Year 2 Young Enterprise Week

Year 2 are taking part in the first Gatwick School (Primary) Young Enterprise week commencing on Monday 11 th June 2018. The aim of the week is for the children to learn about money and gain a deeper understanding of personal finance.

To achieve this it is planned for the children to start with an amount of money at the beginning of the week and achieve a profit through a business venture, (cake sale), by the end of the week. It is hoped a business leader will open the week with a discussion with the children about the importance of finances.

To support this enterprise I would like to ask that between now and the start date children save as many Ip, 2p, 5p and 10p coins as they can to use as our start up fund.

It is planned that the profit will be used to buy something for each class that the children can enjoy and that decision will be achieved democratically as a result of a class vote.

In closing, may I ask that any money raised not be brought into school until the 11 th June 2018.

Thank you for your support.

Yours Sincerely,

Richard Keightley

Primary Royal Wedding Celebration

The primary phase at The Gatwick School will be learning about the royal wedding through a celebration afternoon on Friday 18th May 2018.

During the afternoon the children will learn about some of the traditions and information about the royal family through an assembly. Then we will have an afternoon tea event to celebrate the royal wedding. During this the children will mix with other year groups to have afternoon tea and enjoy a fantastic afternoon of celebrations.

To organise the afternoon tea event we would like each year group to take control of one aspect of an afternoon tea! We would like:

  • Reception — make decorations (we will send some templates home)
  • Year One — bring in or make scones
  • Year Two — bring in or make cakes
  • Year Three - bring in or make sandwiches

We hope the children will learn a lot about the royal wedding and can explore an exciting time in British culture.

We are looking forward to experiencing this with the children and thank you in advance for your support.

Yours Sincerely,

Louise Amphlett

Reception Term 5 Newsletter

Thank you so much for all your hard work this term, the children were fantastic at singing about the Circus and presenting to you at Paragon last term.

Unit 5 asks the essential question, "What is Art?" where we will explore a range of artists and different types of art forms. In English we will be concentrating on writing short sentences, looking at invitations and cards used for celebration. Maths will work on consolidating number and sequences, considering capacity and weight as well as practicing our number bonds.

Our next paragon event will invite parents into our classrooms to share our learning on Thursday 24th May at 8.45am.

Reading

We love our celebration assemblies, the children take pride in their achievements and are Reading always very excited to see who has got star of the week, or reading certificates in class. Please ensure you date your child's reading record every time they read at home with you, or another adult, so that we can award their hard work.

Sun

Hopefully this term we will begin to see the sun! Please make sure your child comes into school with a named water bottle and hat for break times, and should you wish for them to have sun cream on it must be applied before school. We are unable to apply sun cream for children for child protection reasons.

Tapestry

Please log in to your tapestry account to see what you child has been doing at school and share photos, videos or notes on learning your child has done at home. If you need support in accessing your account, don't hesitate to contact your class teacher.

Year One Term 5 Newsletter

Thank you so much for all your hard work this term, the children were fantastic at singing in their last Paragon event.

Unit 5 asks the essential question, "How did people live off the land?" where we will explore Australia and learn about aboriginal art and music as well as about the climate and animals found there. In English we will be concentrating on spelling and reading comprehension. Maths will work on consolidating number and sequences, considering capacity, weight and money as well as practicing our number bonds.

Our next paragon event will invite parents into our classrooms to share our learning on Thursday 24th May at 2.30pm.

Reading

We love our celebration assemblies, the children take pride in their achievements and are ReadÄng always very excited to see who has got star of the week, or reading certificates in class. Please ensure you date your child's reading record every time they read at home with you, or another adult, so that we can award their hard work.

Sun

Hopefully this term we will begin to see the sun! Please make sure your child comes into school with a named water bottle and hat for break times, and should you wish for them to have sun cream on it must be applied before school. We are unable to apply sun cream for children for child protection reasons.

Yours Sincerely,

Nirali Nagji

(Deputy Head)

Year Two Term 5 Newsletter

Thank you for your support last term, the children really enjoyed performing at Paragon from their music lessons.

Unit 5 bodes the question 'How do dreamers shape communities?' where we explore the similarities and differences between the Victorian age and present day. We will learn about Queen Victoria and how schools, toys, food and homes were different to what we know now. In English we will be working hard on grammar, punctuation and spelling as well as focusing on extending our writing ready for SATs at the end of term. In our Maths unit we will be revising as well, practicing our mental methods and making sure we understand real life problems.

Our next paragon event will invite parents into our classrooms to share our learning on Thursday 24th May at 9.30am.

