffany, Genny, Ella and Olivia as ‘brainiacs’, Ebony as ‘skater dude’ and Enara, Kelsey, Diandre, Kitty, Abi, Ella, Elena, Lauren, Mariam, Alanya and Leyla as the cheerleaders.

Both performances were exceptional but the closing number ‘We’re All In This Together’ saw the whole cast and audience singing together to make for a perfect and memorable end to an amazing journey that started back in July.  Everyone involved in the show thoroughly enjoyed the experience and can’t wait to do it all again soon!

 

Year 11 Yoga and Mindfulness Session with Mindful Warriors

We have an external company, Mindful Warriors (https://www.mindfulwarriorsmw.com/), coming into school on Tuesday 26 February to deliver a Yoga and Mindfulness session in D5/6 after school between 2.50 and 3.50pm to Year 11 students. If your child is interested in attending they need to collect a letter from D15. There are only 30 places available so spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Mindful Warriors believe in the transformative benefits of yoga and mindfulness - from improved physical and mental health to overall wellbeing. Mindful Warriors believe that if people had these great tools from an early age, they could maintain their own optimal balance throughout their lives and be empowered by yoga techniques to look after their physical and mental health. In this way Yoga can be a preventative practice for maintaining mind and body harmony. It is their goal to share the highest quality Yoga classes available to young people across the country. They believe in making a difference to the world by empowering young people to feel good and lead their most balanced lives.

We are confident that your child will learn some useful techniques to assist in their upcoming exam period.

 

Jo Allen

Deputy Student Support Manager

 

 

Safer Internet Day Tuesday 5 February 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Safer Internet Day 2019 will be celebrated in the UK on Tuesday 5th February, focusing on the theme of:

Together for a better internet

The aim of Safer Internet Day is to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically creatively. 

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. Find out more at www.saferinternetday.org.uk.

The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charities – Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) - with a shared mission to make the internet a better place for children and young people.

This year in the UK, Safer Internet Day will focus on how consent works in an online context and will ask young people to explore how they ask, give, and receive consent online. This could be in their friendships or relationships, how they take and share images and videos or how they manage their privacy and data.

The campaign encourages young people to explore how the internet works, who owns the information that is shared on it, and how they can actively take ownership of digital spaces. We want SID 2019 to empower young people to take control of their online lives and to feel that they can harness and use the positive power of the internet for good.

At SJN we are doing a variety of activities focusing on our use of the internet through the FABAD club (Friends Against Bullying And Discrimination) and during Computer Science lessons. We want to encourage all young people to think more carefully about how they use the internet and consider the questions in the poster below:

Safeguarding Snippet

From the Ineqe Group:

TikTok time is running out to set your Privacy Settings

Do the children and young people in your care have the correct privacy setting on the App TikTok?

TikTok (formally Musical.ly) can be a really fun App where children can express themselves through uploading videos of themselves, singing, dancing, and lip-syncing.

Don't wait - be confident that your children are safe online. Take 30 seconds and watch the video below.

During an eight-day investigation into the App, Channel 4 News viewed 45 hours of live streams which revealed nearly half of the streams viewed contained inappropriate content, directed to girls as young as nine! Check out our Top Tips to keep children in your care safe:

Top Tips to keep your children safe in TikTok

✔ Check out the App for yourself before letting the children in your care use it, particularly if they are under 13 years old.

✔ Beware that other users may be live streaming content that contains inappropriate lyrics.

✔ Have a discussion with them about what behaviour is acceptable to live- stream.

✔ Ensure they don't buy any in-app purchases without consent!

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

08 February 2019

SJNCC - Truly World Class

We were delighted this week to receive a message from the Director of the World Class Schools Quality Mark, Miranda Perry, confirming why at Sir Jonathan North, we continue to be a World Class School.

Miranda says,  ‘It is our aspiration as an organisation to find schools which develop students to be World Class once they have left the institution.

We want you to know that at Sir Jonathan North Community College you have done this.  Lucia Guzy-Kirkden has taken the initiative to contact us about her research into curriculum breadth and the importance of the arts being taught in school.   She is going to write a blog for us, and has helped us to frame up the focus of our World Class Schools Symposium on 4 July where hopefully she will run a session.

Lucia has impressed us greatly, and we wanted you to know what a tremendous alumna she is for Sir. Jonathan North.’

Well done Lucia. We are very proud of you!

 

Alison Merrills

Executive 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!

