Birchwood Update 20/1/2020

Birchwood Update week Commencing 20/1/2020

 

Plan ahead - This term’s Important dates for Your Diary

 

January

 

21 January – Year 11 and Year 13 Leavers’ photos

23 January - Year 11 Performance Review Evening 3.30pm – 7pm

 

February

 

6 February – Year 12 & 13 Performance Review Eve, 3.30pm – 7pm

27 February – Year 10 Performance Review Evening, 3.30pm – 7pm

 

March

 

19 March – Year 8 Performance Review Evening, 3.30pm – 7pm

 

April

 

1 – 3 April – Year 7 residential to Menai

20 April – Year 7 Performance Review Evening 3.30pm – 7pm

A positive evening for Birchwood College

 

Thank you to staff, students and visitors who made our College Open Evening, last Thursday, such a success. There was a positive buzz around the college as our students and staff assisted visitors in finding the right course for them. As well as our own learners we had visitors from Culcheth High School, Beamont Collegiate Academy, Padgate Academy and Weston Point College, who were all warmly welcomed.

 

If you have not yet filled in your application form for college, please do so as soon as possible. The deadline for applications to be submitted is Friday 14 February. Learners will still be able to hand in an application after this date, but we cannot guarantee that they will gain a place on the course of their choice.

 

If you have, any queries do not hesitate to contact Mr Burrows, Head of College at cburrows@birchwoodhigh.org

 

 

Ensuring the safety of your bike for free!

 

On Sunday 26th January between 11am and 2pm visitors to Go Outdoors in Wilson Patten St, Warrington will be able to have their bikes marked free of charge by Cheshire Police.

 

Newly purchased or older bikes can be brought along to the shop where they will be stamped with details of the identity number and owner entered onto the Bike Register database.

This is a fantastic free service offered by the police so don’t miss the chance to safeguard your valuable property.

 

Year 7 - 9 have a chance to shine at our new Musical Theatre club

 

We have an exciting new extracurricular club for learners in Years 7 -9, running both after school and lunchtime.  The Musical Theatre club with Mrs Scott and Mr Coulson will be offering learners the chance to try their hands at a variety of musical theatre skills whilst also having fun. The club will be held on:

 

Tuesdays after school, 3-4pm

Wednesday & Thursday lunchtime

Keeping your child safe

 

Following on from last week’s advice on identifying signs of depression in young people, a cause of depression can be feelings of loneliness and not being part of ‘the crowd’. For advice on how to cope with feeling lonely, which we all do at times of our lives, see the nhs help and support page here

 

 Star learners of last Week 

Extra-curricular timetable

 

Please take a look at our new spring extracurricular timetable to see what great activities are available for your child to take part in before and after school and at lunchtime.

 

Click here to access the timetable

 Year 7 

 

Is it a bird, is it a plane?

 

Last Tuesday Ms Webb and 7MR joined in the Big School’s Birdwatch organised by the RSPB. Every year, school from every corner of the UK take part in this initiative, turning learners into conservation scientists and helping the RSPB track the ups and downs of birds across the country.

 

7MR, had a great time during their Learning for Life lesson wandering our site bird spotting. A little birdy also told me that whilst out they did a litter pick as Tuesday is also recycling day. Two fantastic eco-friendly activities for the price of one!

 

The count of birds that our learners were then uploaded to the RSPB and each learner received a well done and a Big School’s Birdwatch certificate.

 

 

 

Remaining payment schedule for year 7 residential trip to the Conway Centre, Menai on 1-3 April 2020

 

Date                          Amount

24 January 2020        £50

28  February 2020     £50

 

Payment in full must be made by 28 February 2020

Year 8 -  No specific information

Year 9 

 

Year 9 Vaccinations

 

Boys and Girls - DTP and Meningitis ACWY

 

Today, permission forms for your child, both boys and girls, to receive DTP and Meningitis ACWY vaccinations have been put in form boxes for your child to bring home. Please fill this in and return to the school office as soon as possible. A copy of the forms can also be found here

Vaccinations will take place on the of Tuesday 21 April and Wednesday 22 April.

