SCHOOL BULLETIN WB 30TH SEPT 2019

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Week 5 Issue 4

Early School Closure All Years – Tuesday 24th September,  2019 Student Independent Study Afternoon

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

As per the School calendar, next week, on Tuesday, September 24th, the School will be holding its Staff Appraisal meetings. In order for this to take place students in all Years will be dismissed from school at the end of period 3 at 11.55am. Please make the necessary arrangements to expect your child home earlier on this day.


Independent Study Afternoon

During this time, if your child is in Year 7-11, they will have received work to complete independently to facilitate the skills students need to develop as part of the revision process.  We believe this is a valuable exercise for all students. Completing a range of set tasks on one topic helps students understand that the revision process involves much more than simply re-reading a text. This activity means students have to think and engage with the material taught in order to truly learn it.   The resources can be accessed by students on their Google Classroom as listed by subject below:

  • Year 13        Students should be working on their personal statements and UCAS applications ahead of UCAS lock in 10th October. 
  • Year 12        Students should access their subject specific Independent Learning Materials via the folder in their Passport Google Classroom and complete the weekly tasks for each of their subjects. Subject teachers may also set specific work for students to complete. 
  • Year 11           English 
  • Year 9/10     Religion Ethics & Philosophy (REP)
  • Year 8            History
  • Year 7            Maths  

Please do engage in this revision process with your child on the evening of the 24th and see how active their revision or independent research has been. 

Yours faithfully,

Ms F Congdon

Assistant Headteacher – Intervention & Progress

SCHOOL BULLETIN WB 23rd SEPT 2019

The bulletin for the start of the new academic year (week starting Monday 23rd Sept 2019) is available using the following link.  It also highlights many of the wonderful events students did during activity week.

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Week 4 Issue 3

Climate Change Protest

Wednesday 18th September 2019

Dear students, parents and carers,

Re: Campaign Against Climate Change

Many in our school community feel strongly about climate change and rightly so. You might know therefore that another young people’s protest in the Campaign Against Climate Change is scheduled for Friday 20th September. 

As previously, this puts the School in a difficult position. On one hand, we respect our students’ passionate concerns about climate change and indeed the cause itself. On the other hand, if the School were to authorise absence from school for this, we would be agreeing to students missing important learning each time – and moreover, we agree to students taking part in a public protest without our supervision. We would be in a terrible position if something unpleasant or dangerous happened and the School had condoned, indeed encouraged students’ participation. 

Every day in school is important for students’ learning, including new content, assessments and coursework. We all know that missing lessons puts students at a disadvantage. The administration and management of attendance around the protest is considerable, as is the additional teacher-time spent enabling students who miss lessons to catch up. 

While we understand why some students might want to attend the next protest, we urge them not to and we would appreciate parents’ and carers’ support with this.  Parents and carers: if your child does, with your permission, take part in the protest, please inform the School of their absence in the usual way. 

I hope to have outlined here a clear picture of how the School both supports the climate change cause and needs also to fulfil its duty to deliver education and not agree to activities during school time over which we have no control. 

Following this letter is some advice from the Metropolitan Police about the protests who are concerned about young people’s safety.  

Best regards,

Ms Pugh

Kathryn Pugh

Headteacher

Metropolitan Police Letter

Leaflet

 

SCHOOL BULLETIN WB 8TH SEPT 2019

The bulletin for the start of the new academic year (week starting Monday 9th Sept 2019) is available using the following link.  It also highlights many of the wonderful events students did during activity week.

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Week 2 Issue 1