  • Sarah  7.6
  • Rida  9.4
  • Shawal  10.1

Star of the Week

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

  • Summer  7.2
  • Leigha  8.8
  • Elizabeth  9.1
  • Diandre  10.8
  • Fahema  10.1
  • Lucy  11.3
  • Neve  11.6

Year 10 Parents' Evening

We are pleased to invite you to our Parents’ Evening on Thursday 28 February 2019 when you will be able to meet your child's teachers to discuss their work and progress. Staff will be available between 5.30 pm and 8.00 pm and your child will be able to make five minute appointments for you using their appointment sheet. Please encourage your child to accompany you, as we feel it is important they take every opportunity to work with us to ensure their success.

If you feel you would benefit from our interpreter service, please indicate as appropriate on the reply slip. Translation Services are available in Gujarati, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and Kutchi.

Light refreshments will be available to purchase from the Dining Hall on the evening. There will be several subjects’ specific revision guides available from the stall located near the entrance of the Dining Hall.

Mrs A Thornber

Year 10 Progress Leader

Design and Technology Star of the Month

D&T ‘Star of the Month’ Student Awards for  January 2019

We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for January 2019! 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 2019 awards go to:

 

Food Nutrition and Preparation

Year 11 - Jasmeet

Year 10 - Heather

Year 9 - Hanifah

Year 8 - Amna

Year 7 - Taiba

Product Design

Year 11 - Sant

Year 10 - Nyjah

Year 9 - Claudia

Year 8 - Ashton

Year 7 - Sarina

Fashion and textiles

Year 11 - Molly

Year 10 - Naomi

Year 9 - Maaria

Year 8 - Laura

Year 7 - Maya

Year 11 Spotlight

Well done to the 58 students who sat their GCSE Health and Social Care exam this morning. Despite the daily threat of snow, and the sub-zero temperatures outside all students made it in safely and enjoyed a free breakfast and revision session first thing in the dining hall.

Intervention is now in full swing, please make sure you are attending the sessions you have been invited to. If you are unsure where you should be please see your tutor who has been sent a detailed list. I have included a summary table below.

Look out for a letter inviting you to February half term sessions. All students have been invited to attend a ‘Walking Talking Maths Mock’ on the Tuesday of half term, and there are also sessions for history, dance, product design, health and social care and textiles.

If you haven’t been and picked up your revision planner come and see us in our office in M block to do so. The library will also be open for revision after school from next week, there will be someone on hand if you need support planning your revision timetable or just need a quiet place to work. Remember to refer to the school website to find useful revision pages, and to download your free PiXL apps.

Our door is always open if you need support, academic or otherwise over the coming months; please pop in and see us before school, during break, lunch or after school.

 

Alice King

Assistant Principal

 

Spring term intervention

 

Morning intervention 

Lunchtime 

After School

Monday

 

Drama

English /Drama/SEND D9

Tuesday

Maths

Drama

Science/SEND D9

Wednesday

Maths

Drama

Maths/Dance/Drama/SEND D9

Thursday

Maths

Drama 

MFL/ Drama/SEND D9

Friday 

 

 

PE/ HSC

 

February half term intervention

 

Subject

Time from – till

List of students

Monday

History

 9am-1pm

 All EGA group and others

Tuesday

Maths

 9.30am – 1pm

 All students

Wednesday

Dance/ Product Design

 9.30am-2.30pm

 All on course

Thursday

Health and Social Care

  9.30am-2.30pm

 All on course

Friday

Textiles

  9.30am-2.30pm

 All on course

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.)

Year 9 Teenage Booster and Meningitis Vaccination

All Year 9  students should have received paperwork direct from the Immunisation Team. If you are choosing to ‘Opt Out’ of the vaccination please bring your completed forms to the Main Office by Friday 8 February.  If you have not received a form please contact the Immunisation team direct on  0300 3000 007.

The vaccinations will be taking place on Tuesday 26 February. Details of the day to follow.

 

Mrs Flynn

Office Manager

Year 11 Yoga and Mindfulness Session with Mindful Warriors

We have an external company, Mindful Warriors (https://www.mindfulwarriorsmw.com/), coming into school on Tuesday 26 February to deliver a Yoga and Mindfulness session in D5/6 after school between 2.50 and 3.50pm to Year 11 students. If your child is interested in attending they need to collect a letter from D15. There are only 30 places available so spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Mindful Warriors believe in the transformative benefits of yoga and mindfulness - from improved physical and mental health to overall wellbeing. Mindful Warriors believe that if people had these great tools from an early age, they could maintain their own optimal balance throughout their lives and be empowered by yoga techniques to look after their physical and mental health. In this way Yoga can be a preventative practice for maintaining mind and body harmony. It is their goal to share the highest quality Yoga classes available to young people across the country. They believe in making a difference to the world by empowering young people to feel good and lead their most balanced lives.

