On behalf of the teaching and support staff, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. Thank you for your continued support. The partnership that continues to develop between the school and home is a major force that is driving us forward. At the final assembly on Friday 18th December 2015, I was able to draw attention to the success of this partnership. Many parents agreed with my observations which centred on the theme of my assembly “From Good to Great, are we there yet?” The majority of parents believed that this school is a good school and that in some aspects we are close to being ‘great’ or to put in OFSTED language ‘Outstanding’. It is a tribute to the team effort being shown by everyone involved at this school. This includes a committed and dedicated teaching Staff, a hard-working and competent board of Trustees which is supported by an equally capable Campus Administration Team, committed parents, and last but by no means least, students who have recognised that success requires hard work.
The last term ended on a very positive note with an assembly on the last day that celebrated the considerable talent we have in this school. The Primary Choir and the Senior School band performed admirably and were well received and those present are unlikely to forget Mr Jackelman’s impromptu farewell dance. We also said goodbye to Mrs Smuts. Both will be missed and we are grateful for their hard work and wish them well in the future.
This term has an immediate focus for students in Years 10 – 13 inclusive as they have Mock Examinations during the week commencing Monday 11th January 2016. It is imperative that students arrive fully equipped for these examinations and parents can help by ensuring that their child has the appropriate equipment, including black pens, pencil, ruler, protractor, compass, calculator etc. Of course, parents can also help by encouraging their child to revise thoroughly – and for many the best way to do this is “Little and often.”
We continue to use the excellent sporting facilities at the Life Centre for Secondary PE lessons on a Friday and because of the Trustees / Campus Administrators commitment to the students we have been able to offer new opportunities for our students. For the first time, girls are going to be able to do trampolining with a Level 2 Trained Coach leading the session. Boys will have the opportunity to take part in Basketball with Mr Dale Toombs who, many of you will remember, is a trainee sports teacher at the University of Marjon. He continues to help us on a voluntary basis.