Weekly Bulletin [26.9.16]

DATES FOR PARENTS:

New Yr10 Parent Consultation evening: Thursday 29th 18:00.


NOTICES FROM STAFF:

  • The EUTC Calander is now fully populated: Available at http://www.elstreeutc.co.uk/calander/
    • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 26, 28, 29 September – Period 7 Science Intervention
    • Monday 26th Elstree Voice will be on4-5pm in the studio and will be a regular club
    • Monday 26th BTEC interventions still are taking place 4-5pm. Important that students attend and catch up with work missing from last year.
    • Monday 26th P1 & P2 – Royal Navy Project in room 23 – CDE/YPA
    • Monday 26th P7 – Elstree Voice – run by MWR & AMA
    • Wednesday 28th 4-5 The Architects Dance Company run by JMA
    • Wednesday 28th CDE Gold Arts Award Peer Network Training (CDE out all day)
    • Thursday 28th P1 & P2 – Royal Navy Project in room 23 – CDE/YPA
    • Thursday 296pm to 7.30pm – New Year 10 Welcome
    • The Architects Dance Company
      Thank you all the students who took part in the auditions and well done to all. We are delighted to announce that students have been chosen for the company. Please see Mr Marks for further details.
    • Our Royal Navy UTC Challenge team had their first meeting. Their challenge is ‘Operation Amphibious Angel’. We wish them luck in their development of this project.
    • Year 12 Dance Trip Letter has been sent to Parents. Payment due 6th October. Any questions please speak to Yvonne on reception or Mr Marks.
    • Reminder – Year 13 drama trip to Dr Faustus is Tuesday 27 September, 19.30pm. Please speak to Miss Wedd if you have any questions.
    • BTEC interventions still are taking place Monday 4-5pm. Important that students attend and catch up with work missing from last year.
    • 3 October Open day morning
    • 13 October Open evening 6pm – 9pm
    • 24 October Half term
    • 3 November New Year 12 Parent / Carers Consultation Evening 6pm – 7.30pm

The Studio System [Principal’s Blog]

The ‘golden era’ of the Hollywood Studio System has long passed but next week marks the launch of our own EUTC Studio System.  It’s aim is to bring a strength and clarity to the way we support our learners.  In other schools and colleges, they may talk about ‘houses’ but we are Elstree UTC so we’re going for studios.

Initially, there will be three studios and each one will have a year 10 tutor group, a year 11 tutor group and then 2 tutor groups from year 12 and another 2 from year 13.  This diagram makes it clear.

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Each Studio has 6 tutor groups in it from all the year groups and each studio will be led by our new Heads of Studio.

Each studio will be led by a head of studio who will support the form tutors within their studio and ensure that all the students in their studio are safe, happy, attending and achieving well.  So congratulations to our three new heads of studio:  Ms Thwaites, Ms Thomas and Mr Golds.

It is expected that the studio system will improve the management of our learning community and help us to support students even better.  We have clearer processes for monitoring attendance and achievement and can intervene sooner when necessary.  The Studio System will also facilitate our Student Leadership Forum and each studio will have a student director as well as a student leader for each year group.

The first exciting job will be for each studio to name itself.  Students and staff have been offering names for consideration since before the summer and we have a considerable list.  The directions were simple – a successful British creative practitioner from the field of Media Arts, Productions and Digital Communications.  We have seen lighting designers, makeup artists, sound engineers and film makers suggested as leaders within the entertainments industry, and next week students will choose from a shortlist to name their studio.

We will be announcing the new studios soon and then updating regularly with news of which studio has the most achievement points, best attendance, highest levels of punctuality as well as Studio awards for professionalism, compassion, effort and progress.  We will also follow up with details of student leadership and mentoring programmes.