Year 8

Trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park

30th April 2019

Dear Parent

There will be a Geography field trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park to observe and engage in geographical activities over two dates in May.

21st May: 8Pm, 8JTH, 8TF & 8MB

22nd May: 8CTH, 8JD & 8AGR

The cost of this trip will be £16.00. Participation in this visit is entirely voluntary and no pressure will be put on any pupil to take part. However, in accordance with the school’s policy on educational visits, parents of pupils who do take part must be willing to meet the costs, or the visit may not take place. If your child is getting free school meals, the entire cost of this trip will be met by the school and lunch will be provided on the day as usual. Also, if the cost is prohibitive, please contact us on the usual telephone number as you may be eligible for certain financial benefits.
Payment for this trip must be paid on Parent Pay.

The trip ties in with this term’s topic where pupils have been learning about the many varied and interesting ecosystems in our world. They have looked in particular, at how humans and animals have adapted to their environments

Coaches will aim to depart at 9.15 and return at 3.30 at the latest, in time for school buses home. Pupils will attend a presentation provided by the Yorkshire Wildlife educational rangers who will talk to them about different animals, their habitats and characteristics. Pupils will also have the opportunity to interact with the animals and to walk around the park, observing and completing activities. They will be supervised at all times by staff.

Pupils will need to bring a packed lunch – either from home or if required, order a lunch from school. Please indicate your choice overleaf and return the slip to the school office if your child intends to order a school lunch. If your son/daughter is entitled to free school meals then please choose from the menu attached.

Although this fieldwork will no doubt be very enjoyable, I would also like to point out that it is still a school day and as such, I expect the pupils’ behaviour to be excellent. Pupils should wear their school uniform with good, practical shoes. They must follow the instructions of the teachers and behave in a manner that is a credit to the school, pupils must be sensible at all times. No spending money is required for this trip, however in case of poor weather, pupils should bring a waterproof coat with them.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at school.

Yours sincerely

Mr Olumegbon
Geography Department

Year 8 Parents' Evening

19th November 2018

Dear Parent/Carer,

Our next parents’ evening is with subject teachers on Tuesday 4th December and Thursday 6th December.

Tuesday 4th December for the following classes in Year 8 only; 8MB, 8TF, 8PM & 8JTH.

Thursday 6th December for the following classes in Year 8 only; 8AGR, 8JD & 8CTH.

Please note that bookings are limited to 5 per child. Please see the letter which accompanied the reports sent home today for further details about this.

To book appointments please go to http://www.parents-booking.co.uk/scissettmiddleschool

PLEASE NOTE: You need to type this address into your website browser’s ‘address bar’. Do not try to ‘Google’ this website address or use a search engine as that will not work. This is a common mistake on phones and tablets especially. There is also a link on the school website, under the parents’ section. LOGIN TO SEE WHICH APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE AND SELECT ONE THAT IS CONVENIENT FOR YOU.

You will need:

• Your child’s first name and surname
• Your child’s date of birth
• Your email address

The system is live TOMORROW FROM 9AM and will be open to take your bookings until Monday 3rd December 2018 at 12pm. You can book for the Parents’ Evening as soon as you receive this letter.

Once you have logged in, we suggest you use the ‘Automated Booking’ wizard to make your appointments. You will be asked to enter your availability and choose the teachers you want to see before being shown before being shown the most efficient order for visiting those teachers on the night.

Troubleshooting Tips - please read before booking!
• To login you need to enter the details we have on record for you and your child. If you have recently changed your title or surname, for example, and not informed us, we will be expecting you to login with the details we have on record. PLEASE PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE TITLE AND INFORM SCHOOL IF THIS IS NOT CORRECT.
• The email address you enter is only used to receive a confirmation of your appointment. If the system gives you an error when you login, it will not be the email address that is the problem
• If you have several children to make bookings for, use the ‘Change Child’ button on the blue bar (above the school’s name) in the very top left corner of the Parent’s Booking Page to swap between your children. This does not apply to the Booking Wizard, where your children are tabbed above the teacher names.

If you are unable to book at home, please contact the school office and a member of staff will help you.

Yours sincerely

Mrs N Greenough

Year 8 STEM Club

5th October 2018

Dear Parent/Guardian

The Year 8 STEM club is beginning soon and will run on Wednesday lunchtimes, initially based in the Science Department. The focus, to begin with will be on electronics. The club will begin on 17th October and will run each lunchtime until further notice.

The first session of STEM will focus on electronics. Pupils will be learning how to use a soldering iron so that, working with a partner they will build four electronics project kits. These will be an electronic dice, LED lamp kit, automatic air freshener and a programmable “music box”, which they will be able to share and take home at the end of the club’s duration. There is a nominal cost of £7.00 for this club which covers the cost of these kits. In accordance with the school’s policy, parents of pupils who do take part must be willing to meet the costs, or the club may not take place. Nevertheless, if cost is prohibitive, please contact me on the usual telephone number to discuss alternative arrangements. If your child is in receipt of free school meals the cost of the club will be covered by school. This club can also be paid online using Parent Pay.

School will provide soldering irons and all the other equipment needed.

Your child has expressed an interest in joining the STEM club; if you agree to their involvement, please complete the reply slip with payment or alternatively you can pay on Parent Pay as soon as possible. Places are limited, so a prompt reply may be necessary to secure your child’s place.

Yours sincerely

Mr S. Home
Head of Science/ STEM teacher