POSTED ON - 25th Oct 2019

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I want to start by thanking you all for your efforts and support over this half term. There has been a real growing sense of pride in the school and it’s great to see that this is abundantly clear watching students in their lessons.

So many of you have given up time to support the school and open events, sports events, musical concerts and science experiences; these have all ensured learning has been going on both within lessons and in wider school life.  

I really hope you can all support the Friends of King James who have organised the bonfire and fireworks display on behalf of the school. I want to thank the Friends, particularly as they are all volunteers, and they give up a sizable amount of their free time to raise funds for the little extras which we all benefit from. 

Next half term is always an exciting one but it’s also one where the pressure starts to mount on key groups. Rehearsals are well underway for Little Shop of Horrors, which takes place on November 21st, 22nd and 23rd. We are currently finalising the Christmas festive events. We will again have a heavy focus on Remembrance Day on 11th November where hopefully we will have some involvement with a German school. 

Of course, this is also the time where Year 6 students and Year 11 students will start the process of refining their skills in preparation for SATs and GCSEs. Many people will question why I’m mentioning this now and wonder if we are putting too much pressure on students. I’m mentioning it now in order to relieve the pressure on students. If we start to build up the work small pieces at a time, from this point in the year, students will go in to these tests in a comfortable and confident place. 

I will also be an advocate that one of the key things to successful revision and preparation is appropriate relaxation and down time, so please bear that in mind when working with your children.

That leaves me nothing else to do but wish you an enjoyable half term and I look forward to seeing you at the firework display on 1st November on the Roysia site.

Mr Farquhar


Junior Site Art Club

Students are invited to sign up to attend the November-December Art Club after school on Mondays 3.30-4.30pm.  The Club is in the Junior Art Room and will run until the Christmas holidays.  There are 16 places available on a first-come-first- served basis. 

There is a sign up sheet on the Junior Art Room door.


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