Thank you for your support this week as we all enjoyed record-breaking temperatures! I think allowing pupils to wear their PE kit during this period has really worked well for all concerned with pupils claiming that they have felt much more comfortable in their lessons. This to me should be the way in which we approach ‘summer uniform’ – when the temperature gets to a point where it is simply too uncomfortable to wear uniform in the classroom then pupils should be allowed to wear their PE kit. As was the case this week, parents and carers will be informed through social media and our new SIMs parent app if pupils are allowed to wear their PE kit (this system worked extremely well this week). Going forward, I would propose that this replaces the polo shirt and I will be informing parents and carers of our new year 7 (September 2018) of this fact.
In only 4 school weeks time we will be returning to a new and exciting year and, as you are aware, this year we are introducing our enrichment programme for all pupils (years 7-13). The enrichment session will take place on the second Wedensday of the timetable and pupils will be able to choose from a wide variety of activities with the first round of options taking place in the next few weeks.
It is hoped that this initiative will allow pupils some freedom in a very busy timetable. There will be no examinations or tests involved with pupils (and staff) being allowed to enjoy activities without these additional pressures. Of course, the enrichment programme will depend on the positive and mature approach from all of our pupils; it is not optional but having seen the range of activities, neither will pupils have to do something which they will not enjoy.
This is such an exciting project and I firmly believe it will make a positive impact across the school in all lessons and I am sure this blog will contain lots of information about the activities in the coming months.
The photo of the week shows members of the hockey team who are looking for sponsorship for new kit – if you know of anyone who will be able to help, please let us know.
Thank you for your support.