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Archived Weekly News - 5 April 2019

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Head Teacher's Message

Head Teacher

Dear Parents & Carers

I would like to thank the student leaders of our LGBT+ group, known as HERO (Helping Educate Regarding Orientation) and all the students who take part in the meetings and contribute in other ways.

The group has had a significant impact throughout school. We have seen a sharp fall in incidents of homophobic bullying and a similar fall in the use of homophobic language justified as ‘banter’. Much of this is due to the profile of HERO around school and particularly Mitchell in Year 12 whose energy and creativity have ensured all students know about and respect the group. However, I would like to show my respect and express my gratitude to all those students who, when faced with homophobic language, are challenging it themselves. I expect staff to do the same (and they do) but I am delighted that students are now doing it. Like with most things in schools, students listen to each other far more than they do to staff. (more…)

Head Teacher

Dear Parents & Carers

It was a pleasure to welcome guests into school yesterday afternoon for the official opening of our new Learning, Inclusion & Nurture Centre, or LINC.

As a school we are incredibly proud of the work done by our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities team lead by SENCo, Amy Hawkes. Until recently, however, they had to work in a dilapidated and uninspiring building that was long past its best. Last year we were delighted to receive the news that we had won a bid for money to replace the old Development Centre with a new purpose built centre for our special needs provision. The work was completed over the summer months and it has been in use since September. We now have a bright and airy building with two large classrooms for our English booster classes, small group learning areas, a calm room with sensory equipment and other facilities, all of which are designed around the needs of our students and the staff who work with them. (more…)


Announcements

Thank you to Coten End

Many thanks to all the staff, parents and pupils from class 5BC at Coten End Primary School who welcomed us this morning for a celebration of how well the children have completed their resilience training this term. Special thanks to Isla for the beautiful card.

Join Myton’s Eco Team

Would you like to make real changes in school and the wider community to reduce our impact on the environment? Well here’s your chance. Myton’s Eco Team are looking for new members. They meet every week 1 lunchtime in S5 and students from all year groups, including sixth form, are welcome. This is a chance to do something good as well as an opportunity to add to your CV. Our first aim is to get ‘ecoschool’ status for Myton. Mr Hobbs and the rest of the team look forward to seeing you after Easter.

Parking near school

We have again been contacted by our neighbours about parents parking inconsiderately while dropping off and picking up from school. This week, some residents on Myton Crescent had their drives blocked by parked cars.

Can we please ask you to park considerately, or even better, to consider parking further away from the school and letting your child walk part of the way.

Residents have been advised by Warwickshire Police to contact Warwickshire County Council so we expect to see Enforcement Officers being sent to the area at the start and end of the school day. More information about parking is on the Warwickshire Police website.

Text a School Nurse

Parents/carers can now text a school nurse from their mobile phone. ChatHealth, the school nurse messaging service, is confidential and available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. You can message for advice about general health, child development, behaviour and emotional health and wellbeing.

Parent Line text number: 07520 619376

There is a similar service available for students. We are promoting this within school.

Teen Line text number: 07507 331 525

Parent Governor Vacancy

You should have received an email from us this week to say that we currently have a vacancy for the role of parent governor on our governing board.

All details about the vacancy and how to apply are in the letter sent to you via SchoolPost. Alternatively, if you’d like a copy of the application form, please contact school reception on enquiries@myton.co.uk or call 01926 493805 and they will be happy to send one to you.

Photo consent

If you have not yet responded to our recent request for photo consent, please can we ask you to do so as soon as possible? The new data protection legislation means we need to regain your consent for taking and using images of your child. You should have received an electronic form from us via School Post, however we still have a number of replies outstanding. Please read and submit your response in order that we can update our records.

If you have any queries or are experiencing any difficulties, please contact Reception via enquiries@myton.co.uk.

Lost Property

We have a lot of unnamed lost property in school. Next Monday and Tuesday during break and lunchtime all lost property will be on display in the Lower School Foyer for a last chance to reclaim it before it is sent off for recycling over Easter.

Non-Uniform Day – 11 April

A reminder that next Thursday we will be having a whole school non-uniform day in order to raise money for an initiative to help students with their self worth and mental health. Volunteers from FOMS will be collecting £1 donations on the gate and you can also make your donation on ParentPay.


Events

Fundraising for Cyclone Idai

Thank you for all the contributions so far for the sixth form fundraising activities to support those affected by Cyclone Idai. This will continue after Easter in Lower School Reception as follows:

  • Whole school raffle – tickets cost 50p (or £2 for a strip) and are on sale Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday break and lunch (prize draw for £15, £10 & £5 Amazon vouchers).
  • Guess how many sweets are in the jar – 30p a go – Wednesday at break.
  • Chocolate/sweet tombola – 30p per go (or 4 for £1) – Wednesday at break.

