Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter No.3 (31/1/14)

Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter                                                    No.3 (31/1/14)

Dear Parents and Carers

It is hard to believe that we are nearly half the way through the Spring term already. Over the next few weeks the focus will be on reports and Progress Review Evenings (please click here for more details). Both of these activities provide an opportunity for us to inform you of your child's progress, whether they are on track to meet their targets and what they need to do to achieve their full potential. The first Progress Review Evening is for Year 11 and during this Mark Gibbs and I will be running sessions in the theatre on how you can help your child revise for their exams in the summer. The sessions will run for 
30 minutes and are scheduled for 4pm, 5pm and 7.30pm. I look forward to seeing you!

Rob Robson
To find out more visit our Website here, or visit our Facebook Page here.

Important Notices
Samuel Whitbread is now running a late bus on Wednesdays to enable students to stay after school for extra support from a range of different subjects, please see your teachers for details.

There may be a time when we need to close in an emergency or we are forced to close suddenly.
Click here to view full details on our website.

POP UP SHOP has been postponed for March, the company is offering free postage until 28th February. A new POP UP SHOP date will follow later in the school year - details to follow.
Cyber Champions
Cyber Champions will be visiting SWA on Thursday 6th February to lead a session for parents and carers of Year 9 
students on how to help your child stay safe online. There will be two information sessions, the first will begin at 4.30pm 
and is expected to last approximately 45 mins. The second will commence at 5.30pm and finish at 6.15pm. There will be 
an opportunity to ask questions after each of the presentations and refreshments will also be available.
BEST Performing Arts Academy presents ‘A Night at the Musicals’
On the evenings of 12th, 13th and 14th February 2014, students and 
staff from Bedfordshire East Schools Trust Performing Arts Academy (which includes pupils Years 4 - 13 from all schools in the Samuel Whitbread catchment area) will be performing in the musical extravaganza ‘A Night 
at the Musicals’. The show is being held in the Main Hall at Samuel Whitbread Academy.

If you would like to purchase tickets you can find a link on the Samuel Whitbread Academy website at
Valentines Day
The SWA 40th Birthday Celebrations Committee will be providing a Valentine's messaging service for pupils. On the week leading up to Valentine’s Day you will be able to write your message(s) on a card (many choices available) to the one you love, fancy, secretly admire 
or just simply to tell them they are a great friend. Cards will be given 
out during registration on Friday 14th via form tutors. Each message/card is just 50p. Further info will be given regarding where and when you can write your message. Proceeds will go to the 40th Birthday Fund, which 
is going towards raising money for the purchase of an all-weather sports facility at SWA, to be used by schools and the local community. 

Come along and spread that lovin' feeling...
Year Groups
Year 9
GCSE Options
All year 9 students have now chosen their Options
and they will start their new courses on 24th Feb 2014. Should you require confirmation of the choices
that have been made please email Jeff Nolan:

A message from 9Q: Please donate your old shoes to 9Q’s charity, Shoebiz. The charity recycles old shoes and uses the profits to help the less fortunate. We have 
a goal of collecting 100 pairs by half term so if you would like to donate some shoes, please drop them off to Room 414. All donations are greatly appreciated and hopefully this is a step towards a better future, but we need your help to do this, as a result praise points are available for donations made. 9Q will also be advertising the charity during form time around school.

Congratulations to Ben Daniels on being nominated in the Bedfordshire Young People of the Year Awards (YOPEY). Ben’s enthusiasm and hard work volunteering in many sports projects in and outside of school has earned him high praise and resulted in this accolade. You can read Ben’s nomination in more detail on the YOPEY website.

Year 10
Mondays & Wednesdays
Room 106
1:20pm - 1:50pm
Click here to view full details on our website.

Many subjects (including maths and English) have support sessions after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays for students who would like extra help with their studies, please ask your teachers for more details.

Year 11
Mondays & Wednesdays
Room 106
1:20pm - 1:50pm
Click here to view full details on our website.

Many subjects (including maths and English) have support sessions after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays for students who would like extra help with their studies, please ask your teachers for more details.

Sixth Form
Year 12
Next Steps Evening
A ‘Next Steps’ Evening will take place on 6th February. Letters have been issued to students by Year 12 tutors. This evening is to talk students through the university application process ready for July when they will start their applications. Important information regarding the
on-line application form, personal statements,
references and funding/finance will be given.

Alongside this the careers advice team will be presenting options other than university, looking at apprenticeships, college courses and other routes that are available to all year 12s. Please come along as it will be a very informative evening.
Mr Huckle – Head of Year 12

Year 13
Applied to University?
Student Finance – If you have applied for a University course for 2014/15 you will need to start the process of applying for your student loan. The application will open at the start of February 2014 and is an on-line process. The website is

Please drop into the sixth form office if you require any assistance.

