Principal's message: "Could we have your feedback please?"
I mentioned in last week’s newsletter that we had begun reviewing our provision and the safety steps that we put in place from September. The girls have been completing their surveys and we are building up to next Friday’s assemblies when we will share the findings with them and outline any amendments for term 2.
A key part of our review is your feedback. I would be very grateful if you could take the time to complete our PARENT SURVEY above before Wednesday 21 October when it closes at 3:30pm. Similarly, I will share the outcomes and any amendments with you in next week’s edition.
‘Music makes the people come together…’
This week we placed one of our music keyboards in the reception foyer for girls to play, entertain and add to the atmosphere during break and lunch times. Social media is often full of images and videos of young people in train stations and shopping centres playing a piano that is strategically positioned to provide people with a platform to showcase their musical talent.
Our Year 11 girls will be exam-ready…
Dare I borrow the phrase but whilst the country debates, dithers and delays on whether Year 11 will be exam-ready, we are just getting on with it. In addition to having the luxury over many of their peers across the country of three years to study their GCSE courses, our HYBRID CLASSROOMS continue to breakdown any barriers to Year 11 GCSE readiness at RGS. Here is Tamsin working from home with her classmates in Maths this week!
The rationale behind the Hybrid Classrooms was to enable those girls self-isolating to continue to access their lessons. However, such is their mindset that we have been receiving requests to join online from girls who are ill but not displaying symptoms. We would rather have those girls in school because if they are well enough to work, they are well enough to come to school. However, we cannot but admire their commitment.
Jon Gargan, Principal
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and maths. In STEM we do a lot of active, educative and helpful activities. They inspire us in amazing ways and help us improve with important things such as public speaking and preparing tasks for the future.
In stem, our teachers told us about Seneca. Seneca is an app that helps you revise or just study, however Seneca can also be used online. In Stem, we were taught how to login and also how to use it and this section of the day tied in with our topic of working online.
Our topic for this lesson was computer programming and working online - we found out that we had a ‘zoom’ call with a company called Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. We learnt about rules of being a scientist and their lifestyles, also we were taught about circuits and how to build them. Our mission was to make our red light flash so that we could land on mars safely. The activity really opened up our minds to think and reason. We really liked this lesson as we were able to tinker with the circuits on an app called ‘Tinkercad’ - it was great fun.
by Amera Atta and Peris Owino - Year 7
Cultural Day - Friday 23 October
At Reading Girls school, we have a very diverse community, and to celebrate Black History Month, every year we have a cultural day where students are able to dress up according to their culture or the colors of their flag. The cultural day will take place on Friday the 23rd of October.
We love that we have a mixture of groups of people within our school, therefore we commemorate this day to appreciate and spread awareness. It is wonderful seeing our students dress up and take part, and would be delightful if your daughter did too. Throughout the day, we will be taking photographs of some students that will be featured on our school social media. In order to meet our school criteria, we must ask that no students come in wearing crop tops, ripped jeans and clothing that does not fit with the theme of the day or any revealing clothing. If your daughter’s clothing is deemed inappropriate then we may ask for them to go back home and change or be referred to our pastoral team, where they may have to spend the day in isolation.
We ask for your daughter to bring a minimum donation of £1, as the money we raise will be transferred to a charity. We can't wait to see everyone in their cultural clothing or the color of their flag, and hope that your child celebrates the day with us.
Has your lesson been REAL (Relevant, Engaging, Active Learning)?
Using REAL tokens students have the opportunity to give instant feedback to staff about their experiences within the lesson.
Students are provided with a token and at the end of the lesson, are asked if their lesson has been R.E.A.L. (Relevant, Engaging, Active Learning). Students theen place their token into the 'Yes' or 'No' box, which is in every teaching classroom. Staff then uses this information to make any modification to their delivery of their lesson. These tokens are then collected in at the end of every week and counted.
Results for this week: Monday 12 to Friday 16 October 2020
YES - 1533 tokens
No - 262 tokens
Increasing Student Participation
Talking Tokens are issued by the classroom teacher and/or teaching assistant to pupils who participate to questions and/or ask questions during lessons. Pupils are encouraged to write their name and year group on the back of the 'Talking Token' and place them into the relevant 'Talking Token' collection box for their year group. At the end of each term, all 'Talking Tokens' are placed together and a pupil is selected at random. The more 'Talking Tokens' a pupil collects for contributing answers to questions in class, the more chances they have to win a prize.
At the end of this week the following number of 'Talking Tokens' collected by each year group were:
- Year 7 - 746
- Year 8 - 450
- Year 9 - 101
- Year 10 - 423
- Year 11 - 173
- Total number of 'Talking Tokens' collected this year across the whole school are 5259.
Short Break Activities for October Half Term 2020
Funded by Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) Monday 26th October - Friday 30th October 2020. Please contact the clubs directly to book a place from the following links.
- Reading Play - Short Breaks
- Reading Rep Neurodiverse Holiday Drama School
- Real Time Short Breaks
- Reading Football Club Community Trust Short Breaks
- Reading Rockets SEN Multi Sport Camp
- Camp Beaumont - Leighton Park School
- Apollo Holiday Club
- Please visit the ‘Short Breaks’ page on the SEND Local Offer to view all of the services.
All meals are provided by Chartwells - a school meal consists of a main meal and a dessert for £2.40 a variety of snacks and drinks are also available.
Chartwells operate a cashless till system, operated by cards. The cards are topped up online using a secure website called ParentPay, if your daughter is eligible for free meals, £2.40 is credited to her card each day. Your daughter will be provided with her card and ParentPay login details on her first day at Reading Girls' School. You can find more information about ParentPay on their website http://www.parentpay.com. The school office is also happy to help with any enquiries.
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