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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Primary Sports Day: Tuesday 17th July 2018.

AMENDED DATE DUE TO FACILITY ISSUES AT K2

We are excited to inform you that Primary Sports Day will be held this year at K2 on Tuesday 17th July.

Reception and Year 1 must arrive by 9.00am and be picked up at 12.00pm.

Year 2 and Year 3 must arrive by 1pm and picked up at 3.45pm.

Please ensure your child wears their PE Kit and brings sun cream and water. There will be some refreshments available to buy on the day, sold by the FOGS team.

You are welcome to stay and support your child but please do not take photographs. We will have staff to do this. There will also be a parent’s race to round off the day so bring your trainers too!

We look forward to seeing all the children showcase their athletic talent and of course have a really fun day.

Thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely

Lucy O’Neill, Olivia Newman and Robert Grant

(PE teachers)

Secondary Sports Day: Monday 16th July 2018.

AMENDED DATE DUE TO FACILITY ISSUES AT K2

We are excited to inform you that Secondary Sports Day will be held this year at K2 on Monday 16th July.

All pupils must arrive at K2 by 8.20am. Events will finish approximately at 1.30pm, pupils can leave directly from The K2.

Please ensure your child is in their PE Kit and brings sun cream and water. There will be some refreshments available to buy on the day.

You are welcome to stay and support your child but please do not take photographs. We will have staff to do this.

We look forward to seeing all the children showcase their athletic talent and of course have a really fun day.

Thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely

Miss O’Neill, Miss Newman and Mr Grant

PE Teachers

Consultation - Change to TGS Secondary Phase Wednesday Timings from September 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

From September 2018, Secondary Phase students (Year 7-11) will finish school every Wednesday at 3.50pm instead of 4.30pm with no House Time between 3.50pm - 4.30pm or student clubs/activities taking place between 4.30pm - 5.30pm. The school may still use this time for Year 11 Intervention if and when required throughout the year. The time gained from the earlier finish every Wednesday will be used by Secondary Phase Teachers and Teaching Assistants for training and development. At present, the Secondary Phase extended day finish does not permit time for quality staff training.

Consultation for this change will open today Tuesday 19th June and close on Friday 29th June. Responses will be considered throughout the consultation period and a final decision will be communicated to staff, students and parents/carers on Thursday Friday 6th July 2018.

Feedback on the proposal should be emailed to smitchinson@thegatwickschool.org.uk by Friday 29th June 2018

Kind regards

Mark Roessler, Head of School

Cystic Fibrosis Day – Friday 22nd June 2018

The week of the 18th June to the 24th June 2018 is Cystic Fibrosis awareness week. Across the UK people will be participating in fundraising events and raising awareness Cystic Fibrosis. On the Friday the 22nd June 2018, The Gatwick School will be supporting a Cystic Fibrosis fundraising ‘Mufti Wear Yellow Day’. On Thursday, Year 9 student Ethan Nott will lead a Secondary Phase Assembly discussing Cystic Fibrosis which will lead onto our Mufti day on Friday.

On the 15th May 2017, Ethan Nott was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 12-years old.

Ethan’s story: -

Hello, my name is Ethan and I have Cystic Fibrosis (CF). May last year I was diagnosed with CF and it has turned my world upside down. Before my diagnosis I was able to do what every other 12 year was able to do, but then soon realised that would all have to change and it has. There are many restrictions when you have CF due the risk of infections. 

In the beginning I took to it quite well, then I realised that it was for the rest of my life...however long that would be. I was told the life expectancy of someone with CF is 40 years old, which at the time seemed quite old. Then I realised that my Dad was 47 and my Mum was 45...which doesn't seem so old now. 

I have many ups and downs and the introduction to the new routines have been difficult. I have to do breathing exercises twice a day, using and instrument called an Aerobika, I do this once before school which means getting up very early and then again after school. I now use a Nebuliser which is once a day and then I take supplements and antihistamines, When I have an infection I have to take a variety of antibiotics up to three times a day, sometimes an hour before food, which means my mum has to wake me at 5.30 in the morning to allow the medication to work. Whilst all of this is my normal day, I still have to fit in all the hospital visits and check-ups (30 in the last year) and a full day at school. Having CF is exhausting...I have always been a very fit person but due to other medical complications, and I'm sure most of you have seen me on crutches, it has been very difficult to keep up, but I have managed to get back into swimming two to three times a week and cycle as much as possible to keep my lung function healthy which is so important when you have CF. I do get very tired but I will do whatever I can to be as fit as possible. This is still very new to me and my family and I am fully aware as time passes my treatments, exercises and hospital visits will increase … I do not want CF to control me or my life.

