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Reading Girls' School newsletter - 29 january 2021

Principal's message: "CONGRATULATIONS & CELEBRATIONS…"

To all of our pupils and Science staff…

Pupils and parents will be familiar with TASSOMAI programme that we use for Science homework. The concept behind it is to engage regular and often to secure knowledge. Well that commitment has paid off in more ways than one.

Pupil progress in Science since September 2018 has been transformational to the extent that the girls and the Science staff have recently been recognised as one of their daily winners for ANSWERING 14000 QUESTIONS IN ONE DAY!

A special mention must go to TAMSIN YUILLE of Year 11 who got 94% of her questions correct!

STAR STUDENT UPDATE...

A whopping 406 star student certificates were issued in the last week. Whilst it is a close contest at KS4, YEAR 8 ARE BEGINNING TO BREAK AWAY from Year 7 in KS3. They have amassed 42% of the school’s total certificates to date!

GENEVA VENTER, Yr8, with her collection of home-delivered Star Student certificates and goody bags.

One of this week's PLEDGE8 activities...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to ANISA YEATMAN, Yr 8, who rather cleverly made herself a birthday cake.

Jon Gargan, Principal

Personal Development Day - 28 January 2021

We hosted our FIRST EVER VIRTUAL PD DAY WITH EXTERNAL PROVIDERS on Thursday. Thank you so much to our partners for adapting their sessions to enable the girls to gain a real insight into a variety of industries. Guest speakers included UK Parliament, University of Reading with Being Healthy, Barclays Life Skills, Careers in Technology and CV writing to name a few.

The students were engaged and enthusiastic and welcomed our visitors in their usual polite and interested manner. Plenty of relevant questions were asked and I am sure the girls have had plenty of food for thought.

Their day also included a 1-2-1 TEAMS session with their PERSONAL TUTORS focusing on pastoral support and ensuring any concerns the girls may have are addressed.

Here is some FEEDBACK PROVIDED by one of our Year 10 girls to the external providers platform.

THAMES VALLEY POLICE YEAR 11 PD day session…
UK PARLIAMENT YEAR 7&8 PD day session…

The next PD day is planned for Wednesday 3rd March 2021; please look out for further information in future newsletters.

Three Golden Apples fell out of the sky

‘There is a tradition amongst storytellers that stories are to be shared. At the end of story time the storyteller might say; Three golden apples fell out of the sky; the first is for me because I told you these stories; the second golden apple is for you because the stories are now yours as well and the third golden apple I throw over my shoulder for all those standing behind me who told these stories long before I was even born.’

Suggestions for National Storytelling Week - 30th January-6th February 2021

  • Find a copy of your favourite story and tell it to another member of your household-young or old.
  • In your Reading Lesson you will be reading the myth of Daedalus and Icarus. Find another Greek myth to read.
  • Ask another member of your household what their favourite story is. Ask them to tell it to you.
  • Research any stories from your culture. Tell them to a friend.
  • Find out about the stories behind one of Shakespeare’s plays. Tell the story to someone else.
  • Ask your family members to make up a story with you, sentence by sentence. Now try doing this word by word.

Virtual Breakfast Club

A very special mention and huge thank you goes to Mr Fitz-Gerald for running a 'Monday Movers' cardio breakfast session this week. It was a wonderful way to get warmed up for the day!

A further special thanks to Katie Afonso for running another great Yoga session today and thank you to the girls who joined for giving such lovely feedback about what a relaxing start to the day it was!

More PLEDGE8 Activities being carried out by the girls this week!

  • Olivia Sands made dinner for the family a couple of times this week.
  • Azzahra Kisombe has made her bed every day, helped her siblings with their work and done the hoovering.
Miriam Baroud made this cake for a friend and delivered it to her door!
Kebron Million doing the housework
Ana Gomes has been in charge of the dishwasher!
Tanushree Bopardikar cooked lunch for everyone
Anisa Yeatman made her own birthday cake!

Wellbeing Day - Thursday 4th February

Advice and Support

Cerebra is a national charity supporting families of children with brain conditions and have lots of advice and support on their website including: Practical Tips for Effectively Accessing Public Services for your Disabled Child - Cerebra

The West Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group which covers Reading, has updated its mental health booklet for teenagers which can be downloaded here: Little Blue Book of Sunshine.

Our coffee morning on Friday 29th January has been cancelled as Jane Wooldridge, the learning disability nurse at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, is no longer available. We hope to invite her to another coffee morning when the hospital is under less pressure. The following resource pack from the national Mencap is really useful in the meantime. Mencap Resource pack.

We have arranged another coffee morning on Wednesday, 24th February at 10.30 - 11.45 am with the new SEN Team Manager Nikki Stevens. To book this coffee morning please email fran.morgan.rff@gmail.com.

Our next Special United is this Friday 29th January 5:30 – 6:30 on Zoom with Nikki Stevens SEN Team Manager and Kate Reynolds, Head of Education. Open for all young people aged 8 – 25 with additional needs and/or their siblings. Join us and tell Nikki and Kate what you think of support in school and college for young people with additional needs in Reading. £10 Amazon voucher for all young people that take part. To book email lisaharry14@aol.com.

Remember that the Local Offer has lots of information about local services for families of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). They have a friendly team who can answer all your questions about local support. 0118 9373777 (Option 2) (73777) website link.

Wishing you all a good week - Reading Families Forum