In this issue:
Shoe Box Appeal – trips – parent information and lots more in October’s Newsletter
SHOE BOX APPEAL
We are asking students and staff to take part in the ‘Christmas Shoe Box Appeal’. Your child has been given full details by their Tutor. The gifts are for children without parents or who live in extreme poverty.
Families wishing to take part in the appeal are asked for shoeboxes to be brought in by Friday 13 November 2015, to be delivered to either the RE Department or their Tutor
YEAR 11 & 12 GEOGRAPHY FIELD WORK TRIP
The Geography Department has arranged to take all Year 11/12 Geography students to Heacham and Hunstanton on the Norfolk Coast on Monday 2nd November 2015. The aim of the trip is to explore the coastal environment and experience the issues we will look at in class for our Coastal Environments and Tourism topics. During the trip, students will be learning about issues at the coast such as over-crowding, a seasonal economy, erosion and whether protecting the coast is a realistic investment.
Students will need to be in school by 7.15am on Monday 2nd November, meeting in 1E09. The group is expected to return by 6pm, traffic permitting. Students are not expected to wear uniform, but will need sensible clothing for being outside all day in November. Waterproofs and sturdy footwear are essential.
John Henry Newman Catholic College is constantly striving to enrich our provision for students. Staff training on Monday 2nd November will focus on our priorities for development this year and allow staff the opportunity to share our most outstanding practice throughout the college .
All students will sit a new style of public examination from 2016. Our new curriculum prepares students from Year 7 for success at GCSE and A Level.
Departments will work during the day on curriculum development and increasing levels of challenge and will showcase their work on our new assessment model
APPEARANCE / UNIFORM
Should you require any further guidance regarding hairstyles, hair colour, shoes, uniform,
etc, click here to see our updated uniform section. This is particularly useful for families when choosing school shoes and hair styles for the new half term.
PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION
Solihull Council are holding a public speaking competition. This is a fantastic opportunity for
our students to gain confidence and to improve their communication skills.
All students from every year group will be invited to enter the competition and will be supported by their academic tutors.
Students can choose from the following to speak about:
- Social Media – Master or Servant
(Friend or Foe)?
- How can we ensure Racial Equality
in our world today?
- What has Politics got to do with us?
- My Hero / Heroine.
- Migration – how open should our
- No Great Genius has been without
- European Union – For or Against?
Families can offer support to students by discussing these themes from a range of different view points and by highlighting any relevant references in the media.
PARENT TEACHER PARTNERSHIP GROUP
On Thursday 12th November, we wish to warmly inviting the parents of children at John Henry Newman to join us in forming a group to change the lives of our young people.
We know that our students are able to achieve at the highest level. However, we are also fully aware that this cannot be done without creating a strong partnership with parents. This new parent-teacher partnership group will work together to reveal the most effective ways of supporting young people and their families in their learning, aspirations and goals. More specifically we will find answers to the following types of questions.
What kinds of educational activities do our young people most wish to engage in?
What extra-curricular activities or trips do they want to attend?
Should we change the way we give rewards or sanctions?
What strategies could we use to encourage a positive attitude toward homework?
How best can we make use of the internet to support family learning?
How can we better meet the needs of vulnerable young people both inside and outside our school gates, and further afield,
through charitable work?
How can we help you to maintain effective communication with your children about their education?
If you are at all interested in becoming part of this group, or simply wish to find out more, just come along on the 12th November, at 6.30pm, where a warm drink and light refreshments await you. Alternatively, contact Mr Morgan at John Henry Newman or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEART SPEAKS TO HEART – ALTON CASTLE RETREAT
Year 7 students from John Henry Newman Catholic College took part in a fun filled, team building retreat at Alton Castle in Staffordshire.
More about this and Photos of the day, together with many other news articles can be found here.
Thank you Lord for all the good things that we enjoy. Thank you that everyone here enjoys greater standards of wealth than some people in the world could ever imagine, and that we live in a country where we aren’t exposed to the constant threat of war.
Help us to think about others who do not enjoy all the good things that we do, and help us to find ways of showing our love and support for our fellow humans in other countries.
Thank you for the work of Operation Christmas Child, and for the generosity of all the people who send shoe boxes full of Christmas presents.
CAFOD FAST DAY
A huge thanks to Beau Wilson and Josh Bolding– with a little help from Mrs Monkhouse, for their delicious soup lunch. They rased £62 for CAFOD
IMPORTANT FORTHCOMING DATES
Monday 26 October
to Friday 30
October —HALF TERM
Monday 2 November
Year 11 Geography Field Trip
Thursday 12 November
Year 11 Mock Exams begin
Thursday 19 November
Sixth Form Open Evening
and Careers Convention
5.00pm to 7.00pm
Friday 20 November
Year 12 visit to the Skills Show at the NEC
Thursday 24 November
Sixth Form Intervention Evening
Thursday 3 December
Year 11 Parents Evening
Tuesday 15 December
Friday 18 December
End of term
Thinking of something fun to do with your family over Half Term?
The Dovedale Dash is a cross country race of 4 3/4 mile, run by up to 1400 people of all abilities.
The venue is the picturesque area around the village of Thorpe near Ashbourne in the south of the Derbyshire Peak District. The course is mainly along field paths and open ground in the valleys of the river Dove. One of the excitements is the crossing of the rivers Dove at the well known Stepping Stones.
Race starts at 11 am, Sunday 1st November sign on from 9am on the day only.
JHNCC Contact Details:
Telephone: 0121 770 5331