Parental Communication 20.11.16

November 21, 2016 3:19 pm

Last week we welcomed the High Sherriff of Lincolnshire, Mrs Jill Hughes, to the UTC. During her visit we spent an hour touring the UTC and she was particularly impressed by students working with Mrs Whitehead in Engineering Design. She commented on the excellent working atmosphere and conduct of all the students she met during her tour and was very impressed by the facilities we have.

Zest Theatre worked with Year 13 students on Friday to deliver a new production on tolerance. The company are currently developing their latest show and came to road test it at the UTC. They enjoyed their time with our students in the weekly Life Guidance lesson, coordinated by Mrs Doughty, and they will now be adapting it ready for national delivery across schools and colleges.

On Saturday Mrs Doughty was busy again, this time taking students to the Skills Show. My thanks go to Mrs Doughty, Mrs Whitehead and Mr Archer who spent the day at the NEC in Birmingham. They were able to observe students take part in the Skills Show competitions and our students had the chance to take part in numerous activities…coming home with winner’s prizes! This was a superb opportunity for our students to look at potential career pathways and speak to students, companies and colleges.

Mrs Brace, Head of Sixth Form, has asked me to pass on details of her latest charitable challenge:

“This year the UTC has decided to support the Lincolnshire Food Bank in helping children and families in need in the Christmas holiday. Every day we will try to being in items that the Food Bank tell us they need. No one needs to bring in all twenty-four items but anything you can donate will help families at this time of year. We will start collecting items from the 23rd November and will hand them over to the charity on Friday 16th December – this will also be Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Lunch day! The first donation has already been made and I would like to thank Kyle East for his generosity! The first item we are collecting is a jar of pasta sauce – of you have one in the cupboard that could be donated, please do bring it in.”

On Thursday evening we held a meeting for students taking part in the Italy Ski Trip in 2017. I am aware that whilst the trip is fully booked, there are a few places which could be added so if your son or daughter is interested please do ask them to speak to Mrs McCann or Mr Barrow.

After the ski event I held a meeting for parents of Year 10 and 11 students to outline the new examination revision system we have in place through SAM Learning. May I take this opportunity to thank those parents who attended; it is absolutely vital that all students in both year groups start revising now and I appreciate your support. I am very impressed that the leader board is already in action: Adam Locking has taken the lead, followed by Hannah Watt, Finlay Hickin and Kieron Price. 11JT have taken the top spot in the Mentor Competition – Mr Tomlin will be delighted! Well done to the Year 11 students who have already started their SAM Learning revision, this is a great example to set to others and I will be adding rewards points to your SIMS record. Points will lead to prizes!

For those parents unable to attend the meeting, I have attached the main slides to this email and look forward to seeing your sons and daughters making full use of the website. The revision for all Year 10 and 11 students starts on Monday 21st November. If you have any queries regarding SAM Learning revision, please do not hesitate to contact us.

In the week ahead we have collaborative meetings arranged with the METSA Group, the NHS and RAF Cranwell. I will also be on the hunt for a small group of students to help me create the UTC wreath for the annual Christmas competition held at St Mary Magdalene’s Parish Church in the Bailgate. If any students have creative talents and are interested in helping me, please do let me know.

I hope you have an enjoyable week.

Dr Mackenzie

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