KJAR NewsPOSTED ON - 20th Sep 2019
Biggest news this week is that I’m delighted to say that the school has been awarded the Music Mark award. At a point where prospective parents and those moving into Year 9 are asking about their options it is so important that the school can demonstrate its commitment to Performing Arts. Congratulations to Mrs Crosby and her team, and all those students involved in securing this award. A broad and balanced curriculum is so important and following many conversations this week, I’ll also take the opportunity while I’m talking about curriculum to again reaffirm we will always be a two modern-foreign language school.
Please remember next week there are school photographs on both Tuesday and Wednesday. A reminder has already been sent out. Personally I’m looking forward to the whole school photograph on Wednesday with both staff and students all lining up together.
This week we have been touring the Senior site with parents of Year 8 pupils and also some occasional parents from the younger years. The tours have been going very well with so many positive comments being mentioned. We are also preparing for our upcoming Open Events and more information will be shared about these shortly. Please keep these dates free in your diary, 10th October at the Senior Site and 24th October at the Junior Site.
For me the personal highlight was to establish the Year 11 Senior Student Team. We now have, going forward, 4 Head Students, a team of Assistant Head of Houses, who are all students, and a group working on something completely new for this school; a Student Welfare and Wellbeing group. The breadth of talent available in our student body really is amazing. Much more will be coming out about these young people in the coming weeks.
I’m going to finish with a minor request: the volume of traffic and cars dropping off in the morning is increasing and I suspect will continue to do so when it gets colder, darker and wetter. Could I please remind parents dropping off on Garden Walk, whilst convenient for your children, this causes a significant challenge for other drivers and a more significant danger for all the children using the path.
Could I also request parents try to drop students off at the Senior Site, where the car park has clear entrance and exit points. Students will be perfectly safe as they will not have to walk down Garden Walk as they can take the internal path between sites. I am currently reviewing whether the first car park needs to be made a staff only area, as I am concerned about the students’ thoroughfare and blockages caused by cars picking up and dropping off at busy times.
Please remember the school site is not staffed for those not attending FairPlay Breakfast Club until 0825 in the morning. For more details regarding the FairPlay Breakfast/After School Club, please contact Leonie on 0790 5001403 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a good weekend.
Mr G Farquhar