Headteacher's Weekly Update - 4th November 2022
I hope this letter finds you and your families well. A Friday update for you, following our return from the half term holiday.
I hope you managed to have an enjoyable break and that your child feels suitably refreshed, and ready for the challenges that this half term will no doubt bring. We have been reflecting on the additional two days’ holiday that were added to this half term as a staff. I wonder how the additional days were received by yourselves? I would welcome any thoughts you have on this matter; would you welcome the additional time again or did it pose logistical challenges? Any feedback gratefully received.
It was very nice to welcome Year 11 families to school on Thursday for Progress Evening, formerly known as Parents’ Evening. It was a very good turnout as you’d expect for such an important evening, with powerful conversations taking place as to how students can maximise their potential in the summer exams. Many thanks to all those who came along.
Next week is an important week for Year 11 as they complete their autumn exams. This provides further data for us to use, in order to provide bespoke support for students, both inside and outside the classroom. I know Year 11 will give a good account of themselves in these exams.
Next Thursday 10th November is Tutor Parent Day for Years 7-10. This is a 10 - minute meeting
between the form tutor, parents and student; students will be given their appointment times in the
coming days. The discussion will centre around the progress students have made so far this year with their studies, as well as what co-curricular opportunities they have taken up. There will, of course, be an opportunity for families to ask any questions too; we hope families find this a valuable process. Year 11 still have examinations on this day so will not be involved as such.
Mr Lowe the Head of Computing has advertised that for the first time ever, the Computing Department will be taking part in the UK Bebras competition from 7th-18th November 2022. The competition is designed to explore students' computational thinking and logic skills. Students who would like to get involved, and have not done so already, should see Mr Lowe as soon as possible.
At the time of writing, I am aware of significant planned industrial action on our rail network next week, with national rail strikes on Saturday 5th, Monday 7th and Wednesday 9th November. These will affect the Bakerloo and District lines, London Overground and the Elizabeth line. London Underground strikes on Thursday 10th November will significantly affect the Tube. There will inevitably be some disruption to early services on the days after strikes. We are keeping a very close eye on the situation and the potential issues this industrial action may cause our students and staff. For up to date information and journey planners please use the following links:
Congratulations to Metecan Cetgin 7T and Sercan Kucuk 7E, who have been selected to play for the Waltham Forest district football team. Their first match is this Saturday - we wish them the very best of luck.
I am delighted to report that we have had four parents express interest in the three parent governor
vacancies on our Full Governing Body. Excitingly this will mean we have an election to organise. We will reach out to all parents/carers over the next couple of weeks.
Finally, congratulations to Jada Bernard in 7C who amassed the most rewards points in the week before the half term holiday, with a very impressive forty-five, keep up the good work.
Mr Sam Jones