Parent HUB and Windmill Hill City Farm

The Parent HUB was well represented at last weekend’s Windmill Hill City Farm Wild Outdoors Day.   We just wanted to say a massive thank you to all our parents who helped with the book stall on Saturday.  We raised an amazing £174.61, which will all go towards improvements to the school library.  We actually had so many suitable books donated on World Book Day and the subsequent weeks (the current total is has now reached over 600!), that this money is likely to be spent on more shelving to put them all on, rather then emergency stocks of books.  This is such a fantastic achievement & it will directly benefit all the pupils in school, so well done to all. These events only succeed when people chip in and get involved and is the perfect illustration of parents and community working together to support Ashton Park.
It’s been an incredibly successful and productive year for the HUB and just a reminder that the final Parent HUB meeting of the year is on the 25th June, 7:15pm in the library.  All Ashton Park parents are welcome and we look forward  to seeing you there!
The Parent HUB

Selection of Prefect Teams!

One of the most enjoyable jobs of being a House Leader is the selection of the new Prefect Teams. We have all been so impressed by the quality of the application forms and the suggestions made on how the Prefect Team can further contribute to our school community. Without a doubt, this year’s House Prefect Teams are going to be dedicated to their new responsibility and outstanding role models to the rest of the school. 

For the first time this year, we will be running a Prefect Conference on 16th July. This event will focus on developing the role of Prefects at Ashton Park and discussing new initiatives they can become involved in.

Congratulations to all the new Prefects!

Achilles

Leon (Head Boy)  Maya (Head Girl)
Beck  (Deputy)   Lauren (Deputy)
Nika  (Senior Prefect) Jossy (Senior Prefect)
Eden     Mhairi
Josie    Megan
Patrick    Plamen
Polly

Apollo

Orla (Head Girl)  Xander (Head Boy)
Isis (Deputy) Joe (Deputy)
Jack (Senior Prefect) Tirion
Finlay Sofija
Oscar Cerys
Ted Honor
Xander (Head Boy) Joe (Deputy)
Jack ( Senior Prefect) Finley, Ted, Oscar, Isaac

Athena

Noah  (Head Boy) Tilly  (Head Girl)
Ethan (Deputy) Katie (Deputy)
Sophie (Senior Prefect) Bella
Natasha Heidi
Summer Lucy
Olivia Cody

Zeus

Kitty  (Head Girl) Ted  (Head Boy)
Eve (Deputy Head Girl) James  (Deputy Head Boy)
Morgan  (Senior Prefect) Sean
Isobel Sophie
Zuzanna Gracie
Macy Mia
Malki

Help Bristol’s Homeless

Jasper Thompson, the inspiration behind Help Bristol’s Homeless came to the Sixth Form today to talk to the student about the increasingly growing problem of homelessness. For those who may not be familiar with the work Jasper and his team do, this short video tells the story

Many of the students are now keen to make future links Help Bristol’s Homeless through visiting and helping out at the site and regular fundraising.

Thank you to Jasper and Help Bristol’s Homeless for taking time out of your busy schedules to come and speak to our students.

Year 7 unlocking potential residential visit at Barton Camp

Last week 5 year 7 students visited Barton camp for an overnight residential as part of South Bristol Youth’s unlocking potential program. Over the two days, students worked alongside students from three other schools in a variety activities including team building, leadership and sports.

Students also completed a hike and also created and performed their own drama production with the support of Traveling light theatre company, which they performed to guest visitors from South Bristol Youth.

A huge well done to Dan, Tyler, Adam, Connor and Jasper.

Students attend cricket trip to watch England versus Pakistan

Last week a group of students in Years 7-9 visited the County ground in Bristol to watch England play Pakistan. Students were entertained by both teams, who were wanting to impress ahead of the forthcoming Cricket world cup. Pakistan scored 358-9 in their innings, before England won the game, scoring 359-4 with 6 overs to spare.

Well done to all students who were part of this trip, who were fantastic representatives of the school.

A special shout out to Mr. Moon’s ‘Barmy Army!’

Year 7 Boys crowned Gloucester school champions

Congratulations to the Year 7 boys who follow up their recent success as Bristol and South Gloucestershire champions, by becoming Gloucestershire county champions after a 1-0 victory versus St. Peters school.

Year 7 football has been extremely popular and successful this year. Well done to all the boys involved.

Mr. Poole

Governor Vacancy

Would you like to play a really valuable role in the life of our school and be more involved in your child’s education?

I am inviting all parents to apply to join our Governing body as a parent representative.

As well as having a genuine interest in the education of our children you may have a specific skill to offer to further enhance our Governing Body.

As a school we greatly appreciate parents’ views and as a Governor you will have a very clear input, on behalf of the community in shaping the quality of education we offer our young people.

If you wish to be nominated as a Governor please contact the Clerk to the Governors at recruitment@aps.gglt.co.uk before 28th June 2019 (noon). You will be asked to provide a brief statement to support your nomination as a parent governor. If a ballot is held this statement will be included on the ballot paper to help other parents decide who to vote for.

You will also need details of two parents who support your nomination and second your nomination.

An election will be held if more than two parents are nominated.

All Governor posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Mental Health Awareness Week

13-19th May is Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme is ‘Body Image’. Please see below for a link to parent advice and support in relation to Body Image and Self Esteem.

https://www.dove.com/uk/dove-self-esteem-project/help-for-parents/uniquely-me-a-tool-to-help-build-positive-body-confidence.html

Please also see below for a link to other websites that can help young people with their health and well being.

Young People’s Health & Wellbeing

See poster below.

Thurs 6 June, 7pm – Summer Performing Arts Soirée

Students are busy planning their music and dance pieces for our summer Performing Arts Soirée. It promises to be a great evening’s entertainment so please come along. Entry is by voluntary donation towards our lighting fund and doors open at 6.30pm. We would love to see you there!

See poster below.

Students brave Storm Hannah for their DofE practise expedition

Last weekend saw the first of 6 Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. Despite Storm Hannah trying its hardest to disrupt proceedings, the pupils completed their 6 hour training walk on Saturday with staff helping in navigation. On Sunday it was an early morning start at 04:30, to cook breakfast and pack their tents before taking a different route, this time with no teachers to support them. All the teams did really well and have set a high standard for the remaining teams!