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Parent Bulletin

Autumn 2021 Half term 2

 Dear Parents/Carers

It certainly has been an interesting first term so far.  As we plough through the myriad of challenges, we are trying our very best to resume normal ways of working.  I’m pleased to say that our extra-curricular programme has attracted a lot of student interest but we are, as always, keen to have greater numbers of students join the many clubs and study sessions on offer after school. 

We were able to safely have two open evenings earlier this term for our community which were well attended and well received by parents and students alike.  Our student ambassadors supporting both events were truly impressive and represented the school with confidence and great pride. 

I thank all parents who supported the temporary introduction of face masks as COVID cases were becoming unmanageable in October but I’m pleased to report that there has been a significant drop in cases this half term.  The positive cases we are now seeing are largely amongst the unvaccinated student population.   

We have also found the time to celebrate our students’ achievements and hard efforts at this term’s Diamond Award ceremony which we were able to stream live to parents and extended family members.  Our best hopes are that all award winners will continue to be exemplary role models for their peers and inspire others to follow their lead. 

Our teaching and learning focus has been on developing academic language across all areas and all year groups.  The knowledge organisers on the school website provide parents an overview of what students are learning across the year in each subject. Please take advantage of this resource to discuss the content of the knowledge organisers to consolidate learning with your child.  This is particularly helpful leading up to an assessment week.     

Thank you to all parents for your continued support for the school and your ongoing understanding during these strange times. 

Best wishes,  
Mrs Grewal Joy
Headteacher

Dates for your diary

Y11 Trials
Monday 22nd November - Friday 3rd December

Y13 Parents' Evening
Thursday 25th November 2021 - booking now open until 24.11.21 at midnight. Click here to book. 

Flu Vaccinations Y7-Y11 Students
The NHS Immunisations Team will be providing nasal flu vaccinations on 7th December. Please click here if you would like your child to have the vaccination. 

Coming up - Y9 Virtual Options Evening
Thursday 20th January 2022 6:00 - 7:00pm
Sports Fixtures and Results
Keep an eye on our website and social media for the latest PE fixtures and results! 
Latest Results
Please click below to sign up to the winter alert system to automatically receive the poor weather alert.
 
Weather alert sign up
Christmas Jumper Donations
 
We are seeking donations of unwanted/outgrown Christmas jumpers in all sizes for a ‘Festive Jumper Shop’ in December. Christmas jumpers are one of the worst examples of fast fashion with most being worn only a handful of times before being outgrown or unwanted, many also contain large quantities of plastic making them difficult to dispose of. In the past some students have been unable to source a jumper in order to take part in Save The Children’s annual Christmas jumper day and we would like to provide an opportunity for students to purchase jumpers for a small donation. Jumper donations will be accepted from 22nd November - 2nd December and can be dropped off in boxes in Year offices (for students) and in the staff room. Jumpers will be ‘on sale’ w/c 6th December on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis with all proceeds going to charity. All sizes of clothing are welcome including younger children’s items!

A Guide to TikTok 
National Safety Online have produced a free online safety guide on TikTok (a video-sharing social media app which lets people create, view and download looping 15-second clips. Typically, these are videos of users lip-syncing and dancing to popular songs or soundbites (often for comic purposes), enhanced with filters, effects and text.

TikTok is a social media platform, and like others, it is constantly evolving. New features include links to in-app spending and accessing third-party content through TikTok Jump. In the guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as age-inappropriate content, addiction and in-app spending. Click below for more information. 

A Guide to TikTok
National Safety Online have produced this free online safety guide to Netflix and keeping it safe for children to watch. As well as exposure to age-inappropriate content, there are other risks such as screen addiction and hackers obtaining personal data. Click below to find out more.
Read more

COVID-19 Household Lateral Flow Testing 

Please continue to encourage your child to do a lateral flow test twice weekly and report their results on the school website.

Click below to read a letter from Greg Fell, Director of Public Health, Sheffield. 

Click to read
Report your results here
We have 10 Big Challenge Teams this year, selling everything from coasters to novelty hot chocolate gifts! Students will have the opportunity to purchase items from our Big Challenge Teams during the w/c Monday 6th December! 
Find out more about our teams
NEW for 2022 - Introducing Meadowhead House System!

Meadowhead students will see the introduction of a House system from 2022 and we need your help!

We are inviting students, alumni, staff, parents and members of the local community to nominate inspirational people who the four houses could be named after. These inspirational people could be connected to the school or local S8 area in some way but do not have to be: all we need is for them to have made a difference and a positive impact in their chosen field or fields. They could be a historical figure or someone who is still having an impact today.

Please click below to nominate an inspirational person.
Nominate an Inspirational Person
Y11 Options
During October & November, students have been visiting open evenings at sixth forms, colleges and training providers to help them make their post-16 decisions. It’s not too late to visit open events: you will find dates of events on https://www.sheffieldprogress.co.uk/events/, on provider websites, and we also have lists up in form rooms, on the Y11 corridor and outside the Careers Office.
 
Students are starting to work on personal statements and Sheffield Progress applications in their Ethics lessons. We ask that students complete these by 17 December so they can be sent off in time for the end of January deadline which some institutions follow.
 
Please find attached full details of the support students can expect with the post-16 options and application process. This letter was originally sent out to parents in September. If you have any questions, please contact the Careers Team at school: careers@meadowhead.sheffield.sch.uk.
Y10 Work Experience, 4 – 8 July 2022
Before half-term, we launched work experience with Y10 students. We ask students to find their own placements, with the support of parents/carers and support from school. Students have until 1 March to secure a placement, but we recommend making a start with this right away to get the best chance of finding the right experience.
 
Students have been provided with a work experience agreement that needs to be signed by the students, parent/carer and the placement provider. Students will get further information on how to find a placement through form time sessions on Fridays.
 
You can find further details about work experience and how to find it on the school website: Work Experience 2022 - Meadowhead School
Please contact the Careers Team at school with any questions: careers@meadowhead.sheffield.sch.uk.
Meadowhead Shortlisted!

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Hallam FM Cash for Kids Challenge this half term, where we will be competing for the £5000 cash prize! 

We have some exciting fundraising activities planned including a raffle and bake sale to raise money for our school.

So far we have received some extremely generous raffle prizes from businesses in our local community including Issey Miyaki perfume from Superdrug, a free family swim and an indoor court session at Graves Leisure Centre, chocolates from Iceland and Aldi and Amazon vouchers! If you would like to donate a prize for our raffle please email udallm@meadowhead.sheffield.sch.uk 

Students can purchase raffle tickets for family and friends from Monday 22nd November. Tickets are priced at £1 per strip and will be available to purchase from their year office during form time on Monday. A prize will go to the year group who sell the most tickets so dig deep!

Look out for more information coming soon!
More information coming soon!

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