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LGA NEWS EDITION 09, DATE: 29 January 2021

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Welcome to our second Newsletter of the term. I hope you enjoy reading about some of the amazing things Lord Grey students have been doing and learning. We know that lockdown remote learning is hard work and that it takes a lot of student and parent time, but from what we have seen in this Newsletter, it can be fun too.

We have now heard that schools will not be reopening until 8th March at the earliest and indications that the return to school may be staggered. The Government has promised that schools and parents will be given plenty of notice of the plans and has indicated that we will know more in about three weeks time. In the meantime we will be continuing with our home learning programme through the Virtual School. I will write to parents with some important reminders about home learning and support available next week.

Jim Parker, Principal.

News from Colossus House

Hello Colossus Students and families!

We're so glad that so many of you have been enjoying virtual school, and we can see from the feedback from your tutors and class teachers, that so many of you have been getting on really well with the work that is set. We wanted to share some students who have blown us away with their perseverance.

Lincon - Year 8

We were so pleased to see that Lindon has has all green marks for his online engagement. He's an absolute hero for working so hard!

Amelia - Year 7

We have seen a big improvement, and can see that she is trying so hard to make progress and is now starting to see the results of her efforts. Well done Amelia!

Bobbi - Year 11

We are so very proud of his improved online engagement with CNAT sport science. Keep Going Bobbi, the end is in sight!

Look out for more good news about one of Colossus Students, in the "News from the Maths" section of the newsletter this week too!

Congratulations Year 11

All of our year 11's have been preparing for their next steps and have made applications for a wide range of things such as a veterinary course at Moulton College and to study makeup at MK College.

These students also completed their applications for Lord Grey Sixth Form and we're so excited to hear what the rest of you are doing! Please let us know, send us an email and share your good news!

PETS AT HOME

Just like you, Ms Whalley has been working very hard from home, despite the constant interruptions for belly rubs from Cookie!

It has got us thinking how we'd love to see all your pets, an we know there are a wide variety of pets out there; birds, cats, dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, lizzards, mice, pet rocks, rabbits, snakes, turtles and many more!

So we thought we'd ask for you to send us pictures (photos or drawings!) of your pets, real or imaginary and one of your pets will be named Pet of the Fortnight in the next newsletter!

See you Soon Mighty Colossus

Miss Hussey and Ms Whalley, Colossus House

news from enigma house

Hello Heroes!

Once again Enigma House, you have outdone yourselves. We have had so many great emails from your form tutors and your parents telling us about the great things you have been up to whilst attending Virtual School that we just have to brag about you in the newsletter!

RILEY - Year 7

Riley has been baking again and this week he has made Milkybar Millionaire Shortcake Biscuits. We think that Riley will be keeping Jamie Oliver on his toes and we hope that Riley will continue to bake so we can taste some of his amazing creations!

Salman - Year 11

We had a great email from Salman's Georgraphy teacher, Miss Bruin, who wanted to share how Salman has been managing his work during this lockdown. He has been doing all of the work set by Mis Bruin to an "exceptionally high standard" and Miss Bruin said that he has even been reading the feedback given and improving his work and resubmitting it.

Salman, Miss Bruin thinks you are an absolute star and so do we!

Oliver - Year 8

Oliver has been showing us his amazing photography skills. Watch out on our Social Media channels for shares of more photographs taken by Oliver next week.

Ella-may - Year 10

Mr Mort sent us an email too;

"ELLA-MAY's name in caps for a reason. The girl is an absolute hero, she has produced some fantastic coursework during the last couple of weeks. Some of which is the highest quality I have seen to date".

Mrs Dunn called home and congratulated Ella-May on all her hard work too!

ARchie - Year 9

Archie has been running 2-3k every week day and his times are excellent! As well as the runs, he has been joining in with HIT curcuits in the gym with his Mum, he's pictured above on the battle ropes.

Taking care of his physical and mental health in activity, what an inspiration Archie is to the whole of the Lord Grey Community.

Alfie and Evie - Year 7

Lastly, Alfie and Evie have had a very unusual supervisor whilst they do their online learning.

Billy, their Bulldog!

They are a right pair of heroes and we certainly would argue with that pup of theirs!

Not all heroes wear capes, they wear blue ties

Mrs Dunn and Mrs Kirby, Enigma House

News from Lorenz house

Hello Lorenz House

It has been lovely to hear from so many of you, and we hope you will continue sending us emails letting us know how you are getting on and what you have been up to when you're not doing Virtual School.

Gracie - Year 10

Gracie has been helping at the community centre with the food bank helping pack bags of fruit and veg to those who need help.

We are so proud of her, a huge well done to Gracie for giving a big helping hand.

Ruby - Year 8

We were also sent this beautiful watercolour that Ruby has been working on.

Ruby this is beautiful and we can see you have spent a lot of time working on it. Well done Ruby!

Caroline - year 9

We have seen this vibrant artwork from Caroline.

It really brightened up our day!

We have also been told by staff in the school about the following students who have been congratulated for excellent work!!!

Halle Year 8

Adam Year 11

Erin Year 11

Ethan Year 11

Lastly, Lorenz House had a competition asking students to come up with weird and wonderful facts and you didn't disappoint, here is a selection of some of our favourites for your entertainment!

Well done to everyone who sent in their weird and wonderful facts!

Be awesome and Stay Positive.

