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Parent Bulletin

Summer 2021

Dear Parents/Carers
I hope this bulletin finds you well. 

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate students on completing their final assessments. The positive attitudes and resilience shown by examination students this year has been truly impressive. The remote learning day at the end of last half term provided teachers with the crucial time needed away from students to finish marking, review evidence and upload grades for the next stage of the internal process.  

We now focus on the various summer events and assessment weeks for all other year groups. The online evening tuition programme will also be starting in the near future for some students alongside our in-school extracurricular provision. Please do encourage your child to attend the after school sessions especially the homework clubs and study sessions for examination year groups. This link will give you an overview of what is on offer over the next 6 weeks. 

Finally, we would like to thank again everyone who is following COVID guidance to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. What you have been doing has made a difference and helped to keep infection rates low in school. However, as restrictions have lifted we have seen a significant reduction in the number of home tests reported in school. We continue to promote the importance of home testing in school and although we are no longer able to send out our twice-weekly text alerts, for financial reasons, we would encourage all parents to continue with the home testing. By taking a test twice a week, and self-isolating/booking a PCR test if positive, you and your children are helping to break the chains of transmission and stop the spread of infection. We continue to deal with positive cases in school, which has resulted in a number of students having to self-isolate since March. Our worry is that if home testing drops to low levels then we will not be uncovering hidden cases in the way we have done previously which will result in serious disruption to school and the start of the summer holidays. 
 
Thank you for your continued support and understanding. 
Mrs Kam Grewal-Joy

Dates for your diary

Year 8 Virtual Parents Evening
Thursday 10th June
Year 10 Trials Assessments
Monday 14th June – Wednesday 23rd June 
Year 12 Trials Assessments
(For selective students only)
Monday 21st June – Friday 25th June
Y10 Work Experience
Monday 28th June - Friday 2nd July
Sports Day Celebrations
Monday 28th June - Friday 9th July  
Year 9 Assessment Week
Monday 28th June – Friday 2nd July 
Year 8 Assessment Week
Monday 28th June – Friday 2nd July 
Year 7 Assessment Week
Monday 5th July – Friday 9th July

Sports Day Celebrations 2021

This year Sports Day will take place during students' PE lessons over a 2 week period. Students will take part in 5 different sports within the two weeks and points will be allocated based on the results of the competition!! 
Find out more

Extra-Curricular Timetable

There are a number of extra-curricular activities students can get involved in this half term. Find out more below.

Find out more

Anti Bullying Week 

Taking place from 7th - 11th June, during Anti-Bullying week students will have assemblies and form time activities. Click below to read Meadowhead's anti-bullying policy. 

Anti-Bullying Policy

Y11 Record of Achievement Celebration - Thursday 24th June 

We would like to this opportunity to congratulate students on completing their final assessments. The positive attitudes and resilience shown by this year group has been so impressive. Now assessments are complete, we wanted to tell you more about our planned celebration on the 24th June. Click below to find out more! 
Find out more

Y10 Work Experience

28th June - 2nd July

During the week all year 10 students will have the opportunity to have employer encounters, work on employer set tasks and develop the skills they need for the work place. Some of our students will be carrying out work placements in the community while others will take part in work experience activities in school. 

Y10 Taster Day 

On Wednesday 7th July, Y10 students have the opportunity to explore options post-GCSE. Students who are interested in studying A levels and level 3 BTECs will get the chance to experience the fantastic teaching and outstanding facilities at Meadowhead Sixth Form, and students who prefer a college route will be discovering more about the courses at Chesterfield College. Students will experience a day in the life of a sixth former or college student, from studying at a higher level, to focusing more on their particular areas of interest, to using the facilities, and even wearing their own clothes! It’s always a really enjoyable day, and we look forward to exploring options together!
Students have already picked their options, and they will be given their personal timetables nearer the time.

Y12 - Exploring University Courses

Tutor time for Y12 this half term is dedicated to exploring university courses and producing a personal statement. This will allow students to get a good idea of what courses are available, the content and topics covered, and the requirements for entry. It’s a really exciting time for students to be considering their next steps, and even if students aren’t sure if university is their preferred option they will be able to make fully informed decisions knowing what options are available to them. There will also be support for students looking to go into employment, apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships, to ensure that every student makes the right choices for their future.

Y12 - Careers Meetings 

Our dedicated careers adviser, Cerys Evans, will be meeting with every Y12 student at some point this half term to discuss their career aspirations and the practical steps needed to make the dream a reality! Cerys will be meeting with students in small groups or one-to-one to ensure that every option is covered. Students are free to attend more than one meeting if they are still considering their options. We encourage our students to have the highest possible aspirations – the sky’s the limit!

Thank a teacher

After a really difficult year because of coronavirus, we want to ensure we finish the school year in a really positive way. We will hold celebration assemblies in the final week to reflect on student achievements. 

Another way to have a really positive finish to the year is by saying “thank you” to a teacher or another member of Meadowhead staff before the summer break.

Click below to give your thanks!

Thank a teacher

Did you know about the 

Meadowhead Community Learning Trust?

You may not be aware that Meadowhead School is part of the Meadowhead Community Learning Trust, a group of over 30 business and educational partners, working collaboratively on innovative projects to enrich and improve the education experiences within our community.  

You may have heard of projects such as ‘The Journalistic Challenge,’ The Trust Choral Concert and ‘Everyone a Writer.’ 

We are now looking forward to developing more exciting projects in the future, to improve literacy and numeracy skills of our learners, work related learning opportunities, and routes into Higher Education and employment through our Trust business partners.

You can keep up to date with the latest news and see how you can get involved by joining our brand new Meadowhead Community Learning Trust Facebook Group.  

Join our Facebook group

Everyone a Writer 2021

The Everyone a Writer competition is now in its final stages, and as students complete artwork around this year’s theme “The Year the World Stopped”, the anthology is being collated and winners are being judged! All successful entrants into the anthology will receive a printed copy and will be notified soon. 
This year’s Everyone a Writer celebration event will be live streamed on Thurday 8th July, and will include videos of students from a variety of local primary schools performing their entries alongside our Meadowhead students, and will culminate in the live announcement of prize winners.
The link to the live event will be shared in the coming weeks! 

Useful information

FREE Maths Summer School 

Available to students Y7-Y9, this programme is available through Eedi Summer Club and will help to boost pupils' confidence in maths! 
Click here for more information

Careers Focus Group

We are looking for parent/carer feedback on the careers programme at school. Whether you know lots about our careers provision for students or nothing at all, we are keen to hear your views. We are seeking the opinion of parents/carers across all year groups. If you are interested in joining us for an hour to discuss this during the summer term, please email;
careers@meadowhead.sheffield.sch.uk

Are you leaving Meadowhead this summer?

Why would you take your network with you? There are many reasons you should sign up to your network including:
  • Volunteering opportunities to enhance your CV
  • Showcase your personal development
  • Stay in touch with former students and teachers
  • Be invited back to school events
Click here to join our network

TABI Study

The Centre for Appearance Research has launched a new study called TABI (Teen Appearance and Body Image) to explore young people’s experience of appearance and body image.
 
They are inviting all young people aged 11-17 years who are living in the United Kingdom to take part in the research by completing an online survey. You can complete the survey on your laptop, computer, mobile phone or tablet using this link: https://go.uwe.ac.uk/TABI  
 
As a thank you for taking part, participants will be entered into a prize draw to win one of four £50 Amazon vouchers! If you would like to find out more about this study, click here to watch a video.  
 
Please contact Radhika Bhatia if you have any questions, or if you would like to complete the survey by paper instead.
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