Weekly Update – 31st March 2017
Newtown Campus welcomes survivor from the Holocaust Educational Trust
On Monday 3rd April, students from Newtown Campus will hear testimony from Holocaust survivor, Mala Tribich MBE, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).
The testimony will be followed by a question and answer session to enable students to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth. The visit is part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s extensive all year round Outreach Programme, which is available to schools across the UK.
The talk will be held in the village hall and start at 1pm. Parents, family and friends are more than welcome to come along. If you would like to attend please let Lucy or Sheena know.
On Tuesday 4th April the school will close at 1pm for parents to attend parents afternoon, to meet with your child’s teacher(s) to discuss progress. This will be for both Primary and Secondary students. The afternoon will start at 1pm and finish at 4pm. Students will remain in school until parents have met the relevant teacher(s). If you wish your child to accompany you to the meeting, this will be no problem. If you cannot attend, please make arrangements for collecting your child from school. Following feedback from the last parents afternoon, appointments will be made by students but for a longer period of time.
Data on your child’s progress will be collected prior to the Parents Day and sent home via email.
The school photographer will be in on Tuesday 25th April, all students will need to be full school uniform.
Houses of Parliament Visit
The visit to the Houses of Parliament went ahead as scheduled. The student were taken on a guided tour inside the Houses of Parliament. This was followed by a talk in the Education Centre where our local MP Glyn Davies took questions from the students. A big thank you to all the volunteers who accompanied the visit.
YR 9 + 10 TRIP TO PARLIAMENT. Written by Ayrton and Dougie
The Newtown students met up with the Shrewsbury children in Shrewsbury at 5.00am. And travelled down to London for 8.30. We started off with a tour around parliament from two guides. We were showed all the main parts of parliament. The House of Commons and rooms they walk through when it is time to vote. We also went around the House of Lords.
At the end of the tour we went into a side room and got told how the making of laws happens. We split into two groups and had a debate. Kirsten was ‘Madame Speaker’.
Glynn Davis turned up in his farmer outfit, with his John Deere jacket. He told us in detail about the terrorist attack. At the time he was in Parliament. They had to stay in the room and weren’t allowed out. He didn’t know what was going on. Everywhere was put on high alert.
After the trip to parliament we went to a skyscraper called the walkie-talkie. At the top of the Walkie-Talkie there is a Sky Garden. Massive area, full of plants and palm trees. There is also cafes and bars up there. The panoramic view of London was outstanding.
A fabulous day and a thank you to everyone.
Our Year 12 and 13 Business Students went to visit the Amazon Fulfilment Centre this week, the visit was beneficial to the students as they got an insight into how Amazon operates and ensures that products get to their customers in a timely manner.
Amazon fulfilment centre, Rugeley – Written by Jo Morren
On the 28th March AS and A2 business studies students trekked to Rugeley for a tour of the Amazon fulfilment centre. Amazon is the American electronic commerce and cloud computing company, well-known for its Kindle, lightning fast shipping and selling virtually anything online. In 2016 they turned over 135.99 billion US dollars. Having studied how they operated, we now we got the chance to see the multi-billion pound business in action. Our guide gave us an hour’s tour that started in the inbound area and finished in the outbound department. The tour explained roles of stowers, pickers, the slam machine and the packers. The items are shipped round the warehouse in totes using 12 miles of conveyor belts. They stock 20 million items and this was only a small-item centre – other centres such as Swansea stock the larger items and operate on an even larger scale. The company is incredibly diverse and has no restrictions on who they employ! They have 2,600 permanent workers at this centre which is only one of the 10 centres in the UK. There are centres on every continent and many more on other continents. Overall it was a very interesting visit – thanks to Owen Joynt and Nev Simpson for taking us.
Dates for your Diary
- Mala Tribech visit – 03/04/17
- Parents Afternoon: 1pm – 4pm – 04/04/17
- Year 13 Business Presentations – 05/04/17
- Sports Day – 17/07/17