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Parklife - 2nd March

We hope everyone enjoyed some pancakes yesterday for Shrove Tuesday and wish all the best to those of you making a commitment to give something up for Lent or to start something new, like an exercise routine. We've got a number of staff promising to give up their sweet treats and get fitter before the Easter eggs arrive! #youcandoit

However, some might be holding off on that for a few days as it's food practical's week at SPA! A favourite week amongst staff as they are invited to sample the truly outstanding, restaurant quality dishes produced and presented by our Year 11 GCSE Catering students. Then feedback (and huge praise!) is provided for inclusion in their coursework portfolios.

Also this week, we've welcomed Youth Stemm Award in to school to launch the Bronze Award to our Stem club students. We can't wait to get started on our extra-curricular activities and getting those hours logged towards our first award!

Last week we had a visit from Reflex Theatre group, who held some great workshops with our Year 9 and Year 10 students and we look forward to them returning next week to perform their show to the same groups of students.

In light of current affairs we have changed this week's focus to Conflict and will be sending a separate communication out about this and how we'll be supporting our students in school.

Don't forget to book in for Year 10 parents evening next Tuesday if you have a child in that year group an further information about Year 8 parents evening, on Tuesday 22nd March, will be coming next week!

Attendance and Wellbeing are bringing you this week's feature.....

Regular and punctual attendance at school is key to both academic and social development, which in turn will improve your life chances.

What does 90% attendance mean?

90% attendance = ½ school day missed every week! One school year at 90% attendance = 4 weeks of learning missed! Over 5 school years of school = ½ school year missed!

This has been evidenced to equate a drop in 1 GCSE grade per subject.

Please do not hesitate to contact Mr Moore, Miss Attew or Year Leaders if your child is struggling to attend school.

MAP are super happy to be working in Sewell Park and supporting students Wellbeing. You can find Gillian (as seen in the picture) on a Thursday lunchtime. Gillian moves the lunchtime pop up each week to a different area of the school to capture all year groups. We welcome you to come over and say Hi!

You can find out more about MAP’s services or simply pop by for a chat and see what our ‘Question of the week’ is. MAP offer advice, counselling and mentoring. You can refer yourself using one of our in school post boxes or speak to a teacher or Gillian to find our more.

We care about the Mental Health and Wellbeing of all our students at Sewell Park Academy. You can find out much more about the resources available to you on our Wellbeing webpage

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