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Archived Weekly News - 29 January 2021

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Head Teacher's Message

Head Teacher

Dear Parents & Carers

We now have a date to work towards – Monday 8 March. This school return date is unlikely to be all kids in all years, it may well be delayed more than once, and it is subject to a range of conditions being met in terms of infection rates, pressure on the NHS, etc, but nevertheless, it is a sign that we can begin to work towards reopening – and staying open this time.

That said, I do have some questions and comments about it all and, by happy coincidence, I have a phone call booked with the Office of the Regional Schools Commissioner next week. They are a branch of the Department for Education and have approached me as they want to hear the views of headteachers to pass back to central government (have they really thought this through?), so I get to have my rant at long last. I will be sure to mention or ask the following: (more…)


Announcements

Online learning survey

Now we are over 4 weeks into the term, we would like to survey parents to find out what you think of the online learning on offer at Myton. We’ll use your feedback to review and inform our online learning for the remainder of this lockdown period.

It should only take about 5 minutes to complete. Online learning survey – tell us what you think

Volunteers to help with testing

It’s likely that school re-opening will coincide with some form of mass testing of all students. With this in mind, we are keen to hear from anyone who would be willing to volunteer to help us in our test centre. We’re looking for people who are fully available all week.

Please email head@myton.co.uk if you’d like to express your interest.

 


Events

Virtual Faraday Challenge 2021

Could you come up with a design for a product that would help Network Rail minimise their impact on the environment? This year’s Faraday Challenge is a virtual one and is open to students up to the age of 15. They can either enter individually or as a group or family.

Find out more about the challenge and how to enter on their flyer: Virtual Faraday Challenge 2021

Free online careers evenings for parents

InvestIN – an organisation that provides careers experiences for students – are running two live online seminars for parents this term:

  • Wednesday 24 February, 7-8pm: The Skills Surgery – How to break into careers in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science
  • Wednesday 3 March, 7-8pm: The Power of Networks – How your child can build a powerful professional network

These events are for parents of students aged 12-18 and are free to attend. You can find out more by downloading their flyer: Spring Parent Events Flyer – Success Beyond School


What's on this week


General News

Creative sixth formers launch new online magazine

Congratulations to Imogen M and Molly L in Year 12 who have launched their fabulous new arts and media-based YOUTH Magazine for young people.

The magazine features articles about all things creative plus reviews of films, books, fashion and music. The students were interviewed this week on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire by presenter Trish Adudu. They explained that they were keen to keep busy and stay positive during lockdown and so came up with the idea of the magazine as a way of showcasing and sharing the things they love in a creative way. (more…)

Year 7 inspired to write haiku

Mrs Johnson’s Year 7 English class have been learning about the traditional Japanese poetry form, haiku.

These haiku were inspired by a Vincent van Gogh painting. See if you can work out which one by reading the poems:

‘Once a blazing moon,
Burning through the dead of night.
A shadow appears.’ (more…)

Politics students in conversation with Peter Hitchens

On Thursday 28 January, five members of Myton’s Year 12 Politics group (Jayden H, Emily A, Poppy B, Alfie B and Alex E) had an hour-long FaceTime chat with Peter Hitchens, the renowned journalist and controversial author.

Jayden sent Hitchens an unsolicited invitation and was surprised when he accepted. During their conversation, they discussed drug policy, crime and punishment as well as other current issues. Afterwards, Jayden received an email from Hitchens stating how much he had enjoyed the hour spent with the students and what a pleasure it had been. Congratulations to all involved.

Myton students offered places at Oxbridge

Congratulations to Grace and Emma in Year 13 who have both been offered places at Oxbridge. Grace is hoping to study English Literature at Oxford University and Emma is hoping to study History at Cambridge. Well done to both of you!


Sports News

HomeCourt challenges and fitness activities

For PE this week and over the next couple of weeks, students are competing against each other and their teachers using a free app called HomeCourt. The app looks at improving agility, fitness, and reaction times as well as making sure the participants are having lots of fun. All students have been invited to take part on Show My Homework. They can get in touch with their PE teacher if they need any help or would like more information.

Keeping active

Physical activity and exercise are fundamentally important during these times and creating a routine for exercise is key for both our physical and mental wellbeing.

In online PE lessons we have been trying to inspire our students with a variety of activities for them to complete at home. (more…)

Want to be a Guinness World Record holder?

There is an opportunity for students to be involved in a Guinness World Record attempt.

You can find out more on Twitter and Facebook.

These are the ‘rules’ from Guinness which are very STRICT:

  • Film a video in portrait.
  • Football rolled in on the FLOOR from YOUR right-hand side.
  • Show us what you can do with the ball and then pass the ball on the FLOOR out on YOUR left-hand side.
  • The video clip needs to be over 5 seconds long.

Please send your videos to us at FootballChainVideo@hotmail.com


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