NewsBrief Issue 08: 27.10.2023

Issue 08: 27.10.2023

Next Week

Half-Term Break

School is closed next week due to the half-term break.

  • Half-Term: Monday 30 October to Friday 3 November 2023

Halloween and Bonfire Night

This is a message on behalf of West Midlands Police. As Halloween and Bonfire Night approaches, we would like to encourage you to talk to your child about staying safe and sensible during this time.

You can download our free parents’ guide of safety tips here:

If you want to report something suspicious call 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Coming Up After Half-Term…

New Catering Menus

New catering menus start on Monday 6 November when we return after half term.  Menus available on our website.  New menu starts on catering week 2.  There is also a special Bonfire theme day on 6 November.

A Level and GCSE Mocks (Years 13 and 11)

  • Starting from 6 November

Year 11 Personalised Mock Timetable

Parents/carers have been emailed a personalised mock examination timetable for your child. Please check your inbox.  Mr Haston

Year 13 Physics Olympiad

  • Physics Olympiad: Year 13 (selected students) 10 November


Balsall Common Lions Charity Fireworks Extravaganza

Fireworks display on Saturday 28th October, 2024.  See here for details.

Top Ten!

Congratulations the top 10 students in each year for gaining the most engagement and behaviour points this half term.  Well done to everyone especially top scorers Charlie, Jack Alex, Peter and Jacob who have received a £15 Amazon voucher.

Music Tour to Belgium

Students who are involved in any of our choirs have the opportunity to travel to Belgium to perform in July.  Please contact Mrs Henton for a letter.  Extension to initial deadline for consent and deposit to be paid by Friday 10 November.

Arbor: Parent Portal Launch

Parents/guardians have been sent login details for our new Arbor Parent Portal.  If you haven’t received yours, fill in the online form to ensure your contact details are correct.  More information soon about parent briefings on the new portal.  Use the link to complete the contact update form:

Maths Intervention

  • Year 10 Maths: Wednesday (Week 1) 15:30-16:30 – room H121, JW
  • Year 11 Maths (This week – Trigonometry): Thursday 15:30-16:30, H121.  Click/tap for session details…

Clubs, Activities and Revision and Study Sessions: Updates this week!

  • News Clubs!
    • RHS Gardening Club: (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) M035
    • Cooking Club (Year 9): Wednesdays 15.30-16.30 H109

Check out the new Clubs and Activities page on our website to see a list of extra-curricular opportunities for students.  It includes all sort of clubs including sports clubs, performance clubs and revision/study sessions.  New revision sessions been added this week.

Careers: Up-coming Events

  • Years 7-9 – Careers lessons in PSHCE
  • Years 11-13 – SEND Careers sessions – November 2023 more information to follow
  • Years 10 & 11 – Application and CV writing workshops – December
  • Year 12 – Whole year group trip to Coventry University. Date tbc
  • All Students – Apprenticeship and T-Levels assembly – January 2024

Up-coming Events

  • Key Stage 3 Assessment Weeks: starting from 13 November
  • DofE Silver Orienteering: 12 November
  • Christmas Concert: Thursday 14 December, 19:00 – Hall. Ticket sales to be announced (£3/£4)

Sixth Form Open Evening 2023

Wednesday 13 December 2023 18:00-20:00.  For students looking to join us in September 2024 for post 16 education after GCSEs.

Term Dates

  • Term Ends: Friday 22 December 2023

From the Heart: Well-being Podcast

Listen to the latest chat about Ego with our Well-Being Practitioner Mrs Troughton.  This episode includes a 10 minute meditation.  Coming next time; Positive Energy.  All our episodes are available on SoundCloud.


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