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  • The Head's Blog Archive first half spring 18

    Helen Ball - Head Teacher

  • 2nd February 2018

    I can’t really believe that we are only 1 week away from half term.

     

    The pupils have been incredibly busy this term with lots of visits and activities in class.

     

    In Primary pupils have been learning about the world. This week groups have been learning about China.

     

    Last week KS4 pupils had a fantastic trip to the College Theatre to see James and the Giant Peach. A great time was had by everyone.

     

    Secondary continue to be very busy. Year 11s are working hard with their KS4 coursework. There are a number of visits to support curriculum activities which I know pupils are looking forward to.

     

    Some dates for you diary:

     

    Key Stage 4 Pupil Consultation evening will take place on Wednesday 7th February.

    Inset Day is Friday 9th February and half term is 12th-16th February.

     

    Pupils return to school on Monday 19th February.

     

    My next blog will be 23rd February.

    • 18th January 2018

      This term already seems to be whizzing by.

       

      The pupils and staff continue to be very busy with a range of activities in school.

       

      Congratulations to the group of pupils who represented the school last week in the Level 2 Curling Competition which they won. We are now through to the Level 3 competition representing our area.

       

      Year 11’s are working hard with their KS4 coursework. There are a number of visits to support curriculum activities which I know pupils are looking forward to.

       

      Some dates for you diary:

       

      Parent and Carers information evening on Assessment is on 25thJanuary 4-5.15pm.

       

      Key Stage 4 pupil consultation evening will take place on Wednesday 7th February.

       

      My next blog will be 2nd February

       

      • 5th January 2018

         

        Happy New Year!

         

        The last week of the Autumn term was extremely busy with lots of Christmas celebrations.

         

        The Infant sign-a-long and  Key Stage 2 Nativity was fantastic. All pupils performed brilliantly and it was lovely to see lots of parents coming along to watch.

         

        The term finished with a fantastic Christmas lunch. Nickki and her team worked incredibly hard to produce an amazing meal that was enjoyed by everyone.

         

        A new year, a new term gets underway. Both staff and pupils are looking forward to a successful year.

         

        This term is our busy term for student placements, we will welcome a number of students over the course of the term. This will hopefully support courses they are doing at the local college and university. A busy time for all, thank you to all the staff who willingly continue to support these placements.

         

        I would also like to remind parents/carers that we operate a texting system to keep parents regularly up to date with key events and the opening status of the school should we have any snow or significant weather. This compliments the information that would also be available on the website. Should any parents or carers wish to be added to the text system, please call the office.

         

        Here’s looking forward to a successful and healthy 2018.

         

        Next blog will be on 19th January 2018

         

         

        • Friday 8th December 2017

          We are well underway with our preparations for Christmas. The tree is up and decorated and there are lots of activities for pupils to enjoy.

          This week we had our Christmas Soiree. This was a fantastic evening where pupils' performances included Drama, Singing, Drumming and Guitar.  All pupils performed brilliantly. We also drew the Christmas Raffle, which raised £910. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes.

          Festive Soiree

           

          We have lots of things happening in the next couple of weeks.

          The school choir is going to be incredibly busy. Today the choir are performing at the Cross and next week are performing at Marriott House.

          The Infants have their Christmas sing-a-long on Wednesday 13th December and Juniors have their Nativity on Monday 18th December.

          Key Stage 3 are off to the Pantomime on Tuesday 19th December and Year 6 are off to Olympia next Thursday.

          Christmas Lunch is on Wednesday 20th which is Christmas Jumper Day and also the last day of term.  Pupils return to school on Thursday 4th January.

          Finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and carers for their continued support and to wish you a very Happy Christmas.

           

          My next blog will be Friday 5th January.

          • Friday 24th November 2017

             

            On the 22nd November we had one of my favourite events of the year, our Leavers Certificate Evening. This was a lovely evening in which we had the opportunity to celebrate the successes of the Year 11 pupils who left school in the Summer. This year we had some very good results. Most pupils from the group attended the event. Well done to you all and I wish you lots of luck for the future.

            Next Wednesday we are hosting a Parents Information Evening which will focus on Safeguarding and safe use of the internet and social media. This will run from 4pm-5.15pm. If you would like to attend, please let Mrs Hogg know in the office.

            We only have just over 3 weeks until we break up for Christmas, as in all schools this always proves to be a very busy time of year. There are a number of events for your diary.

            Our Annual Christmas Soiree will take place on Wednesday 6th December

            Thursday 14th December – Olympia (Year 6)

            Monday 18th December – Primary Nativity.

            Tuesday 19th December –Key Stage 3 to Beauty and The Beast, at Chichester Festival Theatre.

            Pupils finish on Wednesday - 20th December.

             

            My next blog will be on Friday 8th December.

            • Friday 10th November 2017

              Welcome to this half term. It again has been a busy start to the term.

              It is that time of year when we start talking about Christmas. We have had our annual Christmas Card competition. I received over 50 entrants, which made my job of choosing the winners very difficult. However I managed to select 4 winners. These were Blazej from Chestnut class, Tyler in Year 6, Kathleen and Alfie both in Year 10  Well done. Cards will be on sale very soon from the school office.

               Christmas scene         Snowman        nativity scene       Christmas Tree

               

              In the coming weeks, raffle tickets will be sent out for the Christmas Hamper drawer. Please support this as it raises a significant sum on money to support the school.

