Week Three Newsletter

LCS Evolves Development Plan

Dear Parents & Guardians,

We are delighted to be able to update you on the progress we have been making towards our LCS Evolves Development Plan.

In the last edition of my newsletter to parents on 29th April 2018, I wrote about our developing STEAM focused curriculum and the changes we are making to the overall curricular offering for pupils across the school for September 2018.

Last week we reached another important milestone in this story as our Pre Application for our Development Masterplan for our Sport Facility, HUB Building featuring specialist learning environments for our STEAM subjects and overall landscape plan in line with our place in the Green Belt was submitted to the planning department at Slough Borough Council.

Thank you very much to all families who have taken the time to respond to our survey requests as your feedback and input was a valuable and very important element of this submission.

I am thrilled to be able to share with you the latest architectural images proposed for our exciting £6m development project.  As valued members of our school community, you are the first to receive these exciting images as the LCS Evolves project begins to come to life.

In the coming weeks we will be engaging with our local Ward Councillors in order to gain their much needed support for this project as we are aware that planning permission much be obtained from the council and we will be reaching out to you for your wider support in due course.

We would love to hear from any families who may have important contacts in the local community and council for whom you feel it would be beneficial for us to reach out to in regards to planning approval and support in the wider community. Please do contact Ms. Sihota on sunita.sihota@longcloseschool.co.uk  should you wish to discuss.

Please share these images with your children, families and friends as this is only the beginning of the LCS Evolves journey. We would also like to remind parent of our Share the Secret Scheme should you wish to refer any of your connections to our LCS admissions team.

Our next steps in this exciting journey is to engage our staff and students in Design Concept discussions with our architectural team which will be taking place in the coming weeks.  This is an important part of our commitment to listening to the voice of the student and voice of our staff as we plan for an exciting, engaging and inspirational learning environment. As wider details regarding the project are available we will be delighted to share them with you.

As we continue to make preparations for the 2018 – 2019 Academic Year, we will be inviting all parents to meet the expanded Senior Leadership Team, who will be driving our future vision for Long Close next year and beyond.   The date for this event has been scheduled for Friday 6th July as part of our Moving up to September 2018 whole school transition day. Further details of this will follow.

Yours sincerely,

Ms. McBride

Headteacher

LCS Development Plan Images

**Subject to planning**

Light Up Learning Day

We have an exciting Cognita Wide event coming up to celebrate Sustainability and Global Mindfulness at LCS through our participation in the Cognita Light Up Learning Day, Wednesday 16 May.

Following the inspirational work Year 8 students undertook as part of their Make a Change topic in Geography last term, Long Close School are working together with Solar Buddy Ltd, an Australian registered charity www.solarbuddy.org  and other Cognita Schools to raise awareness in regards to energy poverty around the world as we work to connect with our family of schools across the globe, combining learning and education with assistance and aid.

The goal of this global initiative is to raise awareness about Energy Poverty and to end the devastating cycle of energy poverty for marginalised communities across the world.  They aim to achieve this by educating children about energy poverty, renewable energy and global citizenship.  Their mission is to provide safe, reliable, effective and innovative solar energy solutions to communities who suffer from the limiting effects of energy poverty.  Solar Buddy believe as we do, that renewable energy has the ability to change lives forever, providing future generations with the opportunity to reach their full potential.

With this in mind, Light Up Learning Day, our Year 8 pupils will be leading a special assembly to help education the children on what it means to suffer from energy poverty and learn about the conditions that these families and children have to study and live in.   Throughout the day, students will participate in a variety of workshops surrounding renewable energy and the positive impact this can have on the lives of those in need.  The children will have the opportunity to build their own solar light, which will then be sent to those living in energy poverty, along with a personal letter from the students at LC as a way to give back to those who are less fortunate than us.

Each Solar Buddy Kit will cost £20 to buy and the hope is that we can buy one light for every Long Close Family, giving our students both the chance to put the light together, learn about energy poverty and support our students in raising their global awareness and citizenship.

We would be extremely grateful if you could send £20 to school with your child by Wednesday 9 May.

We have secured a maximum of 100 Solar Kits and participation will be on a first come first serve basis.

The money should be sent in directly to your child’s teacher or Form Tutor in a named envelope.

Thank you in advance for your support and donation.

Yours sincerely,

Ms McBride & Year 8 Pupils

The Kokoda Track Foundation ​is an Australian NGO that helps communities in Papua New Guinea to lift themselves out of poverty by building and operating schools and health centres, training and supporting teachers and health workers, and providing renewable energy and business solutions to poor communities.

KTF are SolarBuddy’s main distribution partner and together they have distributed over 6,000 SolarBuddy lights to children and communities in PNG suffering from energy poverty.

More information about the work they do can be found on their website: https://ktf.ngo/ and here is a link to their page covering the SolarBuddy partnership: https://ktf.ngo/programs/solar-kids/

Here are some videos about KTF’s background and some of the work done:

https://youtu.be/fMSFOoSU61U

https://youtu.be/vEC4sVm-euU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyIxf395saI

Sport Relief 2018

LCS raised £432.32 on Friday 23rd March for Sport Relief.

It was a super successful day, full of activities and happy, generous children wanting to take part to raise money for the less fortunate.

 

PTA News

We hope you all had a restful break during April and are ready for the long weekend and some great weather (finally!).

This term is a busy term for us with some great events planned soon (see below for details), and although July feels a long way away we are very busy preparing for what we hope will be a great Summer Fayre on the 7th. 

Coming up in May/June

Early Years Royal Disco! – Thursday 17th May, 2pm-4.30pm.

With the Royal wedding so close to the disco we wanted an event for our very own Princes and Princesses! This event is in the Broxapp (Nursery building) and is for all Pre-School classes (formerly known as Nursery) and the Reception classes. Details will be in book bags next week.

Parents Social – Friday 18thMay. Details TBC

We are securing a venue for a parents social and hope to see many of you there. Look out for more details soon from your class reps. Places will be limited to 50 people.

Father’s Day Golfing Event – Sunday 10th June, Wexham Park Golf Centre.

A special event to mark Father’s Day. Look out for the posters around school soon with more information on how to book and the cost.

 

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