We are confident that your child will learn some useful techniques to assist in their upcoming exam period.

 

Jo Allen

Deputy Student Support Manager

SJNCC High School Musical

Last month, the SJNCC Expressive Arts team staged their production of ‘High School Musical Junior’ at Holy Trinity church.  The show ran for two sold-out evening performances in the stunning venue, with captivating performances from the cast and ‘West-End’-like sound, lighting and staging provided by the technical staff at Holy Trinity.

Senya brought the role of Troy Bolton to life with an assured delivery and confident singing.  Shyann Dhindsa played Troy’s on-stage love interest, Gabriella Montez, with equal assurance. The duo delivered roof-raising performances of some of the biggest hits from the original movie and stage show including ‘Start Of Something New’ and ‘Breaking Free’.

Holly took on the role of sassy Sharpay Evans with Molly playing her brother Ryan Evans.  The on-stage siblings delivered their lines with perfect comedic timing and sang with pitch-perfect harmonies throughout as well as dancing the choreographed highlight of the show ‘What I’ve Been Looking For’.

Grace created a truly believable performance as Ms. Darbus with amazing on-stage projection and authority, with Faith playing her nemesis, Coach Bolton.  Their delivery created a real sense of the brewing power struggle and rivalry between the two characters throughout the show.

Other notable performances included Caitlin's take on ‘brainiac’ Taylor McKessie, Keira as ‘jock’ Chad Danforth, Ella's performance as the composer Kelsi Neilson (including live piano playing!) and Deajanay as Jack Scott.  Emma performed as secret-baker Zeke Baylor alongside Abigail’s Mongo, Emily’s Ripper and Hannah’s Martha in the first act closing number ‘Stick to the Status Quo’.

The rest of the cast were Isobel , Katie and Juniper as ‘jocks’, Vanessa, Jasmine, Tiffany, Genny, Ella and Olivia as ‘brainiacs’, Ebony as ‘skater dude’ and Enara, Kelsey, Diandre, Kitty, Abi, Ella, Elena, Lauren, Mariam, Alanya and Leyla as the cheerleaders.

Both performances were exceptional but the closing number ‘We’re All In This Together’ saw the whole cast and audience singing together to make for a perfect and memorable end to an amazing journey that started back in July.  Everyone involved in the show thoroughly enjoyed the experience and can’t wait to do it all again soon!

 

Safer Internet Day Tuesday 5 February 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Safer Internet Day 2019 will be celebrated in the UK on Tuesday 5th February, focusing on the theme of:

Together for a better internet

The aim of Safer Internet Day is to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically creatively. 

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. Find out more at www.saferinternetday.org.uk.

The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charities – Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) - with a shared mission to make the internet a better place for children and young people.

This year in the UK, Safer Internet Day will focus on how consent works in an online context and will ask young people to explore how they ask, give, and receive consent online. This could be in their friendships or relationships, how they take and share images and videos or how they manage their privacy and data.

The campaign encourages young people to explore how the internet works, who owns the information that is shared on it, and how they can actively take ownership of digital spaces. We want SID 2019 to empower young people to take control of their online lives and to feel that they can harness and use the positive power of the internet for good.

At SJN we are doing a variety of activities focusing on our use of the internet through the FABAD club (Friends Against Bullying And Discrimination) and during Computer Science lessons. We want to encourage all young people to think more carefully about how they use the internet and consider the questions in the poster below:

Safeguarding Snippet

From the Ineqe Group:

TikTok time is running out to set your Privacy Settings

Do the children and young people in your care have the correct privacy setting on the App TikTok?

TikTok (formally Musical.ly) can be a really fun App where children can express themselves through uploading videos of themselves, singing, dancing, and lip-syncing.

Don't wait - be confident that your children are safe online. Take 30 seconds and watch the video below.

During an eight-day investigation into the App, Channel 4 News viewed 45 hours of live streams which revealed nearly half of the streams viewed contained inappropriate content, directed to girls as young as nine! Check out our Top Tips to keep children in your care safe:

Top Tips to keep your children safe in TikTok

✔ Check out the App for yourself before letting the children in your care use it, particularly if they are under 13 years old.

✔ Beware that other users may be live streaming content that contains inappropriate lyrics.

✔ Have a discussion with them about what behaviour is acceptable to live- stream.

✔ Ensure they don't buy any in-app purchases without consent!

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

01 February 2019

From the Principal - Friday 01 February

Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you as parents can prepare your child for success - both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life-style habits and have a better chance of achieving their potential.  The whole college attendance is currently 95%.

