Headteacher's Weekly Update - 13th May 2022
I hope this email finds you and your families well; a Friday update for you as always. Year 10 have begun their exams this week, as we assess their progress on their GCSE courses so far this year. I have been very impressed with the start that they have made to the ‘upper school’, as it is sometimes called. They present as a mature, focused, conscientious and kind, year group, who have been excellent role models for the younger students. I am confident this will continue into next year.
As I mentioned last week, we welcomed Year 6 students and families, who will be coming to Kelmscott next academic year, in for a meeting on Wednesday of this week. It was nice to meet those families again, and we look forward to welcoming them officially in a few months’ time. We had a large number of Year 9 students helping us on the evening, and what an impressive job they did. They too displayed great levels of maturity, as they welcomed and supported the visitors to our school. There is no better advert for our school than our wonderful students, they are a credit to the school and, of course, their families,
many thanks to all involved.
Thursday, saw the culmination of The Smile Project, which has been taking place weekly over the past few months. A group of boys, from Years 8-10, have been involved in the project. It provides a safe space for the group to discuss and explore issues and challenges that they face as young, black men in London. The feedback from the boys has been very positive indeed which is pleasing. The project culminates with the boys’ having their picture portrait taken which will form part of a display in school but also elsewhere in the capital. I can’t wait to see those pictures, having seen the original exhibition at City Hall on the Southbank. You can read more about the project here:
Next week we have a Parent Information Evening for a targeted group of families; you will have received an individual invite if this applies to you. It is vital that families invited, attend this important
event please. It will provide families with crucial information as to how you can best support your child in school. We will have translators in school for the evening, in all of our main community languages, to ensure that all families can access that important information. We very much look forward to seeing you there. The presentations on the evening, will go up on the website in different languages for everyone to be able to reference, should they want to.
Congratulations to Vladislav Grativ in 10M who amassed the most reward points last week with
twenty-four – keep up the good work.
Finally, we wish our Year 11s the very best of luck for their forthcoming exams, which begin next week. We hope that all their hard work pays off.
Mr Sam Jones