Welcome back to the final term of the academic year. After an eventful weekend of national elections (more on this later), this week has seen a return to hard work in the classrooms, especially for our older students preparing for public examinations.
My assembly for the start of the term had the theme ‘Find Your Passion’. This was inspired by much recent growth-mindset research, which got me thinking about our students and their approaches to exploring new interests. A growth mindset, allows us to be open to new interests and ‘passions’, in the sense that it enables us to face the challenges of developing something new, without giving up when things get difficult. Thus, it was very pertinent for our older students as they choose their A-levels or those leaving us to continue their education at university and indeed, for our Year 6 students as they prepare to embark on their next adventure in Secondary.
A reminder that in our efforts to reduce plastic usage and, indeed, waste, please could you remind your child to bring in their water bottle, especially with the onset of the hot weather this term. Many thanks.
Following the recent election, at the beginning of the week, we saw several students wearing wristbands of a politically motivated nature. We have reminded the pupils that these are not to be worn at any time within the school or, indeed, whilst wearing the school uniform. The wristbands have been removed.
Whereas, we have in the past accepted that pupils may wear wristbands in support of a particular charity (for a limited period of time), it must be remembered that our fundamental principles are of ‘tolerance, open mindedness and kindness’. Therefore, wristbands which support possible extremist views, of any sort, are counter to these and so are unacceptable. Thank you for your support and understanding in this matter.
A reminder to parents to ensure your child brings to school a ‘healthy’ snack. Recently, we have seen pupils bring in sweets and chocolate bars! Many thanks for your help in this matter.
I am happy to announce that Ms Guilar, our Secondary English teacher, has accepted the post of Head of Gaudi House from September 2019 onwards. Mr Jones is stepping down from the role, after two years at the helm which has seen great success for the house. Don’t worry, Mr Jones will still be with us and in the Primary department as ever. My thanks to him and congratulations to Ms Guilar.
The Easter cake sale was a huge success at the end of last term with 300Euro being raised for ‘Project Lombok’. Thank you all for your generosity.
Further to my message in the last ‘Newsbite’, our biennial parent survey will go live on Monday 6th May. As always, we do value your feedback so please do take some time to complete the survey. Many thanks in advance.
Mon 6th May
Headteacher away in UK
Parent Survey goes live
|Tues 7th May||
KS2 School Photos. If your child usually comes to school
in PE kit on this day, e.g. Year 4, please come in uniform
today and change into PE kit later. Thank you.
Wed 8th May
Madrid Games begin
Thurs 9th May
3.30pm – KS1 Musical – Fuzzy Wuzzy Caterpillar
Year 10 Parents’ Evening
|Fri 10th May||
KS 4 and 5 photographs
Madrid Games end (team returns on Saturday)
Next week, Mrs Cassidy and I will be away in the UK on a course in preparation for our new school initiative, ‘High Performance Learning’, which we intend to implement in the next academic year – more on this later. As ever, I will be leaving the school in Mr Snowden’s capable hands, together with the rest of my leadership team.
In the meantime, have a great weekend.