Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome to a short round up of the events from the week:
Again, there have been a huge number of events and opportunities taking place in school, in particular with:
- Year 10 pupils undertaking a sailing course
- Year 8 pupils being rewarded for attitude and effort with a day’s windsurfing
- A great trip to Bath University for Year 10 PE pupils
- Offers to extra-curricular events in Kickboxing and to Year 8 for our Ski Trip next year
As ever, please see our website for letters and our social media feed for further informal updates
Please remember that Monday 1 May is a Bank Holiday – school is closed to everyone
On Tuesday 2 May school will be open only to Year 11 & Year 7 (and also vulnerable / key worker pupils). Please complete the short form online if you need us to have your child in school on this day and they are in these categories. Work will be set online on Tuesday for other pupils to complete.
We also have an assembly next week from the Safer Schools and Communities Team on e-safety and the dangers of image sharing. A letter is available on our website. This takes place on Wednesday 3 May
Year 7 parents & carers, please remember that the Parent Consultation Evening for your children is on 11 May
We also have two further safeguarding focused inputs coming up: 1) an assembly on the dangers of County Lines (Friday 12 May) and also 2) K9 – this is our annual visit from a Police and Security Trained sniffer dog. They are always impeccably trained and very gentle with pupils so it is good to introduce them. This takes place on Tuesday 16 May
Support re mobile phones
Thank you for your support with our mobile phone policy. Our approach is not to sanction pupils for this, but to confiscate the phone. On the first occasion, it will be returned to pupils, but on the second and subsequent confiscation, it will only be returned to parents / carers. I am very concerned about many pupil’s reliance on mobiles phones and the negative impact they can have on young people’s wellbeing, so thank you for encourgaing your child to make sure that they are “off and away… all day”. I believe that this is a reasonable and fair approach and in line with guidance to schools from the Department for Education.
If there are any Year 8 Parents who were not able to see teachers last week, please email the office and we will arrange a follow up call on this. My apologies once again for the disruption.
I hope that the weather arrives for us for the bank holiday and that you and your family enjoy a restful long weekend
Mr J Cornish