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End of term Newsletter
Friday, 21 July 2017 00:00

End of term Newsletter


Click the link to read the Head's end of term newsletter, sent home to parents.

 
Year 11 welcome letter
Friday, 14 July 2017 13:46

Year 11 welcome letter


Dear Parent/Carer

As we head towards the summer holidays I wanted to write to introduce myself as Year Leader for Year 11 and offer an overview of the Year 11 programme. The Year 11 team and I are looking forward to supporting your son/daughter through this stage in their education and working with you as parents and carers to ensure that our young people make the most of every opportunity available to them.

Year 11 will follow a bespoke programme that has been devised to prepare our students for the next stage in their lives. They will explore learning and revision techniques as well as post 16 choices at Three Rivers Academy and beyond, including careers, apprenticeships and university pathways. They will also benefit from the Futures Friday initiative where members of the alumni visit the school to talk about their careers and the route they took to achieve this, their future career goals and the realities of working life. The autumn programme for Futures Friday will be published in September and will give our students an insight into a wide range of career options. In the Autumn term students will build on the knowledge and skills gained during work experience or work skills week by participating in the BIG Interview. Students will prepare a CV and letter of application and then be interviewed by a volunteer from a local business.

We believe that open and honest communication between home and school is one of the vital components in ensuring the success of your son/daughter. In September we will host a Year 11 information evening, the focus is to offer advice from the subject leaders of Maths, English and Science on how to promote the progress of your son or daughter in their subjects. The event will also explore ways in which home and school can work together to encourage and motivate your son/daughter to thrive during Year 11. You will also receive school reports and we strongly recommend that you attend information and other parents’ evenings in order to discuss subject specific progress with your son/daughter’s teachers.

At Three Rivers Academy we expect our students to be neat and smart at all times. The new uniform policy is available on the school website, however, Year 11 girls can choose to wear the new revere collar shirt with a house coloured chevron under the badge on their blazer or they can continue to wear a plain white shirt with the top button done up and a house coloured or prefect tie. The new PE kit is compulsory for students in Year 7-10 whilst Year 11 students may continue to wear the existing PE kit. Please note that all Year 11 students are expected to wear the new Three Rivers badge to replace the old RES one. If this causes any financial difficulty please do not hesitate to contact us.
Every fortnight you will receive a letter from me detailing key events in the Year 11 calendar, the focus of tutorials and outlining how you can support your child. Subject specific resources will be available on Frog and during the Spring term we will host a revision skills evening for parents.

This time next year it will be your child going to their prom, having completed their exams with a summer ahead full of plans and dreams of what will come next. We want to ensure that Year 11 is a successful year and by working together I hope that we can bring out the best in your child.

Yours sincerely

Mrs K Taylor
Year Leader

 
Year 10 welcome letter
Friday, 14 July 2017 13:45

Year 10 welcome letter


Dear Parent/Carer

As I am sure you are aware, from September 2017 all students at Three Rivers Academy will be in horizontal tutor groups. I am writing to introduce myself as the Year Leader for Year 10 and I am very much looking forward to supporting your son/daughter on their journey through KS4. Last year, in my role as Year Leader for Year 11, I developed a bespoke programme of activities to aid our students to take responsibility for their own progress as well as exploring their post 16 options.

Over the coming academic year Three Rivers Academy will continue to challenge our students to ensure that they make the most of their time in Key Stage 4. In September we will host a Year 10 information evening, the focus is to offer advice from the subject leaders of Maths, English and Science on how to promote the progress of your son/daughter in their subjects. School reports and parents evenings will also provide an invaluable opportunity to review your son/daughter’s progress. We strongly encourage you to attend all such evening events. It is vital that we all celebrate the successes of our students and encourage them to learn from any set-backs that they encounter on their journey through Key Stage 4. I am confident that with open and honest communication and a consistent message from home and school we will continue to ‘Bring out the Best’ in all of our students.

In order to ensure that there is clear communication between home and school there will be a fortnightly Year 10 newsletter. This will include information regarding up-coming events and what you as parents can do to support your son/daughter at this stage in their school career. The form tutor will be your first point of contact in relation to your son/daughter’s overall progress and any pastoral issues. In addition Mrs Dodd will be supporting as Key Stage 4 Manager. Queries regarding individual subjects should be discussed with your son/daughter’s teachers in the first instance.

As well as a clear focus on ensuring good academic progress through reviews of assessments and reports, academic tutoring and revision skills, the Year 10 tutorial programme will also explore future educational and careers opportunities and preparation for work experience.

In addition to the areas mentioned, the Year 10 tutors and I will continue to promote high standards in relation to behaviour, attitude to learning, homework, attendance and uniform.

