Ski Trip Reminder
Reminder that the final ski trip meeting will be on Wednesday 27th March at 6pm in the Green Room Theatre.
All pupils must bring their passports, EHIC's and pocket money. Attendance to this meeting is extremely important and all pupils must attend with their Parents or Guardians. If for any reason you can't attend please contact Mrs Hill in the PE Department.
Athletics and Dodgeball success
The year 9 boys and girls Athletics took part in the indoor Athletics Championships last Thursday against all the Sandwell Schools.
After some nail biting races the boys finished 2nd overall and the girls finished 3rd meaning both teams qualify for the Black Country Games finals next week. Another sporting success was the year 8 girls Dodgeball team who last night finished 2nd in the North Sandwell Schools competition and also progress onto the Black Country finals. Well done to all who took part!
Local Area SEND Re-visit - Parents survey
From 18 March 2019 to 21 March 2019, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly a re-visit of your local area following the previous inspection that took place between 16 January 2017 and 20 January 2017.
The re-visit will evaluate how effectively leaders have addressed the areas of serious weaknesses detailed in the written statement of action (WSOA). During the re-visit, Ofsted and CQC inspectors will be keen to speak to as many children and young people and their parents and carers as possible, specifically about the weaknesses identified in the WSOA.
How can parents and carers contribute their views during this local area re-visit? The inspectors will gather the contributions of parents and families through an online survey and a face-to-face open meeting. The focus of the online survey and open meeting will be set by the inspectors and will be based on the WSOA.
Parents and carers who would like to take part in this survey can follow this internet link: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SandwelLASENDRevisit/. The survey will open at 12 noon on Monday 11 March 2019 and close at 12 noon on Friday 15 March 2019.
Parents and carers can submit their contributions via the online survey using the link provided above. An open meeting, which will focus on areas identified in the WSOA, will take place on 18 March 2019. Parents and carers can contact their local Parent Carer Forum / SENDIASS (0121 500 4010) to request details of how to be part of the discussions between parents and carers and the Ofsted/CQC re-visit team.
National School Breakfast Programme
We are proud to be a National School Breakfast Programme school.
From Monday March 25 that means all students can get a free breakfast in the school canteen between 8 and 8.30 every day except Fridays (8 - 8.25). Students can eat in the canteen or take advantage of the range of breakfast clubs we are launching over the next few weeks.
We are happy to offer a healthy breakfast to all our children and we would welcome your child to join us for a great start to the day.
We offer: Porridge, breakfast cereal or a bagel.
World Book Day, 7th March
Friday 8.03.2019GSA had a fantastic World Book Day!
Throughout the day students took part in a quote quest around school trying to find 20 famous lines from their favourite books.
At break time the Librarian challenged students to see how many readers we could fit into the library at once, we ended up with an amazing 166 people all with a book in hand!
The teachers also got involved dressing up as famous book characters and doing some extreme reading in very random places.
We want to thank students for getting involved and look forward to the next World Book Day.
A Volatile History of Chemistry
Friday 8.03.2019As part of the Aspire to Higher Education program our Year 9 and 10 students took part in 'A Volatile History of Chemistry', an interactive lecture provided by Wolverhampton Universities STEM Response team.
The demonstration took the students on a journey through time to explore the discoveries of some of history's most famous chemists. Through comedy, intellectual discussion, exciting, mind boggling and sometimes downright frightening demonstrations, the presenters showed the students how many of the fundamental laws of chemistry work and influence our everyday lives.
Dynamic Youth Dance Platform
Chicane and Charge Dance Company performed at 'Dynamic Youth Dance Platform' run by Flexus Dance Collective on Sunday 3rd March. Students from years 7-13 performed alongside youth dance companies from University of Wolverhampton, Kidderminster College, St Peter's School and Flexus Dance Collective. Students were given excellent feedback from their peers and had the opportunity to watch a range of diverse and challenging pieces.
A huge well done to both companies who performed Outstandingly!!!
Abbott Dance Theatre Dance Platform
In the half term holiday year 8, 9 and 10 dance students were busy working with professional dancers from Abbott Dance Theatre company for two days to create a curtain raiser performance for their work 'Deeds not Words' exploring the Women's Suffragette Movement. Students then performed their piece at Forest Arts Centre on Wednesday 27th February.
It was a fantastic experience working with a professional dance company and then performing in a theatre for a community audience. Well done to all involved!!
Badminton Black Country Games Finals
Yesterday, students from George Salter attended the Badminton Black Country Games Finals. Having already beaten all the Sandwell teams, they knew this level would be a step up and a big challenge.
