Uxbridge High School

Autumn term 2021 newsletter

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Welcome to our autumn term newsletter. As usual it is packed with information and a round up of some significant events. I hope you enjoy it.


We are looking forward to our last week of term where we will enjoy festive lunches, our winter music showcase and, as always, many rewards and awards for the students. Pictured below is 7xYO who were awarded Y7 tutor group of the term this morning.


Can I wish you and your family a safe and peaceful winter break as we all look forward to the new year.

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A change of Principal

Before you enjoy more of the newsletter items, I would like to take this opportunity to announce to parents that I will be stepping down as Principal at the end of this academic year. This point will mark my 35th year of service to our families and the school. Although a lifetime's work, I can, with great feeling, say that every one of those years has been a privilege and pleasure. I am indebted to the vast number of staff who have worked with me over the years in seeing several generations of Uxbridge children successfully through the school and into adulthood.


I am very proud to be passing the school over at a time where Uxbridge High School is securely one of Hillingdon's leading secondary schools. A happy, thriving, oversubscribed school with students achieving at the highest levels. I am confident that my successor will continue to develop the school to even greater heights in the years to come.


Although the change for September 2022 feels a long way off at this time, the process to recruit our new Principal will start early in the new year. Once complete, I will introduce him or her to you as soon as I am able.

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END OF TERM/START OF TERM ARRANGEMENTS

The Autumn term ends on Friday 17th December. Students will be dismissed at the following times:


Y7 - 11.30am

Y8 - 11.35am

Y9 - 11.40am

Y10 - 11.45am

Y11 - 11.50am

Sixth form - during morning break


Students return to school on Wednesday 5th January and should arrive for registration at 10.55am. You will be aware that schools have been asked to test students on site for COVID on our return to school in January. Testing will take place on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th January. Any previous consent given for your son/daughter to be tested will remain. If you have not previously given consent for testing and would now like to do so, please complete the consent form. Equally if you would like to withdraw your consent, please let us know by emailing office@uhs.org.uk.


We also encourage all students to take a lateral flow test before they return to school on Wednesday 5th.


Students are also reminded that they should bring face coverings to school every day and wear these in communal areas such as corridors, when moving between lessons, in dining queues and assemblies. We also encourage students to carry personal hand sanitiser with them and to regularly sanitise their hands.

THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD ATTENDANCE - MR WELLER

Good attendance is the biggest factor in students achieving good exam grades. To support this, at UHS we want all students to attend at least 96% of the time.


During the pandemic it has been a challenge for some to get the balance right between keeping everyone safe and attending school. As we move into the winter and the cold and flu season, it can be difficult to know when your child is well enough to come to school and when they might have Covid symptoms. The NHS has produced guidance on deciding if your child is too ill for school which you may find useful.

SIXTH FORM UPDATE - MR CHURCHILL

Y13 students have been mentoring Y11 students in a variety of subjects.

WIDER CURRICULUM - MR WELLER

It has been really good to be able to start running trips, clubs and activities again. These form such an important part of enriching learning and also making it fun. There are a variety of opportunities for students to take part in from music, art and drama to DT, sports, debating clubs, Duke of Edinburgh scheme and film club. If your child hasn't yet tried any of these opportunities, please encourage them to get involved.

DUKE OF EDINBURGH SCHEME - MR WELLER

We were very lucky at the end of last year to be able to run our first Duke of Edinburgh bronze award expedition. Congratulations to the twenty Y9 students who successfully completed this, many of whom have signed up to do the silver award this year.

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UPDATES FROM THE FINANCE TEAM

Free school meals

If your family circumstances have changed, you may now be eligible to claim for free school meals. If you haven't already, please complete the application form for free school meals. If eligible this will also attract pupil premium funding for the school to support your children. If you are not eligible, the system will retain your details and notify the school if you become eligible in the future. Note that if your child is in the sixth form, please also apply for the sixth form bursary below.


Support during the Christmas holiday will continue to be provided by the council. All families in receipt of benefit-related free school meals will receive food vouchers over the Christmas holiday period. The council will contact all eligible parents. If you have any queries, please contact the council on wintergrant@hillingdon.gov.uk.


