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  • archive Head's Blog autumn 19

    Helen Ball - Head Teacher

  • 20th December 2019

    Wow, I can’t believe the Autumn term has come to an end. It is scary how quickly time goes.  It has been a very busy, but rewarding term.

    The new pupils have settled well and all pupils have continued to work hard to achieve their best.

    As you can imagine, we have been very much in the Christmas spirit in the last 2 weeks. The school choir have been particularly busy, performing at Donnington House, Marriott House and the Cross. Last week we had our annual Soiree and this week, the primary department have been performing their sing-a-long to parents. I am always amazed and proud of how talented our pupils are.




    All that is left for me to say for 2019 is to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic 2020.


    Term starts on Monday 6th  January 2020

    • 6th December 2019

      We are well underway with our preparations for Christmas. The tree has been delivered and will be decorated on Monday. Thank you to Mr Clark for donating the tree. Staff and pupils are looking forward to a range of festive activities over the next couple of weeks.


      Pupils have had the opportunity to go on a number of visits and a number of visitors have been in school.


      The choir have had the first of their performances today. They are visiting the cross. I am sure they will sing beautifully and entertain the shoppers in Chichester.


      Some dates for your calender:


      Wednesday 11th December – 5.30-7pm Festive Soirée

      Monday 16th December – KS2 Christmas Signing Concert 9.30-11am

      Wednesday 18th December – KS1 Christmas Singing Concert 10-11am

      Friday 20thDecember – Last day of term, Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Lunch.


      We look forward to seeing parents and carers at this event.


      Parents and Carers should have also received the link for the Parent/Carer survey. Please take a few minutes to complete this. Your feedback is important and valued by the school.


      Finally, it’s the time of year when there are a number of bugs and viruses in school. It has been particularly bad this year. Can I please remind parents/carers that if their child is unwell, please do not send them into school and should your child have a stomach bug, pupils must not return to school for 48 hours. This hopefully will reduce the spread of bugs/viruses.

      My next blog will be on Friday 20th December.

      • 8th November 2019

        Welcome to this half term.


        This week we held our Year 11 Certificate Evening. This was an opportunity for pupils to celebrate their fantastic achievements from the summer and receive their portfolio’s and certificates.


        Year 7 had a fantastic trip to the Fishbourne Roman Palace as part of the work they are doing in History. All pupils and staff had a great time learning about the Romans.

        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.

        Finally, a reminder to parents/carers that it is Key Stage 3 Pupil Consultation Evening next Wednesday which is 13th November. We look forward to seeing you there.

        My next blog will be on Friday 22nd November.

        • 11th October 2019

          Wow, the weeks are whizzing by, it’s hard to believe we are six weeks into this new academic year and only two weeks away from half term.

          This week we held our annual open evening. This enables pupils and parents to visit the school and all the class bases, take part in a range of activities and speak with staff. Feedback from this event has been excellent. We had great attendance with over 60 sets of parents and pupils.

          Last week I had the opportunity to go along to our local RDA who have been providing riding lessons for our primary pupils for a great number of years. Last week they celebrated 50 years. Pupils took part in a special display to mark this event. All rode beautifully.

                    Riding 2           


          My next blog will be on Friday 25th October.

          • 27th September 2019

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

            A group of Year 11 have completed the expedition this week which will go towards their D of E Bronze Award. Thankfully the weather has been a little better than at the beginning of the week.

            I am pleased to announce that the school has achieved the School Games Gold Award. Everyone at school is delighted and very proud of this achievement. Particular thanks goes to Mrs Strudwick who co-ordinated the application.

            This week, we also took receipt of our new Mobile Magic Carpet, which can be used anywhere in school. This will be a great asset and huge thanks go to Mr Raymond who raised the money by completing the London Marathon.

            A reminder to parents and carers that Open Evening will take place on Monday 7th 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 11th October.

            • 13th September 2019

              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.

              New Pupils

              We have 30 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 Monday 7th October 4.30-6pm.


              My next blog for this year will be on Friday 27th  September.



              • 5th July 2019

                5th July 2019


                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 Sunday, the Circus came to St Anthony’s. We had over 300 people attend to fund raise for the school. It was a fantastic community event. Many thanks go to Parents and Friends for organising and supporting this.


                         circus             Big Top   



                Today is the last day for Year 11s.

                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


                Group prom

                Class of 2019


                So, as we come to the end of another super year at St Anthony’s, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all our parents and carers for your continued support over the year. 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 4th September.









                • 21st June 2019

                  Wow, where is this term going !!!

                  Year 11 have finished all coursework and exam’s. Last weekend pupils enjoyed their PGL residential. They had a great time despite the weather and tried lots of new activities which they thoroughly enjoy. Again they were a real credit to the school.



                  Tonight is the social highlight of the year with the Year 11 prom and next week is Year 11’s last week in school, before work experience week. So lots to look forward.

                  Also a big thanks to the Rotary Club who supported Kids Out to Marwell Zoo. The children had a fantastic day learning about all the animals that live there.




                  A final reminder regarding the Circus on Sunday 30th June. There are still tickets available from the school office.


                  My next blog will be Friday 5th July.

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