Headteacher's Weekly Update - 10th December 2021
I hope this letter finds you and your families well; a Friday update for you, one week before we break up for the Christmas holidays.
Next Wednesday will be our Christmas lunch in school, a dining event that is always very popular with staff and students alike, and helps us all engage in some festive cheer. On Thursday we have a non-uniform day. Participating students will need to pay £2 to their form tutor in morning registration, the proceeds will go to the Kelmscott Hardship Fund. We will finish for the term on Friday 17th December after session two. Students will spend the last half an hour of session two, back with their tutor groups and form-tutor, celebrating the achievements of students this past term. Form tutors will then escort students to the gates and dismiss them at 12.40pm to begin their holidays.
A letter will be with you on Monday 13th December detailing the arrangements for the new school term and the Covid testing we have been asked to provide. There will be a slightly staggered start to accommodate the testing programme. In essence, years 12, 11, 10, 9 will come in for their test only, on Tuesday 4th before returning for lessons on Wednesday 5th as planned. Years 7 and 8 will come in for their test only on Wednesday 5th, before returning for lessons on Thursday 6th January. Please read Monday’s letter carefully for the detailed picture.
We have seen an increase in positive cases of Covid this week, with eleven cases at the time of writing. Hopefully, we can get through to the end of term without too many more, and families can then concentrate on resting, recuperating and hopefully having some fun over the holiday period.
Congratulations to Samia Kerzazi-Jaadi in 10M, who achieved the most rewards points for last week with a noteworthy thirty – keep up the good work.
Can I take this opportunity to thank you for all your support this term. Despite the obvious challenges, we have had a very successful term with students getting right back on track with their studies and development.
Wishing you a Happy Christmas, for those celebrating and a happy holiday for the remainder of you.
Mr Sam Jones