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  • Writer's pictureMr S. Jones

Headteacher's Weekly Update 3 - 22nd September 2023

Dear Parents/Carers


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


I’ll begin with an update on the canteen. Pleasingly, we have managed to iron out the vast

majority of the issues. Students are now entering the canteen in good time, have enough time

to eat their lunch inside the canteen and no students are late for lessons. We are continuing to

simplify the menu, until such time that The Pantry are confident all of their processes are

embedded, in terms of ordering and suchlike. Thanks for your continued patience, we are

getting there.


A reminder to families that as part of their school uniform, students should have their lanyard

and ID cards with them every day, and ensure they are wearing them once they are on the

school grounds. Loss of lanyards/ID cards should be reported as soon as possible and will cost

£6 to be replaced. If you would like your child to have their card renewed with their recently

updated school photograph, the cost will be £2, for the card only. Thank you for your support

here.


I mentioned the Globe Players opportunity for Year 11 students in the letter last week; On the

9th October the Globe Players will be visiting Kelmscott to perform plays for 3 GCSE set texts;

An Inspector Calls, Jekyll and Hyde, and Macbeth. The English Department has been

disappointed with the take-up so far. It really is a fantastic opportunity and supports so much of

the learning that takes place in English lessons. We know that students who watch the plays do

significantly better in their English exams as a result. I really urge you to take up the

opportunity. In the meantime, this opportunity has now been extended to Year 10 students.

Please reach out to your child’s English teacher if you would like more information or have

another query.


Auditions took place on Wednesday for our school production this year, The School of Rock, and

they were very well attended. There will be follow-up auditions next week, students will be

informed of the details in due course. Students can get involved in on-stage opportunities, or

backstage opportunities, so please talk these through with your child, if they are yet to audition.


The term of office for our Chair of Governors, Scarlet Harris, and the Chair of the Finance

Committee, Alanna Molloy, both parent governors, are up in the coming weeks. Both are very

keen to complete another term and bring huge experience and expertise to the roles. The

process is an open one, however, and other parents are welcome to put their names forward to

be parent governors. All of our parents can then vote, should they wish, for whom they would

like to represent them as parent governors.


If you are interested in applying for one of the parent governor positions, alongside Scarlet and

Alanna, please email me directly; s.jones@kelmscott.waltham.sch.uk with a paragraph on what

you will bring to the role. We will then share details of all candidates that have put their names

forward, in advance of a vote that will take place in the next fortnight.


Two further parent governor roles are likely to become available towards the end of this term

too, when a subsequent vote will take place.


A group of Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 girls took part in a football coaching session at Douglas Eyre this

week. Our girls were leading and coaching Year 3 and 4 girls from some of our local primary

schools. Seeing our girls operating as leaders in this capacity is fantastic; inspiring the next

generation. Well done to all involved.


For any of our girls who would like to advance their own football skills, Leyton Orient are

running some free sessions on Wednesday evenings from 5pm until 6pm at Score Leisure

Centre, details can be found here.


Continuing the sporting theme, Year 7 beat Buxton 5-4 in a thriller of a match. All of the players

performed incredibly, but Kayden Stanbury was awarded player of the match, scoring a hat-trick

on his debut for Kelmscott. The Year 8 team had a resounding victory against South Chingford,

winning 10-0. Sercan Kucuk took the player of the match honours with a five-goal haul,

however, special mention must also go to debutant Terrell James McArthur-Channer who scored

a hat-trick.


We are very fortunate as a school to be in such close proximity to the Leyton Family Hub on

Queens Road, just around the corner from the school. Details of the fantastic programs and

support they have available for our families to benefit from can be found here and here.


The local authority has asked me to share a digital flyer, for the online version of their Student’s

Guide to Health and Wellbeing, that they produce each year. It has some great advice for young

people on how they can improve their physical, mental and social wellbeing, I would urge them

and you to take a look here.


A reminder to families of the late start for students next Thursday, 28th September,

following our Open Evening the day before. Students should arrive at school for 10.40am

through the usual gates, please.


Finally, well done to Muhammad Ahmed in 10E who topped the reward points charts last week

with thirty-three. Don’t forget you can check how many reward points your child is receiving via

the MyEd app.


Mr Sam Jones

Headteacher

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