Heads Weekly Update 10th May 2019

Heads Weekly Update 10th May 2019

Dear Parents,
 
After the long bank holiday weekend, we’ve embarked on a week of pupil assessments for our secondary school pupils. Mirroring full examinations, Years 7, 8, 9, 10 & 12 have all had a set of examinations in the hall and the gym. It is with pride that I share just how wonderful our pupils have been; from Year 7 right the way through, the children have treated the examinations seriously, behaved in an exceptional manner and taken on board all the behaviours expected of them during such a process.
 
I recognise that having examinations happen in such a formal way can be intimidating for children but the more we can acclimatise Year 7 to examinations in the hall and the gym, the more they will come to be comfortable with the process. By the time pupils are in their examination years, they’ll only need to worry about revising – the examination hall and process will be a case of “same old, same old” by then.
 
From next week, our GCSE and A Level examinations begin in earnest. Good luck to all pupils and staff involved in the process (especially the crucial breakfast revision sessions!). If your child is sitting examinations and you have any worries during this period, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your child’s mentor who will be glad to support you.
 
After having Years 5 & 6 out last week, it’s been wonderful to have the full Junior School back in action. As ever, the delight for learning, the happy faces and the atmosphere of the Junior School has been a pleasure. Even the rain earlier on the week did little to dampen the spirits of the Juniors.
 
A reminder that our open day is on Saturday 8th June and this is a compulsory event for all pupils. If you have a pre-booked event that means your child is unable to attend, please inform their class teacher/mentor. Equally, if you’re happy to help out as a parent guide, you’d be most welcome. It makes such a difference to have our current parents around to tour and talk with prospective parents. If this is something you’d be happy to do, please get in touch with Camilla.
 
Today, I have spent the day interviewing for an additional Modern Foreign Language teacher. In the parent survey earlier this year, diversifying languages was the key suggestion that came up from the parent views. I felt that it was only right that I responded to these views and took action to broaden the scope of our languages from Reception to Year 13. Once we have appointed the candidate, I will let you know the ways in which we will enhance our provision for languages in the future. Thank you for your honest and supportive feedback in the questionnaire – it helps us improve the school year on year!
 
Next week, our mantra comes from Veritas: Embrace, don’t resent, other opinions. If you’re yet to take the house quiz to find out which house you belong to (anyone can take the test!), please pop an email to Ms Partridge who will be able to let you know how to complete the quiz.