Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the staff at Warden Park Secondary Academy
Dear Parents / Carers
Thank you for all of your all of your support for the Academy during this term. I and my colleagues are very grateful for all that you do that ensures that your child arrives in school each day equipped and ready to learn. Many of you are additionally helping to ensure that your child is able to access our extra-curricular programme by dropping off early or picking up late at the end of the day - thank you.
Our week of Christmas assemblies was rounded off this morning by Year 7 (pictured). Well done to all those who brought in a festive hat or jumper to wear during the assembly and for their charitable donations as part of the event. I must say they were in fine voice for all of the sing-along parts! On that note I hope to see you at our Christmas concert this evening. Students have been rehearsing eagerly and will I am sure put on a fantastic show for us.
I hope that this term the Newsletter has kept you up to date with the very extensive range of events and activities that have taken place here in the Academy. Many students have been involved in trips and visits this term as part of the curriculum and I am grateful for your ongoing support for these and for the time and effort my colleagues put in to ensure that these are able to take place.
My very best wishes to you and your family for the Christmas period and I look forward to us being back together in the New Year.
Dom Kenrick, Headteacher
Early closure for Christmas holidays: students dismissed at 1 pm on Wednesday 19 December 2018 Early closure for Christmas holidays: students dismissed at 1 pm on Wednesday 19 December 2018
Year 7: Information Point APP
Year 7’s have just begun their media-based unit of work where they will be designing and building an APP which will serve as an information point for their chosen place or landmark.
They will work through two of the media production processes; pre-production and production and their finished piece will be a mobile phone/tablet working APP. Parents, you may well be asked for digital photos of a specific place that you have visited such as a theme park, holiday resort or landmark. Please do speak with your son/daughter about this unit and when their proto-type is complete, ask them to show it to you. I am sure you will be surprised by the quality of the APP.
This unit of work gives students a taste for working in the digital media industry and our BTEC Creative Media Production qualification in KS4.
Year 8: Micro:Bit Project
Year 8 students have just started a project where they will be using a micro:bit which, in short, is a micro-computer, to create a “guessing” game. They will be using block code to do this and if they master this can move onto textual code i.e. Python. This is a project for introducing students to coding and computing logic and is a taster for the GCSE Computer Science course which they will get a chance to choose when opting for subjects next year. We are offering students the opportunity to borrow a micro:bit for use at home. Students should simply ask their teacher for a loan card and take this to Digital Services who will log their loan, give them a micro:bit and give them a return date.
Mrs Stroud, Curriculum Leader ICT & Computing
Our grateful thanks to the many donations of bulbs that were presented to us by Friends of Warden Park. On Monday, a group of students with the expert help of Heather Martin planted yellow, purple and white crocus bulbs in the shape of the school crest. The bulbs will make a fabulous display in the Spring as people approach the school from the drive. This area will shortly be marked off so that the bulbs can emerge without being trodden on!
Heather spent a great deal of time creating a plan to scale and the students had to use their maths skills to mark off each area with colour to reflect the school crest accurately. They learnt about planting the bulbs at the correct depth and explored various methods of planting. Andrew, Kyle, Nathanuel, Ethan and Sid demonstrated fantastic teamwork and collaborated really well with each other to complete the planting. We are really looking forward to seeing the results next year.
We’re feeling festive in Food Tech this week. Mia and Maisie in Year 10 showed off their technical skills to produce these show stoppers!
Mrs Jesson, Lead for Food & Child Development
Our Equestrian Squad have been competing recently at Coombelands equestrian centre. It was a challenging course with plenty of twists and turns. Well done to Olivia, Charlotte, Lauren and Dana for their very high standard of riding. We finished on 8 faults; a good result but not quite in the ribbons this time.
If your child rides competitively and is interested in being a part of the squad please email Ms Simmons to find out more. firstname.lastname@example.org
If parents would like to order any personalised kit for their children they can do so via the link below. Clothing will be delivered around 4 weeks later to Warden Park.
Football kits, rugby shorts, rain jackets, netball dresses and other items are available. Rugby jersey just added!
February half term 2019 PE course information
Only use our website to check holiday dates. Do not rely on Google searches.
Monday 3 September to Wednesday 19 December
Half term - 22 to 26 October
Tuesday 4 September – Year 7 only to attend
Wednesday 5 September – All years attend
Wednesday 12 September – early finish for all students at 1 pm to allow for Open Evening
Thursday 3 January to Friday 5 April
Half term - 18 to 22 February
Tuesday 23 April to Tuesday 23 July
Half term - 27 to 31 May
Monday 3 September 2018
Friday 30 November 2018
Wednesday 6 February 2019
Monday 22 July 2019
Tuesday 23 July 2019
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19 December 2018 - End of Autumn term (students dismissed at 1 pm)
20 December 2018 - 2 January 2019 inclusive, Christmas holiday
3 January 2019 - First day of Spring term
17 January 2019 - Year 8 Reporting Evening (4.45 pm onwards by appointment)
18 January 2019 - Friends of Warden Park Ceilidh (doors open at 7 pm) Click here for tickets!
6 February 2019 - Inset Day (school closed to students)
7 February 2019 - Year 8 Options Evening
14 and 15 February 2019 - Production
18 to 22 February 2019 - half term
Exam Boards have amended some dates and sessions.
Next newsletter will be published on Friday,11 January 2019 - fixtures for week beginning Monday,7 January will be emailed to parents on Friday 3 January and appear on our website.
Last week 5 students from Forest House helped at the local Christmas meal in Cuckfield.
The event was held at Queen's Hall and the students really got stuck in. They collected and organised coats on arrival of the guests, aiding some of the less mobile to their seats.
They then helped clear the plates and left the Hall clean and tidy ready for next function.
Photographs courtesy of Mr Mike Schlup
This week year 9 German students were excited to receive letters from our link school in Schiesheim near Heidelberg. They worked hard to prepare their replies and most brought in photos and Christmas cards to send, too. The class will be showing their German penpals around the school when they come to visit us next summer. Well done year 9 for your enthusiasm for this project. ‘Fröhliche Weihnachten’ to all!
Reminder: The Onatti theatre company will be performing a German play on 22 January. Open to year 9 and 10 German. It’s a great opportunity for your child to experience authentic German in a fun context.
Please purchase tickets via Parent Pay.
Year 8's are learning more about the Christmas period in Spain during their Spanish lessons.
8GA shared a little Christmas spirit of their own in their last lesson of the year....
Now the weather has turned cooler, perhaps its time to order one? Limited stock now.
Reserve yours by email email@example.com
There a quite a few Apprenticeship opportunities currently being offered at GSK throughout the country.
This Engineering Apprenticeship could be based in Worthing so worth considering.
Parents and students could consider the other Apprenticeships if they could relocate or travel further afield.
Applications open now. Click here for more information
Mrs Targett, Student Futures Officer
Wednesday 14 March 2019 - 5 pm to 7 pm
Thursday 21 March 2019 - 4.30 pm to 7 pm
Calling all students from all year groups!
School needs you; the community needs you; the planet needs you.
Please sign up to the Eco-Council to make a difference.
Meetings are held Week A, Tuesday, 15.10-16.10. For further details please contact Mr Woods (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Let's make the world a cleaner place to live in.