WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 17 September 2021

A great start to the term

We have had a great week and it is so lovely to see the school full of life again. We have been super-impressed that the vast majority of students have come back to school in such a positive frame of mind, how smart everyone is in their uniform and how calmly and sensibly students are moving around the site.

We hope that you feel happy and confident that your child has returned to a school that feels much more ‘normal’ this academic year, but as always, if you have any concerns or questions, please contact your child’s form tutor in the first instance. There will be opportunity at the forthcoming Tutor Meetings to meet form tutors in person – more information below.

Wishing you a very happy weekend!

‘Meet the Tutor’ evenings

A reminder that Tutor Meetings are taking place over the next couple of weeks:

  • Monday 20 September – Year 7
  • Tuesday 21 September – Year 8
  • Wednesday 22 September – Year 9
  • Thursday 23 September – Year 10
  • Monday 27 September – Year 11 (please note that this is the correct date – apologies that our communication earlier today showed the wrong date)

Please check your letter for arrival times. Parking on-site is extremely limited, so please park away from school and walk if possible. On arrival please come into school via the Philadelphia Terrace entrance and go straight to the Main Hall.

We look forward to seeing you.

Year 6 Open Evening

We are delighted that we are able to hold a ‘real’ Open Evening this year for Year 6 pupils and their parents/carers!

The Open Evening will take place on Wednesday 6 October. In the interest of everyone’s safety and wellbeing, we will be running three consecutive sessions, at 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm, in order that group sizes are not too big.

Full details about the event, including booking information, will be sent out next week via our primary schools and posted on our website.

Duke of Edinburgh – Bronze Award meetings

A reminder that meetings for Year 10 Bronze Award DofE students will begin on Monday 20 September, at 3.10pm. The meetings will generally last no more than 30 minutes.

Computer Science Homework

To support students with their Computer Science Homework PC1 and PC2 is available for students to come and complete their homework on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3.00-3.25pm.

Social media scams

Our weekly update from National Online Safety is to help parents and carers to avoid social media scams, and to help them to explain this to their child(ren) so that they can avoid them too.

Read the guidance here

Equal Play? Do we need to ‘make space for girls’ in public parks?

The Friends of Rowntree Park are launching a new project in Rowntree Park in York to research the views of local older girls on Rowntree Park’s facilities. We’d love as many girls aged 10-17 to complete this anonymous online survey.

We are also running a workshop on Saturday 9 October – more information can be found on our website or on our facebook page. Views shared could lead to real change.

This article gives more background to why the Friends are conducting the research and where the project may go in future.

Can you crack the code?

For a bit of fun this half-term, the Maths department is running a “Crack the Code” puzzle and we’d love you to take part!

Every Friday, we will publish a clue or a puzzle to solve. In the final week of half-term, you should have five answers which will enable you to crack the code and work out the password.

Clue 1: Fresh from achieving an A* in her A-Level Mathematics, Emma Raducanu won the US Open. Take the total number of games played in the final, then subtract the second triangle number.

This will give you your first answer – keep a note. Clue 2 will follow next week…..