NewsBrief Issue 04: 29.09.2023

Issue 04: 29.09.2023

Coming Up This Week…

Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze and Silver: Year 10, 11 and 12

Silver (Year 11/12): Recruitment continues for our DofE Silver cohort, open to continuing Bronze students from both Year 11 and Year 12 and “direct entry” for those who didn’t do Bronze.  There is a drop-in online Q&A for any parent/carer with questions on Wednesday 4 October (8pm).  Email if you wish to attend.

  • No Silver training – Monday 2 October
  • Bronze (Year 10) – Monday 2 October – Training at 7:30-9pm for Groups 5-8

Lockers for Years 10 and 11 Students

Lockers for Years 10 and 11 students available to purchase through ParentPay from today Friday the 29 September.


Contact Information Update

With the imminent launch of the Arbor parent app please fill in the online form so we can ensure we have the most up-to-date contact information for you and your children.  Please use the link to complete the form…

Flu Vaccination Forms: Years 7-11

Years 7 to Year 11 have been given flu vaccination forms to return.  The vaccination date is 11 October 2023

Careers Fair 12 October 2023: Years 9 to 13

This year’s Careers Fair will be held on the 12 October from 6pm-8pm in the Main Hall.  Directed to Years 9 to 13 students.

We also need volunteers from any career pathway to help out to speak to individual students about their career/how they got into it/qualifications needed etc. and answer questions.  If you can help, please contact: Ms Williams for more information or complete the Microsoft Form to attend

Year 11 Parents’/Carers’ Evening: 19 October

  • Year 11 Parents’/Carers’ Evening


  • Homework Club every Thursday- in M216- from 3.30-5pm- starting from Thursday 14 September
  • Book Club– M124- every Tuesday lunchtime- starting from 12 September
  • Key Stage 4 Book Club: Want to get good GCSE grades in English and become a more accomplished reader? Advanced book club for years 10 and 11 will run during Tuesday lunch times in M125.  Details from Mr O’Brien or Ms Shannon
  • Poetry and Creative Writing Club: Open to all years in M125 with either Ms Shannon or Mr O’Brien
  • Radio Club: want to be on the school radio? Join Radio Club Tuesday/Thursday M215.  Mr Ritchie
  • Garden Club: Tuesday lunchtimes, meeting initially in M035 starting on September 19
  • School Newspaper Club: every Friday lunch time in M125
  • All Year Netball: Netball resumes this Thursday after school in the sports hall/new changing rooms – all welcome
  • Equalistars: Club for students who identify as LGBT+ and allies – meet in H024 every Tuesday Lunchtime

PE Extra Curricular Clubs:

  • Monday lunchtime: Badminton – All Years Sports hall (CW), Netball shooting club Sports hall (CW), Girls’ Basketball – All Years Gym
  • Tuesday after school 3.25-4.45: Football All Years Field
  • Wednesday after school 3.25-4.45: Trampolining All Years Sports hall
  • Thursday after school 3.25-4.45: Netball All Years Sports hall
  • Friday lunchtime: Year 7 Multi sports (wk 1 only) Sports hall Year 7 & 8 Dance Dance Studio
  • Friday after school: Hockey Club All Years Sports hall

Term Dates

  • Term Commences: Monday 4 September 2023
    • Friday 29 September – INSET Day (Professional Development Day) – School Closed to Students 
  • Half-Term: Monday 30 October to Friday 3 November 2023
  • Term Ends: Friday 22 December 2023

From the Heart: Well-being Podcast

This week, new for September we talk about The importance of Space with our Well-Being Practitioner Mrs Troughton.  All our episodes are available on SoundCloud.


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