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Archived Weekly News - 22 January 2021

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Head Teacher's Message

Head Teacher

Dear Parents & Carers

The consultation on what should replace GCSE and A Level exams is underway. It is an open consultation and Ofqual are seeking views from all interested parties at this time. The document can be found on the Gov.uk website and you can respond to the consultation here. It’s open until Friday 29 January.

It is 46 pages long and covers an awful lot of questions, however the general proposal is that teachers submit a grade they believe reflects the knowledge and skills of each student. There won’t be an algorithm this year. (If you remember it was the use of an algorithm last year which adjusted so many teacher grades and led to the debacle followed by the U-turn.) We are delighted to see the back of it. There may be a type of formal assessment to replace exams; the key differences between these assessments and actual exams being: they are marked internally rather than by examiners, there may be flexibility in the content so we can choose which topics to examine (all schools are at different stages due to disruption so being able to examine only topics we have covered is positive), and the grade achieved in these assessments is only one part of the evidence used, again allowing that some students have greater levels of disruption than others, even within an organisation. Having said this, in their efforts to maintain rigour in the system, it could be argued that not enough allowance is given for students with varying levels of disrupted learning. (more…)


Announcements

FOMS looking for volunteer treasurer

The Friends of Myton School (Myton’s PTA) are looking for a volunteer parent/career to take up the role of treasurer. If you’d like to know more about this role and what it involves, please contact FOMS Chair, Mark Simmons on foms@myton.co.uk.

The school would like to say a big thank you to Myton parent, Sarah Gutteridge who is standing down as treasurer after 9 years. We are very lucky to have had the benefit of her skills and experience for all that time.

Year 8 Parents’ Evening

A reminder that the Year 8 Parents’ Evening (which takes place on Thursday 11 February) will open for bookings at 7.30am on Saturday 30 January. Please go to the online booking system to make your appointments. Thank you.

Join our school lottery

The Friends of Myton School are unable to run any of their usual fundraising events again this term. However, they are still doing the school lottery.

Tickets cost just £1 per ticket, per week and 40% of all ticket sales will be donated to our school. There is a guaranteed cash prize to someone on our supporter list every week and a further chance of winning £25,000 in a separate draw every week. Draws are every Saturday at 8pm and results will be posted online.

Find out more and sign up on our Your School Lottery web page.


What's on this week


General News

Students and parents tune in to event with Tim Peake

On Wednesday 27 January, 200 Myton students and their families tuned into a virtual event with astronaut Tim Peake. Tim, alongside specialists from the mental health charity, Mind, discussed the emotional impact of life in outer space and re-entering society.

Thank you to the Inspired Thinking Group for hosting the event. We hope you found it useful and informative.

Holocaust Memorial Day

This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day – Wednesday 27 January – was a bit different from usual. Instead of a public event, the Mayor of Warwick, Cllr Terry Morris read a poem on video and laid a wreath. You can watch a video of both on the Warwick Town Council website.

Warwick has held this event since 2002 when the day was established internationally. It is a time to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust under Nazi persecution and in genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Year 7 music mixes

Mrs Harrisson’s Year 7 Music class have been learning about texture in music and creating layered compositions using the free demo Incredibox. Listen to some of their brilliant compositions here: (more…)

MytonLive@8:45 injects fun into the start of the day

Last week we told you about the launch of our ‘MytonLive@8:45’ initiative, which we’re using to broadcast something fun and engaging to Year 7 to get them ready for the day ahead.

On Tuesday this week, Mrs Atkins ran a fitness class and on Thursday Mr Stone did a treasure hunt. Each session saw about 180 students tuning in which is fantastic.

Next Tuesday Mr Aynsley will be holding a plank competition and Mr Johnson will be doing a Pixel session on Thursday. Year 8 students should look out for an invite as we’re going to be extending MytonLive@8:45 to them.


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