School production of Grease
There were moments in the last few months where we really did not know if this year’s production of Grease could go ahead. On three nights this week, however, students and staff achieved something that will surely last in their memories for ever. Despite all the setbacks due to COVID, it all came together in the end thanks to the perseverance of students and staff alike. Those lucky enough to watch on any of the evenings were thoroughly entertained and it was probably made all the better in the knowledge of what everyone had had to do to get to this point. It certainly felt a major moment in the School’s history that we finally returned to this annual event after missing out during the pandemic.
Opportunities like these, whether on stage, in the orchestra, back stage or involved with sound and lighting enrich what students experience at school. They provide a positive impact on wellbeing, add to the taught curriculum and provide memories that will last a lifetime. We are so proud of all involved. Well done.
Assemblies this week
These focused on Children’s Mental Health Week which has been running since 2015. Students were encouraged to listen to and to support each other and also to seek help when they need it. Alongside advice on who to talk to in school or at home, the following were also shared:
Kooth is an online therapy platform for young people, accessible from mobile phones.
Bromley Y is a mental health service for young people in Bromley. Some people self-refer here or use their services whilst waiting for other mental health services to offer appointments. There are also some excellent urgent help links available. Bromley Y also do Webinars for young people, parents and carers too. These include topics such as exam stress, anxiety, worries and low moods.
Childline offer excellent support for young people including text/chat sessions and a range of excellent resources. Their main line is 0800 1111. The Childline app (called ‘For Me’) is also excellent for support.
Mind have lots of support articles and advice for young people.
The Signpost is a text chat service for young people run by Well-being Practitioners from Bromley Y– 07480635025 (they aim to give a response within 24hrs).
There is also further information on mental health and wellbeing available in the Parents section of the School website.
Year 11 and 13 “PPEs”
These Pre-Public Examinations are designed to support students’ preparation for the summer examinations. They will also form part of the evidence base should the government change its mind about running the examinations this summer and have to revert to “Plan B”. The dates and details of these have been shared with parents and students.
Examinations – Advance Information
Parents of students in Years 11 and 13 may be aware that on Monday, 7th February Ofqual and the examination boards released information about the examinations this summer. In line with the government’s aim of adapting the public examinations in recognition of the difficulties faced by students over the past two years, certain information has been released in advance. There is much information to take on board and Heads of Department and teachers will ensure students are aware of what they need to do to prepare. However, we have now placed information for each subject on our website and students and their parents are welcome to take a look at this. It is the second item on the Examinations page and includes information on Key Stage 4 (Year 11) and Key Stage 5 (Year 13).
National Apprenticeship Week 2022
Information has been sent by email to parents of students in Years 9 to 13 regarding apprenticeships. You are encouraged to take a look at what was sent home to ensure your child is aware of the opportunities offered through an apprenticeship and to use the resources to find out more. National Apprenticeship Week 2022 (apprenticeships.gov.uk)
Bromley indoor athletics
Today, our Year 8 girls came fifth and Year 7 girls came third, only two points away from reaching the final. Along with our other sports teams it is great that we continue to field teams in regular inter school sports competitions and that the majority of students are involved in at least one extra-curricular club or society. Well done Year 7 and 8 girls today.
Train to teach with Bromley Schools’ Collegiate
If you or anyone you know would like to find out more about training to become a teacher then look no further than Bromley Schools’ Collegiate, an outstanding provider of initial teacher training. There is an information event to be held virtually – see details below.
Dates for the diary
14th to 18th February – Half-term break
22nd/23rd February – Year 11 Health Day
24th February – Year 12 Parents’ Evening
3rd March – Year 9 Options Evening – information will be sent home about this after half-term but we currently anticipate it being an event held at the School, not virtually.
10th March – Year 9 Parents’ Evening
24th March – Year 10 Parents’ Evening
1st April – last day of spring term