NewsBrief Issue 33: 09.06.2023

Issue 33: 09.06.2023

Coming Up This Week…

Year 7 Assessments

  • Year 7: 12-16 June

New Catering Menus From Monday 12 June

Check out the website for the new menus offer starting on 12 June.  New menus…

Year 7 Buddy Applications: Deadline Friday 16 June

Miss Lancaster is looking for a number of students to apply to become Year 7 Buddies to support the new students joining in September.  Student applications need to be handwritten or emailed to  stating how you would be suitable for the role of Buddy.  Deadline: 3:25pm Friday 16 June


Assessments Dates for Year 9

  • Year 9: 19-23 June

Calendar Dates

  • INSET Day (Professional Development Day): Friday 7 July 2023 – School Closed to Students

Autumn Term Bus Passes: available for purchase from the 10 July

  • Sales for Autumn Term bus passes will be available to purchase on ParentPay from the 10 July at 5pm.

New Writing Competition!

Write a 100 word mini-saga with the title Unsolved.  Big prizes to be won!  See Miss Goodwin (M 124) or Ms Heselden (M 126) for

more details.  Closing date: 21 July

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award –  Bronze (Year 9)

The launch for new DofE Bronze programme for 2023-24 starts on Monday 12 June.  Key dates are as follows:

  • Student assembly:w/b 12 June  (tutor time)
  • Applications open: Tuesday 13 June(emailed to students)
  • Parents Information evening: Tuesday 20 June– 7:30pm-8:30pm on Teams
  • Initial application deadline: Monday 26 June
  • Feedback emailed to students, final applications open: Monday 3 July
  • Final applications, parental registration form and payment due: Monday 10 July
  • Registration: w/b 17 July
  • Training begins: Monday 11 September(7:30-9:00pm)

Any questions, please email Mr Nance (DofE Manager) –

Independent Advisory Policing Group

Two places remain for the next Police Youth Advisory group.  A great experience and opportunity for any students interested in careers in the police or law.  See Mrs Henton for details.

Balsall Common Fun Run 2023

Sports Opportunities

  • KS3 sports opportunities in school with weekly lunch time and after school clubs led by professional coaches. Lunch time sessions are free, after school clubs available at a small cost. Anyone interested please see Mr Collins in H 120
    • Wednesday – Year 8
    • Thursday – Year 9
  • Tennis Club: Tuesdays After School: Every Tuesday during summer term open to all from all years and all abilities. Come along and have some fun in the sun.  Sessions end 4:45pm.
  • Lunchtime and Afterschool External Sports Opportunities:
  • Tuesday lunch: Basketball – Years 7/8
  • Tuesday after school: Tennis – All years
  • Wednesday after school: Athletics – All Years
  • Wednesday after school: Indoor Football – Years 7/8/9
  • Thursday lunch: Basketball – Years 9/10
  • Thursday after school: Girls’ Tennis – Years 7/8/9
  • Thursday after school: Rounders – All years
  • Thursday after school: Cricket – All years

Years 10 and 11: Study and Revision Sessions

  • Languages: additional support sessions for students in Year 10 and Year 11 until (until exams)
  • Spanish: Tuesdays after school in H 022 15:25-16:10
  • French: Monday lunchtimes (Week 1) & Wednesday lunch times (Week 2) in H 022 from 13:45-14:20 (can bring lunch)
  • German: Tuesdays after-school in H 023 15:25-16:10

A reminder also that if you are part of the French Year 10 tutoring programme then you are also expected to attend on Tuesdays after-school in H 025 with Mrs Albans

New Club

Keyboard Club :Wednesday lunch time in H 008.  All years are welcome. Come along and learn how to play keyboard or just to practice! Bring your lunch.

From the Heart: Well-being Podcast

Check out our podcast discussions and meditations led by our Well-Being Practitioner Mrs Troughton is available from SoundCloud.  New episode available on Monday – The Power of Failure: Why is it so important?


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