After some very intense and close matches the U14 Girls finished 2nd, the U16 Girls finished 2nd and the U16 Boys finished 3rd. A fantastic achievement considering some of the pupils in the competition played for England.
Well done to all pupils who took part!
Pictured above: The U14 Girls, U16 Girls & U16 Boys teams.
New Curriculum Consultation 2019/2020
Dear Parent/ Carer,I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the changes we are making to the Academy’s curriculum in time for September 2019.
Year 8 students this year will not be choosing their Key stage 4 options but instead will have an extended Key Stage 3 which will prepare them for the demands of GCSE level qualifications. We have discovered from analysing from Year 9 that students need to develop their learning skills and secure greater subject knowledge if they are to make a first positive step within these more demanding qualifications.
The second significant change to the curriculum will be the reintroduction of lessons on a Wednesday afternoon in September. To accommodate the breadth of curriculum we wish to introduce, we would like to utilise the extra lessons to ensure the school delivers high quality Personal, Social and Health Education as well as ensuring the Academy meets its statutory obligation to deliver Religious Education to all students. By returning to a normal timetable (8.40 till 3pm) on Wednesday for all students we feel we will be able to ensure we keep the balance of the curriculum without constraining the range of subjects we currently offer.
I would welcome your thoughts and feedback on the above changes to our curriculum using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Consultation is open until 20th March 2019. I look forward to working with you in supporting your child achieve their full potential.
Mr D Foskett Vice Principal
Letter to Parents
Truly great schools develop a culture where staff talking freely about their lessons and I am still hugely impressed at the conversations about teaching that our staff are involved in every day and every week. Staff certainly made the most of the training day on Monday 7th January to discuss the Key Stage 3 knowledge led curriculum and to further develop our provision.
Over the course of this academic year, Mr Foskett has led a curriculum review which has involved a thorough research of the most up to date guidance, an analysis of our current model, looking at what the most successful schools do elsewhere and canvassing opinions (from staff, students and parents). We are committed to evolution at pace in terms of our curriculum design and will not settle for quick fix solutions. As is mentioned in my pre-Christmas newsletter, we will therefore need another training day on the 25th February in order for this process of long-term change to be effective.
I am delighted that work has finally begun on a new block which will house ten new classrooms and give us some extra dining/ social capacity. Whilst the new build is being completed, we will also undertake some refurbishment of art, science, catering and DT classrooms whilst also expanding PE changing facilities. As this work progresses we will, obviously, need to pack up resources from various classrooms and ‘move in’. In order to do so and manage the transition across to the new facilities effectively, we will be required to close the school three days earlier than planned for the summer holidays. I am therefore giving formal notification that we intend to close for the summer holidays on Tuesday 16th July.
Adrian Price Principal
Parking Advice Letter
We have received a number of complaints about the parking in and around the School and concerns for the safety of pupils.
We would like to make all parents aware that PCSO’s will be conducting patrols with the intention of recording and photographing evidence. Those caught in contravention of road traffic offences will be issued with £90 fixed penalty notices.
Please click on the letter image or the link below to read the full parking advice letter from PCSO 30352 Yates & PCSO 30960 Pochron, Greets Green & Lyng Neighbourhood Policing Team
GSA Pupil Ryan gains black belt
On 1st and 2nd December, one of our Aptitude students demonstrated that he is not only talented in Music but also in Kickboxing, gaining his black belt.
After extensive testing in technique, sparring and fitness Ryan showed his abilities in order to succeed. We are all very proud of him.
GSA pupils hit the ski slopes!
On Monday 21st of January and Tuesday 22nd January the pupils who are attending the ski trip at Easter had their first lessons at the Snowdome.
The majority of pupils were complete beginners and thoroughly embraced their first lessons. Skiing and snowboarding are not easy sports to master, but in true George Salter style our pupils made it look easy despite a few falls along the way.
This will be great preparation for when they hit the Italian ski slopes at Easter where I'm sure they will progress further.
Well done to all who went and hopefully it was as fun to take part as it was to watch!
2019 BBC School Report
They thoroughly enjoyed conducting the interviews around the issue of Knife crime in the community.
Stay tuned for the next report which will be available in March.
Year 8 Handball become Champions
On Thursday 17th January the U13 Girls Handball team defied all odds to become North Sandwell Champions.
They went to the North Sandwell competition where they competed against 4 other schools. The girls had 6 players which automatically put them at a disadvantage as you could play with up to 7 players. The tournament started well with a win against Q3 Tipton, but unfortunately we picked up an injury taking us down to 5 players. This didn't stop them though!
