Issue 28 - 27 April 2018





Issue 28 - 27 April 2018

A Life Programme

On Tuesday 24 April, the A-life Programme were in school to run some sessions for various groups in year 7, 8 and 9.    The sessions included:   Healthy Living, Fitness Circuit Training and, for year 9, Drugs and Alcohol Education.  

Here is some feedback from the Year 7s:

" It was fabulous because it was fun!" Shaun Coyston 7SK

" It was awesome and interesting." Alfie Larner 7SK

"I learnt a lot." Grace Bradshaw. 7SK

"It made me think about what I do in my life." Tahiyah Omar 7SK

A-life have been booked again for next year!

More photos of the A Life Programme for this year, and past years, are on the School Website under Learning/Vocational/PSHE.

To read more about the work A-life do please visit their website:

Mrs Evans—PSHE Co-ordinator

One of our Teaching Assistants, Mrs Bullen, completed the London Marathon last week.  Here is her story:

“I did the marathon as a tick off the bucket list and it was also a childhood dream. As well as that, at one time, I was extremely overweight. So, as I started losing the weight, I took up running again, which I loved as a child. This year, although I didn’t run for charity, my family did a secret ollection and they have collected £120 so far with more coming in. This will go to the charity SANDS. I’m hoping to run in next year’s Marathon as well, but this time it will be officially for SANDS.
The whole marathon took me 7 hours 16 minutes and 19 seconds!”

A very big well done to Mrs Bullen!  To read about the charity SANDS please go to their website


We want to make sure that we are providing your child with the best education and support we can. Healthy school food has obvious health benefits and can help pupils establish healthy habits for life. Healthy school food can also help to improve pupils’ readiness to learn.  

Families who receive certain benefits may be eligible for free school meals.  Your child is eligible for free school meals if you’re in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400.
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190

Registering for free meals could also raise an extra £900 for the school to fund valuable
support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities.  This additional money is
available from central government for every child whose parent is receiving one of the benefits listed above.

To check if your child is eligible, we need information about you and your child.  Look out for the letter coming home this week which has a form attached for you to fill in and return to school as soon as
possible, giving us the information we need to apply for you.  

Hillingdon Parent /Carer Forum—Engagement Evening 
Tuesday 22nd May 2018—6.30pm-9.30pm at Oak Wood School Sutton Court Road, Hillingdon UB10 0EX

Hillingdon PCF and London Borough of Hillingdon’s Autism Partnership Board are pleased to invite parents/carers of children or young people with ASD in Hillingdon to a unique engagement evening. This is the first event of its kind in Hillingdon and your opportunity to find out about available services for parents/carers and children/young people with ASD and to meet with other parents/carers.   There will be an opportunity to hear directly from the following organisations and to meet various other groups who will be there on the night: 

▪ London Borough of Hillingdon – youth services, parent workshops, support 

▪ SENDIASS – providing support to parents and carers for education related matters  

▪ Oak Wood School – a mainstream school with special provision for ASD

▪ Hillingdon Clinical Commissioning Group – responsible for commissioning CAMHS and CDC  

▪ Anna Kennedy OBE – promoting positive life journeys for young people with ASD

Arrival and refreshments from 6pm.    Plenty of free parking available.   Special guest speaker – Anna Kennedy OBE.

Hear the results of the autism parents survey.   Put your questions to our expert panel.   Find out what services are available in Hillingdon.    Your chance to meet other parents.

Places must be booked in advance. Please note the event is not suitable for children and unfortunately we do not have childcare facilities available.   To book your free space please click or go to the following link - Visit our website - or for any
other queries please contact or call us on 07783 579678

Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support (HACS) have some very useful workshops coming up between May and July.  They are for parents, carers and professionals working with and caring for children and young people with SEND.     