Reading

We love our celebration assemblies, the children take pride in their achievements and are          Reading always very excited to see who has got star of the week, or reading certificates in class. Please ensure you date your child's reading record every time they read at home with you, or another adult, so that we can award their hard work.

Sun

Hopefully this term we will begin to see the sun! Please make sure your child comes into school with a named water bottle and hat for break times, and should you wish for them to have sun cream on it must be applied before school. We are unable to apply sun cream for children for child protection reasons.

Yours Sincerely,

Nirali Nagji

(Deputy Head)

Year 8 Pathways Evening – 5.30pm to 6.30pm - Tuesday 24th April 2018

Year 8 Pathways Evening – 5.30pm to 6.30pm - Tuesday 24th April 2018

As you may well be aware in order to provide your child with the best opportunities to reach their full examination potential in Year 11, The Gatwick School run a 3 year GCSE route from Year 9 through to Year 11. The rationale for this is to provide a greater amount of time for children to gain the deeper knowledge and the understanding necessary for the new GCSE specifications, which are now predominantly linear in nature.

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Musical Theatre Club - Primary Years 1, 2 and 3

The Vincent Martin School of Dance and Musical Theatre will be running a Musical Theatre Club on Tuesdays (3.15 – 4.15 dance studio). Term time only.

£5 per week (12 weeks) £60.00 - Tuesdays

  • April 17th, 24th      
  • May 1st, 8th 15th, 22nd    
  • June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th    
  • July 3rd, 10th

This exciting club will explore both dancing and singing through fun learning and enthusiastic performance. Students will not only learn a range of dance routines and styles, they will also learn upbeat vocals to make a fantastic musical theatre performance.

This club will be led by our very own dance teacher; Mr Martin. We look forward to seeing the performances the students produce whilst working with him.

Please complete the consent portion of the attached printer friendly version of this letter if you would like your child to attend this exciting opportunity.

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Proposed GCSE Science + Geography Trip to Iceland March 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have exciting news! The Geography and Science Department would like to take your child on a once in a lifetime trip to Iceland. The trip will link to the Science and Geography curriculum in a range of ways and will prepare them for all four of the subject’s exam papers. Students will stand on glaciers, explore the North American and Eurasian tectonic plate boundary, see geothermal power at work and relax in Iceland’s oldest swimming pool. This is an amazing opportunity and we would love your child to join us.

We have looked at a range of tour operators to get the most competitive rate and have chosen Discover Education, flying with WOW airlines from Gatwick Airport.

The trip will be in February 2019 and students will have 4 days and 3 nights in Iceland. Travelling at this time of year means students could experience the Northern Lights. Currently the trip breakdown is as follows;

Tour Price Flying with WOW airline: £970.00

We have tried our very best to lower the cost without impacting the quality of the trip. Payment for the trip will be completed via monthly instalments. The current price is subject to change up until the point of booking and the number of students interested. We already have 16 year 9 and year 10’s who have paid the deposit. More students will mean the price will come down.

Please could you complete and return the notification form on the printer friendly version of this letter below which provides notification of firm interest in your child taking part in the trip by Wednesday 4th April. You could also email me directly. Once a confirmation is received, you will get a notification from finance giving you details of how and when to pay.

Kind regards,

Mr Shah (Trip Organiser)

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Special Educational Need at The Gatwick School

I write to inform you that Miss Kelly our SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) will be leaving us this Easter. Miss Kelly has been with The Gatwick School from our very first day and has taught in the Secondary Phase across a variety of subjects. While at The Gatwick School Miss Kelly qualified to be SENCo and has developed SEND provision in the school over the last 2 years. Miss Kelly is taking a break from teaching for the time being and everyone at The Gatwick School wishes her all the best for the future, including her impending marriage in the summer. 

We have recruited a new SENCo, Ms Dale, who joins the Leadership Team. Ms Dale will commence working at The Gatwick School on Monday 11th June 2018, after she has finished with her current school exam commitments.  Mr Hall Deputy Head, who is also SENCo qualified, will cover the SENCo duties for the interim period until she starts. Ms Dale is a qualified SENCo and English teacher with a degree in English Literature. She studied at Glasgow and Kingston Universities and has 11 years teaching experience in several inner London schools as an Assistant Headteacher and 3 years working in Brighton. Ms Dale is familiar with strategies to support students with a wide range of needs. 

With this key change in SEND personnel at our school, we would like to make the current SEND provision transition as seamless as possible. Ms Dale will be holding a number of 'coffee morning drop in's' in the run up to her start date at The Gatwick School. This is in order to meet informally with parents of SEND children who currently have provision in the school and to discuss their children's individual needs. This will provide Ms Dale with good background to many of our children when she starts officially. We will shortly notify parents of children with SEND provision with the dates and times available both before and after Easter for the 'coffee morning drop in's'.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have a queries.