 

Girls only- Dose 2 HPV

 

The second dose of the HPV vaccination for girls only, will be given on Tuesday 11 February. If your child did not have the 1st dose for any reason they  will be picked up in this session.  There is no permission form to complete as permission was given for dose 1

 

Year 10 - No specific information

Year 11


 

Some specific year 11 dates for your diary

 

 

Tuesday 21 January - Your Child’s final school photograph

 

Kittle, our external school photographer, will be here on the morning of Tuesday 21 January to take your child’s final school photograph. There will be a whole year group and Individual shot plus your child will have the opportunity to arrange a friendship group photograph.

 

Tuesday 21 January - Mock Results

 

Year 11 will receive ALL their mock results together on the afternoon of Tuesday 21 January. This will mimic GCSE results morning, to give our learners a taste of what will happen in August when they receive their actual set of results.

 

Thursday 23 January - Year 11 Performance Review Evening, 3.30pm- 7.00pm in Birchwood College.

 

We look forward to seeing you all at this event which gives you the opportunity to speak with your child’s subject staff to discuss progress and achievement. Please book via our online booking system for parents’ evenings. A letter  with more details and information on how to book your appointment can be found here

 

Wednesday 29 January - Year 11 Reward trip to the Trafford Centre

 

As a reward for learners we have arranged a day out to the Trafford Centre on Wednesday 29 January 2020.

Over the year, learners have been rewarded with BIRCH points for observing our Behaviour for Learning policy, good attendance and accumulating ATL grade 1 and 2s. Securing a place on this trip, therefore, will depend on a culmination of these factors so far this year, and their continued positive attitude.

 

If your child has qualified for this reward, they should have brought home a letter that also can be found here. If they are unsure as to whether they have qualified they can check with their form tutor.

 

The cost of the trip which covers the cost of the coaches is £8. Payments should be made using Parentpay.

 

Year 11 Prom

 

Please be aware that the Year 11 Prom will be held on Thursday 25 June 2020 at Hallmark Warrington, not 2 July 2020 as printed in our parent handbook. The date was a changed due to a double booking at the hotel.

 

Looking to the Future and next steps for Year 11

 

According to the Government, young people must stay in education or training until at least the age of 18. See the information here

 

 They must do one of the following:

  • stay in full-time education, for example at a college/6th form

  • start an apprenticeship or traineeship

  • spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training

 

Learners have been following a careers programme throughout year 10 to prepare for this and will continue to learn about post 16 options, through Learning4Life lessons this term, assemblies and presentations.

 

If you would like to book a careers appointment for your son/daughter to discuss their post 16 options please email our Careers Adviser Mrs R Morris rmorris@birchwoodhigh.org 

 

 

Birchwood College 

 

 

Year 12 and Year 13 Performance Review Evening –Thursday 6 February 2020

 

This event gives you the opportunity to speak with your child’s subject staff to discuss progress and achievement. Please book via our online booking system for parents’ evenings. A letter with instructions on how to book can be found here

 

We look forward to seeing you all on the evening.

 

 

A positive evening for Birchwood College

 

Thank you to staff, students and visitors who made our College Open Evening, last Thursday, such a success. There was a positive buzz around the college as our students and staff assisted visitors in finding the right course for them. As well as our own learners we had visitors from Culcheth High School, Beamont Collegiate Academy, Padgate Academy and Weston Point College, who were all warmly welcomed.

 

If you have not yet filled in your application form for college, please do so as soon as possible. The deadline for applications to be submitted is Friday 14 February. Learners will still be able to hand in an application after this date, but we cannot guarantee that they will gain a place on the course of their choice.

 

If you have, any queries do not hesitate to contact Mr Burrows, Head of College at cburrows@birchwoodhigh.org

 

Year 13 leavers photographs

 

Kittle, our external school photographer, will be here on the morning of Tuesday 21 January to take year 13 leavers photos. There will be a whole year group and Individual shot plus your child will have the opportunity to arrange a friendship group photograph.

 

Other School information:

 

A Reminder of our policy regarding sugary drinks and junk food in school

 

Please find a letter here from Ms Mills reminding you of our policy on such items. At the moment we are seeing a great deal of energy drinks, sweets, chocolate and takeaway foods in school and as per our policy on these banned items they will be confiscated or disposed of. We hope that you understand why this is a priority for our school and your child’s learning and development.

 

Difficulties in viewing the Update.

 

Last week some people told us they were having difficulty viewing photographs in our update. The problems relate to using Microsoft Internet Explorer.  If you are experiencing problem and are using Internet Explorer as your web browser, please close and re-open in another browser such as Google Chrome.

