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Archived Weekly News - 8 February 2019

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Head Teacher's Message

Head Teacher

Dear Parents and Carers

Yesterday it was my dubious pleasure to take part in the sixth form’s I’m a Celebrity eating challenge, part of their money-raising activities this week. I accepted their invitation some time ago, assuming I would spend Thursday lunchtime chewing my way through various bits of a kangaroo or similar.

I was joined by some sixth formers, Mr Larner and Mr Stone and we walked into a baying mob of Year 12s and 13s, all seemingly keen to watch their friends and teachers in great discomfort, made worse by the blindfolds we were all quickly made to wear. As it happened, it was more of a supermarket-based eating challenge rather than insects and bits of kangaroo (not sure why, but I am strangely disappointed by this). (more…)


Year 8 Parents’ Evening

All Year 8 parents should have received an email from us inviting them to the Parents’ Evening on Thursday 28 Feb 2019. Appointments are available between 4.30pm and 8pm and can be booked on our online booking system which will open for bookings at 7.30am on Saturday 16 February.

If you are having difficulty booking appointments, please contact Miss Dickinson at

Year 7 Bushcraft trip

Last call for the Year 7 Bushcraft trip. Please pay your deposit on ParentPay by Monday 11 February. Contact the Finance Team on 01926 405747 if you would like information on financial assistance.

Year 8 parents – We are pleased to tell you that we will be running a Year 8 Bushcraft trip. Details will be coming out next week.

Year 8 Options

A reminder that the completed Year 8 options forms are due in on Friday 8 March and you can find links to the booklet and the presentation on our website: Year 8 Options.

Message from the Safeguarding Team

It has come to our attention that some of our students are using an app called Yubo (formerly Yellow) which is available on Apple and Android smartphones and is growing in popularity among school-age teens who use it to chat and send pictures to friends and strangers.

It is similar to dating app Tinder in that it allows people to connect with others based on their location, with users ‘swiping’ to accept or decline talking to someone based on their profile picture. It is also linked to photo-sharing app Snapchat, (more…)


Second-hand Uniform Sale

FOMS will be selling items from their second-hand uniform shop during half term in Upper School Reception on Monday 18 February between 9am-10am.

On sale are logoed items of uniform and PE kit in return for a small donation. All money raised goes to the school.

If anyone is having a clear out of old uniform and would like to donate the logoed items (ie not trousers, shirts or jumpers), please drop them off at Upper School Reception at any time. Many thanks.

What's on this week

General News

Sixth Form Fundraising Week Raises £500+

Well done to all the sixth formers involved in this week’s fundraising activities. They have raised over £500 with a range of activities including: Valentine’s Bingo, staff car washing, Valentine’s Day rose delivery, I’m a Celebrity eating challenge, plus a red/pink-themed non uniform day.

All the money raised goes towards the Year 13 Leavers’ Ball at Ardencote Manor on 4 July 2019.

Students gain valuable cycling skills

Many thanks to Warwickshire County Council for funding the free advanced cycling skills courses we ran in school this week.

The sessions were offered in partnership with Cycle Confident and students received a certificate in Level 3 Bikeability which involved using complex road junctions, roundabouts, multi-lane roads and traffic lights.

We hope to offer further sessions later in the year.

Sarah publishes first novel

Sarah Hinks in Year 13 has completed and self-published her first novel, Galex, a science fiction fantasy in which supreme galactic overlord, Galex’s hedonistic lifestyle is shattered when a mysterious force from his past re-emerges.

Sarah, an English Language A level student and a keen reader and librarian, has written the novel as part of her Extended Project Qualification. If anyone would like to read it, there is a copy available in the school library. Well done Sarah on this fantastic achievement!

Harry Potter Book Night

Our school library ran another of their popular after-school events on Thursday 7 February for Harry Potter Book Night. The LRC was transformed into the world of Harry Potter and Year 7 were invited along to experience it. They were all allocated a house on their way in by the sorting hat and took part in quizzes and competitions. Congratulations to Hufflepuff who won the Quidditch chant competition and Hannah Bowen-Hunt and Annabelle Homewood who won the quiz. (more…)

Myton team wins Debating Competition

Congratulations to the Myton team who won the district round in the prestigious Youth Speaks debating competition on Thursday 7 February at Northgate Methodist Church.

All three Myton teams performed brilliantly. The intermediate team spoke about plastic in the ocean, one senior team spoke about labels and what it’s like to be a teenager with cerebral palsy, and the other senior team spoke about superheroes. The intermediate team (coached by Mrs Fearn) finished as runners up and Senior team S (coached by Mrs Heggs) were victorious and will be in the next round on Saturday 9 March.  (more…)

Sports News

County Finals looming

The U13 Table Tennis team will be representing the area in the County Finals next month along with the U12 & U13 girls Sportshall Athletics team, U15 Girls Football and U14 boys Badminton.

Ellan selected to attend Team GB Development Camp

Congratulations to Ellan Fraser who has been selected to attend a GB Wheelchair Basketball Talent Development Camp later this month. Ellan also recently won the Stratford young sportsperson of the year for the second year running.

Trampolining Success

Congratulations to the Year 8 trampolining team who swept the board at the district trampolining competition on Wednesday 6 February. Outstanding performances from all the girls who achieved 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the individual competition and 1st place in the team competition.

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