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Archived Weekly News - 8 March 2019

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Head Teacher's Message

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…)

Head Teacher

Dear Parents and Carers

In a week when youth crime is once again the focus of national debate, we have been fortunate enough to host an event delivered by the crime prevention charity, Prison? Me? No Way!

We run this event each year for our Year 9 students and the aim is to raise awareness of the causes, consequences and impact of crime. Students attend a range of talks and workshops throughout the day designed to make them think about the choices they make that might affect themselves, their futures and society as a whole.

The charity brings together volunteers from the Prison Service as well as Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, the West Midlands Ambulance Service, and Warwickshire Police. Students had the chance to hear an ex-offender talk about choices and consequences, see a fully furnished replica prison cell and consider the impact of anti-social behaviour. They also saw Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service in action at a mock road traffic accident. (more…)


Announcements

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.

Cycling on one-way streets

If your child cycles to school and their route involves any one-way streets, please make sure they understand the rules of the road. Accidents can happen so easily and we have had a recent report of students who were cycling the wrong way down Broad Street, Warwick being involved in a near-collision with a motorist.


Events

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!

Diary date – Year 11 Prom

The Year 11 Prom is being held on Thursday 11 July 2019 at Stratford Manor Hotel.

Tickets are £32 and are available on ParentPay until Friday 29 March. The price includes a 3-course dinner plus dancing and entertainment.

Any queries to Miss Wyatt: wyatt.s@myton.co.uk


What's on this week


General News

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.

 

Year 7 Cupcake Challenge a great success

On Friday 8 March our Year 7s took part in a Cupcake Challenge event designed to develop a range of skills including: listening, presenting, problem solving, creativity, staying positive, aiming high, leadership and teamwork.

They were tasked with creating and marketing a new range of cupcakes and packaging for a specific target market. (more…)

French students celebrate Mardi Gras

Mr Stone and his Year 12 language students celebrated Mardi Gras on Tuesday 5 March by making ‘les crêpes’ and writing up their recipes in French. Ooh la la!

The Magic Flute

On Thursday 7 March a group of Myton’s musicians had a fabulous evening watching Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute performed by Welsh National Opera at the Birmingham Hippodrome.


Sports News

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.

Year 7 Cricket tournament

Well done to the Year 7 cricketers who took part in the Warwickshire Cricket Board indoor competition on Monday 11 March.

Year 9 & 10 Virtual Rowing Team Success

Congratulations to both the girls and boys Year 9 & 10 virtual rowing teams, who have won through to the County Finals next month, having won the Central Area competition. The Year 7 & 8 teams both finished runners-up in this competition.

Year 7 Football Tournament at Southam College

The Year 7 team played a small-sided tournament at Southam College on Wednesday 6 March. They unfortunately did not win, but did themselves proud, only losing one game and drawing their other games. They have a game against Southam on Thursday 21 March.

Year 7 Trampolining Competition

Well done to our Year 7 trampolining team who competed this week in the District Trampolining Competition. Jess Higgs came third in the individual competition and the whole team narrowly missed out on the top spot to Aylesford, finishing runners up.

Netball & Hockey Results

Well done to the U16 Netball team who beat Shipston 14-6 and to the Year 9 team who, on the same night, drew 9-9 against them. The U13 and U15 mixed hockey teams both lost against Shipston but in well fought and close games.

U13 Football Team Success

Well done to the Year 8 Football team who beat a strong North Leamington team on Tuesday 5 March, 4-1. The team played really well and maintained their unbeaten record in both the Cup and the League.

Myton Cubs win West Midlands final

Huge congratulations to the Myton Cubs who won the West Midlands final of the BWB Inclusive Zone Basketball Final in Birmingham on Tuesday 5 March and have won a spot at the National Finals to be played in Worcester Arena in May.


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