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  • Writer's pictureMr S. Jones

Headteacher's Weekly Update 31 - Friday 17th May 2024

Dear Parents/Carers


I hope this letter finds you and your families well; a Friday update for you as always as we head into the last week of the half term. 

The PE Department continues to be exceptionally busy this half term with many exciting opportunities for students to engage in.  Some highlights include:

Athletics - Over eighty Year 7s and 8s have signed up to take part in this year's Borough athletics competitions.  This week saw Ada Yeow 7S, fresh from her swimming success, come first in her heat in the 100 metres, Love Ogundipe 8O came first in her heat in the 300 metres, Rafah Kara 8O came in a very creditable 5th place in the 1500 metres.  Lots of girls attended this Borough event, all completing at least one event.  Many of the Year 7 girls completed two events each, often for the very first time – very impressive to see.  The boys enjoyed equal success with Terrell storming into 1st place in the 100m heat, Lorence placed 2nd in the shotput and Leon threw a huge distance in the javelin.  

Inter-form football - Competitions reached their climax this week too.  These are always hotly contested affairs with bragging rights claimed for the year to come.  Congratulations to 7E, 8E, and 9K after a penalty shoot-out with 9O, and 10K who all came out as victors.

Cricket - The combined Year 7 and 8 team had a good result on Monday with a win against Chingford, but then narrowly missed out on the win in an indoor game against Leytonstone.   The whole team played exceptionally well.  

A link was shared with Year 11 families yesterday, informing you about how you can apply for your Graduation Tickets, for our Year 11 Graduation Evening on Wednesday 26th June.  The excitement is beginning to build for this event, with students planning what they will wear etc.  We are very much looking forward to the evening, the culmination of students' Kelmscott journey.  A reminder that families are limited to two tickets, and guests must be over the age of twenty-one, please.  If there are any additional tickets that aren’t taken up, we will consider whether there might be an opportunity to obtain a third ticket, but we can’t make any promises here I’m afraid.  

An expression of interest is currently open to our Year 7 and 8 students for our Classics residential trip to Bath in January 2025; if you are interested in your child attending this trip, please complete the form before it closes at midnight on Sunday.

I neglected to include the results of our recent Parent Governor poll from earlier this half term.  We are grateful to Brian Pomeroy and Thomas Burnside, our two candidates for putting themselves forward.  The result was in favour of Thomas Burnside.  

As it is Mental Health Awareness Week it is never more important than working together to raise awareness of the mental health support available to young people.  Please find a link to Kooth here.  Kooth offers resources to help young people with the stress and anxiety they may be feeling.  Kooth has a support guide for students on coping with exam stress, an exam stress recorded webinar, along with articles such as “The ultimate exam stress toolkit” that may be of help.

We finish school next Friday for the half-term holiday.  Friday is a normal school day and will finish at 3.10pm.

Finally, well done to the following students who topped the reward points chart for last week, with a special mention for Sameer Omar  in 8C who topped the charts for the school with 40 points – keep up the good work.

  • Year  7 Juwaria Warsame 7C, for the second week running, with 17 points

  • Year  8 Sameer Omar with 40 points

  • Year  9 Ayub Medjbour 9E with 15 points 

  • Year 10 Charlie Tardelli-Thompson with 22 points

  • Year 11 Eric Henig-Griffin 11S  with11 points

With every good wish,

Mr Sam Jones 





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