This week, we will be celebrating many opportunities with the students. Opportunities in the class room, the extensive ECA provisions coordinated by the class teachers and the outside opportunities offered by external providers.
During Sunday’s assembly led by the Regatta Sailing Academy, they brought in a boat and were able to explain to the students the benefits of sailing and the skills they will learn from it. We will be looking to build our links with Regatta in the future. We have the Duke of Edinburgh scheme within our school that is being extended to Years 7 to 13 this year. Regatta also offers the Bronze, Silver and Gold award and the aim is to dovetail provision to ensure that the students have a varied and rich opportunity to succeed.
Students were further informed how they have the opportunity for school improvement. Student Council and Cabinet applications are currently being completed. We look forward to the voting period, where school representatives will be selected. I am a firm proponent of student voice and look forward to listening to the students in terms of school improvement. We had our first house activities and we will be looking to develop that further this year. I will be listening for ideas from the Student Council as to how we can develop house captains.
An insight in to the character and confidence of the students we are developing at the school was shown last week at the ‘Succeeding in Years 7, 8 and 9’ event. Led by the Phase Leader for Years 7, 8 and 9, Dr John Warren, it was an insightful evening on the organisation of the year groups and how parents can support their child. Our new Year Leaders presented a number of topics – Ms Clifton (Year 7) discussed organisational skills; Ms Fifield (Year 8) talked about the dangers and support of the internet; and Ms Reed (Year 9) enlightened us on revision and homework techniques.
I hope to see you over the next two weeks at the succeeding at IB and IGCSE events.