As we approach the half-term holidays, it can be tempting to ‘wind down’ and begin to take it easy. However, we as educators know that it is important to make every day of school count. Around the world, students typically spend about 180 days of the year in school. This is only half the year! In that time, educators must lead your children through a rigorous curriculum that builds up year on year. If your child misses out on school days, it’s like trying to complete a jigsaw with some of the pieces missing. However, if your child attends school every day, they are getting the full picture – all of the knowledge, processes and skills that they need to succeed and pass on to the next grade. This week, we will send you your child’s attendance so far this year. If your child is between 95% and 100% you should be a very proud parent indeed, and we will be celebrating all those students who have such an excellent record. Please remember – our minimum requirement is for 85% attendance across the whole year. If your child is lower than this at present, there is still time to catch up. We will report on attendance every half term to keep you on track. Of course, regular attendance is encouraged as it promotes good learning so please do come into school to hear all about your child’s progress. You can meet your child’s teachers this week at Parents Evening. Parents sometimes worry that teachers may ‘tell them off’ but the good news usually outweighs the bad! If you have not already done so, do please make an appointment to see your child’s teachers on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Home and school should build a strong partnership, as we all want the best for your children.
I hope to see all students in school for the whole of this week (including Thursday afternoon) but will take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful half term break.