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LGA NEWS EDITION 04, DATE: 06 November 2020

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Welcome to the start of the new half term.

It has been great to welcome the students back and we are pleased with how they have settled in to their new school day. One of the most disappointing aspects of returning to a new national lockdown has been the impact it has had on after school extra curricular provision. Before half term we were just in the process of starting up the extra curricular provision and now we have had to put this on pause again. We hope that we will be able to resume our plans in early December so that students can enjoy experiences outside of the classroom too.

I am really pleased that we managed to get our Duke of Edinburgh Award group through their expedition section just before the holiday. You will see from the photographs in this Newsletter that conditions were rather variable but the students did incredibly well to complete this section of the Award. I will look forward to sharing news of those who have gone on to complete the rest of the Bronze Award sections in future editions of the Newsletter.

Jim Parker, Principal.

I HEARD A WISPA

As part of the Waves of Praise here at Lord Grey Academy, the Heads of Faculty choose a student whom they feel deserve recognition from a nomination shortlist provided by teachers in the faculty.

A member of the Leadership Team delivers a certificate, along with a bar of chocolate, to each of the winning students in order to celebrate their achievements.

Some of our latest "I heard a Wispa!" winners were chosen for reasons as wonderful as;

  • "She helped another student who was lacking in confidence",
  • "For being a general delight"
  • "He always gives it 100% in every lesson"

We are so proud of our students, they are a constant reminder that #LordGreyCan!

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LOOKING AFTER YOUR MENTAL HEALTH IN A WINTER LOCKDOWN

Summer lockdown was difficult, but we had the sunshine and warmth on outside. This second lockdown possibly sees us, stressed, frightened, exhausted, as well as having to deal with the darker winter nights. COVID fatigue is all too real, but there are some things we can do that will help us feel better. Here are some of suggestions to help us through the darker time from "@thepsychologymum"

Charlotte Carron, School Counsellor

sIXTH FORM VIRTUAL OPEN EVENING

We're looking forward to welcoming students to our Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening on the 12th November 2020, there will be videos and course information available to view at your own leisure, and as always the Sixth Form Team are on hand to answer any questions you may have via a form on the website.

Next week every Year 11 Lord Grey Academy student will be given a prospectus and applications will be open later this month.

Jason Darvall

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze expedition

On the 22nd and 23rd October a number of year 11 pupils took part in their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze expedition. The pupils were exposed to various weathers and lots of mud, taking it all in their stride. The entire cohort successfully passed the expedition and are one step closer to gaining their bronze award.

Congratulations to all pupils involved, I would encourage you all to consider obtaining the Silver Award too!

Many thanks to all the staff involved in supporting the expedition too, it would not have been possible without you.

Richard Henry

PSHE Learning journey

The PSHE Learning Journey has been extended to Year 9!

This has been a wonderfully eye-opening start to the school year in terms of how conversations & discussions develop as students get older. A lesson last week about emotional wellbeing with year 9 progressed to genuine questions about hormones and ‘is that why girls get moody every month?’ This came as no surprise following on from the wonderful work and discussions had virtually with students in years 7 & 8 through lockdown about ethical companies and diversity.

This new journey will take year 9 students through the intricacies of peer pressure & a balanced lifestyle, aspirations & the importance of voting, managing conflict & tackling homophobia, transphobia & sexism, illicit substances & the abuse of them, consent in healthy relationships & STIs, sexting & pornography, finishing the journey with an enterprise project and a review of skills learned through the whole of KS3 PSHE.

Here are some examples of acrostics students created during an earlier lesson this half term.

Let the great discussions continue!

Nicola Palmieri

News From Colossus

During Half term, Ms Whalley the Assistant Head of Colossus House, and MK SNAP were officially presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to pay tribute to the outstanding contribution of volunteers at MK SNAP.

The Duchess of Bedford and Ms Whalley

MK SNAP, as well as being the Colossus House Charity, is an award winning local charity providing life skills, education and work training for adults with learning disabilities and Ms Whalley is a "Super SNAP volunteer" and also nominated the charity for the award.

Congratulations to Ms Whalley and all the Volunteers at MK SNAP for this marvellous achievement!

News from Careers

All About Apprenticeships

Amazing Apprenticeships's Parents' Pack for October is out. This month looks at the differences between T levels, traineeships, and apprenticeships; dyslexia support; the BAME Awards 2020; apprenticeships in engineering; the top 100 employers; and what it's like to be a mature apprentice in the NHS. Download your free copy here.

College Applications

MK College is now taking applications. The online application process is quick and easy. They are holding online open events throughout the year, the next one is Saturday 21st November and you can register here.

Moulton College offers a range of courses, but is particularly well known for its animal care and management. They are running on-demand virtual open events, and you can join in here.

Unifrog

All Year 11, 12 and 13 have a Unifrog account now. They can use this to browse careers, courses, favourite subjects, and take online tests to determine their skills and interests. All career appointment summaries are added to Unifrog so the student and the form tutor can talk about them together. Students can also start building their CVs and add in outside school experiences. Please encourage your child to try it out if they haven't yet. Parents and carers can register to receive an email summary of what their child has been doing on Unifrog if they wish. Please contact joanna.brown@lordgrey.org.uk if you would like to set this up.

Labour Market Information

Not good news for the UK labour market. Employment is down by nearly half a million since the Covid-19 crisis began. 90% of this decline is in part time work, which affects women more than men. Redundancies have doubled since the last quarter, showing the fastest rise on record. You can read the full report here.

Can you help us?

IMPORTANT CONTACT NUMBERS AND EMAIL ADDRESSES

  • Head of House - Colossus: Click this LINK to view the tutor groups
  • Head of House - Enigma: Click this LINK to view the tutor groups
  • Head of House - Lorenz: Click this LINK to view the tutor groups
  • Head of House - Turing: Click this LINK to view the tutor groups

If you would like to let us know of any changes to your contact details, please email our Registrar using the following email address registrar@lordgrey.org.uk.

Privacy Notice

May we remind you that information related to the Youth Support Service Agreement can be found on our website under General Information/Policies, Statements & Notices/Policies - Notices or by clicking on the following link: https://www.lordgrey.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Student-Privacy-Notice-June-2019.pdf

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BEHAVIOUR POLICY & STATEMENT OF BEHAVIOUR PRINCIPLES

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UPCOMING EVENTS 2020

12 NOVEMBER - SIXTH FORM VIRUTAL OPEN EVENING.

27 NOVEMBER - STAFF TRAINING DAY

21 DECEMBER - 01 JANUARY 2021 - WINTER BREAK

04 JANUARY 2021 - STAFF TRAINING DAY

05 JANUARY 2021 - STUDENTS RETURN

15 FEBRUARY - 19 FEBRUARY 2021 - HALF TERM

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