Ski Trip – Feb half term 2020

ParentPay is now open for the payment of deposits for the Myton Ski Trip. The deadline for deposits is Monday 29 April. All the details of the trip are in the letter sent out via SchoolPost.

Snowboarding is now an option (subject to a £50 supplement charge and a minimum group size of 8). Please contact Mr Hibbard on hibbard.j@myton.co.uk if you are interested in snowboarding.


What's on this week


General News

Family Quiz

Many thanks to everyone involved in the Family Quiz on Friday 5 April. FOMS did a great job of organising it and the families who attended all had a fun and enjoyable evening. An impressive £200 was raised for the school.

If you’re interested in getting involved in our PTA (FOMS), we are always in need of extra pairs of hands, the next meeting is on Monday 13 May at 7pm. Contact foms@myton.co.uk with any queries.

Myton team through to final of plastic pollution competition

A group of Myton students has made it through to the final of a competition run by the Midcounties Co-operative in which they had to create a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of plastic pollution and reduce single use plastic in their school.

Ruben Siemon Kleba, Georgia Lawson-Usherwood, Jessica Komarasinha, Joyal John, Shivrya Dulay, Julian Young and Josh Faries, all in Year 10, have made a short video as part of their campaign and created a sculpture from single use plastic. The video is available on YouTube. (more…)

Year 8 debate: Was Shakespeare sexist?

Year 8 students have been studying Shakespeare, focusing on themes such as: family dynamics, battle of the sexes and others. Mrs Fearn and Mrs Johnson’s Year 8 English class have been looking at Romeo & Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew and in Mrs Johnson’s lesson debated the question: ‘Was Shakespeare sexist?’ (more…)

Students meet favourite authors at Book Awards ceremony

On Thursday 4 April, 14 students from Years 7 and 8 attended the final ceremony for the Warwickshire Secondary Book Awards 2019. The students were asked to read six shortlisted books and vote on their favourite. The students were lucky to hear all of the authors speak about their writing and after the ceremony they met the authors and had their books signed. The winner, which was chosen by students from Warwickshire, was STAGS by M A Bennett.

Sixth Form life skills

Our sixth formers attended two separate sessions this week as part of their programme of enrichment. One group experienced a hard-hitting presentation by the Warwickshire Fire Service on road safety and another got stuck into some practical first aid training. Both sessions were incredibly useful and may even prove life-saving.

Author visit for Years 7 & 8

As part of the Stratford Literary Festival this week, a group of Year 7 and 8 students were treated to an interesting and insightful talk by Sophia Bennett and Manjitt Thapp, author and illustrator of a superb book – The Bigger Picture: Women who Changed the Art World – which focuses on the significant contribution of female artists. Both speakers explained the processes they go through when writing or illustrating which our students really enjoyed.


Sports News

Sporting Success so far

So far this academic year 80 sports teams from Myton have competed across 17 different sports and have achieved success at District Cups, School Games competitions, other leagues and competitions, with County Cup finals to come. Well done to all involved. Let’s hope the summer term will bring even more success.

Double District Cup Success

Huge congratulations to the U13 and U16 football teams who both won their District Cup finals on Wednesday 10 April at Central Ajax. Thank you to all the supporters and well done everyone!

U14 Girls Football Result

Congratulations to the U14 girls football team who played in the School Games county finals on Thursday 11 April. They narrowly missed out on a place in the final, but finished third by winning their final match.

Victory for U16 Boys Football Team

Congratulations to the U16 Boys Football team who beat Princethorpe 9-4 on Friday 5 April to earn themselves a place in the County Cup Final on Wednesday 1 May.

Next week’s sport

Please keep up-to-date using the PE noticeboard, our online sports calendar and @MytonPE Twitter account. We aim to keep everything up to date, but occasionally there are changes to the programme due to fixtures and meetings, so please do check with your coach too.

Next week’s fixtures

There are several key District Cup finals and County Cup games for the boys as well as the County School Games Finals for the girls U13 Football team.

Ex Myton student to compete in World Class Competition

Former Myton student, Karenjeet Bains is to represent GB in the World Junior Powerlifting Championships in Sweden this June. Karenjeet has been involved in this sport for a number of years now and has achieved many records. She has also received official confirmation that she will become the first British Sikh female to represent her country on such a world class stage. This is a brilliant achievement for her and as a school we wish her well in the championships.

District Cup Finals for U14 and U16 Girls Football Teams

The U14 and U16 girls football teams reached the finals of the District Cup this week, and both teams played against Southam College at the host school Campion.

The U14 team played some excellent football, with every member of the team playing their part in the 3-0 victory to become the first U14 Girls District Champions. (more…)

Year 7 & 8 rugby victory

Congratulations to the Year 7 & 8 rugby team who played against Campion School on Thursday 4 April. Mr Wilson said: “The boys played very well considering it was a mixed team and showed great teamwork to rack up an impressive 71-0 victory over the local school.”


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