MESSAGE FROM THE HEADTEACHER
MESSAGE FROM THE HEADTEACHER
February 2019 P a g e | 1 In This Issue: Message from the 1 Headteacher Wates News 2 International Trips, Uniform 2 ACE News 3—4 Tesco Bags of Help 5– 6 PE Success 6 Vaccination 7 Languages, Library 8 Free School Meals 8 Catering News 9 Go 4 Schools 10 Fundraising News 11 School notices 12 Exams 12– 13 School Term Dates 14 Key Dates 15 Parent Pay 15 MESSAGE FROM THE HEADTEACHER Dear parent/carer We have come to the end of a busy and successful half term with lots of activity around school. The new uniform is nearly finalised with the winning designs, of the tie competition, currently being created at the factory.
This will enable us to make our final decision on which will look best with our new blazers. Thank you to all those young people who entered the competition—we are proud of your efforts. Please see the separate letter, out soon, about pricing and payment options.
The library is once again thriving after its difficult period the year before I arrived at Murray Park. Mrs Makasis has completely revamped the books, ordering new and exciting fiction texts and labelling all with colours that match the ability of the students. We have 30 i-pads to undertake the Accelerated Reader testing on, so we can be sure that students are reading books at the correct level and that they progress well in reading. Well done, also, to all our library leaders—you are doing a great job in your new roles!
It is with great sadness that I have to announce the passing of Helen Curry, a long-serving Maths teacher at Murray Park.
We have set up a book of condolence, off Student Services, if you would like to write a special message in memory of Mrs Curry. Proceeds from our non-uniform day on the final Friday of term will go towards a memorial for Mrs Curry and a donation to MacMillan Cancer Research. Our thoughts are with her husband and son at this difficult time. Our recent Ofsted inspection identified that due to our great work ‘pupils’ progress is improving’. The report states that: ‘The new headteacher has gained a quick understanding of the schools’ strengths and weaknesses. Senior leaders are taking effective action to improve the school.’ The team rated Murray Park as ‘requires improvement’ due to a historic decline in progress, attendance and behaviour before my arrival.
Inspectors describe how: ‘Disadvantaged pupils are making better progress than they have done previously.’ And that: ‘The school’s assessment system indicates that gaps to other pupils nationally are closing for some disadvantaged pupils.’ I am delighted that inspectors have again recognised the great work we are undertaking at the school which is leading to increased progress, attendance and better behaviour.’ We remain committed to improving the educational experience of our pupils, so they leave our school with the qualifications and social skills required to be successful in adult life.
I am excited to be part of the success story which is continuing to unfold at Murray Park Community School. For a full version of the report use this link http:// www.murraypark.derby.sch.uk/files/Ofsted-2019.pdf.
Finally, I would like to thank you for your support this half term. We have had a great time with all our students, who are fully focussed on their studies and are working hard to make good progress. Have a wonderful half term break. Mrs Caley Headteacher Murray Road Mickleover Derby DE3 9LL 01332 515921 www.murraypark.derby.sch. uk Did you know? School breaks up on Friday 15th February at 3.00pm Spring Term 2 begins on Monday 25th February at 8:40am.
February 2019 P a g e | 2 WATES “ Progress on the external façade and roof is coming to an end with the scaffold due to be dropped early March .
This will reveal the building for all to see. Internally the works and are well under way with the building of plasterboard partitions, m/e first fix and joinery. We are also starting works in block c to transform the food technology room and will be knocking down the old portakabin classroom on the field in Feb half term.“ INTERNATIONAL TRIPS Watch out for a letter being released soon about international trips next academic year! This is your chance to sign up for exciting trips to Europe, America or Asia in 2019/20. We would love to see as many students as possible taking advantage and will be offering Pupil Premium subsidies and long-term payment plans to make this easier for parents.
SCHOOL UNIFORM Introduction of a school blazer from September 2019 School has negotiated a great introductory pack price for parents of all our current year 7 to year 10 students from Uniform Direct. The cost to parents will be £17.00 (normal retail price will be between £28 & £30 depending on size) The pack will include the following: 1 x Blazer (Navy Business style with Murray Park logo) 1x Tie (new design) You will be receiving a letter shortly explaining how to purchase the packs. For parents with stu- dents currently in year 10 and pupil premium students these packs will be fully funded by school.
Please note this offer is only available from Uniform Direct. You can still purchase other uniform items from our other preferred suppliers.
