Headteacher's Weekly Update - 23rd June 2023
I hope this letter finds you and your families well; a Friday update for you, as always. It has been a very busy week in school, with lots of exciting co-curricular activities, taking place for a variety of our students.
A group of year 9 students took part in the CREST bronze award on Tuesday. Students researched and investigated a STEM topic of their own choosing, some of their work included making and testing their own fizzy drink and investigating what makes a good sunscreen. It was good to see our students investigating an aim that they are really intrigued by.
On Wednesday 21st June, the Kelmscott chess team headed off to Norlington School to compete in the Waltham Forest Chess Championship. Mohammed Saboor, Irfan Khan, Eythan Benaouche, Jude Cambridge-Brown, Edward Ungureanu and Linus Hopkins all did really well in their matches. It was a very intense day of strategic thinking and battles of the mind, and was great to meet students from five other schools. Mohammed Saboor played extremely well and overall came in 4th place. Well done! We now look to increase our skill and strategy as we prepare for the next tournament! Any student who would like to get involved with chess club, please see Mr Eley. Our chess club would gratefully receive any donations of unused chess boards or chess timers.
Our Year 7 & 8 keen scientists had a very early start this morning, as they headed to Birmingham NEC to attend the Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair. From the environment and sustainability, to inventions and innovating the next big thing - all the activities, shows and workshops have been designed specifically for young people aged 10 to 13 years old. I am very much looking forward to hearing all about it on their return.
The end of term trips are nearly upon us. The deadline for payment for the Southend Adventure Island trips is on Sunday at midnight. It is a popular and very enjoyable trip, so do please sign your child up if they are keen to go, I would hate for anyone to miss out.
Attached to this letter is a separate letter, that addresses the two further NEU strikes, that have been scheduled for Wednesday 5th and Wednesday 7th July.
A word of warning about the use of the MyEd app on your phones or devices. Our strong advice is that you only have the app on a password protected phone. A truanting student this week, accessed the app, via a shared tablet at home, and attempted to justify their absence to the school. Our attendance officer was on to this instantly, and the situation was dealt with, but I felt it important to let you all know, to ensure this does not happen again.
The local authority are holding an event to showcase opportunities around apprenticeships, that may be of interest to our students and, indeed, families. It takes place on the 29th June at the Town Hall, more details can be found here.
As we edge a little closer to the summer holidays, the local authority has also confirmed that the Holiday Activity and Food programme will take place again this summer. This offers free activities and a hot meal to young people, who qualify for free school meals - please click here to read more information. It has been a fantastic programme in the past, and can get booked up very quickly so would urge you to take a look. More information as well as a link to apply can be found here. Please contact reception on 020 8521 2115 to request your unique booking code (only available to those in receipt of free school meals).
I have been informed that Eid falls next Wednesday 28th June, Eid Mubarak to all families celebrating, I hope you have a fantastic day.
Penultimately, we are hosting an afternoon tea next Friday 30th June 2023 at 2pm. If you know of any seniors aged 60 years or above who would like to attend, we would love to hear from them and invite them. They will enjoy some lovely cakes and scones, as well as activities that we have planned. Some of our student leaders will run the event on our behalf. Please contact Linda Cottrell by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 020 8521 2115, for more information.
Finally, well done to Patricia Trifon in 11L and Brandon Parry in 11K who topped the rewards points charts, last week, with twenty-five. Great to see two Year 11 students sharing the spoils, in their last week at Kelmscott. It is Brandon’s third time this year winning this accolade too – very impressive indeed.
Until next week.
Mr Sam Jones