Parklands runs many extra-curricular activities inclusive to all our pupils. These activities run at lunchtimes and on most days after school. The new all weather pitch is now supervised during all lunchtimes and is available to use by all years on a rota. This information and notices regarding all other extra curricular activities and clubs are available from the picture link.
School re-opens on Tuesday 1st September 2015
Welcome to our Summer newsletter. By the time this edition reaches you Year 11 will have finished their GCSE exams and hopefully will be enjoying a well-deserved break. We look forward to sharing the good news with them on results day in August. After a very busy term and year we would like to thank you for your continued support and wish you all an enjoyable Summer break..
Thursday, 20th August. Results can be collected from 10am in the school hall. GCSE certificates won’t be available until Presentation Evening
It’s not every day you get invited to stay in a castle but every year 30 lucky Parklands students get the chance to do just that. Burg Bischofstein, which dates back to the 13th Century, sits high above the Mosel river in one of the most beautiful regions of Germany. During our stay pupils swim in the open-air swimming pools, taste the local wines during a tour of a vineyard, take a cable car up a mountain to enjoy spectacular views of the Rhine and visit Europe’s oldest medieval castle, Burg Eltz. They also find a lot of time to shop and try out German foods and on the last evening, we all head for a restaurant in the local town of Cochem for a meal – ordered in German naturally. It is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to try out their German skills and every year they rise to the challenge. An opportunity not to be missed.
The reciprocal visit to our German partner school, Fichte Gymnasium in Krefeld, took place this June during a week of very hot and sunny weather! Eighteen English pupils spent a week with their German partners, experiencing life in a German family and a German school. It was a week full of activities; we visited Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Oberhausen, in addition to a day in Cologne with our German partners, where we visited the imposing cathedral and the famous chocolate museum. Spending a week abroad is probably the best way to improve your language skills, so participating on an exchange is well worth it. We were impressed with how well pupils spoke German and it was amazing to see pupils’ confidence grow day by day. There were lots of tears at Düsseldorf airport on the day of our departure, so we know friendships blossomed which will last a life time. Next time you are offered the chance of doing an exchange, go for it!
This years Summer Concert was once again a great success. We were entertained by The Jazz Band/Orchestra/Vocal Ensembles/Soloists/String & Saxophone Ensembles/Kids Rock and Funk ‘n’ Soul. Also this year we were entertained by a fantastic group of Year 7 Beginners led by Mr Willsher and he invited Year 6 musicians/vocalists from our primary schools who will be joining our school in September to perform with the Orchestra and join in with the Year 7 Vocal Ensemble.
Learning Challenge Week is an annual event, the finale to each year of outstanding learning at Parklands. Students are involved in and take on personal learning challenges and experiences that push them to put all their transferable skills into practice. The week culminates in an open school event that celebrates our students learning achievements.
You are invited to join us in celebrating this fantastic week on Friday from 10.00am to 12.30
Charli Smith in year 7 took part in the national finals of the Routes into Languages spelling bee in Cambridge on Friday. She had made it down to the final 103 out of 74,000 initial competitors. Unfortunately she just missed out on a place in the top 4 in the German category so did not make not the overall final which was just 12 competitors. However, she performed brilliantly and was a complete credit to Parklands. Well done, Charli!