Unsurprisingly, the focus for my letter this week is the weather. The week has been characterised by an obsession with the Met Office, Red and Amber Weather Warnings, driving conditions, fears over safety and the hugely difficult decision taken to close the school. As you are aware, the school’s closure was unavoidable and all other schools in the vicinity were closed too, but we are very grateful for the level of understanding and patience demonstrated by parents and students.
The school is due to re-open on Monday and we will work hard with students to catch up on the time that has been missed.
Thank you again for your support.
The recent bad weather has been very disruptive and we intend to make a change to next week’s scheduled Year 9 Parents’ Evening. There are a large number of students who will not have had an opportunity to make appointments with their teachers due to our recent, unavoidable, closure. This might make it difficult for parents and carers to see key teachers and to be accurately informed about the progress that their son or daughter is making. This is of particular importance as Year 9 students are in the process of making their options choices. To ensure that parents and carers have the opportunity to meet with key teachers we are making the following two changes:
Year 9 Parents’ Evening scheduled for Monday 5 March 2018 is cancelled and will now take place on Monday 12 March 2018 from 4.00 – 6.00 p.m.
The Year 9 Options Form deadline is extended until Friday 16 March.
We want students to make informed choices and feel that both adjustments are necessary on that basis. Year 9 students will receive a letter explaining both changes on Monday morning in their form classes.
Our digital leaders are trying to raise money for new equipment that will be used for their “Social Coding” initiative which started with an idea from our chief digital leader to encourage more girls to get into coding. The project now aims to get people from all backgrounds to try their hand at coding and see how fun and creative it can be. We believe that coding can be for everyone and we would like to remove the stereotype that it’s for “video gaming boys”.
To do this, we would like to raise money to purchase devices called “Pi-Tops” which are portable kits that would allow us to make better use of our Raspberry Pi devices which currently require a lot of set up time as well as lot of messy cabling. The Pi Tops would allow us to avoid the set up times and spend more time coding and creating as well as not being constricted to an IT suite.
Our target to purchase 10 of these devices is £1500 and we are looking for any people or businesses who might be interested in donating to this cause. We would be very grateful if you could help us spread the word and pass this on to anyone who you think might be able to help.
The project funding page can be found by following the link below:
Thank you in advance for your support
Mr Garside and the Digital Leaders
Holiday and Term Dates
Please find below a link to the list of term and holiday dates up until the summer holidays 2019.