The unpredictability of our British weather tested us all last week; I would like to thank you and your children for your perseverance in getting to school during the very cold conditions and staying responsive to our updates so that we were able to deliver a virtually complete teaching week. We look forward to seeing Year 7 parents on Tuesday 13 March for the postponed parents’ evening please. Do bring your son or daughter with you to take part in the conversations.
The start of March is the time when students in Year 6 find out which secondary school they have been allocated. I am pleased to be able to inform you that we were again oversubscribed for places in Year 7 and will now start meeting our new intake to smooth the way for their September start. Transition is a potentially difficult time for young people, although usually they quickly settle into a happy routine. Any young person can experience difficulty at school at some point, that difficulty may be academic or social. Students manage to solve many difficulties themselves, building confidence and resilience as a result and this is an important part of growing up. Occasionally the issue is bigger and impacts on a young person’s enjoyment of school. For us as a school, having a full understanding of the problem and working with parents is a vitally important step at these times so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any concerns. Issues are much easier to put right whilst they are still in their infancy rather than if they have brewed for a while. Talking through the school day at home is a great way to pick matters up early and as such we encourage all of our parents and carers to make time to do this regularly.
Thursday 1 March saw World Book Day celebrations take over the Learning Resource Centre and lessons throughout the day. Students enjoyed a variety of literary activities, competitions and quizzes. All pupils listened to a different chapter of Frank Cottrell Boyce’s Desirable in each of their lessons, while the English department dressed as their favourite characters from The Wizard of Oz!
Braving a cold, chilly walk, some of our fortunate students were invited to Worthing High School to listen to the children’s author Helen Dennis, writer of the Secret Breakers stories. Helen gave our students a valuable insight into creative writing and the determination of becoming an author which she had wanted to achieve since the age of seven.
GCSE students went to Goodwood on a Food and Cookery trip with Mr Staples on Tuesday 6 March, supporting their studies as they learned about the sourcing quality food from farm to table and new techniques and kitchen skills. Mr Staples said, ”It was a brilliant day. I’ve been amazed at how engaged they have been. Many of them want to become chefs, so this kind of experience is really important.”
Students in Year 7 were visited by a team of dental care experts from Orthoworld Worthing on Tuesday 27 February and learned all about the importance of looking after their teeth.
Our students are busy raising money for Sport Relief this week, with two students from every form set to compete in a running race on Thursday 22 March. Please help them raise as much money as possible for this brilliant cause.
Students have shown real pride in their learning by creating some fantastic postcards to represent each of the school’s faculties. Students including Alesha Felton, Connie Vincent and Emily Kiel-Williams contributed some excellent designs.
We’re very excited to announce that our Year 10 students won the Maths Feast Challenge at Worthing College. A huge well done to Alex Miller, Heidi Cameron, Caspian Archer, Jacob Tupper, Eden Lundie, Issy Walker, Yin Yin Lin and Kieran Le Manquais. They took on schools including Lancing College and Burgess Hill School for Girls. A fantastic achievement.
Some of our KS3 students are represented the school at the regional Tomorrow’s Engineers event based around LEGO robotics and STEM. While adverse weather meant that a visit to the event was not possible, our plucky engineers demonstrated their projects to Mr Franklin who judged their entries from school.
Year 10 students are continuing to work hard on their Duke of Edinburgh awards, training for expeditions and working on their chosen skills. Mr Imbert and his team of staff and parent volunteers continue to support these students on this incredible undertaking.
Franklin, Mandela and Turing all continue their quest for the House Cup with pupils in each house collecting an impressive number of ERAs for a range of excellent achievements. Turing’s Finn Seymour (7SWI) has collecting an astounding number of ERAs in just the last two weeks, while in Franklin, Felix Monaghan (7ACA) is another fast riser. Jessica Johnson in Mandela’s 8MMC has also been doing exceptionally well in obtaining ERAs.
In Netball our Year 7, 8 and 9 girls have recently taken on Worthing High, Durrington and Davison schools, with the Year 9’s securing a win against Worthing High. Well done to our students for continuing to represent the school.
Please visit the School Gateway to top up your child’s account. This can be accessed here. Please remember to check the account balance regularly.
Operation of the main school gate during the school day: a reminder that the main school gates are locked between 3.20pm and 3.45pm. This was set as part of the planning permission and as such there should be no traffic movement between these times.
If you have to collect a student with access difficulties you are welcome to park on site from 3pm and park up and wait. You will be able to exit the car park freely at 3.45pm.
This information was shared with you in the Transition Guide when your child’s joined us, a copy can be found here and details are on page 4 ‘The Journey to School’.
Parents’ Coffee Morning – Thursday 8 March 9 – 10.30am in the LRC ‘supporting your child’s mental health’.
Year 7 Parents’ Evening has been rescheduled to Tuesday 13 March. Bookings have been transferred over but if you wish to amend a booking please log on to the Parent Evening Booking System.
We have added more teaching vacancies and will be adding more so please keep an eye on the recruitment section of our website.