Heads weekly update 13th October 2017

Heads weekly update 13th October 2017

Head of School

“Live the school values; don’t just talk about them”
Veritas House

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 in November.
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.

Best wishes,

David Preston