Yours sincerely

Mark Roessler (Head of School)

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Speak out, Stay safe

The NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe programme is visiting our school to make sure our pupils have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse.

I’m pleased to tell you that we will be working with the NSPCC, the UK’s leading children’s charity, who’ll be delivering their Speak out. Stay safe programme on Monday 19th March 2018. This is a nationwide programme for every primary-school-aged child in the UK and Channel Islands. With the help of their friendly mascot Buddy, they’ll be presenting an assembly to the children in our school.

"NSPCC has helped me to build the confidence to tell people about my worries and problems." Child’s feedback

What is the Speak out. Stay safe programme?

Through child-friendly, interactive assemblies and workshops their specially trained staff and volunteers will give our children information about how to keep themselves safe from harm and how to get help if they have any worries, sensitively discussing issues like bullying and sexual abuse, without using scary words or adult language.

We have studied the content of the materials and heard from other schools that have participated and are extremely confident that they are appropriate for primary-school-aged children. By the end of their visit, we’re convinced children will feel empowered – knowing how they can speak out and stay safe.

 “My daughter thought the volunteers were fantastic, really real people, very warm and friendly.” Sally, Prestatyn. 

If you would like any more information about the Speak out. Stay safe programme you can visit the NSPCC website nspcc.org.uk/speakout

Talking PANTS with your children

The NSPCC’s work in schools will help encourage conversations about staying safe – and they have a number of child-friendly materials to help you carry on the conversation afterwards. That includes ‘Talk PANTS’, a simple way for parents to help keep children safe from sexual abuse – without using scary words or even mentioning sex. The guide uses the rules of PANTS to teach children that their body belongs to them and them alone. You can find out more and download the free resources at nspcc.org.uk/pants

If you’d like to know more about the NSPCC’s work, or take a look at the wide range of information and advice which is available for parents and carers, please visit their website nspcc.org.uk/parents

Yours sincerely,

Nirali Nagji (Deputy Head)

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Parent Governor Election

Dear Parent/Carer

I wrote to you in February to invite nominations for the vacancy of primary parent LAB member position. I am delighted to say that there has been a great response and we have four candidates. This means we must now hold a ballot and we ask you to vote for one candidate that you would like to serve The Gatwick School.

Please read each of the personal statements on the attached sheet, tick or cross your choice in your chosen candidates’ box, then hand it to Primary Phase or Secondary Phase reception by 9am on Monday 26th March and we will ask the highest-ranking candidate to serve.

Please note that you must use this ballot paper and that copies will not be valid. Thank you for your support. Please remember to mark just one box.

Yours sincerely

Mark Roessler (Head of School)

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Sports Relief (Secondary)

The week beginning 19th March, The Gatwick School will be participating in Sports Relief Week.

 

Each class will be using their PE lessons to complete a sponsored mile. We would like you all to try and get as many sponsors as you can to run/walk/skip or dance your mile! We have attached a sponsorship form for your use.

On Thursday the 22nd March, students can come dressed as their favourite sports person or wearing the Sports Relief t-shirts. Over the week there will be a number of different sporting events students can take part in. Each lunch time there will be different competitions they can take part in including: Basketball shoot out; Football penalty shoot out, keepy up challenge and many more. Each event will cost 50p to take part in with all the money adding to our total for Sport Relief. 

If your child does a sport outside of school and would like to take part in an extra sport relief challenge, please let us know.

Thank you in advance for your help and support for such a worthwhile cause.

Yours Sincerely,

Mr Grant, Miss O’Neill and Miss Newman (PE Teachers)

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Last Day of Spring Term, School Timings + Mufti Day - Thursday 29th March 2018

The last day of this term will be a 'mufti day' where students can wear non school uniform and donate £1.00 for the good causes the school supports.

Primary Phase pupils will finish school at the end of their normal school day (2.50pm for Reception, 3.00pm for Year 1 and 2, 3.15pm for Year 3), there will be no after school clubs or wraparound running.  Secondary Phase students will depart school at 12noon.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of the unique journey that all involved with The Gatwick School are undertaking.  On behalf of all the staff at the school, I wish you a safe and restful Easter break with family and friends.  We will look forward to welcoming all our pupils back to school, for the start of the Summer Term on Monday 16th April 2018.

Kind regards

Mr Roessler , Head of School

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Sport Relief Week - 19th - 23rd March

Dear Parents/Carers,

The week beginning 19th March, The Gatwick School will be participating in Sports Relief Week.

