The Gatwick School Secondary Open Evening - Tuesday 2nd October 2018

On Tuesday the 2nd October we will be holding our annual Open Evening for prospective new Year 7 students and any other children applying for a place at The Gatwick School. The evening will run from 5.00pm to 8.00pm.

This is always an important annual event for us and as such we have taken the decision that Secondary Phase students (Year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) will depart from school at 1.50pm immediately after lunch.  This will enable staff to prepare all the Secondary classrooms and learning areas in both Block A and Block B, in order to show case the excellent teaching and learning that takes place in our school.

Our Primary Phase students (Reception, Year 1, 2 + 3) will depart from school earlier, 2.10pm for Reception, 2.20pm for Year 1+2 and 2.30pm for Year 3+4. There will be no ‘Wrap Around’ for Primary Phase children on Tuesday.

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Year 11 Spanish

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are writing in regards to your child’s upcoming GCSE/EBacc exams in Spanish.

The MFL department has created a range of extra opportunities for students to work on their language and exams skills.

These include:

  • Google classroom (with access to Power Point presentations, exercises, videos and homework)

  • Duolingo (interactive platform for speaking, writing, listening and reading practice) All students are expected to download it onto their devices and spend 5 minutes a day practicing their skills – all students should finish it by April.

  • Kerboodle – a platform with access to AQA GCSE course books and papers.

  • Lunchtime Homework/Revision Club Monday/Wednesday/Friday 1:30-1:50

  • Three dedicated after school clubs 4:30-5:30,

    • Tuesdays: BU9 Mr Pickett GCSE Writing/Speaking Spanish Revision club

    • Thursdays: BU12 Mr Rodriguez GCSE Reading/Listening Spanish Revision club

    • Fridays: BU8 Mr Alarcon GCSE Writing/Speaking GCSE Spanish Revision club

All students are encouraged to use these opportunities.

We also strongly suggest that the following publications are bought as a means of preparation/revision before each progress check:

  • GCSE AQA Spanish Complete Revision and Practice CGP ISBN 978-1-78294-548-2

  • GCSE AQA Spanish Higher Oxford University Press ISBN 978-0-19-836585-3

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Kind regards,

Mr B Pickett, Head of MFL

bpickett@thegatwickschool.org.uk

Crawley Careers Fair for Year 10 Pupils

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On Tuesday 25th September there will be a Crawley Careers Fair held at K2 Crawley Leisure Centre.

Year 10 students will be given permission to attend this event. An afternoon time slot has been booked for them between 1.45-3.45pm. We will therefore let them depart from school at 1.00pm on the day, in order to give them enough time to make their own way there.

Pupils can only attend with your permission, and on the understanding that they are attending the event. School staff will be at the event to monitor attendance. Our clear expectation is that any Year 10 pupils who do not want to attend, will remain in school and continue with the rest of the school day as normal.

There will be a large number of employers and further education providers in attendance at the event along with the National Careers Service and West Sussex Careers Advisors, there will also be several current Apprentices on hand to discuss their experiences. We feel this would be an excellent opportunity for our pupils to learn about the range of options open to them while continuing their journey to success. There is no charge for this event.

Year 10s have an arrival time slot of 1:45. If for any reason they cannot attend, absences will have to be communicated to the school as normal.

We look forward to sharing this exciting opportunity with your child.

Kind regards,

Sonya Hyde, Assistant Headteacher

Crawley Careers Fair for Year 9 Pupils

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On Tuesday 25th September the event mentioned here is taking place in Crawley at K2 Crawley Leisure Centre.

Year 9 students will be given permission to attend this event. An afternoon time slot has been booked for them between 12.45-2.45pm. We will therefore let them depart from school at 12.00pm on the day, in order to give them enough time to make their own way there. Pupils can only attend with your permission, and on the understanding that they are attending the event. School staff will be at the event to monitor attendance. Our clear expectation is that any Year 9 pupils who do not want to attend, will remain in school and continue with the rest of the school day as normal.