Mrs Bowen and Mr Crook, Lorenz House

News from turing house

Hello to our Turing Family,

What an amazing couple of weeks you have been having. We've had so many wonderful emails and phone calls from you. It has been lovely speaking with you and so wonderful hearing about the great things you have been doing, in and out of school.

Josh - Year 8

Josh had been challenged by his Swim Club to run 2km. Josh hadn't run for a while, but has been running over the last couple of weeks and recently submitted a time of 13 minutes and 9 seconds!

This is a huge achievement and we are all so proud of Josh, who has said that he is going to continue and is aiming to reduce his time even further! Watch here for more news of his achievements in the future.

Jacob - Year 11

We recently recieved news that Jacob had been offered an apprenticeship with the MK Dons, but we just recieved some amazing news Jacob has been picked for the MK Dons squad against their rivals Wimbleon on 29th January 2021!

Madi - Year 11

Madi has been busy baking, caring for her family, exercising and working really hard with her schoolwork too. We are really proud of how caring and dedicated you are Madi.

Iffat - Year 10

Iffat has been working hard on her work experience for the NHS. Not only has she been taking part in virtual practical sessions and completing assignments but she is showing a really positive and tenacious attitude toward her future.

Eva - Year 10

Eva, has been busy with her horse, enjoying the snow and ensuring he is kept safe and warm. On Christmas morning she had a really sensational surprise when Mum shared that Rocky was now hers; he loves fruit and has been known to be truly mischievous, but always behaves for a little treat. Eva cares for Rocky in addition to working really hard on all her school work and submitting tasks with feedback, you are doing brilliantly Eva, keep this up.

Chloe - Year 7

A big shout out to Chloe who has worked incredibly hard and achieved 100% effort for engagement and progress. Well done Chloe, we are really proud of you. Keep going you are are amazing.

You are all Golden!

Mrs Wasway and Miss Brown, Turing House

News From Careers

Understanding Apprenticeships

Any parents / carers who would be interested in attending an evening virtual Q&A session with Amazing Apprentices, please let our Careers & Futures Adviser know. Email joanna.brown@lordgrey.org.uk. If there is enough interest, she will arrange a bespoke live session via zoom.

Year 10 Careers Day - 10th February 2021

We may all be working at a distance, but nothing is going to stop Year 10's careers day! There will be plenty of activities for Y10 students to take part in as they start to plan what they will do when they reach the end of Year 11 - not that long away! Look out for a letter in ParentMail very soon.

Virtual Work Experience

Tutors recently shared information about virtual work experience opportunities for students age 14+. February half term would be a great time to do this, and there are some spaces still available. Go to https://www.speakersforschools.org/experience-2/ to sign up.

Lord Grey Careers Website

Did you know that Lord Grey has its own careers website? It is the best starting point for everything related to careers and further and higher education. Visit it here: Lord Grey Academy Careers & Futures.

NEws from art

Now in its third year, the Young Artists’ Summer Show is a free, open submission exhibition for students aged 5 - 19 studying in the UK and British schools overseas. Artworks are judged by artists and arts professionals with selected artworks displayed online and on-site at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Submissions are now open, find out more and get involved.

OPTIONAL COMPETITION

For those who love Art and would like to, the Royal Academy of Arts are taking submissions until the 26th of April. Please look at the attachments and visit the website to find out more.

  • Those aged UNDER 13 must have a parent complete a permission form.
  • Lord Grey School' is the one you should select when submitting work.
  • You can either submit work yourself or ask a parent/teacher to submit on your behalf (please try yourself first).
  • Miss Palmer can see all submissions as soon as they are made and will reward all entries with house points.
  • On top of house points for taking part we will host a Lord Grey Virtual Art Show to celebrate all of your work once the deadline has passed and will seek to have some awards for the very best efforts.

We are so excited to see what you produce!

NEWS FROM MATHS

Several Lord Grey students have signed up to media-maths-and-science-celebrity Dr Simon Singh's national online maths club, "Parallel". Parallel provides extra challenging, stretching and fun activities each week.

Those who signed up and completed the tasks every week in the Autumn term were placed in a lottery to have a tutorial from Simon Singh.

Annabelle, a Year 9 Colossus student, won!

Congratulations annabelle!

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.

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Resources to help support us all...

Virtual Coffee Morning For Lord Grey Academy Parents

MK SEND Information Festival 2021

Thursday 4th February - Saturday 6th February

Support for SEND in the Virtual World

MK SENDIAS Service and PACA MK (Parent Carer Forum) are jointly hosting this event for parents and carers of children and young people with a special educational need or disability, aged 0 - 25yrs. Please note this event is open to families who live in Milton Keynes. Professionals are welcome to join.

This free event will be held online this year. The event will be opened by the Mayor Councillor Andrew Geary on Thursday 4th February at 10am. Our keynote speaker is Natasha Baker MBE, a British para-equestrian who won two gold medals at the London 2012 Summer Paralympics and three at the Rio 2016 Summer Paralympics. Opening and keynote speech will be live broadcasted (recording will be available for later viewing). All workshops will be delivered using Zoom or MS Teams.

Please book your tickets via Eventbrite and for more information please visit https://www.mksendinfoday.co.uk/

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UPCOMING EVENTS 2021

15 FEBRUARY - 19 FEBRUARY 2021 - HALF TERM

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