Each class will be using their PE lessons to complete a sponsored mile. We would like you all to try and get as many sponsors as you can to run/walk/skip or dance your mile! We have attached a sponsorship form for your use.

On the 22nd March, we would like as many pupils as possible to dress up as a sporting personality. On this day there will be teacher vs pupil netball and the PE staff will be completing a non-stop 8 hour fitness circuit which all pupils will have a chance to take part in.

If your child does a sport outside of school and would like to take part in an extra sport relief challenge, please let us know.

Thank you in advance for your help and support for such a worthwhile cause.

Yours Sincerely,

Miss O’Neill and Miss Newman

PE Teachers

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Year 3 Paragon Topic

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your support at our last Paragon event. The children really enjoyed sharing the information they had learnt about French foods and most of them tried lots of different things, and enjoyed eating the more familiar pain au chocolats!

This term asks the question ‘How do people live on an island?’ where the children will learn about how people live in Japan. They will study Shogun Japan and look at Japanese Art forms, from music to painting to dance.

For those children attending the residential to Kingswood in May, please don’t forget the information evening on Monday 19th March at 5pm in A Block hall.

Our next paragon event is on Tuesday 27th March at 2.15pm in A Block hall, the children will work with Year 2 to share their learning from this half term.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours Sincerely,

Nirali Nagji
(Deputy Head)

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Year 2 Paragon Topic

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your support at our last Paragon event. The children really enjoyed working with you on different types of Art and were impressed to see all your talents!

This term asks the question ‘how do people create communities?’ where the children will learn about how people lived off the land specifically focusing on Iroquois Indians and Pilgrims. They will learn about how they lived and survived in Native America.

Over the coming weeks the children will be preparing for the SATs exams that will take place in May for Year two. We would like to teach you more about how to support this preparation and share what SATs looks like on Thursday 8th March at 5pm in A Block hall.

Our next paragon event is on Tuesday 27th March at 2.15pm in A Block hall, the children will work with Year 3 to share their learning from this half term.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours Sincerely,

Nirali Nagji
(Deputy Head)

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Year 1 Paragon Topic

Dear Parents,

Thank you for all the hard work at home last term on your clothing from around the world task. We were really impressed with the outcomes from all the children and they spoke in front of their peers and other parents really well!

This term asks the question ‘What is Art?’ where the children will learn about different forms of Art and discover South East Asia with a focus on Bali.

Over the coming weeks the children will spend lots of time practicing on their phonics sounds. We are all preparing for the phonics screening that will take place in June for Year one. We would like to teach you more about how to support phonics and what the test looks like on Tuesday 13th March at 5pm in A Block hall.

Our next paragon event is on Wednesday 28th March at 2.15pm in A Block hall, the children will work with Reception to share their learning from this half term.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours Sincerely,

Nirali Nagji
(Deputy Head)

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Reception Paragon Topic

Dear Parents,

Thank you for all the hard work at home last term on your houses and homes projects. We were really impressed with the outcomes from all the children and they spoke in front of their peers and other parents really well!

This term asks the question ‘what do clothes teach us about people?’ where the children will learn about clothing for different climates, special clothing for celebrations, clothing from around the world and what it can be made from. In English we are concentrating on using sounds to write words and short sentences, and in Maths looking at shape, time and size.

Over the weekend we invited you to join Tapestry – this is our online learning journal where we log all the learning children do using photos, against the Early Learning Goals. We would like to teach you more about how to use it on Tuesday 20th March at 5pm in A Block hall. We will also show you strategies to support children in phonics and reading during this event.

Our next paragon event is on Wednesday 28th March at 2.15pm in A Block hall, the children will work with Year one to share their learning from this half term.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours Sincerely,

Nirali Nagji
(Deputy Head)

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Year 3 Residential Information Letter

On Monday 19th March 2018 we would like to invite you to attend an information evening for the upcoming residential trip to Kingswood in May.

During the evening we will share information about what to bring, where children will stay, what activities we might be able to do and take any questions from you, or your children.

There will be an opportunity for children to vote on the activities which Kingswood will then collect from us to customise our itinerary. We will also require dietary and medical information questionnaires to be completed for the centre to tailor our visit.

The evening will commence at 5pm for half an hour, with an opportunity for questions and one to one information from 5.30pm-6pm all in Block A hall. We must insist children attend with you so that all questions can be answered at once. Please return the slip on the printer friendly version to confirm yours and your child’s attendance on Monday 19th March at 5pm.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours Sincerely,

Nirali Nagji

(Deputy Head)

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