Parent Bulletin 20.10.2023
20th October 2023
This week's bulletin is available here.
Dear Parents and Carers
What a lot of brilliant things have happened this week, to round off a very busy and successful half-term.
Last night we had our annual International Talent Evening for Year 7. It was a delight to see so many parents and carers there in support, packing out the Performance Hall! We were treated to some very impressive Spanglovision performances, with every form performing their song in Spanish, and some knock-out dancing, singing and hat-wearing! An absolute high-point was the crowd waving arms enthusiastically in support of the performers who represented 7E, and of course to the excellent renditions given by those who finished in prize-winning positions, 7O, 7R and the winners 7M. It was also so wonderful to see the performances given by students reflecting a home language or culture, with poetry, singing and dancing reminding us what a rich and diverse community we have here, and how lucky we are. Tremendous thanks to the MFL department, not least to Miss Brownell, who was there on her birthday, and Mr Fernandez, whose dance moves really are something to admire!
Also, as part of the Curriculum Extension Days this week, we had our Years 7-10 pupils engaging in numerous activities supporting what they are learning in class, but also inspiring the pupils with a greater engagement of these subjects. The activities ranged from navigation and map reading, product design and engineering solutions, using maths in everyday life, the study of the living world, coastal erosion, producing a film in a foreign language, and being about to learn about significant global and historical faiths.
Feedback has been fantastic for all years, but we especially had some inspiring feedback about our Years 10s that I wanted to share with you:
“We have been utterly impressed by your students, their contributions and their behaviour. We don’t normally have such an engaged group of secondary school students and it was an absolute pleasure to work with them all”.
Please can I stress, that you should always encourage your child to walk, cycle or scoot to school. If you have to drive in, please use the school car park and NOT Swansley Lane and be conscious of other drivers and the number of children about.
As a reminder, our school uniform consultation will continue until Sunday 29th October, so please make sure you fill this in so your view counts before the deadline. The link is in side the bulletin and here: https://forms.office.com/e/1mjAd4b7xA
For all those pupils going to Granada tomorrow, we hope you have a wonderful trip. For everyone else, I hope you all have a relaxing half term break. When we return on the 30th October, we will be in Week A again – please make sure your child is prepared for Week A lessons.
Wishing you all a wonderful half term break.