Friday, 23 September 2016

23 September 2016

I continue to be really impressed by our new Year 7 students.  They are always smartly dressed, well equipped, committed to homework and so enthusiastic.  They have also settled in well.  The picture below shows just how serious they have been taking their daily DEAR sessions (Drop Everything And Read) which is really encouraging.  I remain convinced that reading regularly is one of the most important things your child can do to progress at school, so please keep encouraging them to read.

I have also been wowed by how mature our Year 11 students have become over the holidays.  As one said to me yesterday, "It is our final year; we really have to knuckle down and take it seriously."  He is not alone in this thinking as many are showing an excellent attitude, not least our Student Leadership Team who have some great ideas for how they are going to improve their school - more on this will follow in the future. I have also been thrilled by how a number of them have looked after some of our more vulnerable new students to ensure they are safe and happy.

Sporting fixtures have started for the new year.  The Year 10 football team came up against a very good Mayfield team and placed second.  The Year 11 boys have a cup-match next week and there is also a table tennis tournament where some of the Year 10 students are hopeful for success.  A full programme of lunchtime and after school activities that your child can get involved in is available on our website.

Attendance has been excellent so far this year.  Thank you for your support in making sure your child is in school every day and understands that 9 out of 10 for attendance just isn't good enough as it means 19 days off a year which is bound to affect how successful they are.  If maintaining good attendance is a problem for you, please come and talk to us.  The first person to contact is Mrs. Lisa House, our Education Welfare Officer, who will be pleased to try and help you resolve any problems.

Following are a few dates for your diary: 
  • Monday 3rd October from 4pm-7pm is our annual Open Evening aimed at showing parents of children in Year 6 how wonderful our school is.  Many of your children will be helping on the night as they are always the best advert for the school and I thank you in advance for allowing them to be here.  The school is fully open and you are welcome to come along and see us in action.
  • Wednesday 5th October we will be holding our first "no pens" day.  This is not an excuse to leave the pens at home but more an initiative to encourage students to develop their skills of speaking and listening.  These skills are vital for life and work and so my team will be exploring fun and interesting ways to bring more of these activities into our lessons.  I will feed back to you after the event, hopefully with many photos of the children’s' successes.

It is the time of year when colleges and sixth forms hold their open evenings and it would be very valuable for all Year 11 students (and some forward thinking Year 10s) to go along and take a look at what is on offer. All of the colleges make presentations in assemblies, but there is nothing like an actual visit to decide if it is a place they wish to study. The programme is listed below and these details can also be found in the newsletter and the website.

Just in case you haven't noticed or seen the news article last week, here is a picture of the frame of the new building. Progress is really rapid now and if the weather stays pleasant, the shell of the building will be in place by Christmas.

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