Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome to a short round up of the week – as ever a busy one!
This week – Industrial Action
I am sorry that there has been disruption this week due to Industrial Action and am grateful to parents, pupils and collagues working with me to keep the school open to two year groups on Wednesday & Friday.
The national picture for teaching is, sadly, very challenging and with record numbers of teachers leaving the profession, it is a time for us all to reflect.
From my local perspective, I would want to take this chance to restate the commitment of all of our staff to your children – we love helping to educate children in Weymouth & Portland.
I would also ask that you continue to support us in our ongoing journey. Our local challenges are absolutely national ones but we need your support regarding the complex issues faced by young people today – mobile phone over-use, vaping, anxiety, and a rapidly shifting national and global landscape. We have very finite resources – school budgets have not increased in recent years – and need you to support us on getting the basics right – punctuality, politeness, attendance, uniform, equipment and attitude.
Working together, I am confident that we will see great things come about for the pupils of All Saints.
This week – Normal Business
Beyond the strike days, this week has been amazing! We have seen:
- Our MFL visit return from the Paris Trip
- Year 7 pupils visit Legoland for a Rewards Visit
- Year 9 pupils visit Durdle Door for a Geography Fieldwork visit
- Year 11 pupils enjoy a brilliant prom
We have also sent communication about our Anti Bullying work which continues
We have asked Year 7 & 8 pupils and parents to review Project Touchline
Letters for the above on the website with pictures on Social Media for the offsite visits
Next week looks to be an exciting one also!
- Monday 10 July – SPORTS DAY! Pupils should wear PE kit. They must also bring plenty of water and wear sunscreen. Year 10 pupils are at Dorset Water Park in the morning for a great day’s activities
- Tuesday 11 July – Year 7 visit to Salisbury Cathedral; Year 8 Rewards visit to Legoland; Year 9 Rewards visit to Thorpe Park
- Wednesday 12 July – Build up day to Borneo World Challenge
- Thursday 13 July – Borneo visit leaves. Please also note we will have a practice LOCKDOWN DRILL on this day. Pupils will be briefed in detail on Monday and throughout the week
- Friday 14 July – Year 10 Rewards Visit to Thorpe Park
On Sunay 16 July our Pilgrimage leaves — please check the kitlist on the website!
In the last week of term, the Year 8 PGL visit leaves
On Friday 21 July, we will have an early finish at 1.15pm
I must say a HUGE THANK YOU for all of the support on uniform over the last couple of weeks.
We have seen significant improvements and I am grateful for all parents rolling up their sleeves and having the difficult conversations about skirt length, shirts being tucked in and so on.
I know that pupils are looking forward to starting to wear the new uniform and the feedback has been great.
Please keep going over the last couple of weeks. In the new academic year, if uniform is not right, pupils will be sent home to change.
I am grateful for your support in setting a bar that continues to move upwards in this regard.
Expectations in the last few weeks of term
I have asked teachers to continue teaching to the last day to maximise progress and also rearranged the assembly rota so that the termly rewards assemblies happen in tutor time in the last week. With Covid still relatively close in the rear-view mirror, we need every minute to matter!
Therefore, please talk with your child about this. The number one priority that would help everyone’s learning is punctuality to lessons at the moment. Given we are near the end of the year and everyone is tired, I can understand why this is slipping a little but we need to “press on” and pupils must be in class withing 3 or 4 minutes at lesson changeover – this gives a fair amount of movement time.
Thank you for your support in all of the above