Health Care Survey and Support for Year 7 Students


This academic year, the Staffordshire School Nursing Service is introducing a new health intervention aimed at Year 7 pupils to ensure that they are working to the Healthy Child Programme (DoH 2009). This will involve a questionnaire that will identify key health issues for young people and the service would also like to take the opportunity to promote the role of the school nurse at this important transition stage by informing pupils of the support available from the school nurse and how to access the service. The survey will be completed in school and a copy of the questionnaire is attached for information. School nurses will follow up any identified health needs confidentially and may also use the data to identify trends that may require a whole school or community intervention.

There is a letter for parents explaining in a little more detail the purpose of the survey which we are intending to carry out during the week commencing Monday 5th November 2016. You are able to withdraw your child if you wish and your child can also decline consent to complete the questionnaire, however, the aim is to encourage young people to begin to take responsibility for their own health.

If you would like to withdraw your child from the survey then please contact the school’s reception

For more details please click on the links below

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office@ounsdale.staffs.sch.uk

Tel No: 01902 504930

Introducing ParentPay


ParentPay is a convenient and secure service to pay for trips, Music Tuition, Lettings and much more online.

We no longer accept cash and cheque payments, making the school a cash-free environment.  Parents who need to continue making payments by cash may do so using the PayPoint network at local convenience stores.

Please click on the following link for more infomation:

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Meet the Author Experience


On the afternoon of Monday 10th October, a group of eleven Year 7 students had the opportunity to meet bestselling author Jonathan Stroud at an author event organised by Wolverhampton Grammar School and Authors Aloud.

Bestselling children’s author Jonathan Stroud was there to promote his new book ‘The Creeping Shadow’ the fourth book in his Lockwood & Co. series. Jonathan delivered an energetic, yet informative, presentation to 350 students from WGS and eight visiting schools. In addition to his interactive presentation which introduced students to the setting and characters within the Lockwood and Co. series, Jonathan also encouraged children to improve their own creative writing skills.

“The children thoroughly enjoyed meeting Jonathan. During his presentation, Jonathan managed to bring his books to life by performing extracts from his work and interacting with the students. Events such as these have a lasting impact and truly inspire reading for pleasure.” 

 

Accelerated Reading


As I am sure you will remember from our newsletters, one of our key priorities has been to support our students in improving their literacy. In order to help achieve this, we have enrolled all Year 7 and 8 pupils into an extensive reading programme called Accelerated Reader to help build students’ reading skills to ensure they are successful in both English and all other subjects.

All students in Year 7 and 8 have been tested and will now know what their Zone of Proximal Development range is. The Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) suggests the readability-level range from which a student should be selecting books to maximise their ability to improve their reading without frustration. This scheme includes the completion of a short quiz on the computer and your child’s English teacher will encourage them to take the quiz as soon as they have completed a book. Passing the quiz is an indication that your child has understood what they have read and Accelerated Reader gives both your child and teacher feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help set targets and direct on-going reading practice.

In order for the programme to be effective, students must read for at least 20 minutes per day. This will take place in school during their daily Drop Everything and Read sessions but your child should also read in their own time at home and we hope that you will actively support them to do this. The student planner contains pages for these reading sessions to be logged and a link to Accelerated Reader is on your child’s WISE page. This will give you the opportunity to follow your child’s improving literacy and support them in developing a commitment to reading both for pleasure and to support their future examination success.

Students who score 100% on a book quiz will receive a raffle ticket for entry into an end of term draw.

The ‘Parents Guide to Accelerated Reader’ below contains further information and frequently asked questions.

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