Although this term has been slightly shorter than some, it seems to have been just as busy! As well as a range of trips, activities and charity sales, we have also held a ‘living history’ exhibition to support the Year 8 curriculum.
This week our older students have had a high number of exams. We are constantly impressed with their preparation and effort, and I am so pleased to see lots of them have signed up to the revision classes over half-term.
Earlier today, David Whewell, our Chair of Governors shared an important announcement about The John of Gaunt School joining the Equa Multi Academy Trust. As most people know, I leave John of Gaunt at the end of the summer to become the Chief Executive of Equa, so I am thrilled to be able to maintain a relationship with JoG as we continue to move forward with Mr Woodville as the new Headteacher.
Finally, I hope you are all able to have a relaxing half-term.
We look forward to the students returning to school for Term 6 on Monday 6th June.
This week during STEM club, the students had a great time in the sunshine trying to work out the number of daisies in the field using quadrat sampling.
Activities Week - Payment Reminder
The payment deadline for Activities Week is 5th June 2022.
Please log onto Parentpay and make sure payment for all trips and activities are fully paid by then, otherwise your child will risk losing their place.
Faculty Admin Team
This week a team of KS3 girls had the opportunity to take part in the ‘Wiltshire Cricket - Chance to Shine Cricket Competition’. 8 Schools from all of Wiltshire came together to experience some competitive cricket matches. It was a great opportunity to learn all the rules of cricket and experience playing at Trowbridge Cricket club. We took a squad of 10 girls from across Year 7 to Year 9, for some girls this was there first time playing cricket and really enjoyed the experience. It was great to see some massive improvements in our overarm bowling, batting and communication between the two players when in bat.
The girls should be proud of our performance and in each match we play we scored over 40 runs!! A big shout-out for Ava Pike the captain who organised the fielders and batting order for each game!
Well done to the following girls:
Director of Learning - PE
Your Year 9 child is now due the routine vaccinations Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) and Meningitis ACWY (MenACWY), these will be delivered by the School Aged Immunisation Team of Nurses, at John of Gaunt on 5th July 2022.
For more information and to enable your child to receive these important vaccines it is essential that you complete the online consent following the link below.
If you do not want your child to receive the vaccines then please also complete a form stating that you do not want them to receive the vaccine, this will ensure it is recorded on your child’s record, and you will not receive any direct follow up from our team.
The link for the consent for your child’s school will close at midnight on 28th June 2022 - this is to ensure safe and efficient planning of the session therefore please ensure it is completed before this time to avoid disappointment.
If the link is not working for you:
Try to copy and paste it into your internet address bar.
If it continues not to work, or you are experiencing any other problems, please contact our designated team on 0300 247 0082 for support.
School Aged Immunisation Team
Could you be the Young Geographer of the Year 2022?
This year’s competition, run by the Royal Geographical Society focusses on the theme Where, How, Why with Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students needing to submit an A3 entry looking at where they would like to travel – locally or internationally.
We will be putting forward the top 10 entries from John of Gaunt students to the National RGS competition and would love to see as many willing Geographers joining us on Tuesday 7th June at 3:15pm in G13 as possible!
For further information please click on the link below
Nominations for the Wiltshire Music Education Awards 2022 are now open!
The Wiltshire Music Education Awards are designed to celebrate teachers, peripatetic teachers, music leaders, schools and music schools in the county who dedicate themselves to creating outstanding music education for our young people. Find out all about the awards and hear from last year’s winners in this short video:
An opportunity for Year 12 students to attend a four day, fully funded Summer School at the University of Reading to learn about a career in property.
Every day we are influenced by the built environment around us – shops, offices, industrial buildings, houses and the surrounding countryside all have an impact on the way we live. Did you ever wonder how these properties are developed, whether the buildings going up in our cities are sustainable or how much they are worth? The Pathways to Property Summer School allows students the chance to explore the property industry in more depth. With such a huge variety of roles, from a building surveyor or town planner to a sustainability consultant or financial analyst, there is a role to suit any skills set or personality.
Date: 25th-28th July 2022
Venue: University of Reading
Who: Year 12 students from state schools/colleges considering a career in property – either through University or through an apprenticeship
Cost: Nothing! All food, accommodation and travel costs are covered
All students are entitled to access careers information advice and guidance with a qualified and impartial adviser. This is an opportunity to talk about skills and qualities and making a plan for future educational and career options.
Drop-in appointments are available each day at break or lunch for years 7 and 8
Booked appointments for Years 9-13 can be made via tutors or by contacting the careers' adviser direct email@example.com
The careers' office is located next to the library.
How can you support your child with their future career plans?
Following the disruptions of Covid, we want to ensure that our students are well prepared for their next steps beyond school, whether that is 6th form, college, university or an apprenticeship. We would like to understand from parents and carers what they would like to see in the school careers programme. Please take a few minutes to complete this consultation:
Supporting Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance at JoG
Which employers in Swindon and Wiltshire had the most job vacancies in April 2022?
Labour Market Information (LMI) supports students in planning for their futures by informing them of the realities and opportunities of the world of work they will be entering. It highlights the skills employers are looking for and the industries most in demand.