Thursday, 6 December 2018

What's Coming Up (Wc 10.12.2018)



December 2018
RSAT 
Occasional Day
Fri 07
Meridian
Y10 Parent Consultation Evening
1600-1900
Mon 10
Greneway/Roysia
Christmas Lunch
Tues 11
Meridian
Christmas Lunch
Greneway/Roysia
Middles Christmas Concert
1700-1900
Thurs 13
Greneway/Roysia
Middles Christmas Concert
1830-2030
Fri 14
Meridian
Choir performance Royston Lunch Club
Mon17
Meridian
Y11 PSHE Day
Greneway
Mini Fete
1400-1630
Weds 19
Meridian
Carol Service - St John the Baptist Church
1600-1700
Thurs 20
RSAT
End of Term
1300
Fri 21
January 2019
RSAT
Inset Day
Mon 07
RSAT
Inset Day
Tues 08
RSAT
Spring Term Begins
Weds 09


RSAT News





Thank you for attending the various Christmas fairs that have run across the sites over the last few weeks. I think it will be a really exciting event next year when we pull them all together into one event. As we approach the Christmas period, I just thought I’d update you on a few events coming up. Please remember the Christmas lunches next week where children can wear their Christmas jumpers.

I also want to make you aware of the Christmas Carol Service on  Thursday 20th December, between 4 pm and 5 pm. I appreciate this is earlier than it has been in previous years and it may be difficult for some parents to attend but it was important we recognise that as a through school a number of performers are in Year 5 and in instances like this these younger students needs and safety comes first. I still hope many of you can attend. I am looking forward to my first one as I’m told it is a really good event.

I would also like to assure you that our expectation of end of term events remains very learning focussed up until 20th December. Whilst teachers may use some Christmas sourced material before then, the sometimes expected worksheets and videos in the last week of term do not meet with our expectations and aspirations for learning in the school. It is really important that we celebrate Christmas at the appropriate events and on other occasions that we work hard until the end of term, then we will all feel we have earned our Christmas holiday.

I’m currently discussing next year with the various agencies involved in the school and am hopeful that I will be able to clarify plans for the Academy going forward very soon in the new year. I appreciate sometimes it can be frustrating that you do not get regular updates on the changes, however, I can assure you that the Trust are pushing hard to make sure the educational provision we provide for our children is the absolute priority.


I really appreciate your support in what has been a long half term and I would encourage you to continue to let us know the important things about your children in order that we can continue to support them in this final fortnight of the calendar year.  It has been clear to me over this term that your ability as parents to share information with us is a real strength across all the school sites.

Teacher and Non Teaching Winners of the Week

Teaching member of the week
Mr A.Gee: for his unending support of staff over the last week while others were involved in the recent Ofsted inspection, at Meridian, and other associated work. His continued presence and calm attitude with high regard for pupils, staff and parents make him a valuable member of staff.

Non Teaching member of the week.
Mrs F.Piper: During countless times this term Mrs Piper has stepped in and supported with managing pupils and ensuring that the sites are running calmly. She has regularly covered absences by covering Orange Card and other duties, she is always happy to help and goes out of her way to ensure all is running smoothly. Thank you.

Mr G Farquhar

Christmas Celebrations

Combined Middle Schools Christmas Concerts - Greneway site
Thursday 13, 5.00, Friday 14 December, 6.30
All middle school pupils who are involved in a Performing Arts extra-curricular club will be performing. Everyone is very welcome to attend. The box office is running from both the Roysia and Greneway offices and is now open.

RSAT Carol Service
Thursday 20 December, St John’s Parish Church 4.00
All Year 5 pupils, KS3 choir, Meridian choir and band
Performers from across the academy will be sharing a selection of carols and readings. Do come along and celebrate the end of term in a fully festive manner.

Reminder - Christmas Lunches
Greneway and Roysia - Tuesday 11th December 2018

Meridian - Thursday 13th December 2018

Christmas jumpers can be worn all day with school uniform - £1.00 donation to charity

Christmas Fayres
It was lovely to see so many pupils, parents/carers and friends at the two Christmas Fayres that were held last week. They have all been highly successful and will raise valuable money for charities and to support pupils in school.