Anxiety Workshop—Tuesday 1st May 2018, 6pm – 9:30pm,

School Exclusions— Legal Advice Workshop—  Saturday 12th May 2018, 10am-1pm       

 Understanding Autism—Tuesday 15th May 2018, 10am – 1pm or Tuesday 5th June 2018, 6:30 – 9:30pm

Autism & Sensory Differences—Tuesday 22nd May 2018, 7pm – 9:30pm or Thursday 24th May 2018, 10am – 12:30pm

Autism. Supporting Siblings—Tuesday 12th June 2018, 7pm – 9:30pm or Thursday 14th June 2018, 10am – 12:30pm

PDA for Parents—Thursday 5th July 2018, 10am – 1pm

SEN & Puberty—Friday 18th May 2018, 10am – 12:30pm

SEN & Eating—Thursday 28th June 2018, 10am – 12:30pm

SEN & Sleep—Thursday 12th July 2018, 10am – 12:30pm


More information can be found on the HACS website or on the Meadow School Website:  Full flyers and details of each course, costs and how to book on the School Website under News/Upcoming Events and Courses.


Do you have a physical or sensory impairment?    Have you seen rowing/sculling in the Olympics and Paralympics?

Fancy giving it a go?    An afternoon of para-rowing for anyone with a sensory impairment.  Free Admission.  We have specialist equipment and can cater for most needs, including a double boat if you want to have a qualified rower with you.  For more info please contact Dean at or ring on 01895 824171.  See the full flyer on the School Website under

News/Upcoming Events and Courses.   HOAC offer various courses and family events during school holidays too.   To see what else HOAC offer please visit their website:

A new Gymnastics club, Fenix Gymnastics, has started, using the Main Hall at Meadow High School on Sundays.

They are offering gymnastics classes as follows:

10.00-10.45am for children 3-5 yrs,

10.45-11.45 am in general gymnastics 5 yrs plus

11.45-12.45 disability gymnastics 6yrs plus,

12.45-1.45 disability gymnastics any age, including wheelchairs

Their website is www.        

For prices and availability please email: 

One of our parents has reported “they do floor, vault, rhythmic gymnastics— all disabilities welcome including wheel chair users.”  

The Giving Machine.   You can help raise donations for Meadow High School without you even leaving your sofa—and it doesn’t cost you a penny!    We have signed up to The Giving Machine.  Make sure you never miss a donation and download the Shop&Give application.  It takes just a few minutes to install on your web browser and means that every time you click onto a retailer that supports this scheme you will get a prompt asking you to donate.  TheGivingMachine is a fundraising organisation designed to help charitable causes raise money online.  By signing up and shopping online via The Giving Machine you will
generate a free cash donation for the charities of your choice.   With all your favourite retailers, including  Amazon, Ebay, M&S, NEXT, Tesco, Sainsbury, John Lewis and Ocado, you are bound to find what you need and generate a donation.

In order to start raising free donations please go to and follow these steps:

  • Click join as a giver. It will ask you to search for a cause.   
  • Type in Meadow High School in the search and then select from the list of results.
  • Click join and support and then enter your details.

You are now signed up.  Thank you for your support !


Letters Home

Letter to Whole School

Re E Safety Evening/Morning


Letter to 6th Form

Sponsored 3K run


Letter to specific pupils only

6th Form Charity Football Match


Letter to Years 7-10

Charity Cake Sale


Letter to selected pupils only

Regional Tennis Competition


Letter to all parents

Free School Meals


4 May 2018

Travel Training Coffee Morning



4 May 2018

Non-Uniform Day—wear your
Pyjamas, Star Wars Outfit  or football shirt for a donation of £1.00 to Great Ormond Street Hospital.


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   



8 June 2018

ASD Coffee Morning—10.15am


22 June 2018

Governors In School Day


Friday 22 June 

Friends of Meadow Family BBQ

5-8pm—More details to follow 


25-29 June 2018

Arts Week


28 June 2018

Sports Day


4, 5 & 6 July 2018

School Summer Production

11am (More details to follow)


5 July 2018

Reserve Day for Sports Day


13 July 2018

ASD Coffee Morning



Friday 20 July 2018

Last Day of Term—2pm finish


Summer Holiday

21 July—4 September