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Archived Weekly News - 29 March 2019

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Head Teacher's Message

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…)

Head Teacher

Dear Parents & Carers

It was a pleasure to welcome Year 5 pupils from Coten End Primary School to Myton on Tuesday to continue their resilience sessions. We have been working with our friends at Coten End to establish a 6-session programme to help Year 5 children develop this most vital of skills.

We have covered ‘Philosophy for Children’, which helps children learn to listen to each other; the ‘Learning Pit’, which teaches them to never give up; and ‘Learning to Learn’, which helps the class understand the process of learning so they can control it more effectively. This Tuesday was ‘A volcano in my tummy’, which was delivered by our school counsellor and helps children to work with their emotional responses. I was interested to see how many children thought anxiety was simply a negative feeling, rather than an entirely appropriate physical response to any number of situations. Julie Wray, our counsellor helped them to understand this and embrace these feelings. Next week the children will be here again, this time cooking and developing their resilience in problem solving. The final session is all about online safety. (more…)


Announcements

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.

Mr Atkins

We are very sorry to announce that former Myton music teacher, Mr Atkins passed away last weekend after a short battle with cancer. Mr Atkins was a valued member of our Music Department and until three weeks ago was delivering peripatetic lessons to many of our students. We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to his family.

House Matches

Year 7-10 students will be involved in House matches over the next week. Please make sure that they bring the correct kit for the specific activities scheduled:

  • Girls: Hockey & Basketball (Year 7-9) Basketball (Year 10)
  • Boys: Cross Country & Rugby (Year 7 & 8)

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.

Festival of the Arts

We will be holding our annual Festival of the Arts on Thursday 11 April between 6pm-8pm. This is an informal event to showcase Dance, Drama and Music with a variety of performances taking place in the Drama Studio, Music Department and Lower School Hall.

We hope that you will be able to join us at what should be a very enjoyable evening. Please note there is no charge to attend this event.

Living with autism workshop

You might be interested to know that there is an autism workshop being held locally which is aimed at parents, family members and teachers of people with autism. All the details are on this leaflet: Living with Autism


What's on this week


General News

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.

Year 7 get hands on with rainforest creatures

On Thursday 4 April Zoolab Experience came into school to talk to our Year 7 students about the rainforest environment and the creatures that live there. Students had the chance to closely observe and handle snakes, millipedes, rats, lizards, etc. They spent time learning about how the animals feed and reproduce where they live in the layers of the rainforest and learned some interesting facts about the individual animals they met. (more…)

Art students create animated short film

You may remember that last year some of our Year 8 artists (now in Year 9) took part in a stop motion animation project with the artist Chris Bradley. They started the project at the Royal Pump Rooms in Leamington, where they took as their inspiration one of the paintings in the art gallery, and went on to write and animate their own short film which you can see here: The Prodigals. Well done to everyone involved. This is a fantastic result!

Mayor of Warwick visits Myton’s LGBT+ Support Group

We were delighted to welcome Councillor Rich Eddy, Mayor of Warwick, into school this afternoon. He was here to meet HERO, our LGBT+ support group. Students chatted with Cllr Eddy about the role of the support group and took him on a tour of the school. He also met staff ambassadors.

Sixth Form Road Safety Awareness

This week, our Year 12 students attended a Road Safety session run by Warwickshire County Council. They discussed the common distractions and other factors that can lead to car accidents and were able to experience a simulation of an accident through 360 headsets. This was a really important session and, although hard hitting and difficult, we hope it will cause students to stop, think and act safely when they are out and about in cars.


Sports News

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.”

U14 and U16 Trampolining County Games

After recently winning their district schools competitions, the Year 7 & 8 and Year 9 & 10 Myton trampolining teams went on to compete in the county games in Solihull on Monday 1 April.

Mrs Bayley said: “Both teams put in a strong united performance and worked incredibly hard to perfect their set skills and routines to finish in fifth place overall. It was an absolute pleasure to escort such a lovely group of well-mannered and well behaved girls to the competition.” (more…)

Summer sports are on their way

If you are interested in competing in Athletics, Tennis, Cricket and Rounders, please check the PE boards for key information about practices and trials.

If you are an athlete and would like to be considered to compete in a multi-event competition, please see Miss Cole for more information.

U14 and U16 Girls teams to compete in District Cup Finals

Myton girls football teams will be well represented in the District Cup finals on Wednesday 3 April. (The U14 team reached the final with a 5-0 victory over North Leamington last week.) Both finals will take place at Campion School and it is hoped that the teams will be victorious in the cup. Spectators are most welcome as both finals kick off at 4pm.

Year 9 Netball tournament

The Year 9 Netball team competed in the Emerging Schools tournament on Wednesday 27 March at North Leamington School. They beat North Leamington, Campion, Aylesford and Arnold Lodge, drew against Kinglsey, but lost against Kenilworth and winners Southam. Well played.

Myton girls compete in Sports Hall Athletics competition

The Year 7 and Year 8 girls Sportshall Athletics teams took part in the recent County School Games event in North Solihull, representing Central Warwickshire. The event saw the top teams in the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire areas competing against each other in specific running events and field events. Both teams did extremely well, with the Year 7 team finishing sixth and the Year 8 team finishing runners up, taking home silver medals. (more…)


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