Congratulations to Abi Wibberley from Year 7 who competed with her team, Ice Gems, in the British Synchronised Ice Skating Championships 2020 (Britannia Cup) at Nottingham Motorpoint Arena at the weekend. The team won Gold and retained their GB status with a massive 9 point difference between Gold and Silver place.
Well done to
Abi and her team and we look forward to hearing more about your progress.
On Wednesday 18th December, Year 7 students were taken on a journey around the world at Chatsworth House, following in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg and Amelia Earhart. Students were treated to an array of breath-taking Christmas decorations, opportunities to experience other cultures and a rather muddy walk around the impressive gardens. Students had an incredibly enjoyable afternoon and we hope that it offered a pleasant ending to a fantastic first term for them at Swanwick Hall School. Miss Owen, Mrs Grimmer and the Year 7 Tutor Team would like to wish all of our Year 7 students a Merry Christmas and we hope that they have an enjoyable holiday. We look forward to seeing them again in the New Year.
School will end at 1.20 p.m. on Friday 20th December for the Christmas break. We have made arrangements for the usual buses to come at this time.
We realise that this may not be convenient for some parents and carers, so we will supervise students who cannot leave school until the normal time. In these cases, parents/carers should contact the relevant Progress and Achievement Manager with the name of your child, and informing them of the time that they can leave school and how they will be getting home.
The school phones will be staffed until 3.30 p.m. on Friday.
Over the holidays, phones will be staffed from 9.00 a.m. until 3.30 p.m. on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th December and on Friday 3rd January. A Progress and Achievement Manager will be in school on Monday 23rd December and Friday 3rd January.
Students return to school by 8.55 a.m. on Monday 6th January.
We would like to wish all our students and parents/carers a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
To end this term, many students have enjoyed visits to see various pantomimes.
On 11th December, Year 8 students went to see Peter Pan at the Derby Arena; article below Written by Amy Faloon and Katie Stevens
At 12:00 we went down to the dining hall and had lunch. At 12:35 we got onto the bus, for a 40 minute bus journey to the Velodrome, near pride Park. We entered the velodrome excitedly, and took our seats, while we admired the scene on stage. After about a 10 minute wait, the pantomime began, and we watched curiously, as the actors took to the stage. They used lots of songs from the Greatest Showman, and other famous movies. The costumes were amazing, the Auntie’s costumes in particular were creative and funny. The Auntie also chose an audience member called Mr Moon, and she always got him to participate in the performance and kept referencing him in the script. The pantomime was very much like the movie and used lots of jokes and props, when they were flying, it looked really fun and realistic. They threw out sweets and got us to sing along. At the interval, we got to go and get food. The prices were quite expensive and the queues were fairly long, but we all got our food and sweets. The journey home was quite long and the traffic was quite bad, but we all arrived safely. We like the character Auntie, because she was very funny and kind . Her outfits were really funny and creative, and she performed the jokes well. The backgrounds and set was really detailed and we think they put a lot of time into it. Overall, we really enjoyed it and it was really fun and entertaining.
And on Tuesday 17th December, the students from the Year 9 Volunteer It Yourself (VIY) group visiting Nottingham Theatre Royal to see Cinderella. All of the students had a fantastic time and thank you to Marshall Nicholls for the photographs!
Congratulations to all of our Futsal Teams who competed in the Amber Valley Futsal Championships last week.
The Year 11s won on Monday playing 5 matches and winning all 5! Only 3 goals conceded and 17 goals scored. The Year 8/9’s won on Tuesday. They beat Ecclesbourne in the Semi-final and Aldercar 3-2 in extra time in the final. The Year 7’s competed against Heanor Gate, Ecclesbourne, David Nieper and Aldercar with great enthusiasm with every encounter a very close-fought game.
Well done to all of the boys who represented Swanwick Hall School so brilliantly!
Swanwick Hall’s Eco-Committee met for the first time last week and comprises over 30 students. The Eco-Schools programme is a student led project where students from all year groups work together to improve our school’s contribution to environmental protection. The first step in working towards the Bronze Award is to evaluate our site considering aspects such as biodiversity, provision for recycling, transport and waste. From this, the committee will choose its priorities and create an action plan.
It was wonderful to see so many students passionate about protecting their world and keen to be involved. The committee members will keep all students, staff and parents informed of their progress over the course of the year.
If any student was unable to make the first meeting but would like to be involved, they should go and speak to Mrs Whitehead.
From September 2019, we are moving to be totally cashless and all parents will be required to use Parentpay to pay for trips and events in addition to using it to credit students’ dining room accounts. If any parents don’t have login details to the Parentpay system then please complete the form from the school website http://www.swanwickhall.derbyshire.sch.uk/ParentPay or copies are available from the Student Hatch, and return to school; we will then send you login details.
For parents who don’t have access to the internet and still wish to pay by cash or cheque, you can request a Paypoint card which can then be taken into any convenience store or supermarket where the PayPoint logo is displayed, and payments can be made to credit accounts for the dining room. For other items such as school trips, you can request a Paypoint barcode letter which is unique to the student and the payment item/trip it is issued against. This is to ensure that any payments are correctly attributed on the ParentPay site.
If you have any questions relating to Parentpay and the options available to you, please contact the school.
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