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  • Writer's pictureMr S. Jones

Headteacher's Weekly Update 19 - 2nd February 2024

Dear Parents/Carers


I hope this letter finds you and your families well; a Friday update for you as always.

This week, eleven students from our top set Maths in Year 10 represented Kelmscott in the UKMT Intermediate Mathematical Challenge.  This national competition allows our students to showcase their problem-solving skills, providing a valuable opportunity for higher-achieving students to challenge themselves and compete against other schools. 

Seventeen Year 9 students had the privilege of visiting UCL's new campus in the Olympic Park this week. This trip follows a 6-week project entitled 'Becoming an Historian' where students focused on Natural History and worked with items from UCL's special collections, to write museum labels.  On the visit, the students were able to see and feel their chosen items as well as have a tour of the new campus building. The students were also able to preview their entries on UCL's website.  The students had a great time and learnt even more about their chosen pieces.  

Our Year 11 basketballers lost in the semi-final of the Waltham Forest Championships, in what turned out to be an agonisingly close result versus South Chingford, narrowly missing out on the win, 45-42.  The Year 11 team have conducted themselves impeccably throughout this season, and represented the school really well, displaying Kelmscott values in all that they do.  We hope there will be a third/fourth playoff match for them to play in before they call time on their school basketball careers.

As families know, we are working very hard as a community to embrace environmental issues in our area and beyond.  Today is World Wetlands Day and with the local natural resource, Walthamstow Wetlands on our doorstep, I am reminded of how important they are as natural guardians against pollution and climate change.  We are indeed very lucky to have such a beautiful, natural resource accessible to us all. 

This week, we have also spoken to students about the Big Garden Birdwatch, where families have an opportunity to take part in one of the biggest wildlife surveys that tracks the birds that appear in your gardens.  If you would like more information, or you would like to get involved please see here.

The PE department has asked me to share information about a free girls’ football camp that is taking place on Thursday 15th February, during half term.  It is organised by Tottenham Hotspur for girls between the ages of 13-16; more information can be found here.

As I wrote in my letter to you last week, next Thursday, 8th February, is our Year 7 Progress Evening between 4.30pm and 7pm.  An important opportunity for Year 7 parents and carers to meet with individual subject teachers, to find out about the progress and attainment of your child.  Please ask your child to share with you their, hopefully full, schedule of appointments that they would have been completing this week.  We very much hope all Year 7 families attend and look forward to seeing you all there. 

Families know that I have written before about vapes and their use by young people, which is of great concern.  This week, the police have asked schools to share information relating to the use of vapes by young people that were subsequently found to contain illegal drugs causing serious health problems.  To be clear these incidents are not related to Kelmscott School but  I urge you to speak to your child again about the potential risks of vaping.  In the latest incident reported to the police, the vape was a blue and purple coloured rechargeable metal vape device labelled ‘Vaporesso’, which held blue liquid residues, within a clear plastic chamber of a silver and black cartridge.

Finally, well done to the following students who finished top of the reward point charts for their year groups, with a particular well done to Alexandra Gutoiu in 8C, who recorded a whopping fifty-four reward points – very impressive indeed.

  • Year  7 Ruxandra Handiucwith 31 points 

  • Year  8 Alexandra Gutoiu with 54 points    

  • Year  9 Amelie Molloy with 29 points    

  • Year 10 Ikram Abdullahi with 20 points

  • Year 11 Eric Henig Griffin with 32 points

With every good wish, yours ever,

Mr Sam Jones 





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