Week ending 3rd October 2014 HEADLINES Dear Parents and Carers, It has been a very busy week this week with not only Year 11 Controlled assessments in English, Year 10 Information Evening, sports fixtures (we’re having a great season) and Year 10’s visit to Opportunity Thurrock, but also the new Year 6 Open Evening. It was lovely to see so many of the Year 6 girls that I have visited in the last weeks; I think they enjoyed the fabulous evening that staff and students put on for them. The extra-curricular opportunities are well under way; we couldn’t move for Year 7’s in the trampoline club on Friday! The offer is on the website, and was put in last week’s newsletter. I have repeated it this week just in case you missed it. Also on the website are the PowerPoints from Information Evenings just in case you missed them; they contain important information about governmental changes to your child’s education, as well as how we are helping your daughter in core subjects areas, and how you can help too. The PTA have asked me to remind Year 11 that £20 deposits or full payment for the Prom needs to be with them as soon as possible, as they are unable to secure Orsett Hall unless they receive this. I’m sure Year 11 will want to attend this important event. All Prom payments should be returned to the Friends of Grays Convent box in Reception. Wishing you a relaxing weekend, Penny Johnson Headteacher GRAYS CONVENT ON TWITTER! Why not follow us on Twitter @GraysConvent, or see our Twitter feed on our website http://www.graysconvent. thurrock.sch.uk. PHOTOGRAPHS SELLING CAKES IN AID OF MACMILLAN NURSES – UP-DATE! On Friday 26th September Girls from years 8 and 9 volunteered to organise the sale of cakes in aid of MacMillan Nurses in the hall during breaktime, and at the time of going to print last week, we reported the girls had raised £141.15 and the staff around £80. Well…. We are very pleased to report that to final total is £286! Well done to all the girls – a brilliant effort! The staff had a ‘Guess the Double Shot’ competition in the staffroom, and Mr Stinton was the winner who, very generously, donated his £10 winnings to MacMillan Nurses! Thank you Mr Stinton. Mrs Chapman The proofs for the School photographs taken earlier this month for Years 7, 9 and 10 have now been handed to the Form Tutors for distribution. Sibling photographs can still be collected from Mrs Kane. Mrs Kane KS4 HOMEWORK AND SUPPORT CLUB We would like to advise that Homework & Study Club for Years 10 and 11 takes place in the Library from Monday to Friday at 3:15pm-4:30pm. All subjects covered! We look forward to seeing you there!
YEAR 6 OPEN EVENING – OUR GIRLS & OUR SCHOOL SHINE! On Thursday 2nd October, Grays Convent High School opened their doors to welcome Year 6 girls and their families giving them a chance to look round our fabulous school. The girls and staff laid on an evening to remember with singing, whizz-bangs, cooking and food tasting, WWII Cabinet Room and bunker, trampolining, computer games, origami, glittery bookmarks and many, many more activities – the list goes on! We were delighted to welcome back a former student of the school – Abigayle Honeywill. Abigayle has recently landed herself a professional role in musical theatre just 2 weeks after graduating. Abigayle, left Middlesex University’s London Studio Centre on 18th July with her degree, only to be offered a role in a production of Thoroughly Modern Millie alongside popular astrologist Russell Grant! Abigayle performed a solo on the stage, and then joined our cast of girls to perform a song from “The Little Shop of Horrors”. Well done our girls – old and new! Before and after our Headteacher’s speech, girls and their families from a number of local primary schools were given tours of the school, and invited to join in with numerous fabulous activities throughout the school.
