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Archived Weekly News - 15 March 2019

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Head Teacher's Message

Head Teacher

Dear Parents and Carers

With exam season fast approaching, we have a lot of important messages for Year 11 students and their parents but we obviously don’t want to swamp parents’ inboxes and risk messages being lost.

To ensure that messages are all in one place, Laura Reece, our Year 11 Intervention Lead, is going to collate a weekly newsletter with messages from all Heads of Department for the week ahead, plus events and revision tips. These newsletters will be emailed out every Friday and will also be available on our website.

The first of these newsletters has gone out today and is also available here: Year 11 weekly newsletter week commencing 25 March 2019.

Many thanks to Laura Reece for putting this together and thank you for continuing to support your children as they prepare for their exams.

Best wishes

Andy Perry – Head Teacher

Head Teacher

Dear Parents & Carers

One of the current challenges in education is boys’ achievement; it lags behind girls’ by quite a margin, particularly in subjects with extended writing. There are several pieces of research showing this has always been the case, but the effects have been masked by the established sexism which historically exists in education and the world of work. However, right now, these gender gaps are there for all to see. Like all educational gaps, there are many exceptions to the rule but the data doesn’t lie.

In very general terms, we boys are lazy, especially when it comes to written work. Our writing can be sloppy and our pens don’t write as fast as our brains work. While we are writing one line, our minds are three lines further on, therefore our writing can lack detail, spelling mistakes can be missed, and grammar and punctuation can go wrong. Because we don’t like writing, we do as little as possible. It isn’t that we don’t have ideas, it’s just that we don’t like writing them down. (It’s worth taking a moment to note that the education system is entirely reliant on handwriting whereas our working world is all typed. When was the last time you hand wrote a paragraph?) (more…)


Announcements

History Trip to Berlin – May 2020

A reminder that ParentPay is now live for deposit payments for the Berlin trip (for current Year 9) and will close on Wednesday 4 April or when all places are filled. All details about the trip are in the letter sent to you via SchoolPost.

Years 11 & 13 – Sprint Finish

If you want to book a Sprint Finish session during the Easter holidays for your child, please login to the parents’ evening booking system to see a list of the courses that are running and select the sessions they would like to attend.

If you are having difficulty booking appointments, please contact Miss Dickinson at dickinson.s@myton.co.uk.

As a reminder, there will be no catering in school over the holidays so please remember to bring your own refreshments to the revision classes.

Photo consent forms

As part of the changes brought about by the new data protection legislation, it has become necessary for us to regain your consent for taking and using images of your child. You should have received an email from us via School Post with an electronic consent form. If you have not already done so, please read and submit your response in order for us to update your records.

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

Support group for parents of children with additional needs

A new SEND peer support group is being set up in Bishop’s Tachbrook for parents and carers of children with additional needs. The first meeting will take place on Wednesday 1 May, 10am-12 midday at Bishop’s Tachbrook Sports and Social Club, Kingsley Road, Bishop’s Tachbrook CV33 9RR. (more…)

A chance to shadow the judges of major children’s book award

Every spring, The Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP) invites reading groups in libraries, schools, etc to get involved with ‘shadowing’ the judging process for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards. In other words, the students read, discuss and review the books on each shortlist alongside the judges. (more…)

Red Nose Day 2019

Many thanks to everyone who has made a donation to Comic Relief today. It was good to see lots of red outfits, noses and accessories around school. Thanks also to the sixth formers who ran the cake sale and collected donations on the gate this morning.


Events

SEND events

SEND Supported are a team of education consultants who support learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). On their website they publish a list of events such as parent drop-ins, tailored sessions for parents of children with autistic spectrum conditions, plus social and other activities for children and young people. You can see the full list on their What’s On page.

Warwickshire College Open Events

Year 11 and 13 students who are looking for an apprenticeship, part-time, or degree course at Warwickshire College can find out more at their spring open events:

  • Rugby College – Monday 8 April, 5.30pm-8pm
  • Warwick Trident College – Tuesday 9 April, 5.30pm-8pm
  • Moreton Morrell College – Wednesday 10 April, 5.30pm-8pm
  • Royal Leamington Spa College – Thursday 11 April, 5.30pm-8pm

You can book your place on the Warwickshire College website

Family Quiz Night

A reminder that on Friday 5 April, FOMS will be hosting another of their popular Fish & Chip Family Quiz nights. It will take place in the Lower School Hall from 7pm until 9pm.

