Technology for families
We have now been able to support over 60 families in our community to improve access to reliable devices for remote education. Our efforts are now turning to supporting families where devices may be shared in the home.
This week we were very grateful to receive a donation of devices from the congregation of Central Vineyard Church. Richard and Sandra visited the school on Wednesday to hand the brand-new devices over to Mr Bateman.
We are also continuing to work with #TechTogether who are seeking donations of devices to be wiped down by the engineers at ACS for donation to us and other local schools in need. If you or your business have any old device/s which could be used by students, please contact email@example.com who will provide details on how you can donate.
Thursday 11 February is our Year 9 Parents' Evening, followed swiftly by our Year 11 and 13 evening when we return to school on Thursday 25 February.
For parents/carers of Year 9, a final letter will be sent to you on Thursday morning with reminders about how to access the event, pre-empt some common questions and provide a feedback form.
Parents/carers of Year 11 and 13 students will receive a letter over the next week with details of how to book appointments for Thursday 25 February. At this stage, we are still awaiting details from the outcome of the consultation regarding how qualifications will be awarded this summer. As a result, we are very keen that we want the Parents' Evening to be focused on the knowledge, understanding and progress of students in Years 11 and 13. We will write separately to parents to communicate how we can provide opportunities for more general queries in our 'Exams surgeries' taking place after half term.
Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day 2021 is being celebrated around the world on Tuesday 9 February. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Center, the event sees thousands of organisations promoting the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for young people.
We'll be sharing a variety of resources via our Twitter account on the day itself, but to help get you and your child(ren) thinking about how you use the internet, here are some top tips:
Lockdown League update
Unfortunately we lost to Huxlow Science College in the last of the group rounds of the NSport Lockdown League. However, we have another chance to beat them in the semi final of the Plate Competition.
Students have until Sunday to log their active minutes - this should include their efforts for our Wellness Week challenges, as well as any other physical activity they completed.
National Apprenticeship Week
The 14th annual National Apprenticeship Week will take place from 8–14 February. This event aims to provide information to future apprentices and link them to employers, giving the insights they need to make well-informed decisions. During the week there will be a variety of activities for students to get involved in and resources to access – all of which are designed to offer information and support to anyone interested in an apprenticeship.
To help students make the most of the week, we've collated a list of organisations which are all participating in the event. We recommend that students have a look at their websites before Monday to see which sessions they're interested in, making sure to register in advance for any events which require it.
- Nationalapprenticeshipweek.co.uk - this website has been created by CareerMap, who will be hosting many live events throughout the week.
- ASK - ASK is the Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge programme for schools and colleges that is funded by the National Apprenticeship Service and the Department for Education. They'll be running sessions for both students and parents/carers.
- Young Professionals - this two-hour webinar provides the opportunity to find out about apprenticeships from 12 of the world's biggest brands, including BP, Vodafone and Marks & Spencer.
- Amazing Apprenticeships - this organisation has put together a fantastic document that lists event details for a wide variety of webinars. They also have some excellent downloadable resources.
Be sure to check out the #NAW2021 hashtag on Twitter for lots more events and information.
Careers evenings for parents
InvestIN have announced two "Success Beyond School" events for this term: free-of-charge interactive 'Live Online' seminars designed to help parents supercharge their children's career potential.
- Wednesday 24th February: The Skills Surgery How to break into careers in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science
- Wednesday 3rd March: The Power of Networks How your child can build a powerful professional network
For full details, please download the following flyer.
LEAP Youth Ensemble
Back in November we shared the news that Year 13 student Henry G had gained a place in the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire's LEAP Youth Ensemble. We are delighted to share a video of their first performance - all put together over Zoom - of David Bowie's modern classic Space Oddity, where Henry can be seen playing the viola.
Running for charity
Year 9 student Oakley T ran 100 miles in January raising money for local children's charity Chelsea's Angels. At the time of publication, he had raised over £1200 for the charity. Well done Oakley for your incredible achievement.
Camps Foundation donation
With our Camps International expedition to Borneo no longer able to take place this year, we were delighted to hear that Year 10 student Ethan W still donated the £1360 he had raised to fund the trip to the charity. The charity wrote to him thanking him for his generosity, and we would also like to praise him on this act of kindness.
It's time to guess the teacher in the latest House Competition. Twenty teachers have submitted photos of themselves as children, but who's who? Click on the button below to view the quiz:
The student who gets the most correct answers will earn 500 House points, and the House with the most entries will also win 500 points. The competition closes next Tuesday at 3:30pm.
Manor Maths Challenges
Instead of looking at number puzzles, this week Mrs Radd brings us the work of M. C. Escher, an artist who based some of his works on tessellating geometric shapes. Why not have a go at creating your own piece of geometric art?