There will be a large number of employers and further education providers in attendance at the event along with the National Careers Service and West Sussex Careers Advisors, there will also be several current Apprentices on hand to discuss their experiences. We feel this would be an excellent opportunity for our pupils to learn about the range of options open to them while continuing their journey to success. There is no charge for this event. Year 9s have an arrival time slot of 12:45.

If for any reason they cannot attend, absences will have to be communicated to the school as normal. We look forward to sharing this exciting opportunity with your child.

Kind regards,

Sonya Hyde, Assistant Headteacher

Crawley Careers Fair for Year 8 Pupils

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On Tuesday 25th September the event mentioned here is taking place in Crawley at K2 Crawley Leisure Centre.

Students have been granted booked time slots to attend the event. We will therefore be collapsing the school day to ensure attendance at this unique and invaluable opportunity. Year 8 Students do not attend school.

School staff will be at the event to monitor the attendance.  Our expectation is that all students will attend. The fair has been agreed by local schools, businesses and colleges to provide the highest quality of careers provision for your child.

There will be a large number of employers and further education providers in attendance along with the National Careers Service and West Sussex Careers Advisors, there will also be several current Apprentices in attendance. 

We feel this would be an excellent window for our pupils to learn about the range of options open to them while continuing their journeys of success.

Year 8s have an arrival time slot of 11:00. If for any reason they cannot attend, absences will have to be communicated to the school as normal.

We look forward to sharing this exciting opportunity with your child.

 

Kind regards,

Sonya Hyde, Assistant Headteacher

Crawley Careers Fair for Year 7 Pupils

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On Tuesday 25th September the event mentioned here is taking place in Crawley at K2 Crawley Leisure Centre.

Students have been granted booked time slots to attend the event. We will therefore be collapsing the school day to ensure attendance at this unique and invaluable opportunity. Year 7 Students do not attend school.

School staff will be at the event to monitor the attendance.  Our expectation is that all students will attend. The fair has been agreed by local schools, businesses and colleges to provide the highest quality of careers provision for your child.

There will be a large number of employers and further education providers in attendance along with the National Careers Service and West Sussex Careers Advisors, there will also be several current Apprentices in attendance. 

We feel this would be an excellent window for our pupils to learn about the range of options open to them while continuing their journeys of success.

Year 7s have an arrival time slot of 10:00. If for any reason they cannot attend, absences will have to be communicated to the school as normal.

We look forward to sharing this exciting opportunity with your child.

 

Kind regards,

Sonya Hyde, Assistant Headteacher

Year 11 Drama

To all Year 11 Parents,

Today your child will be bringing home one of the two letters below. If you do not receive this letter or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact me on rtownsend@thegatwickschool.org.uk


Letter 1

Dear parent/carer,

Your child has successfully submitted their completed first draft coursework. I aim to mark the coursework with feedback the same day and give it back for editing the next day. The following dates are available for your student to ask questions and have me present for the editing process. It should not take long as there will only be a certain amount of adjustments that I can offer.

  • 10/09/18 – 16:30-17:30

  • 11/09/18 – 16:30-17:30

  • 14/09/18 – 16:30-17:30

  • 17/09/18 – 16:30- 17:30

  • 18/09/18 – 16:30-17:30

  • 21/09/18 – 16:30-17:30

All will be held in the A block computer area, just outside the drama studio.

Many thanks,

Rosie Townsend


Letter 2

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am writing to you in order to update you on Drama coursework.

So far I have not received your child’s completed coursework and they have not attended the after school catch up classes that I have offered them. We cannot dedicate any more school time to the completion of this coursework due to time restraints within the timetable this year and so coursework must be completed in these catch up sessions.

