Issue 25 - 23 March 2018





Issue 25 - 23 March 2018


Healthy Schools Silver Award

We are delighted to announce that Meadow High School has successfully achieved the Silver Healthy Schools Award. We have held the Bronze Award for some time, but thanks to the development work of the whole team at Meadow, we have now been able to achieve this next level of recognition. We feel that certain awards are important to work towards and achieve because they help us to develop our practice within a
nationally recognised framework. Keeping our pupils healthy, in the broadest sense of the word, is crucial to allowing them to access education and achieve their goals, so this award means a lot to us.   If you would like to find out more about the award please use this link:

We are looking to pilot a new online tool called Classlist to improve communication amongst   parents.  With our families being spread over a wide area and many children using school transport, we know it can be difficult to make contacts and keep in touch. It would be great if we could have some trailblazing parents on board to try Classlist out and help iron-out any issues, before we launch to the whole school.  If you would be willing to help us and give Classlist a go, please email John Goodbody (Gemma's Dad) at

The Friends of Meadow Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 23rd April 2018 at 5.30pm, at the School.  The PTA plays a vital part in the school community and all
parents/carers are invited to support the AGM.  This is your chance to hear how the funds you have helped to raise have been used for the benefit of the pupils at our school.   We look forward to seeing you. We also look forward to welcoming any new faces who can help us with the      ongoing success of this committee. It is also an opportunity for you to find out about what goes on behind the scenes to organise and raise money to support the School.

World Autism Awareness Week takes place 26th March – 2nd April 2018

In the run up to Easter we will be supporting ‘World Autism Week’ across the school by
delivering lessons and assemblies to raise awareness of autism.

Tickets are now available for THE AUTISM SHOW 2018! 15-16 June  2018, ExCeL, London. This national event for autism, offers more information, help and advice on autism (including Asperger syndrome) than can be found anywhere else in the UK.  Tickets available at

Why not pop along to one of our ASD coffee mornings which are held on the 2nd Friday of every month at school from 10.15 am – 11.15 am.    Dates for the remainder of this school year are:
Friday 11/5/18, Friday 8/6/18,  Friday 13/7/18.

If you would like further details of the support group or if you require any information or guidance on any aspect of ASD please contact Mrs Watson  There is also lots of Autism Information on the School Website under Parents/Useful Information/Autism.

Thematic Trip to The Lookout Discovery Centre, Bracknell- 9/3/2018

Have you shaken hands with yourself?  captured your own shadow?  felt sound waves through your fingers? built an electrical circuit? felt water's surface tension? moved a plasma beam? built a cone and flown it in a vortex?  These are just some of the things our thematic students got up to on our day at the Look Out Discovery Centre in Bracknell.  The day was all about getting out of the classroom and pushing, pulling, touching and putting science into action.  Oh, we had a break for lunch and a look round the gift shop too! 

We'd worked hard to plan this trip and are delighted at how our pupils embraced the challenges and opportunities on offer to make this a day to remember. 

Mr J Goodbody—Parent Governor and Trip Helper.


THE WEEKLY BULLETIN WILL BE ON THE SCHOOL WEBSITE EACH FRIDAY AFTERNOON ON THE News/Weekly Bulletin PAGE.   We will NOT be sending home paper copies each week.  We plan to use School Texts to send out a link to the Weekly Bulletin page to make it easy and quick to access.   There is also a Quick Link from the Homepage of the website to the Weekly Bulletin page.

If you do not have access to a computer, phone or tablet and need a paper copy sent home each week, please call School Reception on 01895 443310.


As you may already know, this year the Maths and Science departments teamed up to provide students with a week of enrichment activities.  The theme for this year was:  “To Infinity and Beyond”


The week kicked off with a visit from a portable dome Planetarium.  The Key Stage 3 pupils enjoyed 45 minute workshops in which students turned into space explorers, learning about the Sun, Planets, the Moon and natural phenomena like the Northern Lights.

Three visits to the Natural History Museum in London were arranged for students in Years 10,11 and those taking Science in the 6th form. On Tuesday, the students enjoyed a special show on Volcanoes and Earthquakes, whilst on the following days all the students got involved in hands-on sessions using scientific equipment.  They were exploring and handling artefacts and specialist equipment, such as zoom cameras and microscopes.  Another visit also took place to the Look Out Discovery Centre for pupils in our Thematic classes.  The trip was a great success and a lovely display has been created in school, reflecting pupils’enthusiasm for the day.  These pupils also had a challenge to design a holder for popcorn,  culminating in a cinema-like experience viewing in the library.

Challenges and competitions were open during the week for all pupils to win fantastic prizes.  This included; Completing the Measures booklet (won by Miss Sojka’s Maths class);

Best Design Rocket challenge : won by classes LD, AMu, 11CL, 8LB

Best Flyer Rocket challenge : won by 10ZK

On Friday’s special assembly the poster competition winners were also revealed:  Congratulations to the winner Billy Watkins! 2nd - Ellen McCarthy, 3rd - Marcus Morris and Runners-Up: Imtiyaz Hussain and Erin Keeble!

The teachers worked hard to create special displays that went up along the ‘Science corridor’ with further challenges and with students’ work on show.

