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LGA NEWS EDITION 03, DATE: 16 october 2020

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

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Welcome to the last edition of the Newsletter for this half term. It has been a really successful half term and we are delighted with how the students have settled in to their new routines and adapted to new ways of working. We have looked at a lot of lessons this half term and I am really pleased with the learning that is taking place. Students are well engaged and the environment is productive.

One of our biggest challenges has been providing adequate indoor space during break and lunch times when the weather is poor. We have now installed a 12m x 24m marquee on the English playground that offers seating and shelter. It is being well used by the students who have appreciated some 'indoor' space. We are continuing to look at the logistics of break and lunchtime particularly as we move towards the winter months so that we provide the best facilities that we can for students.

Although the students have come back to full time school in a very positive way I think that many will be looking forward to the half term break. I hope they enjoy it when it arrives

Jim Parker, Principal.

I HEARD A WISPA

The certificates, along with a bar of chocolate, are delivered to students in one of their lessons by a member of the Leadership Team. Here are the winners for the last two weeks!

Careers & Futures

Year 11 - you need to be planning now

Year 11, this is going to shock you, but you don't have long left. Sixth Form and College open events start up around half term, and they are nearly all online this year, so no excuse not to attend loads of them. I encourage all students to have their year 12 application, plus a good back-up plan, in place by NEW YEAR. Yes, seriously! There will be a tutor time presentation very soon to explain this in more detail.

Book a careers appointment NOW by emailing joanna.brown@lordgrey.org.uk

MK COLLEGE CAREERS FAIR

Milton Keynes College is holding a virtual careers fair. Discover the exciting range of options available to you once you finish College/Sixth Form. You'll be able to access exclusive content from a wide range of universities from all over the country. https://info.mkcollege.ac.uk/virtualcareersfairreg

Online talks

Some riches came out of lock down, one of which was the move to provide events online. I am sure, like me, at the end of the day, you'd rather curl up on the sofa than get on a train to London to listen to a speaker - no matter how inspiring. Buckingham University has a series of Virtual Fireside Chats between their Chancellor, Sir Anthony Seldon, and a wide range of interesting people on fascinating topics such as "The Twilight of Democracy" or "A Biography of the Universe".

Previous talks are also available as podcasts - listen to Andrew Adonis discuss Britain's greatest Foreign Secretary, Michael Morpurgo talk about Warhorse, or Hugo Vickers discuss how accurate Netflix's The Crown actually is, and many, many more. https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/study-at-buckingham/visit-us/fireside-talks

Speakers for Schools have a range of talks from famous and influential people. Here's just one example:

Design your work life from Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Bill and Dave are bestselling authors of the book Designing Your Life, which this talk focuses on. Bill is Executive Director of the Design Program at Stanford University and Dave is lecturer in the Product Design Program at Stanford, a management consultant, and a co-founder of Electronic Arts. Bill and Dave discuss their big ideas, identify key dysfunctional beliefs for young people, refer to important research findings on early adult success and lay out how to go forward to design your life and career. You can watch the talk here:

https://www.speakersforschools.org/vtalks/designing-your-work-life/

Virtual Work Experience

Work-readiness skills are the behavioural skills that enable school and college students to transition effectively into the world of work, and to rapidly add value to their organisations. Research suggests these skills are vital under normal circumstances, with both employers and students citing them as desirable in enhancing performance and efficacy.

Covid-19 is making the already challenging transition from education to work even more ambiguous and difficult. Isolation, uncertainty and the prospect of working remotely require new, additional skills.

This is a range of free virtual experiences which are designed to arm you specifically with the work-readiness skills that will help you to navigate these challenging times, and empower you to thrive as you seek and secure work experience and apprenticeships.

https://www.theforage.com/virtual-internships/prototype/7Rb7m3mmcv5QtLqd3/Work%20Ready%20Virtual%20Experience?dm_i=30Z1,131KQ,7EUXJ1,45UFZ,1#lp

Personal Statement help

Year 13 are in the middle of writing their personal statements for university. We have arranged a limited number of 1:1 online sessions with Oxford Brookes University to go through their drafts. Students need to book a place.

The Royal British Legion poppy appeal

NEWS FROM COLOSSUS

MK City versus Woburn and Wavendon

This weekend MK City was joined by Ms Whalley, Miss Hussey and Miss Brown who stood in the pouring rain to support our year 11 students.

It was an intense game in the first half we struggled to score but in the second half we cheered on the team and witnessed a lovely goal by Leor.

Sadly MK City lost 4-2 but it was a fantastic morning supporting the students and their love of football.

Thank you for the invite! Ms Whalley

news from enigma

Caira, one of our Year 11 students has been offered a place with Northampton Town Football Club U16s as a goalkeeper for this season.

Just like her family, we here at Enigma House and all of Lord Grey are very proud of her.

Congratulations Caira!

News from ethos

Learning in a pandemic can be overwhelming for both teens and parents. Adopting a growth mindset can make all the difference! In this latest Ethos Blog we show you how...

https://www.grace-foundation.org.uk/resilient-learner/

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

Resources to help support us all...

A Message from Bletchley Neighbourhood Policing Team

E-scooter Legislation

Provided they are part of a share scheme E-scooters are now legal on UK roads. Electric scooters became legal on roads in England, Scotland and Wales on Saturday 4 July 2020 if obtained through a share scheme. Following the release of government guidance as part of a 12-month trial of such schemes, e-scooter companies are preparing to get the vehicles onto the streets of British cities as soon as possible.

However if you own your own electric scooter:-

It is not currently legal to ride a privately owned e-scooter on UK roads.

Privately owned electric scooters can only be used legally on private land, I.e. a garden or a field with the landowner’s permission.

If you use a privately-owned e-scooter on any public road, cycle lane or pavement, you could get a £300 fixed-penalty notice and, if you have one, six points on your driving licence.

If you do not have a licence then the points will be added retrospectively, thus you could have points on your licence as soon as you get it.

The consequences are even more severe for newly qualified drivers who are only allowed six points on their licence in the first two years of driving, so could end up losing their licence.

In addition to a fine and six points on their licence, drivers will face higher car insurance premiums as a result of a conviction and the police also have the power to confiscate the scooter.

Electric scooters are currently classified as ‘powered transporters’ so they are subject to the same laws that apply to motor vehicles and must meet the same legal requirements as motor vehicles.

Given the nature of electric scooters, it is very difficult for them to meet these requirements (insurance, payment of vehicle tax, licensing and registration amongst others) and therefore they are illegal to use on UK roads currently.

The advice would be:-

Do not ride your own e-scooter on public roads as they can and will be confiscated, either under section 59 or 165 either way you will not be able to claim it back and it will be crushed.

UPCOMING EVENTS 2020

26 -30 OCTOBER - HALF TERM HOLIDAY

02 NOVEMBER - STAFF TRAINING DAY

12 NOVEMBER - SIXTH FORM VIRUTAL OPEN EVENING. Further details to follow.

27 NOVEMBER - STAFF TRAINING DAY 

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