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In The Know – Spring 2

March – April 2023                            

https://erdingtonacademy.bham.sch.uk/  

 PTA- New Parent Teacher Association  

At Erdington Academy we are keen for parents to be involved in our school life. We recognise the importance of working in partnership with parents and carers to ensure the success and happiness of our children and young people. Research states that parents who are actively involved in the process of their child’s education achieve more in school. Parental involvement continues to have a significant effect on achievement into adolescence and adulthood. 

 With this in mind, we wish to start a new PTA to provide closer links between home and school. The group will provide an opportunity to involve parents in school life, to bring parents views into school by sharing ideas and information.  The group will also organise fundraising and occasional social events, these are to bring people together in community spirit and raise funds to contribute to additional resources which support the school and community. 

 This should ensure we continue building our strong relationship with all stakeholders. 

 If you would like more information about the PTA or would like to be part of it, please contact, Kav Pawar Vice Principal. 

Strike Days 

To make you aware, we have two further teacher strike days coming up in March on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March. We will keep you posted on any developments and inform you if your child will be at home or at school on these days.  

Communication 

We are committed to improving communication at the Academy. Currently there are many ways in which we communicate with you and where you can find valuable information about your child’s learning:  

  •  Social Media/TWITTER Where we post all recent correspondence.  
  • School Website– the school website has lots of information about the curriculum and Academy life. The content can also be translated into different languages. Where we post all recent correspondence.  
  • Headteachers Blog – can be found on the school website. 
  • Senior Leadership weekly letter contains information about academy initiatives – e-mailed out to parents/carers and available on the school website 
  • Curriculum/Pastoral information letters – these will be sent via e-mail to reduce paper waste. Please check your inbox.  
  • My Child at School App – Please look out for information on how you can download this.  

We realise there are times you may wish to speak to a specific member of our team, either pastoral or academic. To support you with these requests we ask that you contact reception to make an appointment either in person or via phone and ask that to avoid disappointment you do not turn up at the academy without an appointment.  

 Please see below important dates and information for each year group for the next half term. 

 

YEAR 7   
  • 6th March – Reward trip for top 12 students to Laser Quest  
  • Year 7 – Attitude to Learning reports 
     
YEAR 8   
  • 7th March – Reward trip for top 12 students to Laser Quest 
  • Year 8 – Full Reports  
     
YEAR 9   
  • Thursday 2nd March – Year 9 information evening and careers fair  
  • Wednesday 8th March – Reward trip for top 12 students to Laser Quest 
  • Thursday 9th March – Year 9 Parents Evening 

  

     
YEAR 10   
  • Erasmus Students to Rome, Italy 27th February – 5th March 
  • Y10 Enrichment Day Trip – The Globe Theatre – 21st March 
  • 13th March – Reward trip for top 12 students to Laser Quest 
     
YEAR 11   

 

  • Level 1/2 Technical Award in Health and Fitness  

 Unit 1 Resit Wednesday 8th March 

  • Friday 10th – Reward trip for top 12 students to Laser Quest 
  • GCSE Geography Fieldtrip to Birmingham City Centre 21st March 
  • Art/Photography/3D Studies/Textiles 

 Unit 1 Portfolio deadline Friday 10th March 

      Unit 2 Exam 

 20th March/24th March Photography 

 28th March/30th March Art/Textiles/3D Studies 

  • OCR Engineering Resit Exam: 15th May, Unit R108 deadline 14th April 
  • Food, Preparation and Nutrition NEA 2 deadline: 17th March 
  • Reports to parents – mock results and expected outcomes 
     
ALL YEARS   
  • Fundraising: Raffle to raise funds towards rebuilding hospital on Gambia expedition 2024 
  • Rewards: Rewards trip and best KS3 and KS4 form will receive a non-school uniform day and pizza party 
  • Enrichment Day: Tuesday 21st March 
  • World Book Day – Thursday 2nd March 
  • Week beginning 6th March – National Careers Week 
  • Pi Day – 14th March 
  • Red Nose Day (Comic Relief Mile) – 17th March. All students to complete 1 mile charity fun run w/c 13th March 
  • STEM week – 20th March 
  • Erdington’s Got Talent – 27th – 31st March 
     

 

HOMEWORK    Remember, you can check what homework your child has been set by their subject teachers, deadlines and whether your child has completed it on the online platform Satchel One. Follow the link for instructions on how to uses it as a parent: Logging in as a parent | Satchel Help Center (satchelone.com) 

 Reminder to students at Key Stage 4  to use their GCSE Pod account to access resources and revision materials. 

 

ATTENDANCE    We want all students to aim for 100% attendance.  It is widely evidenced that students who attend not only develop good habits that they can take with them into the world of work, but also that students who with good attendance make good progress.   
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