Headteacher's Weekly Update - 30th June 2023
I hope this letter finds you and your families well; a Friday update for you, as always.
Some of our Kelmscott classicists spent the day celebrating classics at Bradfield College, Reading, this week. The Greek tragedy, Antigone by Sophocles, was the 41st performance that follows Oedipus' discovery of a dark family secret that threatens not only to destroy Thebes but the King himself. The play enhanced our students' understanding of the Ancient World as well as encouraged their love for Ancient Greek plays. The performance took place in their magnificent amphitheatre and our students were transported to Ancient Greece. It was an experience that they will never forget, I am sure.
Kelmscott’s athletics team, from years 7-10 took part in the Borough Championships today. Our students acquitted themselves very well, fielding what was potentially the biggest team, our athletes took part in many of the events. Notable performances from Oscar Boniface Year 10, who took home the gold in Javelin, Esa Bham in Year 7, taking 4th place in the 800m event, and Lina Boultouak Year 7, having a particularly successful meet, placing 3rd in the 1500m and 4th in the 800m. In shot putt, Ariella Mburani Year 7, came 4th, and Lorence Capili from Year 7 finished 2nd. An exceptional show of athleticism, well done to all who took part, we are very proud of you all.
We were pleased to be involved in a Pride inclusion event for Waltham Forest hosted by Leytonstone School today. Kelmscott students took part in workshops, quizzes and games, and were able to connect with students from schools across the borough; an enjoyable end to Pride month.
Last week you will recall that our Year 7 and 8 scientists ventured to Birmingham to attend the Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair. I was delighted to hear all about the visit from Anton Mastrangelo in Year 8. Particular highlights for Anton were the many demonstrations and the stands with future career ideas such as Network rail, and what it was like to be an engineer working on the railway. Climate change and sustainability was a key theme running through the event. Anton found the trip a really fun experience and he hopes that there will be more science trips in the future.
We welcomed some senior members of our community to Kelmscott this afternoon, for our annual afternoon tea event. Our guests were treated to a performance from our choir, some background piano music from Alexandra Cocos Year 9, as well as a quiz to identify television theme tunes. Delicious cakes and refreshments were enjoyed whilst chatting to many of our lovely students. A fantastic time was had by all.
As we near the end of term, following a year of growth, students inevitably begin to outgrow their clothes. Please do keep this in mind when buying replacements over the summer holidays; ensuring that students have a uniform that fits them, allowing them to do up the top button on their shirts, (something we are sticklers for at Kelmscott), is very important. Please also ensure that students have a belt, so that trousers fit on the waist and not on the hips as we sometimes see. Our students represent our school in the community, on their way to and from school, and I always want them to do this in the best possible way. Your support in these matters is very much appreciated.
If there are any items of uniform that no longer fit your child but are in good condition, we would be most grateful to receive them for our uniform bank. Please bring them to reception if you are able to do this.
I have attached, for your information a separate letter, that addresses the two further NEU strikes that have been scheduled for Wednesday 5th and Friday 7th July.
One or two students have arrived to school on hire bikes e.g. Lime bikes. These are often in a state of disrepair, and pose a danger to the individual riding the bike, as well as other members of the community. Students should not ride such bikes to school.
Finally, congratulations to Mary Luggie in 10K who, again, topped the rewards points charts this week, with a very impressive 43 points. Outstanding work as always from Mary.
Mr Sam Jones