SPORTS NEWS – NETBALL On Monday 29th September the Year 9 and Under 16 teams travelled to William Edwards School for their netball match. The Under 16 team began slowly, but made huge strides in the 3rd and 4th quarter to beat William Edwards School 22-15. They were a much more difficult opposition than last week, so it really tested the team! Year 9 didn’t have all of their regular players and unfortunately took a big loss of 22-2. They have since been out on the courts every lunchtime practicing their shooting, which shows great determination! Next week’s match: Monday 6th October - Year 9 vs Kingsford Community School, London in the first round of the Essex Cup. Miss Finch YEAR 10 OPPORTUNITY THURROCK OUR GIRLS EXCEL OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL TOO! We were very pleased to receive a letter from Ella Mingay’s parents telling us of Ella’s fabulous volunteering at the Grays Library during the summer holidays. She volunteered to help with “The Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge 2014” and clocked up a massive 56 hours of her time helping at the Library – making her the leading volunteer in Thurrock! Four other Grays Convent girls also volunteered during the summer: Elizabeth Oni, Mayokemi Marquis, Jemima Asinwo and Hannah Walker. All the girls were invited to a presentation evening at the Thameside Theatre on Friday 26th September, and were presented with certificates by the Mayor. Very well done to all our girls for giving up their time to help others during the summer holiday! The Opportunity Thurrock trip was enjoyed by Year 10 girls this week. Girls returned with goodie bags and plenty of information to get them thinking about further education, university and career pathways. We had lots of positive feedback about the event. Thank you to the many parents of various year groups who visited the event during the evening. Your support was appreciated and the exhibitors commented on how great it was to see so many Grays Convent girls and parents. Following our Further Education Evening Year 11 girls have heard presentations from Ockendon Studio School and Havering 6th Form College during their recent assemblies, and we plan to invite more guest speakers this month. Mrs Macaulay GCSE RESISTANT MATERIALS & GRAPHICS PRODUCE AMAZING WORK! It has been a busy start to the year for GCSE Resistant Materials and Graphics classes. GCSE Graphics has done really well to complete a GCSE graphics ‘Happy Meal’ box and GCSE Resistant Materials produced bubble gum machines. The girls have created some amazing examples. Well done! Mr Cornwell
YET MORE SUCCESS FOR OUR GIRLS OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL! We mentioned last week about our girls’ success outside of school with regard to the prestigious Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards. Olivia Johnson, Sophie Barlow and Amy Gore won Jack Petchey awards for inspirational activities out of school. You may have already seen the article in the Enquirer, but if you haven’t then read on…! FORMER PUPILS SUCCESS If you are a former pupil, are you one of our Alumni? Futures First is our alumni association. We have 142 alumni signed up, including the Creative Producer of a marketing agency, a Risk Manager at RBS, the owner of a marketing agency and a fundraiser at a Children’s charity! Could you add to the profile? To get in touch contact Eleanor Newbery, on 0207 2398933 or email email@example.com. Find us on Facebook and Twitter @FutureFirstOrg. www.futurefirst.org.uk To help us reconnect with you we ask former students to please sign up using the link: https://networks.futurefirst.o rg.uk/former-students/grays. From Thurrock Enquirer – Thursday 2 October 2014 nd CHRISTMAS CARD PROJECT With only 82 days until Christmas – yes really. – you might be starting to think about buying your Christmas cards? Well don’t just yet! Over the next couple of weeks Grays Convent are undertaking a project with Art Projects for Schools Limited. Your daughter will create the artwork and bring it home and this can be accurately reproduced in full colour onto Christmas cards that are available in packs of 12 (gift tags are available as well). The cards recognise and celebrate your daughter’s creative effort and are great to send to family and friends. The funds raised through your support will be raising money for the PTA, from which you daughter will benefit. What’s more, Art Projects for Schools have fantastic deals on ordering multiple packs of the same artwork. The full price list will be on the back of your daughter’s finished drawing, and full details will also be sent out to you shortly. Christmas Card Guide: Artwork