Week ending 29th April

  • Over the last two weeks the Art and Photography GCSE students have been sitting their 10 hour exam. All the students worked incredibly hard during and also in the lead up to the exam. All work that was created in the exams, as well as coursework, will be on display on the 26th May from 6-7.30 in The Apex. We will be celebrating the students and their dedication, so it would be lovely to see as many parents as possible!
  • Last Thursday the Year 11 prom committee hosted a quiz night in order to fundraise for the 2016 Leavers’ Prom. It was a huge success and the students raised £350! It was lovely to see a table of every year group as well as staff. Mr New and Bishr Abdalla were the quiz masters and led the students through a range of rounds: from guessing the flavour of crisps to a round dedicated to Disney! Not only did the committee organise the quiz, they had a henna stand and a cake stand too. Well done to the Prom Committee for a fantastic event!
  • On Wednesday, some Year 8 students had the opportunity to visit Great St. Mary’s. The students participated in three activities: learning about the architecture they could see from the tower, reinforcing what they had been studying in science about use of metals; ringing one of the large bells of the church, of which a few students were quite wary (did you know Great St. Mary’s was the first to arrange and play the combination that is now played by Big Ben?) and finally the students used their maths to work out combinations for ringing the smaller hand bells. A number of staff, including one of the vergers, answered numerous questions that the students were burning to ask after all three sessions. Please do look at the photos on our Facebook page.
  • On Monday we were delighted to hold a celebratory assembly for 50 Year 10 students who, as a result of their hard work, had their potential grades increased. As I explained during the assembly, this is a huge achievement as we set our target grades for the top 5% of schools in the country and so they are already incredibly aspirational. 134 students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have had their potentials moved up in at least one subject, following the reports given out this week, and we will be holding a similar celebratory assembly to congratulate them on their hard work.
  • On Monday we held a parent information evening about our new reporting system. We were able to answer questions and also give a summary of all the development work which has occurred. Parents were very positive about how the system has developed and how responsive the school has been to feedback.
  • As always it was a pleasure to see so many parents at this week’s Year 8 Parents’ Evening. Dates for next week are our Parent Forum on May 4th, in the library from 5pm -6pm, and our PTA meeting in the library on May 5th from 7.30pm.

 

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