The main public examination session has started this week. Students in Years 11 and 13 will have public examinations from now until the third week of June. Students are reminded of the importance of checking their examination timetable carefully and ensuring that they are present at the correct time and with the correct equipment. Year 11 students continuing into Year 12 next year have two days of orientation on Thursday, 27th and Friday, 28th June.
I wanted to take this opportunity to remind parents/carers that, due to the risk of an allergic reaction, pupils and Sixth Form students should not bring nuts or peanuts in as part of a packed lunch. Please speak to your child about why, even if they are not allergic to these foods, we all have to be nut aware so that the risk to those that are allergic is minimised as far as possible.
Assemblies this week have been led by a group of environmentally concerned students who highlighted the need for all members of the School to prioritise environmental matters. The Environmental Green Group (EGG for short) have already had an impact on the school environment. They have led the way in ensuring there are new paper recycling bins in all classrooms and offices. They also highlighted the need for more water fountains so that reusable bottles can be filled instead of relying on single use plastic bottles. These are now installed and we would like to encourage everyone to bring a reusable bottle in from now on. They have lots of further exciting plans including a school garden. We will share more news on all this in due course, but for now the Head Teacher would like to thank these students for all they have already helped us achieve. Their assembly was truly inspiring. Thank you also to Miss Tibbs for her work with the students.
Arts Award Year 9 news
Pupils in Year 9 this year have had the opportunity to complete the Arts Award Bronze which has required additional work both inside and outside the classroom. Mrs Iddiols-Bunclark and the Drama Department have led this initiative which has seen 133 pupils submit work which the examiners viewed this week. We are pleased to say that all pupils passed which is a fantastic achievement and the examiners were very complimentary of the work completed and the pupils who they interviewed.
Parents – look out for your homework!
In a short while we will be setting some homework for parents. Don’t worry, it won’t be too difficult or take up too much time. In fact, we think you will enjoy it. Look out for more news on this soon …
As well as using ‘fobs’ to purchase food in the Dining Hall, pupils will also now need to use their fobs to take out books from the Main School Library. There is an excellent selection of both fiction and non-fiction books to read so do please encourage your son or daughter to take out a new reading book.
Dates for the diary
The half term holiday is from Monday, 27th May – school will finish at the usual time of 3.10pm on Friday, 24th May
Gifted and Talented evening – Wednesday, 19th June
Drama Department/PSA Murder Mystery – Thursday, 27th June
Year 7 Foam Party – Friday, 28th June