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LGA NEWS EDITION 13, DATE: 23 april 2021

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

As we begin the summer term it has been lovely to see some warmer weather. Lessons this term have started with a higher level of challenge now that students have had a few weeks to adapt to being back in the classroom and I have seen some excellent learning taking place over the last few days.

Jim Parker, Principal.

UNIFORM

The Governors and staff at Lord Grey Academy believe that the wearing of a distinctive school uniform makes an important contribution to the tone and reputation of the Academy, that it gives students a sense of belonging, and stops students coming in clothes which are unsuitable for school.

All students are expected to be wearing the full school uniform correctly. Please follow the link to access the Lord Grey Academy full school uniform expectations.

Students should only wear the Lord Grey PE kit on the days they have PE lessons. For the majority of students, this is two days a week. Please refer to timetables to check which days these should be.

On all other days, students should be wearing the correct full school uniform.

NEWS FROM COLOSSUS HOUSE

Hello Colossus House!

It's been a positive start to the term and we have heard from lots of Colossus students about how they have accepted our challenge to not only have a positive impact on those around them this half term, but to set personal goals for themselves too.

Our suggestions of some goal ideas were;

  • Perform one act of kindness each day
  • Put all your litter in the bin
  • Come prepared with all the equipment needed, every day
  • Bring a spare face mask to school
  • Attend an Extra-Curricular Activity
  • Read a Book every week
  • Go for a 30 minute walk each day

We look forward to hearing more about your goals and sharing how you are working towards them in the next newsletter!

House Points

Students from across Colossus have also been working hard to earn House Points, with our Top earners from the start of this term, shown below!

Well done to all Colossus students!

Colossus Alumni

We had an email from Robbie, a former Lord Grey student who was in Colossus House. Robbie recently completed his Phase one Army training and will now be moving on to Phase two training at Larkhill.

We're really pleased that Robbie is keeping in touch with us and letting us know how he is getting on.

Community Spirit

We've had lots of volunteers to collect litter in social time to help the school look it's best! Thank you to Joe and Tyler-John for collecting 4 bags worth!

GO MIGHTY COLOSSUS!

Miss Hussey and Ms Whalley, Colossus House

NEWS FROM LORENZ HOUSE

Welcome back Lorenz House!

It is wonderful to see you all again and great to have got this new term off to a good start. Please remember to try your best in all your lessons.

Turn your Can’ts into Cans and you will soon turn your dreams into plans.

Please remember to wear the correct uniform and keep yourself smart.

When you are looking good, you feel good, and when you feel good your learning is good.

Ensure your uniform is correct and wear it with PRIDE!

Brave the shave

It is with tremendous pride that Lorenz shares with our school community the huge sacrifice that Melissa L7KHW, is making for Macmillan Cancer Support.

On July the 16th 2021, Melissa will have her hair shaved to raise money for Macmillan and will be donating her hair to The Little Princess Trust.

Melissa is hoping to raise £600 for the Macmillan Cancer Support and if you could spare some loose change, then please bring this to the Lorenz Hub and place this in the charity box.

We are super proud of you Melissa and are excited to see your post shave look!

Sunflower Challenge

All Lorenz students should have recieved some sunflower seeds in the post from Mrs Bowen and Mr Crook and are being asked to grow a sunflower this Summer term.

Remember you are awesome!

Mrs Bowen and Mr Crook, Lorenz House

YEAR 11 LEAVERS HOODIES

Place your order before Friday 14th May 2021 at 5pm http://wav.ee/lordgreyhoodies21

Careers and Futures

MK College virtual open evening

5-7:30pm on Thursday 20th May

I would love it if none of our Y11s needed this, because they've all sorted out their September places. However, for the few students who still don't know what to do after Year 11, this is the last chance to tour the campuses, hear from tutors, and find out more about courses and college life. You must register online beforehand.

Free virtual career sessions

27th April 5pm

Engineering Spotlight Session focuses on the ways of entering a career in engineering. If you are interested in engineers then grab your ticket!

10th May 5pm

Gain insight into the various routes into nursing for men and what in the life of NHS employees entails. Register for your free place.

11th May 5pm

This FREE virtual insight session with SONY. The Ministry of Sound will be giving an overview of all things LABEL: what a label looks like, label marketing, and more. Register here.

Apprenticeships

Looking for an apprenticeship? Head over to www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship and search current opportunities.

I am sent details of apprenticeships all the time, which I forward on to the relevant year groups. Make sure your student is reading their email! Here is a selection of the ones I have shared with students recently:

Technology degree apprenticeship with Accenture.

Business Development degree apprenticeship with the BBC.

Digital Marketing degree apprenticeship with the BBC.

Veterinary Care Assistant intermediate apprenticeship with Vets4Pets.

Hospitality Team Member intermediate apprenticeship in Bletchley.

Download the April edition of Amazing Apprentices' parent's pack with articles about Autism Awareness, Digital T levels, and stress awareness.

Work Experience

Remember that there are plenty of virtual work experience placements available - students need to register with their LG p-number email address. Here's a selection of what's coming up in the May half term:

Women in the Army

Life in the Army is unpredictable, demanding and rewarding. This insight session will speak to female soldiers currenting serving in the Army. We will hear about their journeys and experiences, difficulties they have faced, and how they have overcome them.

Santander Virtual Work Experience

If you’re 14-18 years-old, come along to our virtual insight session, WE Initiate, to find out what the world of work is really like. You never know, it may even lead you to a career with us here at Santander.

BAM Construction Virtual Work Experience

Aged 14 – 19? Interested in finding out about a wide range of careers? Discover the behind the scenes world of a large construction company.

Thames Water Virtual Work Experience

What’s the first thing you do when you get up in the morning – pop on the kettle, flush the loo, have a quick shower? Chances are, it uses water. But do you ever think about how that water gets to your home or where the waste goes once it`s disappeared down the drain?

Moneywise

Want to learn about effective ways to manage your money, or how a credit card works and how you can avoid getting into debt? The Santander MoneyWise programme aims to help you understand money and the principles of good money management, to equip you with the skills you need to manage your money with confidence. Y12 & Y13 only

SPACE Programme (Supporting Parents and Carers in Education)

SPACE is a free programme of virtual events to give parents and carers the tools they need to help their young people through secondary school. The programme will also explore higher education, further education and the opportunities available to young people. Young people are encouraged to attend with their parent/carer.

Year 9 Enterprise Challenge

We're off! The 10X Challenge for Year 9 started on Monday. This year, we have three teams competing to raise the most money with their micro-businesses and start up funds of just £10.

The Sweet Success - Nicole, Hollie, and Hayley

All Stars - Kacey, Maddie, Amy, and Demi

Oliver's Sweets - Sahar, Frankie, Oliver, Olivia and Alana

This is going to be a tricky year with COVID restrictions, so please do everything you can to support them.

Wonderful Opportunity for Year 11

The NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for you to mix with a new crowd, and take on fresh challenges together. Before you know it, you’ll be rooting for each other, as you all tackle your own little hurdles.

Along the way, you’ll also get a taste for independence and pick up skills that’ll help you smash your future goals. And if that’s not enough for you, you’ll also be given a platform to have your voice heard and pursue a passion project.

The NCS experience might last just a few weeks, but the impact? That lasts a LOT longer.

NCS will be visiting Lord Grey at lunchtime on 30th April - come to see them in the maths playground and pick up your application pack.

Employment in Milton Keynes

MK remains a great place for jobs - with more positions than there are people of working age living here. Vacancies took a hit with the Covid lockdowns, but they are starting to increase again. Logistics and Supply Chain is the biggest sector, employing 14% of the MK workforce, but by far the biggest occupation group is digital - there are very few businesses that don't use IT now. In the last 12 months, there were about 1500 vacancies for software developers and engineers in MK, that's 50% more than the next biggest group - customer service.

Stay up to date

I share all events and opportunities on the LGA Careers Twitter account, so follow it to get information more quickly than waiting for these updates.

Remember, there is loads of information on the LGA careers website, and you can contact me on 01908 626180 or email joanna.brown@lordgrey.org.uk

duke of edinburgh Bronze award

Over the last two weeks, students taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme have been learning a rather important skill for their future expedition - Map Reading!

The students have explored map reading and the use of technology and learnt what to do in an emergency, including using the what3words app to help rescue services locate lost or injured party members.

RESOURCES TO HELP SUPPORT US ALL

BEHAVIOUR POLICY & STATEMENT OF BEHAVIOUR PRINCIPLES

Kicks Sessions at Lord Grey Academy

Kicks Sessions take place at Lord Grey every Friday evening. 7:30pm to 8:30pm for 11-14 year olds and 8:30pm to 9:30pm for 15-18 year olds. The sessions are free to attend and you can contact Luke for more information.

Extra Curricular Groups

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

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UPCOMING EVENTS 2021

Bank Holiday (School Closed)

03 May 2021

Year 8 Virtual Parent Consultation Evening

Thursday 6 May 2021

Half Term Holiday

Monday 31 May 2021 - Friday 4 June 2021

Students Return To School

Monday 7 June 2021

Year 9 Virtual Parent Consultation Evening

Thursday 24 June 2021

Year 7 Virtual Parent Consultation Evening

Tuesday 29 June 2021

Year 10 Virtual Parent Consultation Evening

Thursday 8 July 2021

Year 12 Virtual Parent Consultation Evening (Two Year Courses Only)

Tuesday 13 July 2021