They went on to win all their matches with only 5 players and now progress to the next stage of the competition. Well done girls!
Letter to Parents
Thank you for your support with the West Midlands Police Sandwell Schools Knife Arch Initiative yesterday.
As you are aware, the knife arch was placed in our school, for one day only, as part of the programme designed to raise awareness regarding knife crime. Due to the time taken, it was not possible for every student to walk through the arch and so students were randomly asked to join a queue. There was no profiling or selecting of students and although we had planned for every student go through the arch, it was not possible on the day, following police advice This should not take away from the fact that this project is an awareness raising initiative.
Can I also please bring up the subject of parking at the academy? At the Year 9 parents’ evening this week, I was approached by a PCSO with a complaint from a local resident who could not access Davey Road In a wheelchair because vehicles had been parked half on the road and half on the pavement. I would ask all parents and carers to park cars with due respect for pedestrians and other cars at all times.
Furthermore, I am also worried for the safety of our students given the current traffic issues in Dudley Street, both before and after school. It seems that many parents are:
- parking across dropped curbs, thus preventing residents from accessing their drives
- not stopping the car by a curb, but in mid-traffic, in order to let children out before school
- parking on the other side of the road and beckoning their child across, even though there are crossings further up
- double parking and thus holding up traffic
- performing U-turns without due regard for other road users
- having too many children in their car without sufficient seatbelts.
Following a complaint from a local resident, I have asked for police presence at drop off and pick up times. This morning, they noticed some of the issues above and spoke with drivers. They have also told me that if parents park by the side of the road for a short period of time to drop of a child, there is no issue. However, it is an offence to park by a dropped curb for a prolonged period.
To the very many parents who drive with care and ensure that their child arrives safely to school, I say thank you very much. If this isn’t the case, can I ask that we all please respect road safety in order to make sure all children are safe?
Thank you again for your support.
Mr A Price, Principal
Parent Carer Forum
Parent/Carer Forum will be held on Wednesday 23rd January at 5pm.
We look forward to seeing those parents who give up their time to support the work of GSA and welcome further contributions from any parent/carer who can spare some time to attend. Main item for discussion will be curriculum review. Please email email@example.com if you plan on attending.
Junior NBA basketball tournament
On 8th January 2019, 12 year 7 pupils went to compete in a Junior NBA basketball tournament at Highfields School.
Each school in the league is given an NBA team name with George Salter pupils were representing Portland Raiders of the NBA American Basketball team.
The day was really tremendous with all pupils giving everything they had to try and achieve the NBA trophy and move onto the next stage. With another 5 schools also competing it was a challenging morning for them as all schools including George Salter had high quality players and the level across the tournament was of a high standard.
However, the Georges team worked as a squad and did not give up throughout the whole tournament with great performances and team work being demonstrated before, during and after the tournament.
The team spirit was very high with it being their first day back at school so all pupils were buzzing to compete and show the other schools what they were capable of.
Brilliant effort from the boys that took part, onwards and upwards onto the next fixture/tournament.
We are working jointly with Sandwell council, school councils and head teachers to understand the reasons behind a small number of our youth carrying weapons.
Every Sandwell secondary school will be taking part in a number of activities in coming months, which are designed to challenge young people’s thinking and to raise awareness on the consequences of carrying a knife.
We want to educate school children and ultimately prevent them from becoming a victim or an offender in the future. One of the key elements of this programme is the use of a walk-through metal detection arch in all secondary schools.
The purpose of this knife arch is to detect anyone carrying a weapon and to deter them from doing so. The checks will be conducted sporadically across all schools and we believe this to be an open and transparent way in which to protect schools pupils and members of our community.
Each school will ensure that the metal detection activity is carried out in a friendly, positive and educational way; with an opportunity for debate and discussion to be opened up.
We are committed to creating a safe environment for everyone in Sandwell and look forward to working with you.
Download the Arch Knife letter to parents [pdf, 119 KB]
A new Football Development Programme
This course allows students of all abilities to achieve their highest potential academically, whilst playing, coaching and officiating football within curriculum and during extra-curriculum time.
The application deadline is 31.01.2019!
Download the Football Development Programme [pdf, 125 MB]
Dramatic Beginnings Show
Join us at 6pm on Wednesday 23rd January in the Green Room Theatre when we will showcase our amazing Drama works from students across all the key stages.
Tickets are priced at £3 for adults and £2 for concessions and can be purchased from the Drama office.
All are welcome!