must be A4 in size – portrait or landscape Coloured/white paper or card (black backgrounds do not reproduce well) Can use felts, crayons, pencils, wax crayons, oil pastels, charcoal, chalk pastel, coloured/tissue paper, ready mix pain, cotton wool, string, fabric. Pastels or charcoal drawings should be fixed with fixative or hairspray. DO NOT USE glitter, pearlised paint, metallic or light reflective materials such as foil, fluorescent/highlighter pens. MORRISONS – ‘LET’S GROW’ VOUCHER SCHEME We are collecting the Morrisons ‘Let’s Grow’ vouchers and hope to use them towards the purchase of gardening equipment for the school’s garden. If you could hand them in to the office for the attention of Mrs Kane we would be most grateful! Miss Varney Mrs Kane
MATHSWATCHVLE COMES ALIVE AT GRAYS CONVENT As part of our Intervention Strategy, all pupils of Grays Convent High School have been given access to an online Maths programme called Mathswatchvle. To access this valuable intervention resource, pupils are expected to log on to www.mathswatchvle.com and using specially generated usernames and passwords, they can log in and select any topic on the Key Stage 3 or Key Stage 4 Maths syllabus to revise or learn on their own. The school’s Centre ID is grays. As we support and promote the idea of Independent Learning, pupils are encouraged to go over topics which they have had difficulty with in the past or they can try out a new topic based on their Target Grade for the year. As this programme is web-based it can be accessed from any computer and even from smartphones and iPads. Pupils can now download the app from the App Store and using their given passwords from school, they can log in for free to access the wide range of videos designed in 5 minute slots to cover any topic they need to learn. There is also a special section called 1 Minute Maths where pupils can revise a topic in 1 minute in preparation for any upcoming exam. The search bar makes it very easy to access any topic searched. Another feature of this exciting programme is that pupils can download worksheets related to the topic they are working on and we have kindly allowed them access to the answers to these worksheets so they can self-mark their work to see where they need to improve on. We do hope that pupils make the most of this resource as we attempt to provide all students with the intervention tools and resources needed to make maximum progress in Mathematics. Parents and carers are urged to promote this resource at home and encourage pupils to use it whenever they come across a very challenging topic in Mathematics. Mr Scott FRIENDSHIP GROUP/ GARDENING CLUB The Friendship Group/ Gardening Club has started meeting in Room 33. This takes place every Wednesday from 1:35pm until 2:05pm. It was great to see some Year 7 and Year 8 attending on Wednesday and joining in the activities. We also had a Year 10 as a helper. Girls from all year groups are invited to join in or be a helper – come along one Wednesday lunchtime to find out what goes on! Miss Keogh WELL DONE FORM 10.28! BRENTWOOD CATHOLIC CHILDREN’S SOCIETY LONDON MARATHON 2015 Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society has Gold Bond places for runners in the London Marathon – Sunday 26th April 2015. If you are an experienced runner or someone who would value the opportunity to participate in this renowned event please contact Libby Phillips on 01268 784544 / firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date for completed applications is Friday 31st October. If you have been lucky enough to secure your own running place through the ballot, we would invite you to join us and run for Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society. The London Marathon is a unique opportunity to raise much needed funds for the Diocesan Children’s Society and perhaps achieve a lifetime ambition! I would like to say a huge congratulations and well done to my Form Class – 10.28 – in recognition of their Form Assembly on Monday 29th September. The topic of their assembly was the story behind the ‘ALS Ice Bucket Challenge’, the fundraising campaign that is sweeping across social media. They presented a powerful story with great sensitivity and care. I am so proud of you ladies! Mrs Armstrong
