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Sir William Ramsay School

Empowering Everyone to Achieve

SWR Weekly Newsletter 25/09/2015

  

Dear Parent/Carer

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Year 7 - Parents evening 
SWR - Clubs AutumnTerm 2015 
SWR - School Fund Donation form 

Message from the Head

SIMs Learning Gateway 
Parents and Carers for Year 7 students will be receiving information and log in details for the SIMS learning gateway at the end of next week. This will allow you to track the attendance, punctuality and achievement of your child and also give you access to reports.

I hope that other parents and carers still have access to the gateway. If you have any questions or difficulty logging on, please e mail jyeung@swr.bucks.sch.uk.

Achievements: 
Information on the SIMS Learning Gateway includes an overview of Achievement and Behaviour points. I am delighted that so many students have received Achievement points already this term. Tutors will continue to track these points and recognise student effort and progress on a day to day basis. We will also write to you at the end of each term to highlight the points which students have achieved. 

In terms of any behaviour issues, we have updated our detention arrangements for any student who needs to be held for one hour after school. These detentions will now take place on a Wednesday and Thursday each week and you will be informed of these through your child’s planner. If any student misses a detention he or she will have one opportunity to re sit it and if this does not happen then there will be a one day zone placement, plus the hour missed (i.e. until 4 pm). This will be communicated via letter.

Individual school photographs of students in Years 7, 11 and Sixth Form will have been given out today. Parents/carers can order these so parents/carers to please look out for them. 

On Monday 28th September individual school photographs will be taken of all students in Years 8, 9 and 10. 

Please may we remind you that Year 7 Parent/Carer Consultation Evening with Form Tutors will take place on Thursday 1st October 2015 from 4.30 to 7pm. Please see letter dated 24 09 15 with reply slip. 
Also may we remind Year 7 parents/carers that Homework Club starts this Monday. 

Tuesday 6th October: From 4 - 6pm Head’s Open Door and from 6.30pm - 7.30 pm. Parent/Carer Council Meeting.

The Parent Partnership evening for Years 10 & 11 takes place on Thursday 15th October. Parents/Carers of Year 11 students should arrive promptly at 7pm and their session will finish at 7.45 pm. Parents/Carers of Year 10 students should arrive for their session at 7.45pm which will finish at 8.30 pm. This will cover key curriculum changes and provide support for students in preparation for their examinations.

A plea for support! 

Providing your child with the best possible education is our number one priority. Every member of staff is a piece of that puzzle and every staff member appreciates the role they play in achieving our goals for your son or daughter. 

Each year we have to make difficult choices and budget for expenditure that we feel will have the greatest impact, ensuring we get the most value out of every penny. To supplement the school’s income we manage lettings of our facilities; last year I am pleased to say that this raised over £50,000 and in addition we made successful bids for grants, gaining approximately £50,000. This year an exciting project is the development of our almost complete new Gym and our new association with the fitness company - Wild Training. Again it is hoped that this will prove popular with both students, staff and members of the local community and will generate substantial income for the school.

However, our self-generated income from parental/carer donations was limited at £2966. Whilst every penny is appreciated and put to good use I am asking, on behalf of the students, if you would be able to consider supporting the school by making a regular or one off donation. As we promised last year, every penny will go towards a facility or facilities which have been requested by students; last year this was additional shelters for Break and Lunch, but sadly we have yet to raise a sufficient amount. Should you feel that you are able to make a donation, no matter how large or small, it would be greatly appreciated. 

Please find below a donation form which can be completed electronically and emailed to the school or completed and returned to the school via your child’s tutor. 

School Fund Donation Form

Can you help?

You may be aware that for several years now we have been without an association to help raise additional funds for the school. My hope is that, with your support, an association can be re-launched this year, to organise some great events and raise money for our students, your children.

I am proposing to hold an initial meeting giving the opportunity to discuss how we can develop an association, before looking at planning fundraising ideas over the next twelve months. As with any organisation, the success will be down to the strength of the team behind it and so I would like to invite parents/carers, if you feel that you could contribute in any way, to join me on Wednesday 14th October at 5.30pm in our Learning resources Centre. If you are unable to come along at that time, but keen to become involved, please do not hesitate to contact me on ahearne@swr.bucks.sch.uk. 

I look forwards to seeing on the 14th!

With sincere thanks 
Mr A Hearne 
Business Director

Art 
Our Art Department is running a litter poster competition for students in all Year Groups: 
Design a poster to go up around the school that will encourage everyone to take care of our school environment. The poster needs to encourage everyone to use the bins around the school. 

  • Work on an A4 piece of paper 
  • Write your full name and form on the back 
  • You could create a catchy slogan. 
  • You should make the poster eye catching. 
  • It can be hand drawn - but make it BRIGHT 
  • You can work on Photoshop - but it MUST be your own images 

Competition entries should be handed into the Art Department by Monday 12th October - 2 WEEKS 
GOOD LUCK! Miss Warren, Head of Art 

Results of Children’s Art Competition, Artseekers.com (sponsored by the Crossroads Veterinary Centre): Students were entered into this competition last term by Mr Battrick and the results are as follows (their entries are shown at the end of this newsletter):

  • Open Art category: Ahmad Ali and Shihuai Lu both in Year 13, joint Second Prize, Paige Legge, Year 13, Third Prize 
  • Open Photographic: Govinder Toor, Year 7, First Prize 
  • Photographic: Harrison Kew, Year 10, Second Prize 
  • Highly Commended: Maryam Ahmad, Year 11, Yan Sukovoy, Year 11, Emily Stewart, Year 13 Congratulations and well done to these students who will have received their certificates from Miss Warren during an assembly this week. 

INSET DAYS 
May we also remind parents/carers of two Inset days when school will be closed to students:- 
Monday, 2nd November and Friday, 27th November.

Home Learning Timetables: 
As mentioned last week, we appreciate your support in encouraging your son/daughter to make the greatest possible progress. If you would like to discuss any aspect related to your son/daughter’s studies please contact the Academic Leader. Please encourage your son/daughter to spend between one to two hours per night on their studies. 

Please follow the link below to the Home learning timetables, which are on our website: 
http://swr.bucks.sch.uk/students/homework 

Year 11 Revision/Catch up Timetable 
This timetable which was circulated last week and is displayed on our website has been designed to enable students to attend sessions for all of their courses. We would ask that parents/carers encourage your son/daughter to attend these sessions on their set day. Thank you for your ongoing support with this important aspect of your child’s learning. 

SWR Honours: 
I am delighted that the following students have been nominated and awarded with the SWR Honours badges in recognition of their exceptional commitment to our seven school values: 
Honours List

Art Competition Images 
Art Competition images

News from the PE Department: 
PE News 
On Saturday 3rd October an event will take place in the Hazlemere Youth Centre, raising monies for Orla, a young girl who has Cerebral Palsy who needs an operation costing 85k. 
The flyer for this event is below: on the day there will be Classic Fete stalls with lots of other things plus a live Gig in the evening which is free. 
Flyer 

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