Friday, 10 March 2017

10 March 2017

I thought I would dedicate much of this week's blog to the new building. Whilst I have been sitting in too many meetings deciding on colours of work tops, positions of plug sockets and other boring details, the contractors have been purposefully busy on the inside making great progress towards a September opening. I hope these photos give you the same sense of excitement they do me.

Last week's blog had a write up of this year’s school production, Fame Jr., but not all the photos were ready yet.  These are just a few of the spectacular moments that were captured and really show what a wonderful evening it was.

Our Year 11 students are just about to finish their second series of practice public examinations and I am very impressed with how seriously they have taken their preparation for these important exams.  The results will let them know how are they currently performing and, with about ten weeks left before they sit their first paper, the next few weeks will be critical if they are to get the success they deserve.  There is still time left to make a change to what marks can be achieved, but no time to waste, so please encourage your child to revise at home, attend master classes and ask for help where it is needed.

To aid our Year 11s in their exam preparation, students can now access revision material for English and Maths via the PiXLit and PiXL Maths apps using the school’s ID (which they have been given) and their surname and first initial as login details. More information on how to use the apps can be viewed on our website

It was great to see our Year 7 students challenging themselves this week when we entered a team into our first cricket tournament for some years.  It was a pleasure to watch Alfie Newsham and Dominic Adams, amongst others, practising their catching and bowling at break time and staying late to develop new skills under Mr Cooper's guidance.  The team put in a resilient performance but was unfortunately beaten by teams with more experience.

Sadly, there was no good news in this week's budget for schools.  You will have read that schools up and down the country are struggling to provide the services and education that our children need and deserve.  If you share my concerns and are worried about funding in education, then do please express your view to your local MP, Penny Mordaunt, and encourage her to lobby for more money into our schools.

Mrs Sear organised another impressive set of visitors for assemblies this week. On Tuesday, PETA (an apprenticeship provider) visited with our Year 7, the University of Portsmouth were in on Wednesday to talk to our Year 9s, Thursday saw our Year 10s visited by Havant College regarding taster days and finally our Year 11s met with Holly from UTC (a new technical college opening in September).

Next Friday at 10 o'clock, for one hour, we are hosting a parents' forum on attendance.  A group of parents are coming together to share the strategies they have developed to ensure their child attends school regularly and to feedback to us what it is that we could do better to help you succeed.  All parents are very welcome to join us and if you wish to attend, please let Mrs Gajdus ( 370321) know for catering purposes.

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