Useful Contacts for your child and to to keep by your phone:

 

  • Year 7 Team Office in Art Building

    • Year 7 Team Leader & Officer  – Mrs Butler: Telephone extension 202

 

  • Year 8 and 9 Team Office is at the top of main corridor

    • Y8 & Y9 Team Officer – Ms Hickson: Telephone extension 290 

    • Y8 Team Leader – Mrs Jenkinson/Ms Gilchrist

    • Year 9 Team Leader – Ms McAlinden

 

  • Year 10 and 11 Team Office is in D&T/EPR building

    • Y10 & Y11 Team Officer - Mrs Bird: Telephone extension 229

    • Y10 Team Leader – Mrs Jones

    • Y11 Team Leader – Miss Russell

 

Please support us in ensuring that our facilities are the best they can be

 

Please be aware of rules regarding learners being on the school site outside school hours.

 

Some damage has been caused to the site and a learner has been hurt trying to climb over the fencing. We would like to remind you that learners are not allowed on the school site at any time unless they are with a member of staff. The rule about this is below:  

 

Unless there is a member of staff running a special extra-curricular activity, the school site is out of bounds for all learners on weekdays after school clubs have finished (usually after 4.30pm) and at weekends and during school holidays. 

 

Please support us by making you child aware of this rule so that our facilities are the best they can be for us to use in school time and for the community to book and use out of school hours.

 

Thank you for your support in this matter

 

 

Keeping in touch gets even easier with the introduction of the Xpressions website

 

We are pleased to announce that Groupcall Xpressions is now available to access on your computer via a website. The login page can be found here.

 

This gives you a further way, as well as accessing the APP on your mobile phone and tablet, to view information about your child

Once you are set up you will be able to see information such as:

  • Free messages sent by the school delivered to the app

  • Attendance and absence information

  • Attitude to learning (“ATL”) scores for each lesson.

  • Daily/Weekly timetable information

Xpressions is completely free of charge to you and supports Apple iOS, Android devices and now Windows operating system.

 

In order to use the Xpressions, school must have your correct mobile number and email address on our school system. Forms are available from the school office to check and update your details or you can simply email them to the school. You will need to make sure you keep these details up to date in future to maintain access to the service.

 

We hope that you take advantage of this new service, which has replaced our ParentsLive system.  If you have any issues or need to know more please contact Mr O’Reilly here at school on aoreilly@birchwoodhigh.org

 

Mobile Phones, Earphones and Speakers in school.

 

Phones and headphones may be brought in to school but must be kept in bags or zipped in blazer pockets out of view at all times. Learners must not use phones at any time on the site between the bells at 8.50 and 3.00pm unless they are asked to do so by a teacher in a lesson for a reason that is related to learning. In this case, the teacher will issue instructions on the use of phones or headphones, which must then be followed. If a phone is out during the school day, even to check the time, this will be confiscated. There is a staged system of sanctions and mobile phones, earphones and speakers are counted as identical items.  If you think a learner is using a smart watch in the same way as a mobile phone, please speak to their Year Team Leader or Year Team Officer. 

 

If a learner is concerned about an issue at home and feels they need to speak to a parent, they need to go to the Year Team Office and discuss this with Year Team Officer. Staff should confiscate mobile technology items that are visible and in use during the times specified.  They should be taken to the school office.  The system of sanctions are:

 

Stage 1 - First offence

  • The item is confiscated and locked in the school safe

  • The item is collected by the learner at the end of the day

  • One behaviour point is issued by the Office

Stage 2 - Second offence 

  • The item is confiscated and locked in the school safe

  • The item is collected by the learner at the end of the day

  • One behaviour points issued by the Office

Stage 3 - Third Offence

  • The item is confiscated and locked in the school safe

  • Parents/carers are informed and asked to collect the phone at the end of the school day

  • One behaviour points is issued by the Office.

Children on site out of school hours

 

As a Community School, we welcome clubs and booked activities to use our facilities and school grounds outside the school day. We have become aware though that there are groups of both learners and ex learners on site in the evenings. Please make your child aware that learners are only allowed on site after the school day, if they are part of an organised and booked group. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

School Nurse: Please note that the school nurse comes into school every Wednesday from 12.15- 1.30pm and is available in the BSR Mentoring Room if any learners or students have any health related issues they would like to discuss.

 

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