We would like to thank everyone involved in the planning and ‘behind the scenes’ who helped make this event fun and informative.  All in all, the week was particularly successful with excellent participation by our amazing students!  

Winners of the Design a Poster competition and Photos of the week will be on the School Website soon.

A. Terry (Science Co-ordinator)     N. Ghalib (Maths Faculty Leader)

Dates for the Diary

World Wheelchair Awareness Day—Sunday, 6 May 12pm-4pm.

Watford FC CSE Trust are working with Hertfordshire Disability Sports Hub and London Titans to offer 8+ year olds the opportunity to try different sports including Wheelchair basketball,
Wheelchair Athletics, Wheelchair Football, Archery and Easyrider Cycling.   More information can be found at

A Meadow parent has kindly forwarded details of a RELAXED PEFORMANCE OF “ALADDIN” at the Compass Theatre in “we leave the house lights on slightly, reduce the sound levels, take out any flashing and pyrotechnic effects and accept that audience members will leave the

auditorium during the show. We hope this will provide an opportunity to include members of the community who may have felt unable to attend more traditional styles of pantomimes in the past”.  To find out more visit http://

Hillingdon Parent/Carers Forum are hosting a Respite & Short Breaks Event on Saturday 12 May 10am—1pm  This is for all parents of children with disabilities or SEN aged 0-25. There will be guest speakers to talk about what respite breaks are available.  For more details of this event, please visit

The Pavillions Shopping Centre in Partnership with Hillingdon Shopmobility are running a Roller Disco daily from 23 March—8 April (11am—5pm Monday to Saturday  and 11am-4pm Sundays). 

The event is Free, however, donations to Hillingdon Shopmobility would be gratefully received. Hillingdon Shopmobility provides facilities for those with mobility challenges and have a range of mobility scooters and wheelchairs for all abilities.

Wool—if anyone has any spare balls of wool, they would be happy to donate, Class LD would be very grateful to have them to use in an upcoming project. 

Please send into school  for the attention of Mrs Daniels.

Thank you.

As part of their Maths and English work, Class LD have been busy making goodies to sell next week.

Cones 50p

Chocolates 50p

Homemade Fudge 25p

Available from Room 19



Now the better weather is on its way, Mrs Cross, our Catering Manager, has devised a delicious Spring / Summer Lunch Menu, which runs on a three-week cycle.  We will start on Week 1 when we come back after the Easter Holidays.  The new menu is attached to this Bulletin for your  information and is available on the School Website. 

Easter Egg Hunt

Thank you to all Year 11s and 6th

Formers who attended the Easter Egg hunt! We raised money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and

everyone had fun searching for eggs. Happy Easter to all!  

The beautiful Meadow Gardens are blooming with Spring flowers, bulbs and shrubs.  Photography by Ellen (Sixth Form pupil), flowers by the Horticulture Team.   More photos are on the school website!


Letters Home

Letter to Whole School

Sport Relief Non Uniform Day


Letter to Whole School

Class Photographs


Letter to Whole School

Friends of Meadow Annual General Meeting—All parents welcome.


26 March - 30 March

World Autism Week


Thursday 29 March 2018

Last day of Term—2pm finish


30 March— 13 April 2018


Monday 16 April 2018

Back to school—9am


Friday 20 April 2018

Class Photographs


23-27 April 2018

Residential Trip to Devon


23 April 2018

Friends of Meadow Annual General Meeting

5.30PM—School Hall


24 April

‘A’ Life Visit Day (Year 7)


11 May 2018

ASD Coffee Morning—10.15 am


28 May—1 June 2018



Monday 4 June 2018

Back to school  9am


7 June 2018

Year 7, 8 and 10 Parent
Consultation Evening    4pm-7pm


8 June 2018

ASD Coffee Morning—10.15am


22 June 2018

Governors In School Day


25-29 June 2018

Arts Week


4, 5 & 6 July 2018

School Summer Production—11am

(More details to follow)


13 July 2018

ASD Coffee Morning—10.15am


Friday 20 July 2018

Last Day of Term—2pm finish


Summer Holiday

21 July—4 September

Attachment to Newsletter

Meadow High School

Term Times



Autumn Term 2018

Training Day                                     Monday 3 September 2018

Training Day                                     Tuesday 4 September 2018

Term Starts Wednesday 5 September 2018 @ 9am

Half Term Holiday 22 – 26 October 2018

Term Ends Friday 21 December 2018 @ 2pm


Spring Term 2019

Term Starts Monday 7 January 2019 @ 9am

Annual Review Days Thursday 14 and Friday 15 February 2019 school closed to pupils

Half Term Holiday 18 – 22 February 2019

Term Ends Friday 5 April 2019 @ 2pm


Summer Term 2018

Term Starts Tuesday 23 April 2019 @ 9am

May Day Monday 6 May 2019

Training Day  Friday 24 May 2019

Half Term Holiday 27 May – 31 May 2019

Training Day  Friday 28 June 2019

Term Ends Tuesday 23 July 2019 @ 2pm



Bank Holidays 2019

New Years Day 

1 January


Good Friday

19 April


Easter Monday

22 April


May Day Holiday

6 May


Spring Bank Holiday 

27 May