FEAST DAY OF ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI October the 4th is the feast day of St Francis of Assisi. We have marked the day today with a special assembly about St Francis, Patron Saint of animals, and I invited pupils and staff to send me pictures of their pets with a brief description so that we could recognise and give thanks for the wonderful animals that we share our lives with. Thank you very much to everyone who took the trouble to send me their pictures. I really enjoyed preparing the assembly and “meeting” all the wonderful pets. It would have been lovely to have all the animals in school, but this was definitely the next best thing. Here are a few from the gallery: PUNCTUALITY The numbers of late arrivals continues to be small with one day last week there being no late arrivals at all! Well done! However, we need to ensure that punctuality remains a priority, so once again I urge you to support your daughter in ensuring that she arrives at school on time. Mrs Burrow ATTENDANCE The Heads of Year and I held our first meeting this week to analyse student attendance data which we will continue to do on a fortnightly basis. Please ensure you contact the school if your daughter is unwell and also provide us with a note on her return. If we do not receive a call from you and then are unable to contact you via ‘Keep Kids Safe’ the absence is recorded as unauthorised. Just as a reminder: the school target for attendance is 95%. Currently we have an attendance percentage of 96.35% which is an improvement on the previous week, so once again – well done girls! Mrs Burrow Mrs Collis RED, WHITE & BLUE DAY THURSDAY 9TH OCTOBER 2014 During October and November we remember those who have died or have been injured as a result of conflicts around the world. On Thursday 9th October 2014 we will be holding a fund raising cake sale. We would be very grateful if you would bake/buy some cakes for pupils to sell. The aim would be for the cakes to be decorated in red, white and/or blue icing if possible. We are sure you can appreciate that the life of a child with a parent in the armed forces is often a challenging one because of the need to change schools on a regular basis, the worry about the safety of their parents etc. The money raised will help to: Support a scheme for soldiers on operations to record bedtime stories for their children Train youth workers to run after school clubs and activities on RAF stations Provide funding for King’s Camp to enable the children of the Naval family to have some summer fun Pupils should bring their cakes in to school on Wednesday 8th October to Mrs Kane. The cake sale will take place in the Hall at break on Thursday 9th October. Mrs Kane
HELP HARRY HELP OTHERS MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY Grays Convent High School celebrate the’ Month of The Holy Rosary’. Got a passion for helping others? Today we toast to Harry as we celebrate our 2nd year anniversary! As we reflect, we are astounded to see the amount of families we have been able to help over the last two years! One thing we will never take for granted is how integral our volunteers are in the process. Without a selfless and supportive team by our side, we wouldn't be able to continue doing Harry's amazing work every day. We'd like to take this time to thank all the volunteers that have been there for HelpHarryHelpOthers over the years! Your work does not go unnoticed. If you'd like to join the next wave of volunteers, here are some key dates when we really need your help! The Holy Rosary is a meditation on the life of Jesus, from the announcement of his birth through to his teaching, suffering, death and glorious resurrection. Sunday 5th October, Small Heath ASDA 10:00 - 16:00 (bucket collection) Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th October, Cape Hill ASDA 10:00 - 16:00 Saturday 25th October, Kings Heath ASDA 10:00 - 16:00 Saturday 25th October, Queslet Road ASDA 10:00 - 16:00 Friday 14th November, Maypole Sainsbury's 10:00 - 16:00 We also need volunteers for a Bracelet Making workshop on various weekends throughout the months of September, October and November at Toys R Us Merry Hill. How to get into contact If any of the above events tickle your fancy or you'd simply like to be a part of the HelpHarryHelpOthers Volunteer Dream Team, please send an email to email@example.com or call us on 0121 244 6149. Remember, teamwork makes the dreamwork! The Hail Mary prayer is based on St Luke’s Gospel, the words of Angel Gabriel, at the Annunciation and Saint Elizabeth at the Visitation (when Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth). At the centre of each Hail Mary prayer is the name of Jesus. It joyfully reminds us of our Salvation. Mary Mother of God says: “Do whatever He tells you.” (Wedding Feast at Cana, St Luke’s Gospel.) Mary prepares our hearts to receive the Word of God, just as she prepared the Servants at the Wedding in Cana to listen and obey Jesus. Miss Carson Georgie Moseley Harry's Proud Mom, Founder and Chair of HelpHarryHelpOthers. Mrs Kane
EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AT GRAYS CONVENT SCHOOL – 2014-2015 Here is a brief outline of the activities your daughter may wish to be involved in. Please note that many activities are heavily oversubscribed and we cannot guarantee that your daughter will obtain a place. It may be necessary to alter the days/times of these activities. Thurrock Family Information Service at www.askthurrock.org.uk has information about a wide range of activities for young people. Monday Activity After School Art Preparation GCSE 2015 GCSE PE Revision Rehearsals Little Shop of Horrors Science Revision (Core) MyMaths Club KS4 Homework & Study Club Tuesday Activity After School Art Preparation GCSE 2015 Cross Country KS4 Homework & Study Club Wednesday Activity KS4 Spanish Revision Club Art Club Gardening Club Stem Club Friendship Club Homework Support Lexia Choir SVP After School Art Revision GCSE 2015 KS4 Homework & Study Club Netball Year Groups Year 11 Years 10 & 11 All Years Year 11 Year 11 Years 10 & 11 Staff Miss Varney Miss Finch Mrs Nyland/ Mrs Mundy Mr Woodburn/ Ms James Mr Stinton Miss Clarissou When 3:10-4:10pm 3:15-4:30pm 3:15-5:00pm 3:20-4:00pm 3:10-4:10pm 3:10-4:30pm Where Room 16 Gym Hall Rooms 32 & 33 Room 7 Library Year Groups Year 11 All Years Years 10 & 11 Staff Miss Varney PE Staff Miss McIntyre When 3.10-4.10pm 3.15-4.30pm 3.10-4.30pm Where Room 16 Gym Room 23 Year Groups Years 10 & 11 All years Years 7,8 & 9 Years 10 & 11 All Years Pupils on SEN lidt Year 8 All Years Year 11 Year 11 Years 10 & 11 All Years Staff Miss Clarissou Miss Varney Mrs Goddard Mrs De Sousa Mrs Smythe/ Mrs Collier Mrs Whippy/ Mrs Taylor Mrs Seal Mrs Mundy Mrs Michalkiewicz Miss Varney Miss Coughlan PE Staff When 1.30-2.00pm 1.00-2.00pm 1.00-1.30pm 1.00-2.00pm 1.35-2.00pm 1.00-2.00pm 1.35-2.00pm 1.30-2.00pm 1.00-2.00pm 3.10-4.10pm 3.10-4.30pm 3.15-4.30pm Where Room 13 Room 16 Garden/Rooms 1 & 33 Room 3 Room 33 Room 15 Room 15 Room 5 OAP Home, Grays Room 17 Library Gym
Thursday Activity After School Art Preparation GCSE 2015 Maths Revision Maths Revision Fitness KS4 Homework & Study Club Friday Activity Homework Support Year Groups Year 11 Year 11 Year 11 All Years Years 10 & 11 Staff Miss Varney Mrs & Dr Mardanpour Mr Stinton PE Staff Miss Coughlan When 3.10-4.10pm 3.15-4.00pm 3.10-4.10pm 3.15-4.30pm 3.10-4.30pm Where Room 16 Rooms 21 & 36 Room 9 Gym Library Year Groups 7,8 & 9 Staff Mrs Cross/ Mrs Goddard When 1.35-2.00pm Where Room 15 After School Trampolining Maths Revision KS4 Homework & Study Club All Years Years 9, 10 & 11 Years 10 & 11 PE Staff Mr G Williams Miss Coughlan 3.15-4.30pm 3.20-4.00pm 3.10-4.30pm Gym Room 4 Library Extra-Curricular Activities – Chapel Clubs: Various clubs are available seasonally, in the Chapel at lunch time, as announced by the Chaplain. These include Rosary Group, Prayer & Praise (Gospel style), Dramatized Bible stories and Exposition (Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament). The girls are always welcome to pop into the Chapel for private prayer in their free time, provided for safety reasons that they ask the Chaplain first. REMINDERS FOR THIS HALF TERM A reminder - school calendars are on the website. TRIPS 23rd October Rochester Visit Year 7 KEY EVENTS 6th October 8th October 10th October* 22nd October Parent Voice Meeting – 7:00pm in the School Hall Parent Information Evening CPD Day (non-pupil day) Parent Information Evening & Settling In Evening Year 8 Whole School Year 7 *Please note that CPD Day (non-pupil day) is Friday 10th October and not 9th October as on the school calendar.
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A bow and arrow costs £34. The bow costs £24 more than the arrow. Make two equations and solve them to find the cost of a bow and arrow. Use b for the cost of a bow and a for the cost of an arrow. Equation 1 total cost: Equation 2 difference: A bow costs: £ An arrow costs: £ I've been at this question for ages and I'm finding it quite difficult - I'm very tired and have been doing a lot of maths homework and revision so please help! Thanks.
The first one basically says the arrow and the bow = £34 and the second says the bow is equal to the price of the arrow + £24 (since the bow is £24 more than the arrows). Now I'm going to rearrange the second equation so the a and b are on one side.
-a+b=24 (i've just subtracted the a from the right hand side so it's on the left)
If you add -1 and 1 you get 0. The same way if we add -a and a we'll get 0 so the a cancels out. Add both equations up to give you;
Now we know b we can just substitute 29 into either equation to get a
29=a+24 then a=29-24 = 5
a+b must equal 34; 5+29 = 34 so it's right :)