I enclose with this letter a copy of the new uniform policy for next year. The changes are minor but are important to reflect the new school. All students will be expected to be wearing the new school badge on their blazer from September and also to have purchased the new school PE kit. As a result of student voice feedback we have also adapted the girls’ uniform to an open ‘revere’ collar shirt and no tie, however girls will need to purchase a house colour chevron to be worn under the badge on the blazer. Also following feedback from parents regarding the cold weather we have this year introduced a long sleeve quarter zip PE top which is compulsory but is not required until October half term. We will be continuing to demand the highest standards of uniform next year and ask for your full support in this matter, however if financial support is needed please contact Mrs Mackenzie at school.

I would like to wish you and your child an enjoyable and restful summer and I look forward to working with you in September.

Yours faithfully

Mr R Blackiston
Year Leader

 
Year 9 welcome letter
Friday, 14 July 2017 13:43

Year 9 welcome letter


Dear Parents/Carers

I would like to welcome all students, parents and carers to Year 9. I am really looking forward to working with you all over the coming academic year. I have been Head of Windsor House for the past four years and have seen the rapid improvements made within the school. This has been a collective and ‘team’ effort from students, parents and staff within the school as we are continually striving to help every students to achieve, reach their potential and ‘bring out their best.’

Little things make a massive difference to a child’s day at school – getting enough sleep, having a good breakfast, wearing the correct uniform, having the right equipment, following simple rules are all obvious routines and behaviours that we would all hope and expect but don’t always necessary happen! As children grow, mature and develop and pressures increase these simple routines and behaviours become even more important and the relationship between school and home needs to be strong, positive and consistent.

Every day, week and year at school is increasingly important and gradually prepares your child for adulthood and their working lives. Year 9 is notoriously a ‘challenging year’ as students reach the mid-point of their secondary education and have to make some big decisions regarding their educational pathway and GCSE options. The expectations and demands on Year 9 are going to increase as several core subjects will begin preparing students for GCSE and may even start the syllabus. There will be a greater demand on your child to do more homework as well as a greater demand from your child’s friends to be more sociable and go out more! Routines, consistency and rewards become even more important and again the link between home and school working together for the benefit of your child.

Over the next year your child may start to push more boundaries and their attitude to school and work may change. It is incredibly important that the relationship between school and home is positive, consistent and honest. Within school we have a whole range of support systems in place starting with probably the most important person, your child’s form tutor. As students will be in year groups, tutor time will be focused for Year 9 and the activities and tasks they will do are relevant and purposeful. Your first point of contact is your child’s tutor who, as they see your child twice a day, will build a strong, positive relationship with them. Each morning, tutors will check each student is prepared for school: that they are in correct uniform (an updated list for 2017/18 is attached to this letter and is also available on the school website), have basic equipment and are in the right frame of mind for learning. This starts at home and I can only ask you to ensure your child arrives at school ready for the day and if there are any issues please let the school know in advance.

I enclose with this letter a copy of the new uniform policy for next year. The changes are minor but are important to reflect the new school. All students will be expected to be wearing the new school badge on their blazer from September and also to have purchased the new school PE kit. As a result of student voice feedback, we have also adapted the girls’ uniform to an open ‘revere’ collar and no tie, however girls will need to purchase a house colour chevron to be worn under the badge on the blazer. Following feedback from parents regarding cold weather, we have also this year introduced a long sleeve quarter zip PE top which is also compulsory but is not required until October half term. We will be continuing to demand the highest standards of uniform next year and ask for your full support in this matter, however if financial support is needed please contact Mrs Mackenzie at the school.

As a school we are embarking on a very exciting phase with a new school name and building with outstanding facilities and resources. Standards within the school will continue to increase and the expectations of students will also rise as we endeavour to help each student achieve their potential. We all share the same goal, to prepare our young people for the ‘real world’ and to do this we need to work together collaboratively. Please support your child and, equally, please support the school.

As you no doubt are aware the introduction of our virtual learning environment Frog has given students and parents the opportunity to monitor homework tasks and assignments on line as well as track academic progress, attendance and conduct and communicate with staff in school. As a result of this we have decided not to use student planners from September; however, if you feel that your child would benefit from a planner they will still be available from the pastoral office and student services.

I look forward to working with you over the upcoming academic year.

Yours sincerely

Mr L Cholewa
Year Leader

 
Year 8 welcome letter
Friday, 14 July 2017 13:37

Year 8 welcome letter


Dear Parents and Carers

I am writing to introduce myself as the new Head of Year 8 for the academic year 2017/18. This is an exciting time to be part of Three Rivers Academy whereby midway through the year we will be moving to a brand new school building with facilities that are unrivalled across the county. Students will receive their education in an innovatively designed and inspirational setting, one that they can be proud of and where they can achieve their full potential.

