On Tuesday 19th March, Marylebone had an exciting visit from author and pianist Ayham Ahmad who was interviewed by actor Stanley Tucci about his inspiring life story, fleeing from Syrian conflict and following his musical passion. I’m sure all those who attended would agree this was a fantastic way to spend an otherwise ordinary Tuesday lunch time. The book, The Pianist of Yarmouk is now on sale.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Choices – Year 9 Options
Next week, on Thursday, March 7th, the school will be holding its Key Stage 4 options afternoon and evening for all Year 9 students. In order for this to take place students in Years 7, 8, 10 and 11 will be dismissed from school at 12.50pm. Year 9 will remain in school as normal until 3.30pm. Please can we ask that you make the necessary arrangements to expect your daughter home earlier on this day. Year 12 and 13 will not be affected by this early closure, lessons will continue as normal for them in the afternoon.
Year 9 Parents/Carers
Your daughter has now received the Options Booklet and has listened to the Options Assembly. On Thursday, March 7th, Year 9 will have an options afternoon, where they will hear directly from subject staff and will be able to ask subject specific questions regarding courses offered. On the same day, from 5pm – 7pm, you are invited into school for the options evening at the school’s main site. During this time you will have the opportunity to speak to Heads of Learning and subject staff. There will also be a presentation given for parents/carers about the options process. Please attend either the first presentation at 5.15pm or the second presentation at 6pm. The evening will finish at 7pm. Please read through the options booklet with your daughter before this important day.
If you have any questions, please come and speak to me at the options evening or e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to seeing you at the options evening next week.
Ms S. George
Assistant Headteacher – Curriculum
23rd January 2019
Dear Parents and Carers,
PARENT GOVERNOR ELECTION
Would you – or someone you know – like to be a Parent Governor? Our School Governing Body has a vacancy for a Parent Governor and we are looking for nominations from parents who would be interested in filling this role.
The role of the Governing Body is to help shape the overall direction of the School, monitor progress and standards, review and approve the budget, appoint and support the Headteacher and senior staff, review policies and procedures and ensure the School fulfils its statutory duties.
Governing Body meetings are held on Tuesday evenings. There are six meetings a year and Governors are also expected to be a member of a sub-committee which will also meet on a Tuesday six times a year. For more information about the role of a School Governor please contact our Clerk, Martha Blackwell, (email@example.com). Training and support will also be provided.
If you are interested, please fill in the form below, including the signatures of a proposer and a seconder who must be a parent or carer of a pupil at our school. Please also include a short statement about yourself (a maximum of 150 words) with, if you wish, a passport sized photograph. This information will be circulated to all parents in the event of an election; which will be held if there is more than one nomination. Your form, statement and optional photograph should be given to Dot at Reception by 12.30pm on Thursday, 7th February 2019.
The election will be by ballot and every eligible parent will be able to vote. We will send you more information about this later.
The closing date for the receipt of nominations is 12.30pm on Thursday, 7th February 2019. Please contact Dot at Reception if you require another copy of this letter. A copy can also be found on the School Website.
ELECTION OF A PARENT GOVERNOR
Please return to Dot at Reception by 12.30pm on Thursday, 7th February 2019
Name of nominee ________ Signature of nominee ____________
Student’s name __________ Student’s form __________________
Proposed by _____________ Signature of Proposer ___________
Student’s name ___________ Student’s form__________________
Seconded by _____________ Signature of Seconder ___________
Student’s name ___________ Student’s form __________________
Friday, 12th October, 2018
Dear Parents and Carers,
Update: School Funding Campaign
Thank you for the support that many of you offered me and the 2000 other headteachers who took part in the Worth Less? protest in Westminster on Friday 28th September.
It is clear from the emails that colleagues and I received that our parent and carer community overwhelmingly supports the need for much improved investment in our schools. The Worth Less? campaign took a letter about this to the Chancellor and when he responds, we will let you know. We will watch with interest to see how he responds to our requests in the Autumn Statement on Monday 29th October.
Headteachers across the country hope very much that the Government and the Department for Education will stop providing parents and the wider public with misleading information about spending on schools. You can read more about this in these articles on the BBC and the Times Educational Supplement.
It is entirely wrong to suggest that Government spending on schools is much higher than in other comparable countries, when the Department for Education tries to include spending by families on university tuition fees and independent school fees. This adds billions of pounds to headline data but has absolutely no effect on funding for our schools. It is a completely unacceptable way of defending real term cuts.
Some parents and carers have asked how they can support the drive for improved funding. There are several ways you can do this. You can write to your own MP, using the information in the letter from Eliza Low, our Chair of Governors, sent last week and included again in this week’s Bulletin. It is also available here on our website. The Worth Less? campaign has also informed me that there will be a national day of parental action on 19th October. For more information please use the hashtag #parentsteachersunite on Twitter or Facebook.
Thank you again for your support. The Worth Less? campaign will remain reasonable and determined with a single goal of ensuring that every school and pupil receive a much better deal in the near future.
The bulletin for the start of the new academic year (week starting Monday 3rd September 2018) is available using the following link. It also highlights many of the wonderful events students did during activity week.
(You can also see the archive of bulletins using the link in the menu above).
The St Marylebone Messenger, Summer 2018