Not going to University?
If you have decided that university is not the right choice for you our Careers Advisors would like to support you with your next steps, be that into an apprenticeship, employment or looking at gap year/volunteering opportunities. We will be holding a Careers Day on Thursday 27th February to look at apprenticeships, 
CV writing, interviews, etc. and all those students in 
Year 13 who have not applied to university are invited 
to come along. You can also request a careers appointment with an advisor who will give you personalised information and guidance - see Mrs V Pateman or Mrs D Hill to book an appointment.

There are also some really useful websites to look 
at for careers guidance: 
Sports/Arts News
SWA Basketballers had two comprehensive victories 
last week in the district leagues and continue to impress under the new tutelage of Mr Goldman. The Under 14s bagged a pair of victories, beating Stratton Upper 38-24 and recording an impressive 69-22 win over Bedford Academy. Billy Smallwood and Ben Daniels have excelled and Connor Haddow has racked up the most rebounds.
The Senior Girls Hockey Team had a great start to the league with a 7 – 0 win over Sandy, goals from Megan Angell (3), Anna Wheeler (3) and Charlie King (1), backed up by Natasha Hirst, Cat Roxburgh, Izzie Attenborough, Ella Rogers, Leanne Nash, 
Charlotte Reilly and captain Hannah Marshall.

The second league fixture took place indoors on Wednesday against Wootton. It was again an exciting match with an 18 - 4 win to SWA. Anna Wheeler was 
on a roll scoring most of the goals, well supported by 
the rest of the team.
Cross Country
SWA’s cross country team showed true courage, determination and mental toughness on a wet and 
windy Wednesday in the District Schools Cross 
Country Championships, with 15 runners 
qualifying for next week’s County Championships.

Highlights included Connor Haddow (pictured below) who finished second
in the Junior Boys race. Tom Angell and Ryan Ward secured second and third in 
the Intermediate Boys with Matt Clark and Andy Traynor also qualifying. Not to be outdone, the girls put in a fantastic performance with Charlie King (4th), Jess Irvine (5th), Phoebe Proctor (11th), Megan Dennis (12th), Holly Bosmans (13th) all qualifying well. The 
final members to make up the SWA squad for the County Championships are Chloe Emery, Olivia Duggan, Taylor Bradbury, Harry Lowe and Tyler Winter. Well done to all involved!
SWA’s Under 18 rugby boys had their first taste of Rugby League last week, finishing fourth in the county tournament at Letchworth RFC. It was the first ever schools rugby league tournament outside of London and The North. After a slow start, negotiating unfamiliar rules, the boys picked up the pace and Tom Nixon won a pair of socks for the biggest tackle of the day!

A compilation of photos from the day courtesy of Mr Gulliver can be viewed here.

The boys return to their normal code – Rugby Union – with another big match against well-established rugby college Comberton on Wednesday, 12th Feb at 2pm.
Exams and Data
• Monday 3rd February is the deadline for students to
  submit exam resit forms for the summer exam series.

• You can follow the exams office on Twitter: @SWAExams

• Year 11 students were issued with their school reports 
  on Thursday 30th January
Congratulations to Kieran Harkin, Year 9, for representing SWA in the Rotary Club Competition second round at Hinchingbrooke School and winning an award for the
Under 14 category.

Kieran performed superbly, getting all of his courses out 
on time. This resulted in him being placed in the top five 
of the final 15 contestants. After the awards the judges complemented Kieran on his overall effort and ability, presentation and quality of food.

Mrs T Lund
Geography revision sessions for both Year 12 and 13 take place every Tuesday and Thursday after school in Room 410. Students who attend can undertake private revision, have access to past papers and text books, as well as 
seek advice on exam technique and subject material. 
There is strong evidence that students who regularly 
attend these sessions achieve the best grades. Other 
KS5 Humanities students looking for somewhere to 
study are also welcome to attend.

Follow our Geography page on Twitter here:
Business Studies
Year 11 Revision Guides: For students taking Business Studies and Business Communications GCSE this year 
we would recommend the following books to aid them in their revision. These are all available to order online.

GCSE Business and Communication Systems 
  AQA Revision Guide (978-1847624093)

GCSE Business Studies 
  AQA Revision Guide (978-1847623171)

AQA Revision Guide GCSE Business Studies 
  AQA Workbook (978-1847623188)

GCSE Business Studies 
  AQA Answers to Workbook (978-1847623195)

Year 10 Student Intervention: There is an after school ‘catch-up’ study class running on Thursdays in Room 224 between 1500Hrs and 1600Hr for Year 10 GCSE Business Studies students. This is for all year 10 students who have missed content due to starting the course late.

Year 11 intervention to be announced in the next edition of the e-newsletter.
Young Enterprise
Young Enterprise’s mission statement is “to inspire 
and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise”. Its guiding principle is to do this through “learning by doing”. This is initially a regional competition where students aged 15 to 19 set up and run their own company over the course of one academic year. They elected a board of directors from amongst their peers, 
raise share capital, and then market and finance a 
product or service of their own choice. At the end of the 
year they liquidate the company and present a report and accounts.The winners go on to national and then European finals.