I will be offering the following sessions for coursework catch up which must be attended until coursework is completed:

  • 10/09/18 – 16:30-17:30

  • 11/09/18 – 16:30-17:30

  • 14/09/18 – 16:30-17:30

  • 17/09/18 – 16:30- 17:30

  • 18/09/18 – 16:30-17:30

  • 21/09/18 – 16:30-17:30

All will be held in the A block computer area, just outside the drama studio.

Please let me know via email (address below) which session/s your child will be attending so I can plan for them in order to get the most out of the session.

rtownsend@thegatwickschool.org.uk

Many thanks,

Rosie Townsend

Dance Uniform - Secondary

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I would first like to start by saying how excited I am to be working with your child(ren) this year while working towards their Dance GCSE. Dance is a subject very close to my heart. It is a subject that I am very passionate about.

Unlike other subjects, the uniform has a great impact on both the dancer and the work they produce. Not only does it streamline the professionalism within the dance studio, it also promotes student self-discipline and encourages safe dance practice.

Please join me in keeping your child(ren) at a lower risk of injury by enforcing our uniform rule outside of school. Making sure uniform is washed and ready for the week to come.

This uniform is a strict requirement from the dance examining board. Your child(ren) will be wearing our dance uniform for their practical exams. It is therefore paramount that uniform is worn every lesson.

Each student MUST wear the following uniform at every dance lesson without fail.

Required Dance Uniform:

  • Plain black leotard/tight fitted vest
  • Plain black dance/cycling shorts
  • Plain black footless tights/leggings/joggers
  • NO SOCKS/footwear
  • NO jewellery/accessories

If your child fails to bring their correct dance uniform, they will be expected to wear spare dance uniform that’s kept at school. Rest assured that this uniform will be washed weekly. If a student refuses to wear the supplied uniform, it will result in referrals from refusal.

On the occasions that a note is supplied regarding uniform/injury/illness, I will ring parent/guardian to gain further understanding and see If I can provide further support.

If you are having trouble purchasing and funding dance uniform, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will do my best to help you. Any further question regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Uniform Rule will be in effect by Monday 17th September 2018.

Vince Martin – Teacher of Dance

121 Football Club

1-2-1 Football will be running a Football Club on Wednesdays (3pm — 4pm). Term time only.

£5 per week (11 weeks) £55.00 - Wednesdays (PAID IN ADVANCE)

  • September 19th , 26th
  • October 3rd, 10th 17th 31 st
  • November 7th, 14th, 21 st, 28th
  • December 5th

This exciting club will encourage team work and build football skills through working on individual skills and group or team experiences.

This club will be led by Football coaches from 1-2-1 Football who are a locally based Football coaching company. We look forward to seeing the progress the children make in team work and football through their participation. For further details, you can contact 1-1 Football on coaching1-2-1football@outlook.com

Printable Booking Form

Musical Theatre Club

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 (PAID IN ADVANCE)

  • September 18th , 25th
  • October 2nd, 9th, 16th , 30th
  • November 6th , 13th, 20th , 27th
  • December 4th , 11th

£5 discount for last term students due to teacher absence.

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.

Download the booking form here

Welcome Back Letter (Primary)

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to a new year at The Gatwick School. As the children get back into the routine, we thought it would be useful to remind you of some of the key items your child is expected to bring to school. These items will usually stay in school, except for the water bottle which needs to be cleaned and refilled:

  • PE kit
  • Coat (weather appropriate eg hoods during wet weather)
  • Water bottle
  • Snack for Key Stage 2 only (one piece of fruit or vegetable)

We request that all belongings are clearly named. It would be helpful if your child recognises their items even if they are brand new, so it is a good idea to show them to your child. This will give them the responsibility to look after the items at school.

If your child is over the age of 5 and they would like to have milk at break time, please login and register at https://www.coolmilk.com/parents/ for this service.

The Gatwick School offer OASIS clubs to children for one hour after school to extend their learning. These are run by school staff with a range of activities each day. Please use online form at https://www.thegatwickschool.org.uk/oasis-clubs/  to confirm your child’s attendance at OASIS clubs. As part of the extended school day please provide a small, healthy snack for children to eat before the club such as a piece of fruit/vegetable.