February 2019 P a g e | 3 ASPIRATIONS, CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY NEWS Tomorrow’s Engineers All of our Y9 students taking part in the @Tomorrows_Eng Around the World work- shops delivered by the fantastic @bydesigngroup and sponsored by @TeamDANCOP . Students taking part in The Design Room, iEngineer Robots and the Engi- neering XFactor sessions. Fourteen of our Y9 students took part in the Construction Taster sessions at @derbycol- lege to help them with their next choices for KS4. Students took part in Bricklaying, Joinery, Carpentry and Painting and Decorating. Skills Challenge Day We had 22 Y8 students attend the ‘Skills Challenge Day’ at University of Derby in January where they were learning about various different subject areas they could go onto learn at University including Football Journalism, Mental Health, Education and Geoscience.
February 2019 P a g e | 4 ASPIRATIONS, CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY NEWS Health Care Insight Day Before half term a number of our Y10 students will be attending the ‘Health Care Insight Day’, at the University of Derby, to gain some experience and knowledge of some of the key roles within the Health Care sector which will include Adult nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Diagnostic Radiography and Biomedical Health. Work Experience This year we have reintroduced Work Experience in Y10 as part of achieving the Gatsby Bench- marks for careers in ‘Providing work experiences’ for students.
To date we have at least 75% of the students with confirmed placements which is a fantastic effort by the students and the ACE team working to achieve this. We aim to get all Y10 students out on work experience week 8th – 12th April. Linking Curriculum to the World of Work This term has seen some exciting projects delivered in curriculum areas to help link what students learn in the classroom to the world of work. Projects relate classroom learning to what employers are looking for in their work sector. Science, History, Art & Design and Food Technology have had projects started and links with local businesses.
We are linking up with local Derby companies to add value and meaning to work in classroom.
This is helping us achieve Gatsby benchmark 4 in ‘Linking curriculum into careers’. Debating Competition Mr Hyndman and Miss Woolley have been in- volved in supporting some of our Y9 students who have been taking part in the Debating competition against other Derby City schools. The last round of the competition saw our stu- dents debating against some local solicitors from Derby in the courtroom @DerbyUni. The students were fantastic and received high praise and positive feedback on their debating techniques and one solicitor stating it was one of the best deliveries they had seen. Health and Social Care Event A large number of students attended the ‘Health and Social Care Careers Evening’ at Royal Derby Hospital on Fri 1st Feb.
Students were able to widen their career options and find out about the wide variety of roles avail- able in Heath & Social Care including academ- ic routes.
February 2019 P a g e | 5 We have applied to the Tesco Bags of Help scheme for a grant to go towards a second minibus and our application has been successful. This means our grant idea will be going into Tesco stores for the public to vote on with the little blue coins. Please support our efforts and spread the message to friends and family in Derby. Please see the email below for further infor- mation: Congratulations! We are delighted to let you know that your application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme has been successful and your project will be put forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores during March and April 2019.
What happens next? Your project along with the other two successful projects in your region will go forward to a vote in Tesco stores where their customers will decide the outcome by voting for their favourite project each time they shop. Voting will take place from Friday 1st March 2019 to Tuesday 30th April 2019 and we will notify you at the end of May 2019 confirming the amount of funding you will receive. The project with the highest number of votes across your region will receive £4,000 (or the amount that was requested up to this value), the second placed project £2,000 (or the amount that was re- quested up to this value), and the third placed project £1,000.
To re-iterate, if you are first in the vote, you will receive the amount that you requested in your application.
Please see below a list of stores taking part in the voting on your project. Feel free to share this list of stores amongst your supporters and within your community. 5445 ALLESTREE DERBY EXP DE22 2GP Express 2257 CHADDESDEN EXPRESS DE21 6NA Express 2380 DERBY ALVASTON EXP DE24 8QN Express 2381 DERBY HILTON EXPRESS DE65 5JR Express 5886 DERBY METRO DE1 2AB Metro 2404 Derby Mickleover DE3 9NH Superstore 6060 DERBY STENSON RD EXP DE23 1HG Express 2649 Heanor DE75 7EX Superstore 6428 CHELLASTON DRBY RD EXP DE73 6PY Express To check the location of any of the above stores, please go to the Tesco website here: http://www.tesco.com/store-locator/uk/ To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store of any value.
