Tours and Open Evening

Headmaster’s Letter 18th October

Posted on 4th November 2019

Dear Parent

 

The Addams Family

 

The curtain fell for the final time on our school production, The Addams Family, yesterday evening. It is worthwhile pausing to reflect on the student, staff and volunteers’ achievement. Auditions took place in the summer term. There were some initial company meetings where in June and July and then, on the first Sunday before school returned, it was a mad gallop through to this week. Along the way the company rehearsed every lunchtime and every Sunday (and Saturday towards the end!). It was a sterling effort where memories are made and friendships created.

 

In a show concerned with the restorative power of love, this year’s show has been ‘loved’ into being. I’m not sure that such things could be achieved without that level of commitment and passion. I need to thank our quadrumvirate (definition: four notable and important people) of key staff (in alphabetical order): Mr Harris (director), Mrs Jago (producer), Mr Robinson (technical manager and choreographer) and Mrs Thompson (musical director). Their dedication, commitment, vision and ingenuity are a marvel to behold. Approximately 70 students, staff and volunteers made up the company. I would like to thank our Year 13 students specially to acknowledge their contribution to the School’s performing arts during their time here. I am sure a handful were part of the Jesus Christ Superstar team back in 2012. Others have been drawn in along the way as either technicians, make-up artists, musicians or actors. They are: Guy LyonsEmily DingwallLucy KrofchakEwan MartinHattie WhiteHenry MontgomeryJyothi CrossMaya McCannJosh HughesBeatrice SpiveyEmily Oldridge and Abigale Brady.

 

The last night ended with the pizza party for the students. The tech team dressed up in their traditional black tie for the night.

 

Normandy Trip

 

The French department Normandy Trip leaves on Thursday 24 October and returns on Tuesday 29 October. My thanks to Mrs Bradbury, for leading the trip, and to Mr Cooke, Miss Turner and Mr Bartels for supporting it.

 

 

Library

 

The library is hosting its annual Scholastic Book Fair from Tuesday 5th November to Monday 11th November. The commission earned from sales makes a significant contribution towards the stock of the library and allows us to stock multiple copies of popular titles. Additionally this year we are hoping to start a Book Club for our students – the commission will be used to purchase multiple copies of suitable titles to support the club.

 

Scholastic vouchers, costing £5 but with a value of £6, can be ordered via ParentMail, and collected from the library. Alternatively, students can make purchases at the book fair in cash. The fair is open every break and lunch time in the library. If you have any questions our librarian, Mrs Jago, can be contacted on the school number.

 

On line identity and safeguarding

 

I wanted to alert parents to a concerning trend amongst male students in Years 8 and 9. I have spoken to two students this week about the image they use for their online social media accounts. Their selfies are ‘anonymous’ because the camera flash obscures their faces. However, they are also posing bare chested in these selfies. I’d like to make it clear that this is not ‘ok’. These types of picture are invasive and leave students vulnerable. Parents should regularly check their students’ profile to ensure that they are happy with how they are leading their online life.

 

Although we are on holiday, some families might require support or guidance for students’ emotional wellbeing. Mrs Clarke, the School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead, has produced a leaflet directing you to support from agencies outside school. Please click here if you want to access this support.

 

External Exam Information

 

It is a requirement of the Examination Boards that all candidates are issued with the JCQ Information for Candidates Documents prior to exams taking place. Students in Years 10-13 have received this information via their school email account. They need to be aware of the rules and regulations surrounding them. The information is also available on the school website under the Students’ Tab.

 

Year 11 Mock GCSE Exams

 

This year’s mock GCSE exams for Year 11 commences on Thursday 5 December until Wednesday 18th December, with any missed exams sat on Thursday 19 December, the last day of term. Year 11 students have all been issued with a copy of the timetable and it has also been emailed to their school email account. It is also available on the website under the Students’ Tab.

 

I wish you all a restful half-term. Please remember that students return on Tuesday 29 October. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster