Parent Update 3rd December
Learning Cycle 2 – Week 2
Last week saw the lower school Celebration Evening. On Thursday 29th November, we invited in the top ten percent of students in Years 7 and 8. The auditorium was filled with proud parents, carers and relatives. It was a tough job to decide who truly deserved this special recognition. In the end, we looked at a combination of excellent attendance and punctuality, plenty of positive behaviour points with little or no negative logs.
The evening started with a mince pie and a cup of coffee. We were able to showcase some of our Art work and entertained the audience with songs from Charotte, Arlie and Jessica.
It was a pleasure to present the certificates and badges to the Year 7s and Year 8s and to recognise this level of commitment from our top 60 students in lower school. Some of the students are pictured below, and we will send out individual photos to parents in the next couple of weeks.
Of course, it is not only once a year that we celebrate success. This is our second such evening – back in October we had our prestigious Awards Evening on Weston Pier. We presented our ex-Year 11s with cups and trophies to recognise five years of excellence. There were also awards for exceptional performance from all students. In March, we will repeat the Lower School Celebration Evening for Years 9 and 10.
On a local level, we celebrate success daily. Form tutors share the number of positives achieved on a weekly basis with students. Parents/Carers – do you know how many positives your child has? I met a student last week who had over 700! Unsurprisingly, I was presenting this young man (pictured below) with a Student of the Week award. Each faculty have their own badge which students can earn; my personal favourite is the Drama badge. I also love the calculator badge for Maths. Students can wear their badges on their blazers and some of them have quite a collection coming along.
Finally – it is not too late to join in the parent forum. I have a few parents signed up and will run this myself at some point (hopefully to suit everyone) before Christmas. Please do get in touch if you want to be involved in this event.