Following the success of the new dojo chart last year, we are going to continue with this behaviour system, and you will be made aware of warnings or lost dojos during the day. You will also be notified of positive points and the top 5 Dojo earners per class will be invited on the end of year reward trip. Please make sure you are signed up to Dojo to receive these updates, or contact your class teachers to connect you. Please ensure that the messaging system on Dojo is used appropriately, and to use your class teacher as the main point of contact, as teaching assistants don’t have individual accounts.

We look forward to sharing our exciting learning environment with you and your child. We will be holding the annual McMillan Big Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September 2018 from 845-930 for Early Years and Key Stage One, and from 230-315 for Key Stage Two.

This year we would like to share the dates for Paragon events in advance. Please note that all parents and guardians will be invited into the classrooms to take part in something with your child at this time.

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Homework will be shared at the beginning of each half term. The children will have a range of English, Maths and Paragon tasks to complete over the term. They can submit it as they do it, or return it when they have completed it all. Homework is project/task based so that they can extend it as far as they would like. Children will also have spellings to learn each week, and receive dojo points when they submit homework, and get 10/10 on their spellings.

Thank you for your continued support, I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Yours Sincerely,

Nirali Nagji, Deputy Head

Mufti Day on Friday 20th July in support of Pride

We are writing to inform you that our fantastic secondary LGBTQ club are organizing an afternoon of activities on the theme of Pride. This will take place on Friday 20th July. These activities will support overall themes of tolerance and acceptance. On this day we are having a non-uniform day. Pupils are asked to dress in a rainbow color from the Pride Flag, such as Red, Orange, Yellow, Green Blue and Purple.

We will be asking for a donation of £1, for your child to take part. Fifty pence of this will go to buy school equipment and the remaining fifty pence will go towards the Stonewall charity. The Stonewall charity works hard to support the LGBTQ community and to promote equality and acceptance amongst all. They work with schools to prevent bullying and empower students to express themselves in a safe environment.

Thank you for your continued support of our students and school.

Yours sincerely

Zac Mitchinson, Reception Class Teacher &  Sonya Hyde, Assistant Headteacher

Term dates for the next academic year

Please find below the term dates for next academic year, including Inset Days and Bank Holidays.

The children come back to school on Wednesday 5th September 2018 in Year One to Year

Four. Our new Reception children start school on Wednesday 12th September 2018, due to home visits the week before.

Our school day begins at 8.30am however we have a supervised playground from 8.15am. If your child is in school before this, they can go to Breakfast Club from 7.45am.

Reception finish school at 2.50pm, Year One and Year Two finish at 3pm and Year Three and Year Four finish at 3.15pm. Our after school clubs run for one hour after the end of the school day, and wrap around runs after the club until 6pm.

We would encourage you to use our drop off zone in the mornings to allow for good traffic flow around the school, and on collecting your child from school, to leave the carpark swiftly for the next set of parents to arrive for the staggered end of day.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours Sincerely

Nirali Nagji, (Deputy Head)

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Breakfast and Wraparound Clubs

The School has undertaken a review of the current systems and charges in place for Breakfast Club and Wrap Around. Whilst we have managed to keep the club prices the same for the last 3 years, an increase in all costs has meant that we have had to undertake a review. This review not only looked at costs but also the systems currently in place

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Year 10 GCSE Mock Results Day – Thursday 12th July 2018, 4.00-4.30pm

Dear Parent/ Carer of a year 10 Student

As you will be aware Year 10s have been undertaking GCSE Mock Exams over the last 2 weeks in preparation for two further Mock Exams in Year 11 and then their final GCSE Exams next summer. As such I would like to invite you as their Parents and Carers into the school to share the journey the children are on and be part of a short informal assembly where we will distribute their results envelopes for them to open

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