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End of Year Letter

As we draw the academic year to an end I want to first thank, on behalf of staff and governors, all students, parents and carers for their hard-work and support. Similarly, we wish those staff that are leaving our best wishes and we thank them for their work at Q3 Academy Great Barr.  

The Albion Foundation Summer Camps

The Albion Foundation will be hosting two sports camps at Q3 Academy Great Barr during the summer holiday. The camps will consist of different sports, gaming, arts, music, beauty, competitions, team building activities, plus so much more and will be delivered by fully DBS certified and First Aid trained Albion Foundation staff.

Food Bank Competition

Last term, Q3 Academy Great Barr collected one tonne of items for Great Barr Food Bank. So much so that it has lasted the food bank up until now – an incredible achievement! However, during the Summer months, the Food Bank receives far fewer donations and the local community and we would like to help change that. We have decided to run a competition for students. All you have to do is bring in as many food items as possible which will then be donated to Great Barr Food Bank at the end of the term.The competition runs from 8am Monday 8th July to 3pm Thursday 25th July 2019. The Learning Family that brings in the most items, will be invited to the Grace Payne Inspiration Centre to help load the mini bus and receive a rewards buffet.There will also be Q-Points up for grabs!

Update on our revised approach to behaviour management

We continue to be really impressed by the improvements in students’ behaviour. Now nearly all students are routinely on time to lessons, fully equipped, and ready to learn. Learning Consultants have also been delighted to find students more engaged in class, and have given out close to 1500 Praise Postcards in two weeks. About half of our students have had no reparations at all, and the majority of others have only had one or two – which is fantastic given that they’ve been getting used to our increased consistency around expectations.

Year 11 Photo Consent

Q3 Academies would like to capture the achievements of our students as they celebrate the end of their Year 11 with the Academy. We would like the opportunity to take photographs of the students during their last couple of occasions at the Academy. These photographs will potentially be used with a press release or celebration messages on the Academy website.

Parent and Carer Letter – Changes to Behaviour and Rewards

From Monday 17th June, we are introducing some changes to the way we follow up students’ behaviour at Q3 Academy Great Barr – using a balance of both sanctions and rewards. This will ensure that our high standards of ready, respectful, and responsible conduct are consistently maintained, and all students benefit from the best possible environment for learning. The feedback from consultations with parents/carers and staff has been overwhelmingly positive, and we have adapted our decision making in response to your views.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Here at Q3 Academy Great Barr we believe that the emotional wellbeing of our students is as important as their physical health and want to support our students to become well-rounded adults with good health and resilience. To do this we recognise that the stigma around mental health needs to be broken down, changing attitudes to mental health could change somebody’s life.

@youth May Sports Camp – Albion Foundation

The Albion Foundation will be hosting a wide range of activities at Q3 Academy Great Barr during the May Half Term Holiday. Activities include everything from sports, dance and music to films, team building and beauty and will be delivered by fully DBS certified and First Aid trained Albion Foundation staff, from 9.45am until 3pm. Activities are free for young people aged 10-17 and are very popular, so to avoid disappointment please register to secure a place using the links below.

Parent and Carer Letter – Ramadan and Exams

Some of our students will shortly be following the religious observance of Ramadan, which this year falls at the same time as the GCSE and A Level examination season. Students who are fasting may experience a range of possible benefits such as feeling closer to God, learning to exercise self-control, and strengthening community and family ties. However, we recognise that fasting often also results in tiredness, low energy, dehydration, reduced focus, memory and concentration issues, which may impact adversely on students during their exams. 

Parent and Carer Letter – Behaviour Consultation

We are rightly proud of our reputation for good conduct and behaviour, a view supported by Ofsted and the parent and carer feedback on ParentView. However, not all children will get it right every time, and when students do get it wrong we aim to work with all parties to put things right. No matter how good something is we should always look to make it even better; with that in mind we would like your views on some changes we are considering. 

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