Head of School
“Live the school
values; don’t just talk about them”
This afternoon, we
held our first whole school celebration assembly. For parents new to ALS,
each half-term closes with a whole school assembly (which parents are invited
to attend) to allow us the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our
school community across the half-term. Of all the events we hold, the celebration
assembly is always my favourite – celebrating the accolades of the children
at Arnold Lodge is simply wonderful. If you were able to make it, I hope that
you enjoyed it. If not, do try and come along to the celebration assembly at
the end of the term in December.
Mr James, our new Head of Junior School, has spent half a term in post and he
has had a significant impact already. Aside from his desire to wear a
waistcoat every day, he has brought a real passion and drive to the Junior
School that I am sure pupils and parents will benefit from. To cap off his
first half-term, Mr James has written to Junior School parents today. A copy
of his letter can be found here.
I’d like to take the opportunity to thank those who supported our Open Day
last Saturday. It was busier even than last year (but with appointments this
time so we didn’t run out of tour guides!) and a huge success. Our Reception
class for September 2018 has just three spaces left and we’ve already had a
number of applications for Year 3 and Year 7 for next September. Our
attention now turns to Sixth Form recruitment and the Sixth Form Open evening
When we return to school on Monday 30th October, our mantra
switches back to Veritas House. While the switch away from the traditional
house system was something of a wrench, I am hopeful that you see the set up
of Veritas, Amicus and Dedicas as a success over the past half-term. I’m
delighted to be able to talk to pupils (even those in Key Stage 1) about
their house and what it stands for giving meaning to our core values in the
day to day lives of the children. For me, the values of Arnold Lodge aren’t
what I say they are or what a poster says; it’s the experience and beliefs of
the children that really define an ethos.
Finally, a reminder that last week, we announced the decision to ban mobile
phones from Years 10 & 11 as of the start of the next half-term. A
reminder of the letter can be found here.
I hope your child has had a wonderful first half-term in school.