              Unfortunately we had to postpone our Year 11 Certificate Evening, this will now be on Wednesday 22nd November.

              Finally, a reminder to parents that it is Key Stage 3 Pupil consultation evening next Wednesday, 15th November. We look forward to seeing you there.

              My next blog will be on Friday 24th  November.

              • 20th October 2017

                We were very privileged to welcome the Mayor of Chichester to do some special presentations in our assembly last week.

                The school was given two awards for Best Impressions and the tallest sunflower in school.  Our sunflowers were excellent this year and one grew to 14 foot which I believe was over double the height of any other sunflower in any other school. Thank you to the Gardening team and Mr Birch in particular for their work in this area.

                 

                The Mayor also made a special presentation in school to Chloe who has won the Spirit FM local hero Child of Achievement Award.

                 Child of Achievement Award

                We have also heard that another pupil Phoebe in Year 9 has been awarded the Chichester Civic award for the work she has been doing supporting the homeless in the Four Streets Project in Chichester.

                Phoebe will receive her award in February. We are very proud of both girls, they are a real credit to both their school and families.

                Finally all that’s left is to pass on my thanks to staff, pupils and parents/carers for their continued support and hope that all have a well-earned break over half term. Pupils return to school on Monday 30th October.

                My next blog will be on Friday 10th November.


                 

                • 6th October 2017

                  6th October 2017

                   

                  I really can’t believe how quickly this term is going. The pupils have continued to settle into school really well.

                  One of our Year 11 groups have completed the overnight expedition as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award. Needless to say it was a little wet. However all pupils enjoyed themselves and completed the challenge.

                   

                   

                   

                  Year 10 have settled well into their new pathways. Four new curriculum areas have been added. The Land Based group have been busy getting the growing areas ready in school.

                                 

                   

                  Yew Class have thoroughly enjoyed their horse-riding and stable management this half term. For some pupils this is the first time they have had the opportunity to ride. Huge thanks go to the RDA volunteers who give up their time to support this.

                       RDA Yew

                   

                  A reminder to parents and carers that Open Evening will take place on Tuesday 10th October 4.30-6pm. This is a great opportunity to look round the school with you child and meet with staff.

                  My next blog will be Friday 20th October.

                   

                   

                   

                   

                  • 22nd September 2017

                    I really can’t believe how quickly this term is going. The pupils have continued to settle into school really well.

                     

                    Sycamore class have been enjoying their forest schools sessions at Goodwood and learning about skills such as camp craft.

                     

                    Year 11 have settled into college and Aldingbourne really well on their link day. Pupils are really enjoying the experience and some of the new courses they are doing.

                     

                    Ethan in Year 11 continues to go from strength to strength with his fishing and has recently won the Grant Davis Memorial Cup. Well Done Ethan.

                     

                    A reminder to parents and carers that Open Evening will take place on Tuesday 10th October 4.30-6pm. This is a great opportunity to look round the school with your child and meet with staff.

                     

                    My next blog will be on Friday 6th October.

                     

                    • Friday 8th September 2017

                      Firstly, I would like to welcome everyone back after the summer break. Hopefully it was a restful time. We are all looking forward to an exciting year ahead, continuing to build on the success of last year.

                      Key Stage 4 results

                      Over the holidays we received the exam results for Year 11. The main headlines are:

                      18 pupils were entered for Entry Level Qualifications

                      44% (8) of pupils achieved 10 Entry Level Qualifications

                      16% (3) of pupils achieved 9 Entry Level Qualifications.

                      16% (3) of pupils achieved 8 Entry Level Qualifications.

                      4% (1) of pupils achieved 7 Entry Level Qualifications.

                      16% (3) of pupils achieved 6 Entry Level Qualifications.

                      4% (1) of pupils achieved 4 Entry Level Qualifications.

                      17% (3) of pupils from the year group were entered for GCSE Qualifications.

                      Of those pupils entered.

                      66% (2) of pupils were entered for 1 GCSE Qualification.

                      33% (1) of pupils were entered for 2 GCSE Qualifications.

                      Of those pupils entered for GCSE Courses

                      66% (1) of pupils achieved a least 1 GCSE at grade C or above.

                      100% of pupils achieved a least 1 GCSE at grade G or above.

                      ASDAN YOUTH AWARD SCHEME :

                      10 pupils achieved Gold Award

                      1 pupil achieved Silver Award

                      6 pupils achieved Towards Independence

                      1 pupil achieved Transition Challenge

                      DUKE OF EDINBURGH BRONZE AWARD

                      8 pupils achieved this qualification

                      Really well done to all those  pupils. We will be holding a special certificate evening for the Year 11 leavers on 1st November.

                      New Pupils

                      We have over 20 new pupils starting this term across the whole school. What can be a very scary time, has gone really smoothly. Pupils have settled well and have been a credit to themselves. We are looking forward to all pupils old and new having a successful and enjoyable year ahead.

                      Open Evening

                      We will be holding an open evening for current pupils and parents to have the opportunity to look round the school, talk to staff and look at work. This is a great opportunity to meet with all staff and have a look at what pupils are doing in lessons. I look forward to having the opportunity to meet with parents on this evening. Open Evening will take place on Tuesday 10th October 4-6pm.

                      My next blog for this year will be on Friday 22nd September.