Headteacher's Weekly Update - 10th March 2023
I hope this letter finds you and your families well; a Friday update for you as always.
Despite the cold and wet weather, on Wednesday Year 10 Classics students enjoyed spending the day celebrating the study of Classics and the role it plays in secondary school, and the wider world, hosted by Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School. A host of speakers from leading academics like Dame Mary Beard and Professor Edith Hall, to Classicist Natalie Haynes, extolled the virtues of studying Classics and spoke about how the subject changed their perspective on civilisation, politics, democracy and art. The day ended with a panel of undergraduate students describing their experiences of studying Classics at degree level and where this can take you. Wednesday also saw our 10 Year Artists travel to University College London to experience a university environment; they were afforded a fantastic experience etching onto copper plate and working in a purpose built printing workshop. Students also got to visit the gallery, on the grounds, and analyse, annotate and draw works of art. As always it is great to see our students having so many co-curricular opportunities to take advantage of.
This week we had a week of events to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). A creative writing competition was open to all students, a group of girls delivered IWD assemblies all week to all students, on Wednesday we welcomed Dinaz Stafford, a film maker and activist, who spent the afternoon in conversation with forty students, and various other activities have also taken place. IWD should not be isolated to one day or week, and it is our intention to carry on running events and workshops for all students, to continue to raise the profile of women’s equality.
Next week will be dominated by industrial action, with strikes set to take place on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March. I wrote to families yesterday about our arrangements for next week; industrial strike action letter.
We have moved the Year 8 Progress Evening to Thursday 27th April as a result of the strikes. Year 8 families, please make a note of this new and confirmed date in your diaries. We hope this doesn’t cause any inconvenience.
Wednesday 22nd March has been confirmed as our Year 11 Tutor Parent Day. Year 11 will go home at lunch time on the day, but will return with a parent or carer, to discuss progress in each of their GCSEs, with their form-tutor, following the recent internal exams that they have sat.
Please see the following link for a flyer that provides more details about the Children and Family Centre Work Club, run by the Local Authority. This gives advice to adults on training opportunities and employment that might be of interest to some of you.
As part of the Waltham Forest ‘Big Youth Conversation’ I have attached a flyer about the Youth Voice Hackathon which is offering 12 young people aged 14-24 the exciting opportunity to join the borough’s Strategy & Change Department for 3 days’ work experience. Please see the flyer for more information about this opportunity and how you can apply.
A reminder for our students that we have two hotline numbers in school. The first is a sexual harassment hotline. If students either experience or witness sexual harassment, and are uncomfortable reporting this in person to a member of staff, they can report this by texting;
The second hotline number is our safeguarding number. If students have a serious safeguarding issue outside of school hours, they can text;
Our safeguarding team will then respond.
Whilst we very rarely receive messages on either line, I am keen to keep them high profile just in case the need arises. Parents/carers are most welcome to call us at any point on the school telephone number, to discuss any issue regarding your child.
A reminder for families of students in years 7-10; sign-up for our exciting end-of-year trips to Adventure Island Southend, is now live. Please check your payment account for details or get in touch with the school via firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. For families that have already signed up but not yet submitted the consent form, please do so as soon as possible to confirm your child’s place. Thank you for your cooperation here.
Finally, congratulations to Haseeb Qureshi in 10E who topped the rewards points charts last week, keep up the good work.
Mr Sam Jones