As parents you can help to encourage good attendance by taking a positive interest in your child’s work, by working together with the College if attendance is a concern and by ensuring that you arrange any appointments (e.g. dental check-ups and visits to the GP) outside college hours. In line with government guidelines, we consider good attendance to be at least 96%.

 

Rose Angus

Principal

 

 

Principal Awards

  • Hanifah 9.2
  • Lauren  9.4
  • Millie  9.7
  • Jasmin 9.8
  • Jasmine 11.7

 

Stars of the Week

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

  • Bea trice  7.2
  • Lyla  8.7
  • Enara  9.3
  • Hannah  10.3
  • Lamisha  10.4
  • Fizzah  11.5
  • Ebony  11.10
 

Design and Technology Stars of the Month

D&T ‘Star of the Month’ Student Awards for  January 2019

We are proud to announce our Design and Technology student stars to shine for January 2019! 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 2019 awards go to:

 

Food Nutrition and Preparation

Year 11 - Jasmeet

Year 10 - Heather

Year 9 - Hanifah

Year 8 - Amna

Year 7 - Taiba

Product Design

Year 11 - Sant

Year 10 - Nyjah

Year 9 - Claudia

Year 8 - Ashton

Year 7 - Sarina

Fashion and textiles

Year 11 - Molly

Year 10 - Naomi

Year 9 - Maaria

Year 8 - Laura

Year 7 - Maya

 

Year 11 Spotlight

Well done to the 58 students who sat their GCSE Health and Social Care exam this morning. Despite the daily threat of snow, and the sub-zero temperatures outside all students made it in safely and enjoyed a free breakfast and revision session first thing in the dining hall.

Intervention is now in full swing, please make sure you are attending the sessions you have been invited to. If you are unsure where you should be please see your tutor who has been sent a detailed list. I have included a summary table below.

Look out for a letter inviting you to February half term sessions. All students have been invited to attend a ‘Walking Talking Maths Mock’ on the Tuesday of half term, and there are also sessions for history, dance, product design, health and social care and textiles.

If you haven’t been and picked up your revision planner come and see us in our office in M block to do so. The library will also be open for revision after school from next week, there will be someone on hand if you need support planning your revision timetable or just need a quiet place to work. Remember to refer to the school website to find useful revision pages, and to download your free PiXL apps.

Our door is always open if you need support, academic or otherwise over the coming months; please pop in and see us before school, during break, lunch or after school.

 

Alice King

Assistant Principal

 

Spring term intervention

 

Morning intervention 

Lunchtime 

After School

Monday

 

Drama

English /Drama/SEND D9

Tuesday

Maths

Drama

Science/SEND D9

Wednesday

Maths

Drama

Maths/Dance/Drama/SEND D9

Thursday

Maths

Drama 

MFL/ Drama/SEND D9

Friday 

 

 

PE/ HSC

 

February half term intervention

 

Subject

Time from – till

List of students

Monday

History

 9am-1pm

 All EGA group and others

Tuesday

Maths

 9.30am – 1pm

 All students

Wednesday

Dance/ Product Design

 9.30am-2.30pm

 All on course

Thursday

Health and Social Care

  9.30am-2.30pm

 All on course

Friday

Textiles

  9.30am-2.30pm

 All on course

 

 

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.

 

SJNCC - Truly World Class

We were delighted this week to receive a message from the Director of the World Class Schools Quality Mark, Miranda Perry, confirming why at Sir Jonathan North, we continue to be a World Class School.

Miranda says,  ‘It is our aspiration as an organisation to find schools which develop students to be World Class once they have left the institution.

We want you to know that at Sir Jonathan North Community College you have done this.  Lucia Guzy-Kirkden has taken the initiative to contact us about her research into curriculum breadth and the importance of the arts being taught in school.   She is going to write a blog for us, and has helped us to frame up the focus of our World Class Schools Symposium on 4 July where hopefully she will run a session.

Lucia has impressed us greatly, and we wanted you to know what a tremendous alumna she is for Sir. Jonathan North.’

Well done Lucia. We are very proud of you!

 

Alison Merrills

Executive Principal

 

 

Year 7 Basketball - Last 16 County Finals

On Thursday 25 January Welland Park came to play in the last 16 of the County Basketball Finals. Welland Park started well with a 4 – 0 lead however, once we settled down we pulled it back to 4 - 4 at the end of the first quarter. The game continued to be competitive with SJN always playing catch up. The students tried their hardest but eventually lost the match 18 – 12.  A very good effort girls.

