This week has been STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) week and amongst a range of other activities it has been lovely to welcome some primary school students to a science fair this afternoon.
Those of you that follow the JOG facebook page would have also seen the news that we have almost completed our brand-new fitness suite. We will soon be putting together a programme that will allow access to all our students.
As you know, this week we had to ask Year 10 to remain at home today due to the increase in staff absence from school due to Covid. Unfortunately, like many other schools we are seeing cases rise. Please be assured that we always look at a whole range of creative solutions to allow students to remain in school and asking a year group to remain at home is always a very last resort.
I hope this weekend you are able to enjoy the weather, I am off to Lackham on Saturday with my family to take part in their lambing weekend!
Can I request that all parents please drive slowly and be aware of students on foot when dropping off and collecting your child? A couple of students have recently nearly been hit by moving vehicles on two separate occasions.
REWARD and PARENTPAY DELIVERIES
From Monday 21st March all rewards and items purchased through Parentpay will be delivered to students during Tutor time on the following days:
Lancaster – Year 8
Chiltern – Year 9 and Year 11
Gloucester – Year 10
TC 7 and TC 9 – Year 11
G95 and G93 – Year 11
Dunstan and Tynings – Year 7, Year 9 and Year 11
Food Allergy Information Request Form
To enable John of Gaunt to take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of your child, parents and carers are being asked to complete the below Food Allergy Information Form.
It is likely that we are already aware of your child’s allergy, but it is essential this form is completed to ensure a full and updated record of foods to which your child is allergic/intolerant to.
Please can you complete this form as soon as possible.
Pastoral Support Lead – Health & Wellbeing
Dear parents and carers
I am delighted to have recently joined The John of Gaunt School to manage the Pastoral Behaviour Support Centre. Having had several years’ experience of leading educational provisions in Wiltshire for students with very challenging behaviour, it is very refreshing to witness, daily, such high standards of behaviour and a justified pride in such behaviour by most students.
The Pastoral Behaviour Support Centre is in place to support the minority of students that are required to leave lessons through failing to meet behaviour expectations. We continually evaluate the impact the PBSC has in the way we support these students and our routines within the centre are a part of this evaluation.
Over the coming weeks we will be introducing some changes within the PBSC, as we intensify our efforts to minimise any disruption to learning across the school and, at the same time, identify students that may require additional support to manage their behaviour.
I will be updating you regularly, through this newsletter with significant changes within the PBSC, as they are introduced, throughout the term. The first of which will come into effect from Monday 28th March 2022 and will require all students arriving at the PBSC to surrender all mobile devices for secure storage.
As you are already aware, the school has a mobile device-free policy. This means that students may have a mobile phone in school, but it must be turned off and in school bags. Students wishing to use their phone, for example, to contact home, may go to a designated area and be given permission to do so. To ensure students are not distracted by their mobile devices, from the above date, all devices will be routinely placed in a secure safe within the PBSC when a student arrives. Urgent messages for students can be passed on to the PBSC via the school number.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss our reasons for this policy change or for any further clarification on any PBSC procedures and provision.
With best wishes for an enjoyable weekend.
The Year 10 Team would like to congratulate Sophie Dooling for being chosen as the Mayoral Cadet for an annual Remembrance event that took place on the 5th March at the Civic Centre in Trowbridge.
Sophie was specifically chosen and invited to attend the event by the Mayor, Denise Bates, where she partook in the ceremony and was front of house with the Mayor to greet guests as they arrived. Sophie also aided the mayor on her duties throughout the night, which included a formal dinner, the distribution of awards and a dance.
This is a fantastic achievement and something the team felt should be shared.
Well done Sophie, keep up the fantastic work!
Comic Relief - Thanks for your contributions
We've had good fun today raising money for this charity.
Our sponge the teacher event raised over £140.
We will be adding up our total raised and update you in next week's newsletter.
Thank you for your generosity.
One of the harder games of this season, at home to Kingdown and the boys managed to come away with 2 draws, the A team 1-1 and the B team 3-3. Both teams were a credit to themselves and the school keep it up!
