WEEKLY NEWSLETTER – 23 MARCH 2018 Website www.facebook.com/GreenswardAc/
w/c 26 March: B
WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY
RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS DAY
On 21 March the students and staff wore their odd socks to raise awareness and support of World Down Syndrome Day. Socks have been used as the symbol because chromosomes are shaped "like socks" and people with Down's syndrome are born with an extra one.
On Friday 16 March the Student Leadership Team went into Hockley town to show our appreciation to the community for all the support they show our school. We baked some cupcakes, iced them (which is a lot more difficult than it looks) and delivered them to some local businesses and local people to the school. We also gave out some thank you cards and balloons. The balloons seemed a real hit at Monkey Business. This event was called “Random Act of Kindness” and was part of the programme the Student Leadership Team are working on which is focused on giving back to the community and raising our school profile. It was a great day out and everyone seemed shocked and pleasantly surprised to receive some free cupcakes. It was a small gesture of thanks for all the support the local community gives our school.
Students in Year 9 English lessons were tasked with producing a poem to celebrate this day and below is the winning poem, written by Max Wotton and Jacob Wardle and chosen by Mr Brown: Together Don’t judge me by my looks Or treat me like books, Want their love like … Nothing else.
Christian Knight (Year 7 member of Student Leadership Team)
“I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for the delicious cakes some of your students gave us here at Hockley train station.”
Sing my name loud and proud, Yell it out, what a powerful sound. Never let me feel down, Don’t let me have a frown, Run with me forever, Overcome bullying together. Motivate me as I am not lame, Everyone is the same.
SIXTH FORM CONDITIONAL OFFER PACKS The Sixth Form conditional offer packs for September 2018 will be distributed to Year 11 students shortly. These have been slightly delayed due to the overwhelming number of applications we have had to process this year. Please see a member of the Sixth Form team if you have any queries.
“Thank you for the lovely cupcakes that were delivered to our office last Friday. What a lovely surprise! Please pass on our appreciation to your staff and students.” (Wells Solicitors)
HISTORY TRIP TO BERLIN A reminder to parents of students going on the above trip that there will be an information evening at 7.00pm next Tuesday, 27 March.
CONGRATULATIONS TO …
PRIMARY FOOD CHALLENGE DAY
… Haydn Brand 13AMT and Jamie Maynard 13SCW who were awarded their DofE bronze certificate and badge this morning by Mr Benson.
On Wednesday this week we once again welcomed the Year 5 and 6 children from our feeder primary schools, this time to take on a cooking challenge. The task was to create a funny face pizza from scratch with a variety of different toppings and seasonal ingredients, starting with a design on paper. From there the children created their own unique pizzas with some fantastic results. They also made pasta salads and fruit frisbees. Well done everyone!
ART WORK OF THE WEEK
YEAR 7 NETBALL NEWS
This week’s art work of the week is by Molly Lindo in Year 12. It is a coloured pencil transcription of a portrait by Thomas Saliot.
NON-UNIFORM / YEAR 11 DRESS UP DAY The next non-uniform charity day of this academic year will take place on Thursday 29 March 2018. Year 11 only are allowed to wear fancy dress on this day. Mr Ketley, Senior Vice-Principal, is running the London Marathon in aid of Mind (www.mind.org.uk) so money raised will be donated to this cause. Although this is a non-uniform day, students must wear suitable clothing for the school environment (torn jeans, bare midriffs and low cut tops are not suitable) and also remind you that the policy regarding jewellery remains unchanged due to health and safety considerations. Please would you also ensure that your child remembers to bring full equipment and items such as their locker key and bus pass (if appropriate), timetables and books to school on that day. We will be unable to issue spare locker keys.
Congratulations to the Year 7 Netball team who finished 2nd in the district rally this week. After some tough games they went through as winners from their pool and met Sweyne Park in the semi-final. The team played extremely well and after extra time the girls won 5-4, seeing them through to the final to face Fitzwimarc. After a well fought game the girls narrowly missed out on becoming district champions. Well done to all the girls involved in the netball team this season.
PRINCIPAL’S OPEN DOOR SESSION This will take place on Thursday 19 April from 3.30pm to 4.30pm when the Principal will be available to meet with parents if they wish to see her. She will be located in the Main Reception area.
7G BAKE OFF
On Wednesday the U16 Girls Basketball team played their last game of the season in the Essex Cup Final. It was a local derby against Fitzwimarc, who they had narrowly beaten earlier in the season.
On Friday during form time our form class had a bake off. Students had to bake 6 cupcakes and decorate them as they wished. Mr Butterworth judged the cakes by tasting each one and Mrs Scarnell joined us in celebrating the winners.
Both teams were evenly matched and the first quarter was very low scoring as both teams tried to figure each other out. This continued in the second quarter and Fitzwimarc led narrowly by 7 at half time. Greensward started the third quarter slowly and Fitzwimarc came out flying! This ended up making the difference to the game and despite winning the fourth quarter, the girls had left themselves too much to do with the final scoring being 60-40 for Fitzwimarc. Special mentions must go to the six Year 11 girls, Lauren Smart, Becky Thompson, Lizzy Cross, Hollie Cox, Amy Peacham and Louise Heywood who have all been an absolute credit to the academy over the five years that they have played basketball. Other team members are Abby Lockwood, Evie Andrews, Sam Wiseman, Sophie Medland, Leia Kinch and Amy Nicholls.
PERIOD POVERTY CAMPAIGN In the UK 373,778 girls are in period poverty, 137,700 of them are missing school because of this. I personally find this unacceptable in the modern world. Therefore, I would like to start a campaign to help these girls and their families by providing them with free sanitary wear so they don’t have to worry and most importantly can continue to attend school comfortably. However, I need the help and support of those parents who are fortunate enough to be able to afford sanitary wear, to put an extra packet of sanitary wear in their weekly or monthly shop and donate to my campaign so then they can be distributed to all girls who need it. By doing this you will be helping to ensure that the education of girls is not interrupted by something they simply cannot control. Drop boxes will be available in the school at student reception and in the main reception for all donations. Every donation will be gratefully received and will go towards helping all girls in need. Thank you. Gemma Barritt, Year 12
Presentation: 1st Amy Field, 2nd Daisy Robinson, 3rd Gemma Woodley Taste: 1st Eddie Gibb, 2nd Megan Hook, 3rd Sadie Jones and Scarlet Fenton
EASTER EGG APPEAL Good afternoon from the Parent & Community Advisory Board. This month we are all about chocolate! With everyone’s help at school we are collecting as many Easter Eggs as possible for J W Tate & Sons Funeral Directors’ Easter Egg Appeal. The eggs will be delivered to residents in our local area who might need a little cheering up this Easter. Not only will children benefit from this fab cause, but also the elderly. All donations will be gratefully received by Mrs Wheeler in BG11 by first thing on Wednesday morning please. Thank you for your kind support of those less fortunate in our community.
ASSEMBLY THEME & THOUGHT FOR NEXT WEEK Resurrection “Crucifixion symbolises the death of the old; resurrection is a leap into the new.” Deepak Chopra
A CAREER IN TEACHING Are you interested in a career in teaching? Would you like to spend a day shadowing teachers to see what the job involves? Greensward has training places still available for 2018-2019 and a taster day can be arranged for you to visit and ask questions. Contact [email protected]
AND FINALLY … The academy will close at the end of the day on Thursday 29 March and will re-open at the normal time on Monday 16 April (Week A). There will be no newsletter next week.