Assemblies this week have focused on how we can be good neighbours, not just to those who live closest to us, but also wider afield. We reflected on why some people decide to work as volunteers on community projects and considered in particular the volunteer firefighters in Australia who have risked their lives trying to save lives, property and wildlife over the last few weeks.
As mentioned last week, we have changed how lessons start and how the children come into lessons. We have seen lots of more focused work during the first few minutes of lessons and it is clearly helping the whole school community make more of every minute of learning time available. As with all new strategies, we now need to collaborate as a staff team, sharing best practice and develop things further to really make a difference.
On Thursday, Year 13 returned after their mock examinations and study leave. It is always nice to have the School back to ‘normal’ and we look forward to speaking to them about their results in due course. It is a nerve wracking time as they also await offers from universities. We wish them well.
Despite the inclement weather – yet more rain – we were delighted to welcome so many of our parents of Year 11 pupils along with their sons and daughters to parents’ evening on Thursday. Also available were talks on apprenticeships and information on the exciting opportunities available through the National Citizen Service. We are encouraging all of Year 11 to sign up to this as previous cohorts have found it really useful.
Thank you for the overwhelming support we have had from parents in re-enforcing our uniform policy over the first two weeks of term. The children look smart and are clear on what our expectations are, helping us then focus our attention on ensuring every minute of every lesson being about learning.
We understand that Oz Schoolwear in Petts Wood is offering a 20% discount on all blazers and trousers for two weeks starting Saturday, 18th January, while stocks last.
We have noticed an increase in the numbers of pupils bringing smart watches, ear pods and other expensive items into school. Some of these may have been great Christmas presents but they are not permitted at school and will be confiscated if seen.
If at all possible, please avoid Lovibonds Avenue at the start and end of the school day. It is frequently congested and potentially dangerous especially near the school gates where around 1700 children are making their way into and out from school.
Dates for the diary
Thursday, 30th January, 5-8pm – Year 12 parents’ evening. Appointments will be made using Bromcom.
Wednesday, 5th February – KS4 Science evening for parents of Year 9 students – more information to follow.
Monday, 17th to Friday 21st February – half term break
Thursday, 27th February – Year 8 parents’ evening, 5-8pm
Thursday, 5th March – Year 9 options evening, 5-8pm
Thursday, 12th March – Year 9 parents’ evening, 5-8pm