Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome to another weekly round up.
It’s a strange time at the moment with the country – and, indeed schools – in limbo. We have heard encouraging news this week of further vaccine roll outs that will hopefully mean the 8th March is the point at which schools can return. However, we are all once again in the hands of the Scientists and Number 10’s Briefing Room, so as soon as we have full details, we will of course communicate them to you.
I am pleased to see so many good examples of work that continue to come through this week to us at school, both from those working on site and those at home. If you have not yet done so, please do take a moment to review our Facebook feed to see some of the entries into the Baked Beans competition (final winners announced next week!), pictures of Student of the Week, invitations to advice sessions for parents, details of the Pray for the Nation initiative, requests for your feedback and lots more!
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need support with remote learning and we will do whatever we can.
Next week, we are introducing a short morning check to help students prepare for the day ahead – the full letter is on our website.
This week has also been a busy one staffing wise. I am pleased to let you know that we have appointed Miss Mary Slater to our English team and Miss Lauren Page as Curriculum Leader for ICT.
In terms of other staffing updates, Ms Naylor, our previous Curriculum Leader of RE has left All Saints. I am pleased to confirm that Miss Lewendon has been appointed to the post of RE Teacher and we will update you regarding the Curriculum Leader role as soon as possible. This is being ably carried out currently by Mrs Randall.
In our Science Team, Mr J Smith has left the academy; I will keep you updated regarding his replacement. Miss Star Sams has joined our Science Department as Science Technician.
We have further interviews arranged next week and other posts advertised. As you will appreciate, it is a busy time ensuring staffing plans are in place to deliver a really high quality offer for when pupils return and into the next academic year.
I will leave you this week with a quote from physicist Amory Lovins who was once asked whether he was an optimist or a pessimist. He replied:
“I am neither — because they are just two different forms of fatalism. The optimist says things have to get to better, and the pessimist says things have to get worse. I believe in applied hope. Things can get better, but you have to make them so.”
It is with this “applied hope” that I am looking forward to next week and the term thereafter.
If we live out our school vision together – Act Wisely, Build Community, Help Other – and everyone tries their absolute hardest in doing so, I am confident that our young people will genuinely fulfill their potential and be ready for whatever the next challenge is!
Do enjoy a restful weekend – with every blessing