Friday, 10 June 2016

10 June 2016

The sun has been shining all week, so it must mean the end of the holidays and a return to school! Unsurprisingly, students have been struggling in the heat and moaning about wearing uniform, but, despite this, they continue to look smart and I am grateful to all parents for continuing to support our Dress for Success principle. For the time being, blazers remain compulsory although students may take them off at lunch and break time and in lessons, at the discretion of their teacher. If we move to a summer uniform later in the term, I will be sure to let you know.

Thankfully, some of our students have been able to get outside to enjoy the fine weather and extend their experience of school. Two teams of rowers practised their skills in Langstone Harbour on Wednesday afternoon in preparation for the South Coast Regatta at the start of July. Mr Bixley was mightily impressed with their commitment and ability although Alex Safronovs was moaning about how much his arms hurt the next day!

On a sporting note, the canteen is selling celebratory Euro 2016 cakes for any football fans that would like to try one in anticipation of England's success. 

Congratulations also go to Rachel and Emma Cornelius who earned themselves a 4 day trip on an ocean going yacht this week. They had a wonderful but really challenging time learning vital skills such as team work and communication and, most importantly, how not to capsize!

The half term holiday saw more dance success for some of our students. Milly Johnsey, Frankie Tazewell, Ellis Ford and Mercedes Paxton have been selected to represent England in the World Street Dance Championships to be held in Glasgow in August. The team is relatively new to street dance and so this makes the achievement all the more impressive. Well done and good luck to them!

I was taken by surprise on Tuesday after school when I heard blood curdling screams coming from the Arts corridor. It turns out, I needn't have been worried as it was the students who attend Drama Club, practising their vocal skills ready for rehearsals. The enthusiasm and energy of the students were wonderful to see, and even more pleasing is the fact that the club is run by a former student, Elijah Lazenby.  He is currently studying Drama at university and wants to become a Drama teacher. Well done to all involved. 

We were also pleased to welcome back another former student this week, Daisy White. Daisy is studying Level 3 Media Studies at Highbury College and is clearly loving the course and the opportunities it provides; she is making plans for a career in the creative industries. She was back in school to gather material for a radio broadcast on preparing for exams and collected some good feedback from staff and students. The program will go out later in the summer on Jamm FM, the college radio station, and we will provide a link to it from our website.

Please also note that the school is currently advertising a vacancy for a Parent Governor on the Governing Body.  More information can be found on the school's website.

You should have received a letter from me today alerting you to key events this term. For your information, these dates are repeated here.  Please note our early closure next Thursday:
  • Wednesday 15th June – Year 9 parents evening, 3pm – 6.30 pm (please note later start than usual);
  • Thursday 16th June – early closure (1.20pm) to enable students to watch the England v Wales football match as part of Euro 2016.  The canteen will be open as usual and students will be released after lunch. Any student wishing to stay in school to watch the match in the hall or complete supervised study will be able to do so;
  • Thursday 23rd June – deadline for Parent Governor applications.  Please see the website under the ‘Governing Body’ tab for more details;
  • Friday 24th June – deadline for option forms from Year 7 and 9;
  • Friday 1st July and Monday 4th July – INSET days.  School will be closed to all pupils;
  • Thursday 7th July – end of year Arts showcase;
  • Monday 18th July – Prize giving ceremony for Years 7 and 8;
  • Tuesday 19th July – Prize giving ceremony for Years 9 and 10;
  • Wednesday 20th July – last day of term (school finishes at 12.50).
And finally, the builders have been busy this week. You can visit the school's website for regular updates and track their progress by clicking here

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