My role as Year Leader is to facilitate the physical, mental and social development of every single student in order to support their achievement at Three Rivers Academy. I will demand the highest standards from Year 8 students in order to support their academic progress. This will involve challenging students themselves to develop their own consistently high personal expectations where they aspire to do their personal best in all aspect of their school life. I am a firm believer that achievements are not based on talent, but rather hard work and smart learning habits, with the assistance of individually tailored education.

The Year 8 Tutor Team, Mrs Maton the KS3 Manager and I are here to support ‘Bringing out the best’, our new mantra at Three Rivers Academy. A major aspect of supporting this vision is the home-school agreement. In order to ensure the academic progress of your child it is vital that students, school and family work together towards the same goals in order to secure the best outcomes for the different individual needs of each and every child.


Year 8


Every single hour, day, week and year at school is incredibly important and gradually prepares your child for adulthood, responsible citizenship and their working lives. It has been proven that poor school attendance has a direct impact on school achievement. Little things make a massive difference to a child’s day at school: getting enough sleep; having a good breakfast; wearing the correct uniform (an updated list for 2017/18 is attached to this letter and is also available on the school website); having the right equipment; following simple rules. These are all obvious routines and behaviours that we would expect but don’t always necessarily happen! As children grow, mature and develop and pressures increase, these simple routines and behaviours become even more important. The relationship between school and home needs to be strong, positive and consistent. Within school we have an excellent range of support systems in place starting with probably the most important person, your child’s form tutor who, as they see your child twice a day, will build a strong, positive relationship with them.

As you no doubt are aware the introduction of our virtual learning environment ‘Frog’ has given students and parents the opportunity to monitor homework tasks and assignments on line as well as track academic progress, attendance and conduct and communicate with staff in school. As a result of this we have decided not to use student planners from September, however, if you feel that your child would benefit from a planner they will still be available from the pastoral office and student services.

I enclose with this letter a copy of the new uniform policy for next year. The changes are minor but are important to reflect the new school. All students will be expected to be wearing the new school badge on their blazer from September and also to have purchased the new school PE kit. As a result of student voice feedback, we have also adapted the girls’ uniform to an open ‘revere’ collar and no tie, however girls will need to purchase a house colour chevron to be worn under the badge on the blazer. Following feedback from parents regarding cold weather, we have also this year introduced a long sleeve quarter zip PE top which is also compulsory but is not required until October half term. We will be continuing to demand the highest standards of uniform next year and ask for your full support in this matter, however if financial support is needed please contact Mrs Mackenzie at the school.

I am greatly looking forward to an exciting year ahead and welcome all students, parents and tutors to the Year 8 Team. We will be celebrating student success stories both in and outside school and will be championing those who are positive roles models within the year group. It will be through our collective responsibility and efforts that we will prepare our young people for further education and success into adult life, in whatever field they choose or aspire to.

Yours faithfully

Mr D Lyle
Year Leader

 
Post WEX and tutor set letter
Tuesday, 04 July 2017 00:00

Post WEX and tutor set letter


Dear Parents/Carers,

I would once again like to thank you for your support of the work experience programme at RES. Feedback from employers described our students as having ‘a great work ethic’ and making ‘valuable contributions’ to the companies they worked for. It has been a pleasure to hear about the experiences that the students have had and I am delighted that the majority of RES students were able to take advantage of this opportunity.

In October 2017 all Year 11 students will experience the ‘BIG Interview.’ This is an event where students participate in a mock interview with an employer from the business world. In order to prepare for this they will be writing a CV and covering letter and I am confident that the opportunity to complete work experience will enrich this process.

In order to ensure a smooth transition into Year 11, the current Year 10 will move into their new tutor groups on the 10th July. During afternoon tutorial on the 10th July there will be an assembly, at this point the Year 11 programme will be explained to the students and they will receive information regarding their new tutor group. You will receive an email on this day informing you who your son/daughter’s new tutor will be.

With the exception of morning tutorial on the 10th July, sports day on the 13th July and the last day of term, students will spend both morning and afternoon tutorial times in their new tutor groups. During these tutor times the students will discuss the prom points system, review their performance in their Pre-Public Examinations (PPEs) and set targets for Year 11.

If you have any further questions regarding work experience please do not hesitate to contact me or for further information regarding Year 11 tutor groups please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Taylor, next year’s Head of Year 11.

Yours faithfully

Miss K Armstrong
Assistant Headteacher

 
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