Thank you for supporting CF day at The Gatwick School. If possible please share my story and if you can please donate, it really does make a difference. 

Ethan Nott Year 9.

Raising awareness about Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited condition caused by a faulty gene. You can’t catch cystic fibrosis or develop it later in life. For someone to have CF, they must inherit two copies of the faulty gene – one from each of their parents.

The faulty gene is carried by 1 in 25 people. A carrier does not have cystic fibrosis, they just carry one copy of the faulty gene that causes it. If two people who carry a copy of the gene (carriers) have a baby, there is:-

  • A 25% chance the baby will have Cystic Fibrosis.
  • A 50% chance the baby will be a carrier of the faulty cystic fibrosis gene.
  • A 25% chance the baby will neither be a carrier nor have cystic fibrosis.

In the UK there are more than 10,400 people living with Cystic Fibrosis and each week five babies are born with the condition.

There is currently no cure for Cystic Fibrosis, and each week in the UK two people die of the condition. However, understanding and treatment of Cystic Fibrosis are improving all the time.

The Gatwick School would like to support both the research into treatment for Cystic Fibrosis and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust who help people diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis to live a full and productive life. Please support Cystic Fibrosis Day by wearing yellow and donating £1.00 on entry to school. Cystic Fibrosis wrists bans can also be purchased.

Kind regards

Mark Roessler (Head of School), Ethan Nott (Year 9 Student)

The lion, the witch and the wardrobe

Dear Parents,

Following the fantastic performance of the Wizard of Oz and the Panto Peter Pan in December, we have secured M&M theatrical productions for our summer play to take place in school. It will be on Wednesday 20th June for all children in Primary for just £8 per child.

The children have really enjoyed these performances in the past, and we are keen to continue providing these opportunities for children in school. Please support this event through payment on ParentPay by Monday 18th June.

Please note that payment for this event should be paid by ParentPay ONLY. The Gatwick School is unable to accept cash or cheques.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours Sincerely,

Nirali Nagji (Deputy Head)

FOGS Second-Hand Uniform Sale - Friday 20th July from 3 to 5 PM

Dear Parents/ Carers,

FOGS Second-Hand Uniform Sale

FOGS will be holding a second-hand uniform sale on in Block B reception on:

Friday 20th July 2018, from 3 to 5 PM.

Please bring any donations of bagged, clean second-hand uniform to either of the school receptions by Friday, 13th July.

Please note that the sale will be a cash only event.

If you would to speak to someone about FOGS, please feel free to get in touch via the website and someone will get back to you.

Regards.

The FOGS Team

Combined Pizza Pop Quiz and Kids Film Night on Thursday 14th June

Dear Parents/ Carers,

Combined Pizza Pop Quiz and Kids Film Night

The FOGS Association are running a combined Pizza Pop Quiz and Kids Film night evening on:

Thursday 14th June 2018, 7.30pm start.

The pizza pop quiz is open to teams of 6-8 adults. A team entry costs £30 and includes a pizza buffet. Other refreshments will be available at an extra charge on the night. Each round will involve random and fun questions and prizes will be equally as random!

To make sure that the adults can relax and enjoy themselves, we will be providing a supervised film showing for the children to enjoy during the quiz. The kids film night event will cost £3 per child and will include popcorn and squash.

Bookings must be made in advance using the tear off slip on the printer friendly version of this letter below. If you need another slip, you can pick one up from either of the School Receptions. Please return your booking form no later than Friday, 8th June. Payment by cash or cheque only please.

All the money raised will go directly towards the school.

Regards.

The FOGS Team

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An invitation to FOGS first annual AGM

The FOGS would like to invite you to their first annual AGM on:

Monday 9th July 2018, 700pm start.

We will be electing the FOGS management committee, signing the constitution and agreeing the main activities and priorities for the 18/19 academic year.

If you want to be on the committee, you must attend the meeting and have a proposer and seconder also in attendance. The roles are open to any parent or carer over the age of 18.

We will be looking to fill the following roles: Chairperson, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer from amongst the parents. You can find a very brief description of what these roles will entail here. Essentially you would be committing to attending at least 1 evening meeting per term plus the AGMs under your tenure, although the committee may choose to meet more often as necessary.

Please come along, even if you are not interested in becoming a formal member of the committee. We will be talking about the kinds of activities that we will be doing next year, and you may find something that you would like to get involved with on a more informal basis. It will also be a great opportunity to get to know some of the other parents and FOGS members in a social setting. Refreshments will be available.

If you would to speak to someone about FOGS, please feel free to get in touch via form on the FOGS page and someone will get back to you.

Regards.

The FOGS Team

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)