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and Performing Arts College

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December 2019

Year 8 Parent and Carer Bulletin – December 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Inside this bulletin you will find a celebration of a fantastic half term for the Year 8 students. They have continued to take the challenge of taking responsibility in their stride and have had a really positive half term, for which they should be very proud. There is also an update on form time activities, extracurricular opportunities and some information about the different topics that the Year 8s will be studying next half term. It has been a pleasure working with the students this half term and we look forward to seeing all of the brilliant things they do next year!

Keaveney’s Steps to Success: The Best Year Yet!?

  • This half term, the students were set the challenge of being punctual – on time to all lessons every day.
  • They have been absolutely brilliant and the results of the challenge are as follows:
  • After Christmas, the students will be set their third challenge of the year – well done for all of your brilliant efforts!
Form Percentage on time
8JLH 99.50%
8PHA 99.40%
8ACO 99.40%
8KMO 99.10%
8KAS 98.90%
8KSM 98.70%
8LCO 98.60%
8CME 98.40%


  • By Christmas Year 8 students will have completed the Mystery Stories unit;
  • Moving on to studying Gothic Stories which involves three assessments – a comprehension, writing the opening to a mystery story and an essay exploring to story openings. These reflect the Reading, Writing and Literature assessments they complete at Key Stage 4;
  • Encourage students to read as many books as possible! The more they read, the more they become used to understanding a wide variety of texts. This will also help them complete the Reading Challenge project for the end of the year;
  • All home learning is being set on a weekly basis on Doddle so please encourage students to complete this work. There is a tracking sheet in the back of exercise books that you can sign to track and monitor their engagement with home learning tasks;
  • Encourage students to ask as many questions as possible and get involved with the various activities and learning experiences on offer!


  • As this first term of the 19/20 year draws to a close, the Maths department would like to take this opportunity to wish all pupils and parents a wonderful Christmas.
  • ‘Mathmagicians’
    • We are truly amazed by the hard work and dedication the pupils in key stage 3 have shown to their studies in mathematics. This has been recognised with over 50 students being awarded with the title of ‘Mathmagician.’. Amazingly over 30 of these students are in KS3! A fantastic job from all involved. The overall winners will see their name immortalised on the maths corridor as well as certificates which will be coming home with the successful pupils. Well done!
  • Assessments
    • The dates for next half term are:
    • w/c 20th January 2020 – Year 8 Termly Test
    • Revision lists will be made available 2 weeks before each subsequent exam via Doddle


  • This half term students have completed their first 3 topics; Food and Digestion, Gas tests and the environment, Energy. They have been examined on Food and digestion and gas tests and the environment and those students who have done very well will be receiving a praise card from the science team before Christmas.
  • Next half term they will be continuing with their next topics:
    • Gas exchange and respiration
    • Reactivity of metals
    • Electric circuits
  • Congratulations to Ella who received the Outstanding Scientist award this term!


  • This half term students have been studying the Restless Earth topic, looking at earthquakes in different countries, the Boxing day tsunami and how to cope with disasters.
  • They will have now completed or be due to complete their assessment before moving on to the ‘Battle of the Superpowers’ topic after Christmas.
  • Remember to watch the news to keep up to date with events happening around the world that we will talk about in the classroom!


  • The students have worked really hard this half term building up history skills and knowledge
  • Year 8 have started to learn about the English Civil  War in our topic, Why did the English fight the English? They will be completing their next assessment on this shortly after the holidays.


  • Students have been completing their 2nd block of activities this half term and also have been involved in some house competitions during their PE lessons. Year 8 have also completed the ‘Santa Dash’ this week and they have been fantastic doing this and also raising a lot of money for the East Cheshire Hospice. Thank you to everyone for their support with this.
  • Year 8 activities will remain the same when we return in the new Year.
  • There has been a fantastic amount of students who have attended PE clubs both at lunch time and after school. Well done to those students who have been attending the PE clubs – they have been achieving a H1 for every club. If you want to attend a club, all you need to do is turn up to the PE department and join in. Lunch time clubs do not need kit, but afterschool clubs, students need their PE kit for the club.
  • There will be plenty more fixtures for different sports and selected students will be notified of each fixture.
  • Please follow us on Twitter for updates on extra-curricular clubs, fixtures and more. @PHS_PhysEd

Religious Studies

  • Year 8 have done brilliantly with discussions about life and the afterlife this term and did the school proud in welcoming visitors from the six different churches around Poynton.
  • Next half term they will be learning about Hinduism and getting a better understanding of how Hindus view life, society and God.


  • It’s been fantastic to see so many Year 8’s getting involved in the endless amount of activities within The Music Department this term. 
  • We’ve had Year 8’s performing in the Concert and Jazz Band, performing in the Xmas Festival on Park Lane, the Music Concert this week, the BIG school show “Sister Act” and the Music Tech/DJ’ing club to name but a few. No clubs or activities are ever closed once they have started in September, so regardless of the time of year, if you want to get involved and join an activity please do ask any of the music staff for details and we will be more than happy to get you started.  You will meet new friends and learn new skills at the same time!

Message from Miss Holyland

You can claim free school meals for each child who attends school in Cheshire East if you receive one of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income related Employment Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit - as long as you have a yearly household income of less than £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) and do not get
  • Working Tax Credit
    • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
    • Universal Credit with no earned income or with net monthly earnings less than £616.67

You can apply for nursery-age children if they attend before and after lunch sessions at a local authority nursery school, nursery class or an Academy nursery if it has the same Ofsted number as the primary school.

Phone 0300 123 5012 for further information and help or you can apply online at

Coats and Hoodies

  • Just to clarify the school rules regarding coats. We encourage students to wear a coat to and from school we just ask that they put them in their locker or bag once inside the building.
  • Hoodies/sweatshirts are not part of the school uniform and must not be worn under blazers this included being a replacement for a coat on the way to and from school.
  • Hoodies/sweatshirts will be confiscated.
  • We appreciate parents invest a lot of money in school coats please make sure they are named as if they are misplaced it is easier for them to be returned if found.

Mental Health First Aid Training

  • There are 15 free places available for a Youth Mental Health First Aid training for parents in Poynton – this is first come first served.
  • Please see poster below for further details:

KS3 Homework Club

  • KS3 Homework Club will run every Thursday in Room 39 with Miss Keaveney from 3-4pm
  • This will give students the chance to work through their homework on doddle whilst being supported by at least one member of staff

Cultural Passport

  • It has been amazing to see the Cultural Passport sessions in form times throughout this half term
  • The students have made a fantastic effort to complete all of the challenges set to them
  • Next half term, Year 8 will be looking at ‘Who’s On the Money’ and set challenges around this theme!
  • Remember – follow @PHSYear8and9 on twitter for regular updates on the Cultural Passport sessions and the challenges

Well done once again to all of the students and a final thank you and well done on such a brilliant term. It has been a pleasure working with all of the Year 8 students this term and we are looking forward to celebrating all of your amazing achievements next term. Have a lovely and restful Christmas and we wish you a very Happy New Year. We look forward to welcoming the students back on Monday 6th January.

If you have any queries about anything school related, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you for your continued support.

Emma Keaveney                                                                           Laura Swaffer

Director of Learning for KS3                                                Welfare Leader for Year 8 and 9