Sixth form bursary

The sixth form bursary is designed to support students facing financial barriers in education. This is available to help with any school-related expenses and is paid directly to the student. There are four types of bursary. Eligibility, further details and application forms can be found on the school website.


Catering vacancies with AiP

Our catering company AiP has a number of vacancies for kitchen assistants at Uxbridge High School. They are looking for team members who have a good approach to customer service, an eye for detail and excellent organisational skills. You will be responsible for assisting the chef manager with food preparation, as well as serving food and operating tills. Hours available are 8.30am - 2.30pm; 10am - 3pm; and 10.30am - 2.30pm. If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact Dawn Hutchings on Dawn.hutchings@ainp.co.uk or call 07534 108702.

TRIP TO THE WOMAN IN BLACK - MISS MOORE

In early November our Y10 and Y11 drama students finally returned to London's west end on a school trip to watch The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre. It was fantastic to be back in the theatre and our buzzing city again after a long break due to Covid! The performance is notorious for its jump scares and spooky narrative which kept some of our students (and teachers!) cowering behind their seats but, safe to say, it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The year 11 students will evaluate the live theatre performance in their PPE exams. Good luck!

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YEAR 11 DRAMA REHEARSALS FOR EXAMS - MISS MOORE

Year 11 drama students were working hard at the start of term on their devised performance for part of their GCSE. In groups they were given a stimulus and tasked with creating their own performances ready to be performed by 18th October. It was fantastic to see them expressing their creativity through characterisation and storytelling in the studio. What a massive achievement to all the students for creating their own piece of drama and performing it in front of an audience for the final exam. We are proud that they had the confidence to explore some thought-provoking themes and current issues. Well done!

CAREERS EDUCATION - MRS LE-GALL

With lockdown impacting on most of last year's careers activities, which were mostly held online, it has been refreshing to slowly start inviting employers back into school to work with our students. However, students have still been taking advantage of virtual activities that are offered by companies and organisations including work experience, career insight talks and webinars.


A group of Y9 students have attended a virtual mentoring programme sponsored by The Prince's Trust. Three professionals from NatWest, the Home Office and Cap Gemini have been providing personal support, assistance, encouragement and inspiration to the students during the programme. Students have been provided with a Unifrog account and have started their research into their GCSE options.

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A group of students from Y10, Y11 and Y12 have been participating in a face-to-face life skills programme, sponsored by Talent Foundry and supported by the investment business M&G. They have been working on their employability skills, CV writing, interview skills and why finance is important. Some Y11 students have also attended a post-16 options workshop with Job Centre Plus.


Y12 have had external visitors from Push, who have worked with them on study skills, and Royal Holloway talked about making the most of Y12. Students have made a good start on their careers profile, including work experience, MOOCs and attending webinars. They have also been inspired to apply to university after they visited LSE university in London and Royal Holloway in Egham.

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Y13 have completed their UCAS applications, are seeing offers coming in and started to attend interviews. Two students have also sat their Cambridge interviews. After Christmas we will start to look at university life and student finances.

REMEMBRANCE DAY AND ASSEMBLY - MRS PATRICK

This term Uxbridge High School observed Remembrance Day in honour of the 10 million soldiers who lost their lives during World War One. With the help of the history department, student leaders led a whole school assembly highlighting the effects of the great war on people from around the world and the importance of recognising the sacrifices made by troops from across the British Empire who fought for Britain. At 11am on 11th November the entire UHS community stood still for two minutes' silence, signalled by cannon fire from RAF Northolt. Students then listened to the Last Post played on trumpets in the main playground by members of the music department.

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COVID VACCINATIONS - MRS MARSH

Last month we were proud to work with the NHS, acting as a vaccination centre in order to vaccinate many of our young people. The students behaved exceptionally and were keen to be vaccinated in order to protect themselves and their families.


The local authority has informed us that Stockley Park is offering clinics for 12-15 year olds to be vaccinated on the following dates in December:


Wednesday 15th December - 6.15pm to 8pm (under-18s only)

Sunday 19th December - 10.15am to 3pm (under-18s only)

Thursday 23rd December - 10am to 6.30pm (alongside main clinic)

Wednesday 29th December - 10am to 6.30pm (alongside main clinic)


Parents can book using the NHS national booking system but walk-ins can be accommodated on the above dates.

