NewsBrief Issue 10: 17.11.2023

Issue 10: 17.11.2023

Coming Up Next Week…

Year 11 Mocks:

Continue this week.

Year 7 Assessment Week

Baseline assessments for Year 7 this week.

PTA: AGM 23 November, 7.30pm

  • AGM on 23 November at 7.30pm with cheese and wine. New members most welcome. Meet in Reception
  • Donations for Christmas Raffle welcomed! Please drop into reception or contribute via ParentPay

Bus Pass Sales: 180, 181, 184

Bus pass sales for the 180, 181 and 184 winter term will open on the Friday the 24 of November at 5pm.  Payment via ParentPay.


Balsall Common Lions

  • Unwanted glasses? Any old spectacles (no cases) can be donated via the box in school reception
  • Food Bank: Saturday 25 November. The Lions are taking Food Bank donations in Santa’s Sleigh which will be parked up at Balsall Common Co-op.  Drop by and make a contribution if you are able
  • Peace Poster:  read our blog post about the Lion’s Peace Poster competition

Careers Live Talks and Video library

Speakers for School Live broadcasts – a great way for students to hear leading figures on a range of topics with an opportunity to ask questions via a Q&A.  See the Live Broadcasts Schedule or on the Library drive.  Regular updates weekly.  Students can register for talks by selecting ‘other’ rather than teacher.

Arbor: Parent Portal Launch

Many parents/carers are now using our new Arbor Parent Portal.  If you haven’t received your login, 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 – Percentages: increase, decrease, change, reverse, compound interest): Thursday 15:30-16:30, H121.  Click/tap for session details…

Clubs, Activities and Revision and Study Sessions

  • RHS Gardening Club: (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) M035
  • Bake Off Club (Years 7-9): 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.  Updated this week.

Careers: Up-coming Events

  • Years 7-9 – Careers lessons in PSHCE
  • 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

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.

Up-coming Events

  • Christmas Concert: Thursday 14 December, 19:00 – Hall. Tickets (£3/£4) available from Ticket Source
  • Year 11 and Year 13: GCSE and A Level mocks. 27 November – 8 December

Term Dates

  • Term Ends: Friday 22 December 2023

From the Heart: Well-being Podcast

Listen to the latest chat about Intent and Manifesting.  Wary of the current vogue of ‘manifesting your desires’ – we go a little deeper talk about clarity, your vision and knowing your intention.  With our Well-Being Practitioner Mrs Troughton and guest Mr Ritchie.  All our episodes are available on SoundCloud.