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  • Writer's pictureMr S. Jones

Headteacher's Weekly Update 5 - 6th October 2023

Dear Parents/Carers

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

I have toured the school many times this week with prospective parents. As well as chatting

about the Kelmscott offer, we have been into many classrooms across the school. I really enjoy

such tours, as I know how impressed those families will be with what they see; without fail,

classrooms are calm and purposeful with students fully engaged in their learning. It makes me

very proud indeed of the school we have, both our staff and students, as well as the rich

curriculum offer that we boast.

A group of Year 8 students were involved in the Catalyst Programme last Friday; participating in

a workshop hosted by the University of Oxford. The Catalyst Programme, organised by St

Catherine's College, delivered a range of activities designed to get students thinking about their

future and different career paths. As well as discussing what university entails, students were

given the opportunity to ask Julia Gartold, a current Biology student at Oxford, any questions

they had about university life. This was followed by an activity in which students were asked to

design their own university! Students were fully engaged and were a real credit to the school.

Ariella Mburani, who attended the workshop, said, “It was really nice that there was student

perspective and the workshop helped me see a clearer, more reachable future.’’

The Art department are running their annual Inktober events this month. Inktober; traditionally

a month of Art Prompts given daily and used to inspire a drawing or piece of art made with ink.

We roll this out for at least two months, allowing students to explore this worldwide online

event, in the art rooms, learning how to use inks and different papers. We will meet weekly on

Wednesday 12.40-1.20pm to discuss and share ideas and techniques in room K207. Please note

that students are welcome to eat a packed lunch in the art rooms during art clubs.

The Art department are also running a Black History Month competition; the Black History Hero

Portrait drawing competition. Students can create a portrait of someone who is inspiring to

them from Black History, or a contemporary person of note. Any material at all can be used; in

the past, we have had portraits made of leaves, coffee, digital art and paint. Entries should

have the student’s name and form group on the back and can be handed in to any art

department staff. The deadline is the end of October and the competition is open to all


Information about two upcoming events, ‘no more youth violence’ and ‘family games night’ at

the Leyton Family Hub, our close neighbours on Queens Road, that might be of interest to

families, can be found here and here.

A careers event for any students who might be interested in a career in Law is being held online

on the 12th October. If this is of interest to you, details can be found here. For students

interested in a career in the Insurance Industry; the Direct Line Group are running an in-person

Black Leaders of the Future event on 18th October, please see here for further details.

The Year 7 football team were victorious in a cup match this week against South Chingford

School, with a 5-1 win. Norbert Dorbrovat scored 3 goals and Raees Rujully 2. The whole team

played brilliantly and a special mention goes to our goalkeeper, Muhammad Ahmed, who played

a great game making some vital saves.

The Year 8 football team was victorious over Holy Family School in a league match with a 3-2

win. The goals were scored by Izildo Da Costa Cardoso, Terell-James McArthur-Channar and

Sercan Kucuk, and Logan Nwosu was declared as Player of the Match. Well done to the entire

team, keep up the good work.

Finally, congratulations to Melany Kocheva in 8S, who amassed a very impressive fifty reward

points last week, keep up the good work.

Mr Sam Jones




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