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14 February 2020

Dear parent / carer

Climate Change Summit

On Wednesday 12 February eight students from the Year 9 student leadership group went to Leeds Civic Hall for a day of discussion and debate with the Leeds Youth Summit, which this year was on the subject of climate change. Students from 17 secondary schools across Leeds were able to work with philosophy and ecology students to decide on the issues that were of greatest importance to them, and then formulate questions to ask of a panel of three Leeds councillors and a professor of climate change. Lawnswood students led the way with the questioning, starting the Q&A session with “Leeds is the largest city in Europe without an integrated transport system, what are your plans to change that and how will you fund these changes given the continued reduction in funding from central government and, given that HS2 is going ahead, what’s the point  of  getting  people  to  Leeds  if  they can’t  travel around  it”? Students then had a chance to decide on actions to take at a home, school and community level so please don’t be surprised to be asked to participate in a school environmental scheme in the near future!”

World Book Day – Thursday 5 March 2020

During the week beginning 2 March we will be celebrating a love of reading. There will be many activities and opportunities, some are listed below. On Thursday staff and students are encouraged to dress as a character from their favourite book. Last year we had an amazing response to the fancy dress, so I look forward to the same again this year.

What’s on? All Week

  • Year 7 Book Worm Competition
  • Year 8 Readathon starting 24 Feb
  • Book Swap Shop
  • Library Quiz
  • Community Read – “Face” by Benjamin Zephaniah
  • Teachers’ Recommendations
  • Book Vouchers distributed
  • Andy the Poet 2 March – Years 7 and 8
  • Paired Reading Special Events Tues and Wed
  • Thursday 5 March WORLD BOOK DAY
  • Teachers and pupils fancy dress
  • Andy the Poet – Years 8 and 9 workshops

School Production

It was a privilege to see our students in action as they performed ‘We Will Rock You’ this week. The staff and students have been rehearsing for weeks and it certainly paid off. The talent on show as well as the collaboration and creativity were fantastic. Well done to all the students who took part, whether they were on stage, in the pit band or working behind the scenes; they were a credit to you and their school.

Data Sheets

We have recently sent out student data sheets for Years 8 -11. Please ensure these are returned to Form Tutors at your earliest convenience. We specifically need any changes to email addresses as this is our preferred method of communication.

Year 11 revision

Our Year 11 students have been set plenty of revision for the half term holiday in addition to the personalised revision sessions some of your children will have been invited to. Please encourage them to work hard during the week as well as getting some rest and relaxation in too. For further details of what your child has been set this half term, please check the Homework section of Class Charts.

Uniform

We expect our students to be in full, smart uniform at all times. As this term has progressed some students have items of uniform that they have grown out of or lost. Please can you check your child’s uniform this half term and ensure they have all the necessary items when they return after the holidays.

Key dates

If you did not receive a copy of the key dates for this year or you mislay your copy, it’s available online at Lawnswood School - School calendar

For the next few weeks ahead, you may want to be aware of the following:

  • Monday 2 March  KS3 Poetry Workshops
  • Thursday 5 March World Book Day

I hope you and your family have a lovely half term and I look forward to seeing all our students back safely on 24 February at 8.30am.


Best wishes

Mrs J Bell
Headteacher

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