The Head's Blog
Helen Ball - Head Teacher
Helen Ball - Head Teacher
As we move towards the end of another successful year I am writing to extend my sincere thanks to all our parents and carers for your continued support over the year.
The school, as always, has been a very busy place this year. As well as the formal curriculum, there have continued to be lots of enrichment and community based projects that pupils have had the opportunity to participate in and experience this year.
We are also saying goodbye to some staff this year. Most notably Mrs Lewis after 33 years, Mrs Parker after 19 years and Mrs Twinley after 13 years are all retiring. We will miss them all and I am sure you will join me in wishing them well in their new adventures.
Can I also take this opportunity to remind parents that pupils should not be in school before 8.30am. Pupils who wish to access breakfast club can do so from this time, otherwise pupils should not be in school before 8.45am. Parents who drop their child off in the morning, must do so in reception and not enter the school beyond the reception area.
So, as we come to the end of another super year at St Anthony’s, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all an excellent Summer break, and I look forward to welcoming your child back in school on Wednesday 5th September.
What amazing weather we have had in the last few weeks. Pupils have coped really well with the heat. Can I just remind parents/carers to send pupils in with a hat and water bottle.
Last month we had a group of pupils represent the school in the Level 3 Sainsbury’s School Games. This is a county competition. Our Kurling team won the silver medal and our Boccia team came back to school with a bronze medal.
This was the pupil’s first time either playing these sports or playing at such a high level of competition. The school are so proud of what they have achieved! We will look forward to taking part in next year’s Sainsbury’s School Games.
Last Friday saw the last day for year 11’s.
Some of the students would have been with us for 11 years and some for not quite so long. All of them, I think will miss the school, but are very ready for the next exciting stage in their lives. We have had lots of fun and laughter, and we have encountered and shared some fantastic moments and memories, which I know will remember for many years to come. This was a lovely group, who should be very proud of all they have achieved.
I would like to wish them the best of luck for the future.
Miss Ball X
Class of 2018
My final blog of the year will be on Friday 20th July.
Welcome back to the final half term of the year.
Our year 11’s now only have 3 weeks left and are looking forward to PGL and the Prom over the next couple of weeks.
Year 8 had a wonderful time on their residential just before half term. The weather was great and pupils had the opportunity to try lots of new activities.
The Primary department have also been very busy out and about on trips and visits. A group of pupils spent the day out on the water where they had the opportunity to learn about sailing and some pupils had the opportunity to steer boats. All had a great time.
Yesterday evening we had the opportunity to celebrate the Art project some of our pupils have been involved in at Pallant House Gallery. This was a joint project with Parklands School and Central School. The quality and presentation of the work was excellent. Well done to Emilia, Jimmy, Sky, Ares, Sophie and Kieran. The exhibition will be on display until July.
Emilia and Miss Ball with her painting
A reminder that next week we have our school production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Wednesday starting at 6.30 pm. Refreshments will be served from 5.45pm so it is advisable to get here early in order to find suitable parking because there will be minimal parking on the site, however a drop off point will be available at all times.
My next blog will be on 22nd June 2018
I am dedicating this blog to our production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which took place last week. Over 40 pupils were involved. The play took place outside in a number of locations around the school grounds.
It was fantastic to see the children performing so confidently in front of a large audience. An amazing time was had by all.
Avelina as Willy Wonker
Next week is Year 11’s last week in school. There are still lots to look forward to including the Prom which is tonight.
My next blog will be on Friday 6th July
I can hardly believe how quickly this half term is going.
We have been very busy over that last couple of weeks.
The annual duck race took place on 7th May. Thanks to all that supported.
Last week we had fun Sports Day. Thankfully the weather was kind. It was good to see so many parents/carers come and support. Pupils had the opportunity to take part in a range of activities supported by pupils in Key Stage 4. All performed brilliantly. The winning team were Chestnut- Well Done. Thankyou also to our parents and friends who provided refreshments and raised over £300.
The last week of this half term will no doubt go very quickly. Year 8 are off on residential next week to Mill Rythe in Hampshire. Fingers crossed the sun continues to shine and they have a great time.
I hope everyone has a lovely half term when it arrives. My next blog will be on Friday 8th June.