BGN will re-open on Tuesday 12th December 2017. Please also note that the Carol Service has been postponed to Thursday at 7.30 pm at St John's Church.
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Our School Christmas Concert will take place on Thursday 7th December in the main hall starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are available via ParentPay priced at £6 adults and £4 concessions. Please print your ParentPay receipt as this is your ticket.
We have noticed an increase in mobile phone usage around school which we would like to address. Our school policy states that all mobile phones should be switched off and kept in school bags for the duration of the school day. This includes break and lunch time. The only exception to this would be if a teacher invited a student to use their phone as part of the lesson. If a student needs to contact home, they should do this via reception.
Mr Long shared a piece of research with our students in Assembly on Monday which showed that banning the use of mobile phones in schools can improve test scores by 6.4%, with the impact on under-achieving students being even more significant, with their average test score rising by 14% [according to a study by the London School of Economics]. All students have been reminded of our school policy on mobile phones this morning.
In accordance with our policy, if after a reminder, students are still using their phone, it will be confiscated for the remainder of the day. Staff will record the matter and if a pattern emerges of someone not meeting our expectations, we will contact home.
We would really welcome your support in this matter so your child can achieve the best results possible.
Blessed George Napier School will be hosting their Annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party on Tuesday 5 December 2017. As always, we rely on your kindness and generosity to supply gifts and raffle prizes.
BGN now has an on-line shop where you can purchase items including text books and revision guides.
This can be found at https://www.parentpay.com/ParentPayShop/Uniform/Default.aspx?shopid=664
Maths workshops are being run for Yr 10, 11, 12 and 13.
Transport for September 2017 is a new contract with Grayline and no longer involves Oxfordshire County Council. Therefore any OCC ID numbers are NOT valid. If you have not already contacted Grayline direct with regard to your September 2017 bus pass, you MUST do so as a matter of urgency, otherwise your child will not be able to use the bus in September. If you have already made a payment to Grayline using an OCC ID number you will need to contact Grayline as they will be unable to trace your payment. THIS NEW CONTRACT REQUIRES A VALID NEW BUS PASS TO BE SHOWN FOR EACH JOURNEY, WITHOUT WHICH YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BOARD THE BUS.
Please note that from September 2017, all reports will be produced electronically and can be found accessed via the Parent Portal of the VLE. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 7 June 2017 at 7.30pm in the LRC. Please come along with any ideas for future fundraising events. We are always looking for new members. We are also holding an old clothes collection on Thursday 22 June. Further details will follow shortly.
Please can all parents/guardians ensure that from Monday 27th March their child/children have the correct bus pass for travelling on the Grayline Coaches to and from school.
At the recent Oxfordshire Sports Awards, hosted by Oxfordshire Council and BBC Radio Oxford, BGN was awarded ‘Sporting Secondary School of the Year’. The awards ceremony, held at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford brought together the best sporting talent from across the county to celebrate some amazing performances from Oxfordshire individuals, teams, schools and organisations last year.
BGN was recognised for another year of fantastic achievement by teams and individuals. In the academic year 2015/16 BGN had an amazing 22 district winning teams/individuals, with 7 going on to win county titles as well. Students from BGN regularly compete in regional, national and, in some cases, international competitions. Students are supported, and their success celebrated, by the whole school.
Competition success is only part of the story however, and the award also recognises the numerous ways that sport plays a central role at BGN. Our Sports Leaders regularly lead, coach and officiate at county events and are held up as important role models, not only from within our school, but across the county. Our Sports Leaders have trained other leaders in our school and Sports Leaders from schools within the North Oxfordshire district. There is an active Sports Council that meets regularly and many of their recommendations and requests have been actioned.
The Duke of Edinburgh scheme is extremely popular with all levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold – being offered and undertaken by our students. BGN’s PE department are particularly pleased with the sports participation rates and are proud that we are often able to put out ‘A’ ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams , something that unfortunately has become very rare in the state school sector. The benefits that pupils gain from representing their school in competitive sport is something that very much drives the department.
We are very proud that our work in providing sporting opportunities for our young people has been recognised with this award and are grateful to Oxford Council, Oxford Sports Partnership and BBC Radio Oxford for promoting Oxfordshire sport with this prestigious event.
This award is a whole school achievement as all members of the school community play an important role in the sports success enjoyed at BGN.
[Mr Orton—Head of PE]