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  • Writer's pictureMr S. Jones

Headteacher's Weekly Update 17 - 19th January 2024

Dear Parents/Carers

I hope this letter finds you and your families well; a Friday update for you as always at the end of a chilly week in school. 

Year 9 have been completing their exams this week; their first taste of an exam sat as a cohort in our cavernous sports hall.  This introduces them to how our formal exams work at GCSE, with the many rules and expectations therein.  I have to say that they have done a terrific job, taking the process very seriously and conducting themselves impeccably throughout.  Teachers will spend the next two weeks marking and standardising their responses, before feeding back to students.  The outcomes and subsequent feedback may influence students’ decision-making for the upcoming options for GCSEs, later this term.

You may have seen in the media this week that there has been a measles outbreak in the UK.  Experts are predicting that there will be an outbreak in London soon too.  The importance of vaccinating against this dangerous disease is very important; for more information please see here.  

It has been a busy week for various teams representing Kelmscott at Borough events.  The Year 7 boys basketball team played Lammas on Monday, the score was a 10-8 win to Kelmscott.  George Vikata Georgiev from 7O was awarded player of the match.  The Year 10 and 11 boys basketball team also played Lammas on Wednesday narrowly missing out on a win 43-37.  Congratulations to the player of the match, Leon Capilli from 11C. 


Hot off the press; our Chess team, which comprised today of Samuel Burnside, Filip Ionescu, Linus Hopkins, Demir Demir and Alex Wild, represented Kelmscott at the Waltham Forest Chess Tournament which took place at Norlington school.  The team have been training hard over the last couple of months and were hopeful of bringing the trophy home.  I am thrilled and delighted to share that it was a Kelmscott final in the Year 7 and 8 field.  Congratulations to Linus for taking first place and the title of Waltham Forest Chess Champion, and also to Samuel for taking second place.   They were such a brilliant team throughout the day and represented the school admirably.  My congratulations to all who took part; we are really proud of them.

Continuing the sporting theme; if we have any budding cricketers who live in the Chingford area, Chingford Cricket Club are looking for new players in the secondary school aged teams.  More information can be found here.

A group of over 150 students from years 7-10 enjoyed cinema experiences this week as a reward for their excellent behaviour last term.  Very well done to those students and thank you for your outstanding contributions.

BeeZee Bodies and their family nutritionists deliver free healthy lifestyle programmes to hundreds of families across Waltham Forest.  We know that, for example, screen-free meal times can lead to healthier and happier family life.  For information that may be of interest to families please see here.  Also on offer are free in-person healthy lifestyle programmes to support families to build healthy habits around food and physical activity.  Sign-ups are open until the end of January.  Please visit the BeeZee Bodies website for more information.

Our Classics Department are currently readying themselves for their second annual Bath residential trip.  A group of Year 8 and 9 Classicists will travel back in time to Roman Britain between 60 and 70 AD, and explore some of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world, including the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey and the Temple of Minerva.  For those involved in the residential trip, a gentle reminder that students need to meet Ms Ahmet in the school car park for 7:30 am on Thursday 25th January; a further reminder will go out to parents on Monday.  If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Head of Classics.  

A reminder following my letter last week that smart watches are not permitted at Kelmscott.  As smart watches operate, in many ways like a mobile phone, with the ability to send and receive messages etc, they are not permitted in school. This conforms with JCQ, the exams regulator, guidance too as students would be removed from an exam if they were found to be wearing such a device.

Finally, well done to the following students who topped the reward point charts for their year groups last week, with a particular mention for Tilly Kimber in 8L who amassed twenty-two points in the shortened week, the most in the school – keep up the good work.

  • Year  7  Frederick Pomeroy, 7C with 13 points

  • Year  8  Tilly Kimber, 8 L with 22 points

  • Year  9  Ashauno Bigby, 9E with 18 points

  • Year 10  Ammara Sarwar, 10M with 11 points

  • Year 11  Eric Henig Griffin, 11S with 14 points

With every good wish, yours ever,

Mr Sam Jones 





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