You will receive one token per transaction and it's not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token. TESCO BAGS OF HELP SCHEME FOR SCHOOL MINIBUS
February 2019 P a g e | 6 TESCO BAGS OF HELP SCHEME FOR SCHOOL MINIBUS Additionally, please note the below advice in terms of do’s and don’ts before and during the voting period: Don’t: - Tamper with the voting unit otherwise your project may be void from the vote - Influence customers casting their vote at the voting unit. - Encourage supporters to submit multiple tokens in the voting unit - Promote your project in store without permission from the Store Manager - Collect Bags of Help tokens from stores that are not within your region to vote for your project Do: - Cast your vote as soon as you receive your token for a project in the current voting round - Only submit Tesco Bags of Help token to cast your vote - Maximise promotion of your project during the voting period by making best use of PR and Social Media guidance - https://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme/pages/bags-of-help -communications-guidance - Encourage the local community and your supporters to get involved with Bags of Help voting PE SUCCESS Table Tennis After a successful Derby City Table Tennis competition, Billie, Chloe and Stefan were selected to compete at the County Championships in Chesterfield.
All three players were able to hold their own against opponents with county and national rankings. With Stefan making it to the final four before being narrowly defeated in the bronze medal match. Our table tennis club is open to all every lunchtime in the activity deck and we look forward to developing our players to ena- ble us to take that one step further next year. Sports Leaders Level 1 Award The Year 10 Sports Leader Level 1 students hosted a Year 3 class from Ravensdale Junior School on Monday 28th January in the Sports Hall at Murray Park. This involved the sports leaders timing and measuring the Year 3 Pupils in planned activities and motivating them during their visit.
The feed- back from the Mr Watts at Ravensdale Junior school was very positive praising the Sports Leaders with their leadership skills during the session. Well done to the following students: Kinga, Rohanne, Chloe, Megan, Skyla , Richa , Zoe , Charlotte and Imogen Also some of the Sports Leaders are supporting after school clubs at our partner schools gaining valuable leadership experiences. Zoe and Derryn are assisting at a Netball club at Ravensdale Junior and Charlotte and Imogen are assisting with a Netball/Benchball club at Brackensdale Primary. If you are interested in being a Sports Leader please speak to a member of the PE Department.
February 2019 P a g e | 8 LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Don’t forget you can apply for Free School Meals at: https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/link2ict All you need is your National Insurance number, date of birth and address. You will receive instant notification of your entitlement. FREE SCHOOL MEALS We have launched Accelerated Reader for Years 7 & 8, it is designed to motivate students to read and to assess their overall understanding of the books that they are reading. We had a great week celebrating Valentines at the Library by making Arts & Crafts ; Blind date with a book and much more.
Aliza is the winner of the Reading Challenge Competition for January. She is a passionate reader and shows great enthusiasm. Every month we select a winner for reading challenge competition, they get a prize and a certificate from Librarian. LANGUAGES German Year 9 students in 9X band were excited to start their German studies this week as part of their up- coming EBacc studies at GCSE. Students learned basic greetings, numbers and how to give their age as the start of a fast-track programme to prepare them for Key Stage 4 German study. The catchy “sein” song is already in their heads; no doubt they were humming it on the walk home! If any other year 9s wish to choose German for their GCSE, please indicate this on the options form when it is released soon.
It is Murray Park’s firm belief that our students need to be prepared for a world where we have to trade with other countries, especially given the upcoming exit from the European Union. Local employers such as Bombardier, Toyota, Rolls-Royce and Alstom are either owned by French and German-speaking enterprises, or else would require employees with the ability to trade with conti- nental Europe in their own language. For those planning life away from Derby, it is not hard to find top French or German businesses in the areas of automotive manufacture, insurance, household equipment, banking / insurance, retail and fashion.
February 2019 P a g e | 9 CATERING NEWS Did you know, you can set a daily limit on your child’s dinner card to help them budget their allowance. Please contact the Catering Manager on 01332 515921. Exciting News School has been working closely with Mellors to try and find a solution to help reduce the queuing time at our catering outlets. School’s ‘Biometrics’ registration day was a huge success but please do not worry if your child missed this day. As long as school has consent from a parent/carer your child will be able to regis- ter for the Biometric system from Student Services reception area after Half-term.
Please ask your child to request a consent letter from Student Services if you do not have one. For students not registered for Biometrics, they will still be able to access the catering provision by giving their names at the pay points.
The system will be going live on Monday 25th February 2019 The cards currently used for the catering provision will still need to be used for the photocopiers around school. Upcoming St George’s day and Deep South special menu, see posters for details!
February 2019 P a g e | 10 GO 4 SCHOOLS Go 4 Schools has a new Mobile App The GO 4 Schools Mobile App has arrived! Making it even easier for you to see your child's timetable, homework, behaviour records, attendance, etc. The GO 4 Schools Parent App is free for parents to download from the Apple and Android App stores.
