Headteacher's Weekly Update - 9th June 2023
I hope this letter finds you and your families well; a Friday update for you, as always, following our return from the half term holiday.
Today has been looming large in the calendar for our community; the funeral of Renell Charles. I was honoured to be asked by the family to say a few words. It was very hard choosing the right words for such a sombre occasion, but I was pleased to be able to contribute, in some small way. If I’m honest, it was exceptionally difficult to get the words out - I hope I did you justice Renell.
The funeral was, unsurprisingly, attended by many people which was lovely to see. Funerals are an important part of the grieving process; I hope all in attendance, particularly Renell’s family and friends, found some solace and comfort, however small. We will now give some consideration as to how we might want to remember Renell, as a school, in the coming months; more to follow on that in due course.
In more routine matters, it was lovely to see so many parents and carers in attendance for Tutor Parent Day on Thursday. It’s always very nice to see our parents wandering the corridors, on such days, on their way to or from their appointments, with students pointing many things out along the way. I hope you found the visit useful and informative.
The Kelmscott chess championships took place this week too, as we looked to finalise our team to enter the Waltham Forest Chess Championships, taking place at Norlington School in the coming weeks. Our confirmed team are, from Year 7; Linus Hopkins, Jude Cambridge Brown and Edward Ungureanu, from Year 9; Eythan Benalouache Lebrun, and from Year 10; Mohammed Saboor and Irfan Khan. Well done to all those that took part.
Earlier today, a group of Year 10s were given the opportunity to visit the University of Oxford. The Catalyst Programme continued their work, with our school, by providing them with a tour of St Catherine's College and Magdalen College. Students were also invited to ask current students at Oxford about their own learning journeys, as well as experiencing an academic taster session themselves. A great experience for all involved, especially as the students start considering their own future and making choices about their career paths in Year 11.
Our Kelmscott sports men and women have had another busy week. Our Year 8 cricket team played an excellent match, narrowly missing out on a win. A superb effort by all with Abdul Wudood standing out for his notable team spirit and effort.
Oscar Boniface Year 10 goes forward to represent the borough in shot put this Saturday, having had one of the best throws in the league. We are very proud of Oscar and wish him success at this prestigious meet.
Youth Mayor applications for 2023/24 are open. Details can be found in this link. We have some exceptional student leaders at Kelmscott, it would be fantastic to see them become involved in this, if it is of interest. Applications close on Sunday 9th July.
I was thrilled to learn that we have been given a National Award, for student attendance in term two of this academic year. Well done to Ms Munro, the Heads of Year, form tutors, students and, of course, you our families, who have all played a significant part in that success. We know that if students attend school regularly, experiencing our fantastic lessons each day, great things will happen. Keep up the good work.
I would like to signpost the following opportunity, to any of our female students who have an interest in Engineering. There is an exciting online event on Tuesday 20th June between 5pm and 7.30pm. Details can be found here.
Next Thursday, 15th June is our Celebration Evening for years 7-10. The evening formally records the achievement and successes of students within our school. We recognise how important it is to celebrate success and share it with parents, carers and other members of the school community. Prize winners for each of the subjects, as well as Head of Year and Headteacher awards, will be given out on the night. This event is by invitation only. The timings are as follows; 5:30 - 7:00 pm award ceremony, followed by drinks on the terrace until 7:30 pm. We are very much looking forward to seeing students and families of our award winners there on the night.
Finally, well done to Sulaiman Arain in Year 9, who topped the rewards points charts with thirty-eight in the week before the half term holiday, keep up the good work. Until next week.
Mr Sam Jones