Week ending September 19th
- I wrote a great deal last year about refurbishing the school and the theme continues this year with a programme of painting for all of our classrooms. The work has begun in the Humanities’ rooms and has unearthed some fascinating objects linked to the school’s history. There are photos on our Facebook page of boards that have been removed from classrooms dating back to when boys and girls were taught separately in the school. Given what we are unearthing, it would suggest the revamp was long overdue! It is exciting to see the transformation that is occurring and I hope you will get the chance to look next time you are in school.
- Parents have had the chance to see some of the work in school by attending both the PTA AGM this week and our Y7 Parent Information Evening. At the AGM Natasha Werdmuller was re-elected as Chair and we congratulate her on that appointment and thank her for her continued contribution to the school. At the AGM the PTA outlined a number of events they are hoping to run this year. Please look out for details of those as they are always enjoyable events to attend. The first will be our Band Night where tickets sell out very quickly.
- Attendance at the Y7 Parent Information Evening was superb and comments from parents about how helpful they found the event were great to hear. The focus of the evening was to provide helpful information about our curriculum and how best to support at home. We provided refreshments in The Apex before the event and we managed to get a great picture of Y7 students on the balcony above our results’ banner. It seemed a perfect shot that would be great to look back on in five years, when those Y7s will be in Y11 and we hope celebrating our best ever results. Do look at the photo on our Facebook page.
- Miss Lehane, Head of Cavendish, has launched her house competition programme for this year which looks very exciting and provides an opportunity for all students to participate and contribute to their house. The competitions will run during break times and the competition captains will be taking the lead. Students will be able to select from one of four categories:
- physical; mental; creative and challenge. The competitions available are too numerous to list, but include: space hopper races; giant Sudoku; recycled fashion and the mystery box challenge – we can’t wait to get started!
- The PE extra-curricular clubs are up and running and attendance has been excellent again. The sports hall and gymnasium have been full every lunchtime with students playing basketball, table tennis or badminton. We are really pleased to have started a new and popular girls’ exercise class on Mondays after school: at the moment, the group is focused on Zumba and Pilates. The fitness suite is also used by students every day. Year 11 students are able to take advantage of free sessions from a golf professional at the Cowley Road driving range. Our badminton club is oversubscribed again and our autumn competitive sport is well and truly underway; last week there were approximately 150 students involved in the college hockey and rugby training. I’m delighted to say that almost all teams won their first fixture of the year – well done to them!
- A future date for your diaries is October 18th when we will be holding a Family Learning Festival, from 10am until 12 in the Old Gym on Saturday 18 October. All our community families are invited and there will be much fun and many great prizes as well as free food, a fire engine and the mayor. Please keep the date free in your diaries and we will give you more details soon.
- There is an information evening for students and parents of Year 10 next week. Year 10 families are invited to come to a short talk and a series of workshops designed to prepare Year 10 students for this important stage in their studies. We would like to offer you some refreshments and welcome you from 5.30pm for 6 in the new Apex learning space. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 25 September. Please ask your children to bring along their iPads.