Great Greneway Bake Off
This week saw the return of the Great Greneway Bake Off.  Pupils were invited to take part in a house competition where they baked 4 cupcakes.  The cupcakes were judged by some very willing volunteers and the remainder were sold to raise money for house charities.  A total of more than £110 was raised. As always, the standard was very high making the judges decisions extremely difficult. 

The star bakers that go through to the next round are:





Post 16 Event
The event took place on Tuesday evening where pupils and their parents/carers were given the opportunity to explore options post 16. There were 8 local providers who came along with representatives from CRC, Long Road, Hills Road, North Herts College, Netherhall (Oakland), Freman, Knights Templar and Comberton Village College attending.  The event was an important one for year 11 pupils who are in the process of considering options for next year.

Study Support - Greneway Site
Following a successful trial period, after school Study Support sessions are now  increased to 4 per week to include Tuesdays.  Please note that the Tuesday session is intended to provide specific support for the Accelerated Reading programme and spellings.  Pupils are welcome to attend with other OSL on that day should they wish to take advantage of the quiet, calm learning environment.  However, Tuesday teaching support will be focussed on pupils with reading and spelling difficulties.

Occasional Day
Tomorrow, Friday 7th, is the RSAT Occasional Day.  Therefore, all RSAT schools will be closed.

Tweet of the Week



Book of the Week 

If you enjoy...reading about historical events as seen through the life of one person.

The powerful and inspiring true story of Walter Tull, who during the First World War was the first black infantry officer in the British Army.  Walter overcame a tough childhood in a Children's Home to become the first black Premier League football player before.

Suitable for all year groups


Essential E-Safety


📢Parents!📢

While not all social media apps are bad, it’s important to be aware of what kids are up to when they’re online.

Feel clueless about the online world? Don’t worry, help is at hand - www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parentsoffers bespoke advice and support for different aged children, as well as a section for parents and carers to help identify risks that may be encountered online.


Greneway PE Timetable 1st Half Spring Term 2018


Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Greneway Mini-Fete - 19th December 2018

Next Wednesday, 19th December, is the much anticipated 
Mini-Fete! 

Greneway pupils have the opportunity to work in groups of three to run a stall to raise money for the House charities.



Pupils are being given their application sheets, to outline their plans, this afternoon and these need to be returned to the Greneway school office by Tuesday 11th December.

We look forward to welcoming everyone on
Wednesday 19th December
3.00 pm - 4.30 pm
at 
Greneway Middle School

Friday, 30 November 2018

What's Coming Up (Wc 03.12.2018)



December 2018
RSAT Occasional Day
Fri 07
Meridian
Y10 Parent Consultation Evening
1600-1900
Mon 10
Greneway/Roysia
Christmas Lunch
Tues 11
Meridian
Christmas Lunch
Greneway/Roysia
Middles Christmas Concert
1700-1900
Thurs 13
Greneway/Roysia
Middles Christmas Concert
1830-2030
Fri 14
Meridian
Choir performance Royston Lunch Club
Mon 17
Meridian
Y11 PSHE Day
Greneway
Mini Fete
1400-1630
Weds 19
Meridian
Carol Service - St John the Baptist Church
1600-1700
Thurs 20
RSAT
End of Term
1300
Fri 21
January 2019
RSAT
Inset Day
Mon 07
RSAT
Inset Day
Tues 08
RSAT
Spring Term Begins
Weds 09


RSAT News




This week has been really big in terms of growth of the Trust. As you will be aware Meridian had a full section 5 Ofsted Inspection on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. This process has very strict rules around how I can report on its outcomes. The inspection was fair and really thorough but I’m not allowed to report on it and tell you the outcomes until the quality assurance process is finished. I am, however, going to start work immediately on some of the areas inspectors identified, in line with the schools development plan. I am hopeful that we will be able to make an announcement before Christmas but these things are beyond my control.  Staff across all sites in the Trust put in an exorbitant amount of effort, either in showing their work at Meridian to the best of their ability or taking on extra duties at the other sites to allow senior staff to meet inspectors.

Therefore, this week, I cannot single out 2 individual staff as teacher and non-teacher of the week.

I hope many of you can support the Christmas events across the Trust. I’m looking forward to seeing the stalls that students have put together at Roysia this afternoon, and the efforts of the business students between 11am and 3pm this Sunday at Meridian. It’s really nice to see how much input the students have had to these events.