It uses the same login details (email address and password) as the Go 4 Schools web site which you can access using the email address you have given to us in school. Go 4 Schools will send you a password when you first log in – If you are having problems logging on, please contact Mrs Bowler (Data Manager) in school.
If you don’t have a password yet, or have forgotten your password, you can request a password reset email using the First-time User? and Forgotten your Password? links. On the Go 4 Schools APP you will be able to see: Student timetable – to help you support your sons/daughter’s organisational skills and cut down on forgotten kit or equipment. Homework summary and details – to allow students and parents to see what is coming up and to access details of homework and linked resources.
Attendance statistics – to help celebrate good attendance, but also to make sure absences and problems with punctuality are clearly communicated facilitating their discussion.
School contact details – to help parents contact the school. Student Reports on Go 4 Schools Now that we have Go 4 Schools we have taken the decision that all annual reports and interim grades reports to parents will now initially be available to all parents online through the Go 4 Schools website. A text and email notification will be sent when there is a report available for par- ents to view via Go 4 Schools. However, should this prove to be difficult for you to access the re- ports in this way then simply contact our Data Manager, Mrs Bowler who will be able to supply you with a paper copy of your son/daughter’s report.
Remember you can access Go 4 Schools via their website www.go4schools.com You will need the email address which we currently hold for you in school to be able to access your child’s information on the Go 4 Schools web site. When you log in as a first time user Go 4 Schools will send you a password. (Please check your in box and also your spam and junk mail to ensure you retrieve the password they send to you) – If you are having problems logging on, please contact Mrs Bowler (Data Manager) in school.
February 2019 P a g e | 11 FUNDRAISING NEWS TheGivingMachine is a fundraising organisation designed to help charitable causes raise money online.
By signing up and shopping online via The Giving Machine you will generate a free cash donation for us. With over 2,000 of your favourite retailers, in- cluding Amazon, Ebay, M&S, NEXT, Tesco, Sainsbury, John Lewis, Ocado and holi- day companies, you are bound to find what you need and generate a donation. In order to start raising free donations please go to www.thegivingmachine.co.uk and follow these steps: · Click join as a giver. It will ask you to search for a cause. · Murray Park Community School in the search and then select from the list of results. · Click join and support and then enter your details.
Your help will make a difference to our school, anyone can join as a giver (parent, aunts, uncles, grandparents, staff etc.) all you need to do is to remember to use the ‘The Giving Machine’ link to access the retailer’s website (it’s that easy!). You’ll be amazed at how many retailers are registered. So far donations have been received from the following companies : · Amazon, Booking.com, Currys PC World, Ebay, John Lewis, White Stuff Many thanks for your support and get spending, it’s for a worthwhile cause!
February 2019 P a g e | 12 SCHOOL NOTICES Student Safety It’s great to see so many pupils cycling to school, however, some students are making risky ma- noeuvres or cycling on the wrong side of the roads.
Please encourage them to cycle safely, wear a helmet, use lights if needed and ensure they bring a bike lock to secure their bike in the cycle shed. Textile collection A reminder that if you’re having a clear out, school are still collecting bags of clean, undamaged textiles - clothing, bed linen, towels etc to weigh in on an ongoing basis to add to our fundraising pot, feel free to bring them into school Thank you to everyone who has had a clear out and donated recently.
Winter Weather Can students please be mindful of the winter weather conditions and wear the appropriate cloth- ing and footwear. For example, on snowy days boots/sturdy shoes can be worn. MOCK EXAMS Mon 25 Feb Tues 26 Feb Weds 27 Feb Thurs 28 Feb Fri 1 March AM AM AM AM AM English Lang 1 (1hr 45) Chemistry: Combined Sci (1hr 15) Triple Sci (1hr 45) Maths 3 (1hr 30) English 2 (1hr 45) Physics: Combined Sci (1hr 15) Triple Sci (1hr 45) PM PM PM PM PM History 2 (1hr 20) Geography 2 (45 mins) Catch Up Catch Up Health & Social (2hrs) IT2 Construction Y10 (1hr) ?CiDA resits? (2hr 30) – IT4 Art (2hrs) – AD1&2 Catch up Photography (2hrs) – AD7 Textiles (2hrs) – AD3 Photography (3hrs) – AD7 Mon 4 March AM Textiles (3hrs) – AD3 Tues 5 March AM Art (3hrs) – AD1&2 Tues 5 March AM