Highlights of the Week
Following Remembrance Sunday, there was a poignant and thoughtful tribute by Cedar House this week to those killed in wars while serving their country. Mr Waldren's tutees did justice to the event with a mix of local history, poetry and music which proved to be an excellent reminder of the sacrifice that many in our armed forces make on our behalf.
The assembly was particularly pleasing because of the quality of the students’ involvement. For over a year, we have been pushing student involvement in assemblies and this example was of high standard and included a poem which Jo'Anne McGiffen had learned by heart, Lewis Mountifield's recital of the Last Post and a demonstration of high quality public speaking from Daisy Thompson. Performing in front of their peers is a real challenge for the students, but this group showed that by determination and practice these difficult challenges can be overcome. Well done to those involved.
To do our small part for Children in Need today, we held a wonderful concert at lunchtime in the atrium where students and staff alike enjoyed great performances from Dylan Willis, Ryan Armstrong, Shane May, Oliver George, James Reilly-Langley, Gypsie Palmer, Ratu Nawai, Lewis Mountifield and Alex Grant. In total £120.69 was raised to add to the huge sums raised by the BBC for some great and worthwhile causes.
I also want to celebrate the excellent charity work conducted by Ms Sitch's tutor group who collected contents for Christmas boxes for Samaritan's Purse Christmas appeal. They spent the last month or so collecting small items, wrapping and filling their boxes and completed 4 boxes in total: two unisex boxes for 2-4 year olds, one 10-14 year old boy and one 10 - 14 year old girl. A special mention goes to the following students who donated/made gifts: Megan Hanna (Year 9), Bobbie-Jo Jeans (Year 9), Graice Murphy (Year 11), Frankie Proud (Year 9) and Alfie Peacock (Year 7).
Our enrichment programme continues to offer students many new learning experiences and the range on offer this week was really encouraging. Some examples that caught my eye included the Year seven boy who was learning how to make vegetable soup for his mum so she didn't have to cook after a hard week, the speed with which some of our students are taking to chess, the Year 7 and 8s working effectively in teams as part of capture the flag and the cast of Bugsy Malone practicing the vocals for some of the main songs for this year's musical.
I saw some amazing algebra from Mr Gill's Year 9 Maths group who are working well above expectations when factorising and expanding quadratics. I was really impressed by the progress of Kieran Baker and Tia Barton amongst others and the ease with which they explained what they had learned. They are well deserving of the positive referrals they have been given.
In Art, Year 8's have been experimenting with directional lines and a variety of media to create these beautiful pieces of artwork below. Well done to JJ Neville, Douglas Eastman, Summer Alexander and Kaylee Lexington-Palmer for outstanding work.
Building Character, Shaping Futures
This week, ten Year 10 students attended an Enterprising Women Conference where they had the opportunity to interview 3 enterprising women to find out about their progression from school/college to their current roles. They were given 'specialist question time' to identify speakers that they hadn't met to ask any questions they had. Students also heard from Ali Golds, The Juno Project, about growth mindset and preparing for the future.
Our Year 7,8 and 9 reading mentors had their first trip to Victory Primary School this week. Having been trained by Ms Findlay in skills needed to listen to a child read, they met Victory's Headteacher, Mr Hartley, who talked them through the routines and procedures they will need to follow when they begin reading with children next week. I am really excited about this community action project and will report more on it once it has been established.
22 November - Year 7 and Year 10 Parents’ Evening
24 November - Parent Attendance Forum at 9:30 for Year 7 and 8 parents
13 December - Y11 mock results day and Y11 Parents' Evening
20 December – Talent Show in the main hall (more details to follow)
Now we are properly up and running and all boxes are unpacked and out of the way, we can start offering activities before and after school for students to engage with. From Monday 20th there will be a number of things on offer including a breakfast club where students can get toast, cereal and a hot drink for 50p. Mrs Jervis is running the club in the food room and it will be on every day starting at 8:15. She is keen to find some student volunteers to help run it, so if your child is interested in taking on some extra responsibility around school, please let me know. The posters below outline the activities currently on offer before, during and after school:
Our Year 7 and 10 Parents’ Evening on Wednesday will give parents the opportunity to meet with their child’s teachers to discuss his/her progress in class as well as strengths and weaknesses in each subject. The event will run from 15:30-19:30 and will take place in various classrooms around the school.
Next year April, 24 Year 9 students will have the opportunity to attend another trip at the Outward Bound center in Cumbria. The trip is heavily subsidised by sponsors and the school so that students only need to contribute £75 towards the total cost. They will experience a range of outdoor activities such as kayaking, Gorge Walking and an overnight expedition. Below are some photos of previous trips to give you a flavor of the fun they will have. If your child is interested in attending this trip, please contact Mrs Gajdus, email@example.com, who will send you a trip letter and permission form.
With temperatures dropping outside, we are noticing more students wearing non-uniform coats to school. While it is not a problem that children dress warm for their journey to school, I do want to impress that that these items of clothing are non-uniform and should therefore not be worn inside the building. Our new school boasts temperature controlled classrooms and corridors which means the school is warm inside, and coats and other jackets should therefore be packed away until students go outside for break/lunch or the journey home. If you're unsure of what is and isn't allowed, please consult our website for more details.
We have joined forces with the Unloc Enterprise Academy who will be running a course with some of our students who are interested in starting their own business. Please see the poster below for more details or contact Mrs Theresa Sear at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information if your child is interested.