As we move into December I want to be really clear and I’m sorry if I appear a little bit of a Bah Humbug. Our priority across the Trust is learning and allowing students opportunities to make progress. That does not stop because we are close to Christmas. Christmas events are there to allow us all the chance to celebrate and reflect together, but we will continue  teaching the highest quality of lessons up until the final few days of term, where more festive lessons will creep in. I would really appreciate it if you could reinforce this with the children.

I know this sounds a bit hard-nosed but as the Head across the Trust I have to ask myself how much children learn from watching festive videos and doing fun lessons for an extended period of time. Our standards and expectations will remain the same right up until the end of term.

Thank you, once again, for your support in a busy week and thank you to those Meridian Staff, Parents and Students who took the time to fill in the Ofsted questionnaire.

I would also like to thank the parents in Years 8 and 11 who attended parent consultation evenings over the last fortnight.

Thank you

Mr G Farquhar


Christmas Celebrations - dates for the diary

Combined Middle Schools Christmas Concerts - Greneway site

Thursday 13, 5.00 pm and Friday 14 December, 6.30 pm

All middle school pupils who are involved in a Performing Arts extra-curricular club will be performing. Everyone is very welcome to attend. The box office is running from both the Roysia and Greneway offices and is now open.

RSAT Carol Service

Thursday 20 December, St John’s Parish Church 4.00

All Year 5 pupils, KS3 choir, Meridian choir and band

Performers from across the academy will be sharing a selection of carols and readings. Do come along and celebrate the end of term in a fully festive manner.

Christmas Fayres
Do come along and support this event over the weekend and do a little Christmas shopping!

Reminder:        Meridian Christmas Market will take place on Sunday 2nd December.



Post 16 Event
On Tuesday evening between 4.30pm to 6.30pm, an event is being held at the Meridian site for pupils contemplating their options post 16.  There will be 8 local providers coming along so any parents or students can speak to as many or as few as they wish.  Representatives from Cambridge Regional College, Long Road, Hills Road, North Herts College, Netherhall (Oakland), Freman, Knights Templar and Comberton Village College are attending.   These local providers will be on hand with information and advice.

Do come along…

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
Congratulations to the house captains who managed to raise a grand total of £142.34 through the sale of poppies, and other items, during early November on the Greneway site.



Great Greneway Bake Off
Next Wednesday is the first round of the Great Greneway Bake Off.  Pupils will be bringing into school four identical, decorated cupcakes which will be judged as part of a house competition. Cupcakes will then be sold to raise money for the house charities.




Herts Service to Sports Awards 2018
Congratulations to two members of the local sporting community who were recognised this week for their service to sport.  Simone Robinson of Royston Town Youth won an unsung hero award and Terry Graves received a lifetime achievement award.



Glasses

Has your child lost a pair of glasses on the Greneway site?  Below is a selection that are unclaimed during this term (a couple of pairs have been reclaimed).  Please contact Greneway office if you recognise them.  All unclaimed glasses will be recycled at the end of term.




Tweet of the Week




Book of the Week 

Flawed - Cecelia Ahern - AR reader level 5.1
‘I cannot fathom how I can be here.  I can’t be Flawed.  I am perfect’
 
Celestine North lives a perfect life.  But then Celestine breaks a rule and faces life-changing repercussions.  She could be imprisoned.  Branded.  Found FLAWED.

In this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

Who Wrote It?
Cecelia Ahern wrote her first novel at 21 years old. Her first novel, ‘PS I Love You’ was published in January 2004, and was followed by ‘Where Rainbows End’ in November 2004. Both novels were adapted to films.  Cecelia has published a novel every year since then and to date has published 15 novels.

Why Not Try?
‘Perfect’ - Cecelia Ahern

Opening Line
 I am a girl of definitions, of logic, of black and white.”

Reviews
‘A world (or a country or simply a town - it is never explained) where a perceived flaw in your character results in you being branded on parts of your body. The main character attracts attention to the flaw in her own character when she helps a sick old man in a bus when the other passengers, including her sister, were just ignoring him. ‘

‘A Dystopian novel with a lesson for everyone.’