ENGLISH IN ACTION TRIP - MISS SILVA

A group of budding English literature students attended the 'English in Action' event being hosted at the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster on Tuesday 23rd November. Students heard from a range of speakers and picked up on strategies to support them with exploring fiction and non-fiction texts. Some of the highlights of the day included learning to unpick the language used in famous examples of journalism with Dr Marcello Giovanelli, a senior lecturer at Aston University. We also heard from Nick Hutchison who is an actor, director and lecturer famous for his role in the 2002 film 'About a Boy'. Students were given the opportunity to learn about the importance of stagecraft in Shakespeare's plays and what life was like for an Elizabethan/Jacobean actor. Our favourite part of the day was being given the privilege to hear multi-award-winning writer, John Agard, read a selection of his poems. Witnessing 'Check Out Me History' being performed live is a memory students will cherish for years to come.

REWARDS TRIPS - MRS JARVIS

The end of term reward trips have been a befitting end of term activity to a very busy and productive term. Selected Y7 - Y11 students have enjoyed trips to ice rinks to sharpen their ice-skating skills.

BUSINESS DEPARTMENT NEWS - MR AHMED

The business department carried out a social experiment on sixth form open evening in November where we tested if marketing has an impact on purchasing habits and how, as consumers, our taste preferences are different once we remove branding from the equation.


Our social experiment showed us that the market leader Coca-Cola did not actually taste the best and Lidl's Freeway cola won the votes.

HOUSE POINTS - MRS JARVIS

The race for the house leader board is well and truly on with students achieving over 110,000 character credits this term. Stuart house is currently leading with over 24,000 character credits with Windsor house giving chase with over 22,000 character credits.

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ASSEMBLIES - MRS PATRICK

This term students have led and participated in assemblies centred on a variety of diverse themes, which have served as a fantastic opportunity for students to share and celebrate what makes them a unique and valued member of the UHS community. Students have commemorated several national days, such as the European Day of Languages, Remembrance Day, Black History Month and anti-bullying week. In addition, students have also been looking at the importance of building their character, having self and mutual respect for all and discussing the significance of living in a multi-cultural society.

READING AT UHS - MISS GINGLES

This has been an exciting term for reading right across our school. From form time reading of our literary canon to competitions in school, every student has been reading, reading, reading!

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Y7 to Y10 are nearing the end of a competition where they can vote for the next literary canon books that are bought for their year group. Thanks to the kind donation from WRDXTRA of magazines packed full of extracts from new novels, students have been able to experience a whole variety of genres and we look forward to selecting the winning texts.

The competition to design an original bookmark drew many creative entries from Y7 and Y8 students. Below are the winning entries from Amelia and Aliona who created colourful and imaginative designs.

Please support your child in continuing their reading at home. Ask them to explain what they are reading and encourage them to read some of the text to you. "I think it's the books that you read when you're young that live with you forever." - J.K. Rowling

AUTUMN TERM SUBJECT AWARD WINNERS

Well done to all students who have won subject awards this term. Keep up the good work!


Business - Nazir, Deviyanka, Zain, Nagina, Julia, Oliver, Renee and Kamila


Computer science - Stefan, Fajr, Said, Sherol, Amen, Tayla-Mae, Skyla, Ollie, Alex, Oliver, Ridwon, Mariam, Gosia and Simran


DT - Wilrik, Carolina, Aliona, Sahaana, Amelia, Mina, Kriti, Charlie, Madiha, Luke, Callina, Jamie and Corneliu


Drama - Dexter, Christine, Emilia, Oliver, Yazu, Matt-Lucas, Karnveer, Jaida, Abdirahman, Emilie and Joshua


Engineering - Emal, Tayyeba, Sanvir and Shoaib


English - Emily, Lola, Lucian, Abduallahi, Cristian, Marcin, Shugri, Lily, Ella, Patryk, Sabrin, Deimile, Bethany and Khameel

FESTIVE JUMPER DAY 2021

On Friday 10th December we celebrated Festive Jumper Day in support of Save the Children. It was fantastic to see so many of our staff and students getting involved.

HEALTHY EATING

The school curriculum continues to promote healthy eating and lifestyles. Consequently, we wish to ensure that any food consumed during the school day has nutritional value for our students. Further information on this can be found on the healthy eating page on our website.