Teams can have 2-6 players. Tickets are available on ParentPay and cost £6 per person (adult or child) which includes either a mini fish & chips, sausage & chips, or veggie burger & chips. There will also be a bar. Please select the meal you would like when buying your tickets so that we can place the food order in advance. Tickets will be on sale until Friday 29 March.

Join Myton’s new Eco Team

Next week will see the inaugural meeting of our Eco Team. Anyone interested in environmental issues and the role Myton School can play should come along to G1 at the start of lunch on Thursday 21 March. All year groups welcome. Come along and make a difference to the future of the planet!


What's on this week


General News

Homebase support Myton’s Gardening Club

A big thank you to Scott Fletcher from Homebase in Leamington, who has been very generous in his support of Mr Simmons’ Gardening Club. He has arranged for the school to receive garden tools, seed trays and seeds, gardening gloves and compost, not to mention his useful advice.

Any students who would like to get involved with gardening should see Mr Simmons or come along to the LINC after school on Thursdays.

Book Bus comes to Myton

This week the Book Bus came to school and both students and staff were able to pay a visit, browse through the shelves and create a wish list for the school library. Students enjoyed picking out books by their favourite authors and discovering new titles that took their fancy. We look forward to adding these new books to the shelves of the LRC very soon.

Year 8 RE students create Buddhist art

This week Mrs Lavelle’s Year 8 RE class got creative with some Buddhist mandala art which they coloured with sand and ink. This is part of a new RE course we are trialling in school. In the next lesson they will be creating their own prayer mats. (more…)

Garden tidy up

A big thank you to everyone who helped lend a hand at the garden tidy up on Friday 15 March. The team of volunteers – which included parents, students, members of FOMS and volunteers from Wright Hassall Solicitors – tackled the allotment and pond/wildlife area, both of which are now ready for spring. Thanks also to those who provided and served the much-needed cream teas. (more…)

Myton competes in district finals of Youth Speaks

You may remember that one of our senior debating teams won the area finals of the Youth Speaks competition in Warwick last month and went through to the next round.

At the weekend they competed in the district finals of the competition and, although not awarded first or second place, they were told that they came incredibly close and caused the judges to spend 40 minutes deliberating! (more…)

Year 10 discuss climate change with local MP

This afternoon, a group of our Year 10 geographers had the chance to share their thoughts on climate change with the MP for Warwick and Leamington, Matt Western. They discussed a range of issues including renewable energy, green transport and the lack of environmentally friendly housing. At the end of the session, they put forward their priorities for green initiatives and policy changes.

 


Sports News

Joel Cleaver competes in National Squash Competitions

Well done to Joel Cleaver, who has recently been playing at U15 level (the next age group up from his age). In Manchester on Saturday he finished third and in Sheffield on Sunday he finished second, just losing out to a boy who is about to move into the U17 level.

Year 8 basketball victory

Many congratulations to the Year 8 basketball team on beating Campion School 80 points to 2 in their final game of the season on Tuesday 19 March.

Mr Walker said: “The team has trained every week and only lost one match against Warwick School this season. They must be contenders for the league title this year. Well done lads.”

Year 7 Football result

The Year 7 football team drew 2-2 with Southam College on Thursday 21 March. It was a fantastic match, with Myton conceding a goal in the final couple of minutes.

Mr Walker said: “It was by far the best performance that the boys have had, and the training that they have done throughout the dark winter months had really paid off. I was really proud of every player who represented the school tonight. A special mention for Will Shelton who was magnificent in goal. Well done!”

Girls train with Wasps coaches

Myton took 15 girls to the Wasps Training camp session on Thursday 14 March at Leamington Rugby Club. The girls involved have a real interest in the sport and not only got muddy but enjoyed the session on a blustery evening.

U14 Hockey tournament

Well done to the U14 boys hockey team who played in a Warwickshire tier 3 tournament at Stratford High on Wednesday 13 March. The boys beat Shipston (2-1) and KES (2-0) in the group stages. In the semi-final, they drew 1-1 against Stratford High then won on penalties. In the final, they drew 0-0 against Alcester Grammar then drew 3-3 on penalties but lost on sudden death.

You can read more about the tournament on the England Hockey website.


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