Headteacher's Weekly Update - 7th July 2023
I hope this letter finds you and your families well; a Friday update for you, as always.
As a result of further strike action this week it has been another shortened week.
A reminder to please be mindful of our uniform expectations. Students are expected to remain properly attired on their journey to and from school, as they are representing Kelmscott in the community. We would be grateful if you could check your child’s uniform before they leave home for each morning. I have attached information regarding uniform that can be accessed on our website or on pages 6-7 of the current Kelmscott student journal. I ask that you please check that the school dress code is being adhered to.
You may recall from a previous update, I asked that you share with your child, the exceptions to our uniform policy for the hot weather.
Optional items may be removed initially:
2.) School jumper
After this, the blazer can be removed, but this should be carried in student’s hand to ensure it does not get creased. Top buttons should remain fastened and ties worn please. Thank you for your ongoing support in these matters.
Please can I remind families to check and, where necessary, settle any outstanding balances on account such as lunch arrears. If you wish to discuss any outstanding amounts please do not hesitate to contact school on 0208 521 2115.
With the cost of living continuing to rise and increasing pressure this puts on our families we have seen a sharp rise in families facing the prospect of eviction from their homes. I have included below some very useful links to information and services that may be able to offer information, support or guidance on a range of issues, including housing.
The Leyton family hub, which despite the name, is in Walthamstow, - 215 Queens Road, E17 8PJ offers an Early help community drop in service. Please see link for alternative drop in sites across the Borough.
If you have housing concerns or need housing advice the community hub has an advice line 07591 013930 open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10am - 12pm.
Next Wednesday 12th July, we look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 cohort for Transition Day; I know that our current students will make them feel very welcome.
How nice it was to see so many families on Thursday for the Year 8 progress evening. We always look forward to seeing families at these evenings, to discuss the progress their child is making. These events are of vital importance, as we work together to maximise the success of all of our students.
Some good news to share, I am sure you will want to join me in offering our congratulations to Ms Shepherd and Ms Riaz for their successful appointments to Heads of Year. We wish them every success in these substantive roles.
Students continued to enjoy a variety of co-curricular activities this week. Year 9 scientists enjoyed a fantastic day at the Natural History museum on Tuesday. Students had the opportunity to gain insight on the work done by Charles Darwin and a better understanding on his theory of evolution by natural selection. Year 10s were visited by the Waltham Forest's Sexual Health Outreach Team who delivered the C Card Scheme and awareness about good sexual health. The students engaged well with the facilitators and were able to ask questions and address any misconceptions.
On Saturday, Year 10 students will be working with the International Career Entrepreneur Events (ICEE) company. This is the third and final workshop with ICEE and it looks to be an exciting day. Students will be focusing on the topic of ‘What is the colour of your parachute?’ in order to develop and inspire thoughts about possible future careers. They will also complete a session on personal branding and networking to further develop their skills. On completion of this third session, students will be ICEE graduates and will be part of the ICEE Alumni network.
Looking forward to next week we have cultural day on the Monday 10th July. We invite students to dress in the clothes/colours of their country. Please note this is not an non uniform day, any student not wishing to participate is expected to wear school uniform. There is no charge to participate in this event.
Sports days, it is important that your child is prepared for the day. Please apply sunscreen and have supply enough to reapply during the day, please ensure your child has a suitable hat and a bottle of water, sports day can be thirsty work! The weather forecast as of today is not suggesting it will be exceptionally high temperatures. Dismissal from sports day will be at the earlier time of 2pm from Douglas Eyre Sports Ground.
Activity day trips to Southend, again it is important that your child is prepared for the day with sunscreen, hat and water to hand. Thank you for your support here.
The final headteachers Saturday detention for this academic year will be on Saturday 15th July from 9-11 am. If your child is informed that they have been referred for my detention it is expected that they arrive on time, in full school uniform and with enough work to complete for the two hour duration. Your support with this is appreciated. Thank you.
A reminder to families, that the last day for students this term is 19th July this will be a full school day, with students finishing at the usual time of 3.10pm.
Here are the key return dates for September:
➢ Monday 4th September – Inset Day (staff only)
➢ Tuesday 5th September – Year 7 only
➢ Wednesday 6th September - Years 8-11 return (all year groups in)
Finally, congratulations to Amelie Molloy in 8L who topped the rewards points charts this week, with an impressive 35 points. Outstanding work as always from Amelie.
Mr Sam Jones