I wonder if we have the next Alan Sugar amongst us?
We are Poseidon, a Young Enterprise company of Year 10 students established in September 2013. Our product aims to provide a short term, easy solution to people's busy lives; we want to make travelling and the working life more enjoyable and convenient and aim to do this with our new and innovative product. We saw a huge gap in the dental
market and jumped at the opportunity - our product is a dental wipe to freshen and clean the teeth on the go.

We have learnt so much from our teachers and business advisors whilst developing many skills we will need in later life such as communication, financing and teamwork. With this guidance we have managed to contact manufactures, present to shareholders and order our product from the 
Far East. Young Enterprise is a fulfilling and great 
learning experience we would suggest to anybody.
With A Night at the Musicals fast approaching, we would like to thank all the staff who have already volunteered to help on the night. It is much appreciated and great to see 
us all pulling together across the Trust.

Well done to all Year 9 students who 
auditioned for the production of Our Day Out, this will be shown alongside the Connections showcase in March. We had over 20 students audition and the first rehearsal was professional and showed high quality talent and commitment. 

Well done year 9!
Lead the Way
On Thursday 30th January, as part of their environment project, the Year 10 and 11 Lead the Way students were treated to a fantastic interactive display from the English School of Falconry. Photos from the event can be found 
Free School Meals – Are you Entitled?
If you would like to find out if you are entitled for your Child to receive Free School Meals please contact Customer Services
at Central Bedfordshire on 0300 300 8306. Please have the following information ready: national insurance numbers and dates of birth for you and your partner, dates of birth for your children, and if you receive support from the National Asylum Support Service, your NASS number. You may qualify if your child attends a school full time in the Central Bedfordshire area, and 
you get any of the following: Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, The Guarantee element of State 
Pension Credit, Support from the National Asylum Support Service, Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and you have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190.

If you do not live in Central Bedfordshire area but your child attends a school in Central Bedfordshire full time, then you should apply to Central Bedfordshire Council, on 0300 300 8306.
You will be informed if you are entitled to free school meals when you telephone, any problems verifying the entitlement will
be discussed during the call. Please be advised that you can only apply for Free School Meals through Central Bedfordshire, Samuel Whitbread cannot process the application.

Is your Child using their entitlement to Free School Meals?
If your child is already receiving Free School Meals please remind them that they are entitled to £2.20 per day. It is advised that they use this amount at lunch time when they will get the best deal for their money. If the amount is not used it is not carried over to the next day, it will be removed and £2.20 will be credited to the account on a daily basis.

If there are any problems using the Biometric Finger Print System please speak to one of the staff in the kitchen or come
to the Data Office Room 339 and speak to Kelly Furphy. If your child feels uncomfortable approaching the staff then
please call Kelly Furphy on 01462 628044 between 0800hrs and 1600hrs.

Service Families
Since September 2013 Samuel Whitbread has employed a part-time Pastoral Worker for service families. If you think you are going to be posted please contact Lucy Yule (01462 628019) so that she can help your child's transition go as smoothly as possible. We understand your circumstances might change again and that's OK. Kelly Furphy (01462 628044) will also assist in any transition procedure and documentation needed.

Service Families
There are monthly drop-in sessions at Chicksands and Henlow bases for parents of service children. Lucy Yule is available 
to talk to you, along with the PSO from Robert Bloomfield and Campton Lower. Please look out for details which are given 
by text message.
Contact Details
If you wish to change your Address/Telephone /e-mail or any other information we hold on our SIMS information system at SWA please contact Mrs K Furphy on or telephone on 01462 628044. It is important that we hold 
the correct information for you in case of an emergency.

Appointments for the doctors or dentist etc. should, wherever possible, be arranged out of Academy hours. If this cannot be avoided, written evidence must be produced, e.g. appointment card, letter from doctor, these appointments are recorded as 
an absence.

Signing In/Out
Students must sign in at the Attendance Office if they arrive late or sign out/in if they leave/return during the Academy day. Please ensure that students have written permission in their diary or a note enabling them to sign out.
The Attendance Office is in Block 3, Room 107 in Reception.

We would like to remind Parents and Carers of the regulations regarding holidays.

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 and Central Bedfordshire advise that unless special circumstances* are identified then term time holidays should not be authorised.

*Special circumstances are defined as:
‘For service personnel and other employees prevented from taking holidays outside term-time if the holiday will have minimal disruption to the pupil’s education’ and ‘when the family needs to spend more time together to support each other after a crisis.’

These changes aim to minimise the impact of absence during the school year.

Holiday Request Forms can be collected from the Attendance Office (Room 107).

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs A Martin – 01462 628041 or
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