A school community is a fascinating living and breathing entity. It has been a joy to witness the new school year unfolding with all of the enthusiasm and energy required to get all of the systems and programmes fully operational. There has been a real warmth around the place as new families are welcomed and integrated and returning families adjust to a change of year group and get to know the fantastic new staff who have joined. That process continues on this week with the PTA’s Welcome Back Party on Saturday evening featuring the band Studio 188. I look forward to seeing many of you there.
It has great to hear all of the wonderfully positive feedback about the new learning environments we have created from staff, students and parents. However, it is the way we put these new facilities to use that is most important and impactful. As we begin our tenth anniversary year it is important to be able to report that our organisation continues to grow and develop, not just in terms of numbers and facilities but also in terms of the quality of the teaching and learning that takes place in the classroom day in and day out.
At the end of last year we undertook a review of our curriculum provision across KS2 and KS3 and as a result of the work undertaken by staff we have reorganised and restructured our curriculum delivery. These changes are already having an impact which are being reported back to us by staff, students and parents. The changes have created a more integrated curriculum that allows more opportunities for effective cross curricular learning and increased opportunities for genuine HPL. It also provides more stimulating curriculum themes that are more relevant and engaging to students in an international context.
Teachers who have worked on the fine tuning of the curriculum have reported that they are excited by the new approaches and new contexts and the way it allows them to engage children in learning. The children are clearly excited by the challenging opportunities that that these adaptations have given them including more scope to initiate and to deepen their learning.
This is a reflection of what we call relentless dissatisfaction, which sounds perhaps a little negative but it is an important part of what drives us forward to continue to improve and develop our provision of teaching and learning. We are always looking for ways to improve our practice.
Finally I would just like to once again encourage parents to get involved in school in any way that they can. We are keen to hear from trained teachers and nurses who would be prepared to do supply cover and from parents who want to get involved in the Parent Teachers’ Association which relies on volunteer support in various capacities large and small. We also have a vacancy for a part time Higher Education (HE) Advisor to support students as they transition to university at the end of their time with us. In addition we have an exciting opportunity for someone to support our publications team in the production of the school year books. If you have experience of editing and would like to be involved in helping us to capture the exciting experiences and academic achievements that occur throughout the year we want to hear from you. Please contact us if you are interested in any of these opportunities at Principalfirstname.lastname@example.org
- Kevin Foyle, Principal