Team: Esther 7.4, Sarah 7.6, Amelie 7.6, Abigail 7.6, Abby 7.6, Sophie 7.7, Ria 7.8, Lucy 7.7, Annabelle 7.7, Mandela 7.1

 Officials: Hanifa and Danny

PE Team

 

 

 

Year 9 Basketball - Last 16 County Finals

On Wednesday 24 January South Charnwood High School came to play in the last 16 of the County Basketball Finals. It was evident in the 1st quarter that Sir Jonathan North (SJN) had more basketball knowledge and experience winning it by 16 baskets to 0. All the SJN students that played had  worked well as a team. South Charnwood never gave up but we were the overall winners 36 to 2.  Well done to the students and thank you to all the girls that came to officiate.

The students now play The Priory Belvoir Academy in the next round.

Team: Mira, Emma R, Eve, Carys, Zoha, Zoya, Daniela, Jayna, Nadia and Emma B

Officials: Gurleen, Hanifa, Asha, Katie, Rachel and Anya

PE Team

 

 

Safer Internet Day Tuesday 5th February 2019

 

 

 

 

Safer Internet Day 2019 will be celebrated in the UK on Tuesday 5th February, focusing on the theme of:

Together for a better internet

The aim of Safer Internet Day is to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically creatively. 

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. Find out more at www.saferinternetday.org.uk.

The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charities – Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) - with a shared mission to make the internet a better place for children and young people.

This year in the UK, Safer Internet Day will focus on how consent works in an online context and will ask young people to explore how they ask, give, and receive consent online. This could be in their friendships or relationships, how they take and share images and videos or how they manage their privacy and data.

The campaign encourages young people to explore how the internet works, who owns the information that is shared on it, and how they can actively take ownership of digital spaces. We want SID 2019 to empower young people to take control of their online lives and to feel that they can harness and use the positive power of the internet for good.

At SJN we are doing a variety of activities focusing on our use of the internet through the FABAD club (Friends Against Bullying And Discrimination) and during Computer Science lessons. We want to encourage all young people to think more carefully about how they use the internet and consider the questions in the poster below:

 

 

 

Safeguarding Snippet

From the Ineqe Group:

TikTok time is running out to set your Privacy Settings

Do the children and young people in your care have the correct privacy setting on the App TikTok?

TikTok (formally Musical.ly) can be a really fun App where children can express themselves through uploading videos of themselves, singing, dancing, and lip-syncing.

Don't wait - be confident that your children are safe online. Take 30 seconds and watch the video below.

During an eight-day investigation into the App, Channel 4 News viewed 45 hours of live streams which revealed nearly half of the streams viewed contained inappropriate content, directed to girls as young as nine! Check out our Top Tips to keep children in your care safe:

Top Tips to keep your children safe in TikTok

✔ Check out the App for yourself before letting the children in your care use it, particularly if they are under 13 years old.

✔ Beware that other users may be live streaming content that contains inappropriate lyrics.

✔ Have a discussion with them about what behaviour is acceptable to live- stream.

✔ Ensure they don't buy any in-app purchases without consent!

 

Mrs Mason

Student Support Manager

25 January 2019

From the Principal - Friday 25 January

Huge congratulations to all those students who participated in the High School Musical Production on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  The talent pool here is amazing!  The singing, dancing and staging was, in my view, comparable to any West End show.  It would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of all the staff involved so a big thank you to them too.  For parents and carers who attended I am sure you will agree that the students’ hard work really shone through in this high quality production, made even better by the fantastic, recently refurbished Holy Trinity Church.

We are looking forward to meeting as many Year 9 parents as possible at the Parents’ Evening on Thursday 31 January 2019.

 

Rose Angus

Principal

 

 

Principal Awards

  • Amira 7.5
  • Safiyah  8.1
  • Asmita  8.1
  • Zahrah 8.3
  • Gabby 9.2
  • Grace 9.3

 

Stars of the Week

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

  • Lily  7.4
  • Khawlah 8.3
  • Samira  9.7
  • Xena  10.1
  • Ellie  10.9
  • Emily  11.7
  • Tisean  11.2
 

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.)

 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

 

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

18 January 2019

From the Principal - Friday 18 January

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

  • 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.)

 

Siobhan Evans

Principal

 

 

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

11 January 2019

From the Principal - Friday 11 January

We are pleased to welcome back students at the start of the spring term.  I am delighted and honoured to be appointed as the new principal of Sir Jonathan North Community College and I am very keen to get to know parents, as well as the students and staff over the coming months.  From my experience of being a senior leader for many years, I know that a successful and happy school depends on all of us working together.

 

Rose Angus

Principal

 

 

Stars of the Week

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

  • Katy  7.3
  • Rwan  8.1
  • Olivia  9.5
  • Isabel  10.10
  • Alina  10.6
  • Amani  11.4
  • Amy  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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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