Man of the matches were Anton and Rayan.
Year 10 Scotch Eggs – Enrobing and Food Assurance Schemes
This week we have been researching different food assurance schemes – Lion Mark eggs and the Red Tractor Scheme to name but a few. We used ingredients from these schemes to design and make Scotch Eggs.
This week is British Stem week and as a result years 7, 8 and 9 have been taking part in a number of STEM related challenges during their science lessons. Year 7 have been using forensic skills to determine who ‘Kidnapped Mr Skipp.
This has involved tasks ranging from narrowing down suspects from a list of staff by their alibis to identifying strands of clothing and deciphering pen ink.
Year 8 have been look at ways of transporting produce up and over mountains in remote areas and then modelling and testing their inventions whilst year 9 have been challenged to build freestanding bridges made from paper, straws and string which are capable of supporting as much mass as possible whilst spanning a distance of 30cm.
We have seen some amazing designs from all years, and it's safe to say we have a fair few detectives in the making in year 7. A big thank you to Mrs Simmonds for organising all the challenges and to all the KS3 students for their enthusiasm!’
An Introduction to Project Voice
This week saw the delivery of our first Project Voice workshop. On Tuesday, volunteers from the Wiltshire BME network delivered an introductory session to a number of students from Year 7 through to Year 11 at The John of Gaunt.
During the session, students were introduced to the Project team and were able to discuss what they would like to gain from future sessions, as well as their lived experiences. Sophie, the Project’s lead volunteer described our students as a pleasure to work with due to all attendee’s being “engaged, mature and eloquent in discussion”.
As a school, we are excited to host many more interactive sessions, all of which remain open for all BAME students to attend.
The next workshop is on 6th April and will be available to book via ParentPay soon!
If you would like more information on future sessions, or if you have any questions about the project, then please email Miss Martin – firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 7 Netball
The Year 7s played against Clarendon on Wednesday. It was a great game to watch with equal possession from both sides throughout the match. Clarendon took the win of 10-3.
Players of the match went to Zoe Randall and Annabelle Nuku. Well played all!
Unfortunately the Year 7 A team lost 3-1 to Kingdown on Wednesday this week whereas the B team won 3-1, Kingdown was by far the hardest game of the season and the boys represented the school excellently and will learn a lot from this loss. Well bone boys.
Man of the match Logan and Harrison.
RE: Upcoming webinars for parents - How to Help Your Child With Stress & Wellbeing
We’re excited to announce that we have teamed up with a company called Elevate Education to help prepare our Y11-13 students who will be sitting external exams this summer. This will include a range of activities, starting with small group workshops in school on Tuesday 22nd March, followed by access to online resources and further sessions during tutor time in the run-up to the exams.
Elevate also host Parent Webinars, with the next one being on Tuesday 22nd March. Feedback to the series so far has been fantastic, so please do sign up using the link below.
Elevate works with our students, delivering high impact workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing, and exam preparation. By tuning into their webinar series you will learn how to better support your children at home through reinforcing the skills they learn at school.
As mentioned in Mr Skipp's letter to parents last month, GCSE, AS and A-Level exam boards have released further information to support students in their exams this year. The information released by boards highlights certain areas that are going to be focused on in exams and in many cases provides information about areas that will not be focused on this year. As a result, the staff have been working hard to both adapt the remaining curriculum time to focus on the key areas and plan all the associated support accordingly.'
Staff have also gathered all the information and collated this into the following booklets for students to use to plan and guide their revision. There are lengthy documents, so please use the contents' page hyperlinks to select the subjects relevant to your child.
We hope that you find this useful and if you have any queries, please contact your child's class teacher or subject lead.
Activities Week - 18th - 21st July
Next week we will be sending home our Activities Week programme for Years 7-9. Every year we celebrate the end of our school year with 4 days of very varied activities. Last year's events included: golf, fishing, sports, Paultons Park, Kidzania, Cotswold Water Park, hiking and a school disco!