Update from Mrs Hollister

Week 1 w/c – 29th September

If you are interested in becoming either a Community or Parent Governor and want to get involved in developing the School's vision, please contact lcrow@parklandsacademy.co.uk for further details.

Monday 29th September – A warm welcome to our German exchange party from Krefeld. Today is our Year 10 RESPECT day. In addition, years 8 & 9 will be collaborating on a whole school Art project.

Tuesday 30th September – French play

Tuesday 30th September and Wednesday 1st October – Investors in People Assessment

Thursday 2nd October – Eco action day

We have been working to update our website and clarify our approach to SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural aspects of education). Recently British values have been at the forefront of the national news, Parklands core values and beliefs can be found in the Curriculum section  of the website with links to;

  • SMSC statements from all subject areas,
  • a record of all recent assembly themes,
  • our thought for the day (opportunity for reflection),
  • a wide range of additional experiences that demonstrate our commitment to the importance of British Values 

(See Paul Smith  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpm6 ii6ci8   Great British Culture)

Parents are asked to ensure that if their child cycles to school they must wear a helmet. Scooters are not permitted.

Advance warning – the gate to the park will be closed in the mornings as of 17th October for health & safety reasons as work is due to take place demolishing the pavilion. Pupils will need to allow extra time to take a safe, designated walking route to school.

Parklands Hang Out with Jimmy Wales

This Thursday, we were one of just three schools in the country taking part in a live Google hangout with Jimmy wales, (the founder of Wikipedia). Hundreds of schools signed up to view, but our pupils were able to participate in a full question and answer session with Jimmy.

See how we got on using this Youtube link

Pearl of Africa posterPearl of Africa Children's Choir

Parklands is proud to present the Pearl of Africa Children's Choir. The choir are performing at school on Monday, 13th October at 7:30 pm. They will perform with our very own vocal ensembles, the All Saints Primary School choir and St. George's Primary School choir, as part of their UK tour. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for children and are available from the school.

show-my-homework-logo-large (2)Show My Homework Helpdesk

If you need assistance of any kind with the Show My Homework website (including technical issues), please be advised that it is possible to contact Show My Homework directly.

Email: help@showmyhomework.co.uk

Telephone: 0202 7197 9550

internet centreE-safety – Reporting Centres

Remember, if an issue occurs in school report it immediately to any member of staff, (including the Network Manager – Ms Slater, the Designated Child Protection Officer – Mrs Fairhurst, or a member of the SLT). Alternatively, report the issue to a person that you trust, or your parent/carer. There is also a Pupil Support box available in the LRC where you can 'post' information or concerns either anonymously if you wish or by including your name and form if you wish someone to discuss your concerns with you.  You will then be contacted by the relevant member of staff.

Reporting Centre Websites

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP), tackles child abuse on the internet.  This website allows parents and young people to make reports of abuse online. Go to www.ceop.police.uk

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), is a reporting centre for illegal content found on the internet.  IWF deals specifically with child abuse and criminally obscene images, in the UK and Internationally. Go to www.iwf.org.uk

Useful Information and Resources

E-safety – Useful Information and Resources

esafetyChildline: is a private and confidential counselling service for children and young people up to the age of 19. 
www.childline.org.uk Tel: 0800 1111

Childnet International: works in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet  a safe place for children.  The Childnet website hosts a range of information and resources for young people, parents, carers and teachers on eSafety.

Digizen: provides resources and information on responsible digital citizenship including guidance on cyberbullying and social networking.

Kidsmart: hosts fun games and activities for children as well as internet safety advice for teachers and parents and carers.

Thinkuknow: provides information and advice for children, parents, teachers and other education professionals.

show-my-homework-logo-large (2)Show My Homework

We would like to welcome all our new parents to Show My Homework. It is a product which is available for you to use through our website and allows you to view homework that has been set by teachers at Parklands. The link is on the bar at the top, right of our homepage. Show My Homework is a public access site and usernames and passwords are not required. Filtering of teachers, subjects, classes, years and tasks can be done from the calendar page of Show My Homework.

Link to Show My Homework Step by Step Guide

Exam Results – 2014

In the light of the well-publicised volatility regarding GCSE pass rates, we are delighted that Parklands has successfully maintained excellent academic results. These include: 73% A*-C in English language (national average 61.7%), 92% in English Literature, 72% in maths (national average 62.4%), 23% of students achieving 5 A*/A grades and 36% of students achieving the Ebacc. In addition, for the first time this year 5 students achieved AS drama (2 x As, 3 x Bs) after completing a course of study in twilight sessions and 1 student achieved a grade B in A level Spanish. Moreover, 18 subjects had an A*-C pass rate of over 70% with 6 subjects achieving over 90% A*-C. 

Congratulations to all students and colleagues for their tremendous hard work and commitment in the face of constant change and unpredictability.