Highlights of the Week
Last week Friday, we had our termly Attendance Forum which was really useful. The parents who attend this meeting provide us with some invaluable feedback about what is working and what isn't about the school and it is so helpful to know your views which will help us improve. Parents loved the new school building and were really positive about the changes to the school day and reminded me that our text message system needs to be reviewed. If you have clear views about these items or others and are willing to give up an hour every term to join the discussion, then please get in touch by emailing Mrs Gajdus at email@example.com
It was a treat to be given some old school reports this week. They belonged to the mother of a Year 8 parent who had found them when clearing out some old belongings. They spoke of a bygone era and gave a glimpse into life at the school in the late 80s and early 90s and reminded me of my own school reports which were set out in the same way. If you have any such memorabilia, please consider making it part of the archives held by Capturing the Spirit or by Debra Welch. You can use the following links to make submissions:
I was exceptionally proud of our Year 8 footballers this week. Although they were defeated in the semi-final of the cup, losing 2 -0 to Admiral Lord Nelson, they showed tremendous determination and resolve. The match was much closer than the score suggests and we created many chances, notably when Owen Phillips hit the bar. Once again the team was a credit to the school, so well done to the following boys: Josh Grmishaw, Alfie Newsham, Charlie Newsham, Oliver Clements, Kai Powell, Frankie Clarke, Owen Phillips, Harvey Tazwell, Stan Saveall, Tyler Simmons and Sam Sadler.
We were pleased to finalise the arrangements for our Christmas lunch this year which will be held on the 20th December. The lunch is subsidised and will only cost £1, but we can only serve 250 meals, so do please return the reply slip on the letter that has been sent to you by Tuesday at the latest to be sure of a place. If you need another copy of the letter, you can download it here.
There were some splendid Tutor time activities going on this week that really impressed our visitor, Frank Green (the former English School's Commissioner). Students were working collaboratively on anti-bullying strategies in follow up work from Anti-Bullying Week. We are also taking 50 students to an anti-bullying conference at the Guildhall in January as part of our efforts to get students to take the lead on how we treat each other. The conference is being run by former student, Keiran O'Toole, as part of his excellent social enterprise, Rock Clothing, and we are looking forward to supporting his work.
Year 11 Art students had their mock exams this week and impressed Mrs Beck and Miss Marsh with the quality of their work, some examples of which are included below. The exam is a real test for students who have to spend the whole day on their chosen final piece and, as well as developing their skills, they have to learn to manage their emotions if things don't go to plan. They demonstrated their resilience and flexibility and produced some thoughtful work of which they can be proud.
I was amazed at the energy demonstrated by 7K1 in their Spanish lesson on Thursday. Mr Lopez had really captured their imagination and they couldn't have been more enthusiastic as they learned about colours while racing against both the clock and each other. Not only were they keen but they were accurate and this bodes well for their future success in Spanish learning.
Building Character, Shaping Futures
There is a great opportunity for Year 10 students at the moment. We have developed a partnership with the Unloc organisation to deliver an enterprise programme in the New Year. This course which will start after Christmas is designed to support students who might wish to run their own business in the future. It will take students through a number of experiences designed to show them how to turn a passion or hobby into a lucrative business. For more information, follow the links below or contact Mrs Sear firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Downs College came to school this week to explain to students the range of courses they have on offer and to encourage everyone to make sure they are fully informed about their choices as they start to make decisions about their future. Our Year 11 students have real choice between many great colleges and apprenticeship providers and it is crucial that they get as much information as possible. With this in mind, please see below for next week's Careers interview schedule.
7 December - Year 6 Science Taster Day
11-15 December - Food Preparation Exam
13 December - Year 11 Parents’ Evening
20 December - Christmas lunch
21 December - Golden Ticket Event and Fundraiser
8 January - Start of Term
If your child rides their bike to school, please note the following: Students must take care when cycling on the cycle way and be mindful of the pedestrians using the path too, especially outside of Victory Primary School. Please also ensure your child has a suitable lock for the bike and that it is covered by your insurance (bikes are left at your own risk). Bikes must be roadworthy and safe and students are encouraged to wear safety equipment including a helmet.
Parking remains very difficult at the school, especially in the afternoons, and parents from Victory Primary School are concerned that cars parked in between the two schools on double yellow lines are making it difficult for the lollipop lady to ensure a safe crossing for younger children. Please remember to park legally and sensibly to ensure that no one has an accident.
Next week, we welcome all Year 6 students to our new school for Science taster events. We are very much looking forward to joining them and hope that as many parents from Year 6 as possible will be able to join us for the presentations at the end of the day.