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Parklife - 24th February

It's good to be back in school following the half term break and, with the mornings/evenings getting lighter and the weather a few degrees warmer, it does feel that spring is on the way!

We've got a really busy term as we run up to the Easter break. Yr11s are currently working on their PPE exams up to the end of next week, then we've got three Parents Evenings in the diary, for Yr10 on 8th March, Yr8 on 22nd March and Yr7 on 29th March. Parents Evenings will continue to be virtual using the specialist software package SchoolCloud and invitations/instructions will be sent 2 weeks in advance of each event. Bookings for Year 10 are now open.

In addition this term, we'll be acknowledging some really important national and global events in our weekly focus - such as Engineers Week, Science Week, International Womans Day and Young Carers Action Day - to name but a few.

There's also the PTFA meeting on Tuesday 1st March at 7pm in the SPA Drama Hall - all welcome!

This week's feature is from our dedicated Raising Achievement Team...

As we come through the other side of a busy moving period, from Room 2 to Room 22, things have finally slowed down enough for the Raising Achievement department to check in with Parklife! There is plenty to report on our end, not least three new members of staff! Two Reading Intervention Managers, Emma Main and Rebecca Self and a Raising Achievement Manager, Jack Pegg. We’ve introduced Lexia groups in Year 7 and 8, our nurture groups continue with some exciting projects such as the roller coaster STEM project which is currently underway. Our groups also continue to enjoy their cooking lessons and have recently enjoyed a visit from Tesco who did a cooking demonstration on gingerbread houses which the students then had a go at themselves with incredible results.

We as a department are now able to offer a maths catch up group directly aimed at Year 7 students to sharpen up their maths skills for when they progress to Year 8.

If you'd like to know more about Raising Achievement please get in touch!

Don't forget the deadline for SMSC activity choices is tomorrow, so be sure to get those booklets handed in!

Please also take a minute to read the updated guidance for COVID-19 and familiarise yourself with the changes to testing and isolation requirements

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