PE NEWS - MR EMERY AND MISS GARDNER

This term has seen the return of competitive fixtures, dance showcases and taking on our local rivals across the borough in fixtures and tournaments for all sports. We would like to say a huge well done to everyone who has joined and participated in a club this term. However, we would also like to encourage all students to get involved in the extra-curricular opportunities available, whether that is to gain a competitive edge, refine and improve specific skills, or simply to become active and increase fitness levels.


Dance

Dance has gone off with a bang this term. The start of the year saw our return to dance club, where over 40 girls across the school have attended each week to work on routines for competition, personal enjoyment and mock exams. Students have worked tirelessly to put on the Dance Winter Showcase and staff and families were invited to watch their achievements. The show was a huge success and raised £65 which will be used to buy costumes for future competitions in the new year. Well done to Ellicia in Y8 who was the top dancer and Grace in Y11 who was the most improved performer.

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Girls’ football

We have had an excellent turnout for girls’ football this term. Every Tuesday the girls have been training hard to improve their skills and fitness levels through a range of practices and games. Our Y7 team has had an excellent season so far and were the overall winners of the futsal league after two tournaments. Both competitions were of a very high standard and the girls had to overcome some tough competition to finish on top. Excellent effort, well done girls! Unfortunately, our U14 and U16 tournaments were postponed but will be taking place after Christmas. Congratulations to Zuhal who was our top player and Nicola as the most improved player.

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Netball

Girls have had a superb start to the netball season. Each week we have had lots of Y7, 8 and 9 girls coming to the club looking to improve throughout the rain and shine. Year 10 and sixth form students took part in two tournaments with Y7, 8 and 9’s tournament after Christmas. Y8 girls played their first ever match for UHS and set the bar high with a stomping win. Y9 and Y10 lost their first match but Y10 came fighting back with a hard-earned win for their second match. We cannot wait to see Y7 in action after Christmas when their league starts. Well done to Emily (Y10) who was the top player and Amelie (Y7) who was the most improved.

Boys’ football

Our boys’ football teams have taken part in numerous fixtures across all year groups in both borough and county competitions. A notable performance was from our First XI who came from 2-0 down to beat William Perkin 3-2 in the group stages of the Middlesex Cup. All teams have played some fantastic football, with five wins in seven games across all year groups. We look forward to continuing our successes into 2022. Aqib (Y10) was the top player and Jamie (Y10) was the most improved.


Cross country

Runners from over 20 Hillingdon secondary schools took part in this year’s borough cross country championships at Vyners’ playing fields on Wednesday 24th November. UHS entered boys and girls’ teams in the junior (Y7) and intermediate (Y8 and Y9) races, with our best results coming from Sulaiman (6th in junior boys), Zuhal (5th in junior girls) and Mason (2nd in intermediate boys). These three students will now go on to represent Hillingdon at the Middlesex championships.


Basketball

Our U14 and U16 boys’ basketball teams competed at the borough finals on Tuesday 7th December. Both teams made it through to the semi-finals with the U16s going on to make the final before losing to Douay Martyrs 29-15. Brilliant effort boys! Well done to Aman (Y9) who was the U14 best player and Mohand (Y11) who was the U16 best player.

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Rugby

We have had a fantastic start to our school rugby season with games predominantly for our Y7 and Y8 students. Our Y7 boys have seen much success with only two losses so far this season. Our Y8s continue to build with good results against many rival schools across the borough. Both year groups have made a huge amount of progress as we look to build into the new year with yet more competitions and fixtures to play. Other year groups across the school have worked incredibly hard in training and look forward to some competitive fixtures in the new year. Congratulations to Stefan (Y7), Zain (Y7), Adem (Y8), Jay (Y9), Jai (Y10) and Dylan (Y10).

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TWITTER & INSTAGRAM

Please feel free to browse our Twitter and Instagram accounts for up-to-date information and updates on the variety of activities taking place at Uxbridge High School. Our Twitter accounts are @UxbridgeHighSch, @UHSPrincipal, @UHS_VAPA, @UHSPE, @DT_UHS, @HistoryUhs and @MflUhs. Our Instagram account can be found here.


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