Dear Parents and Carers
The end of another busy week. Please do take a few moments to read some of our current news and updates:
1) Reading Plus
I am delighted to be introducing a new Reading Programme to All Saints. This is called Reading Plus and will be led by Mrs Jeanes, Assistant Vice Principal. There will be links to our English curriculum, led by our Head of English, Mrs Kate Matthews. Reading is so important for all pupils, not only for their academic progress (there are many studies that clearly link achievement to reading) but also in terms of broadening horizons and developing individuals. Please be ready for a formal letter next week.
2) Ball Games at Break and Lunch
I think it is safe to say that the resurfaced courts have been very well received!
However, I would like to ask all parents and carers to discuss basic respect and safety with those children who use the courts. We have had a couple of games get a little over excited this week which has led to a bit of disharmony. I take the simple approach with pupils of reminding them that 1) we cannot referee games at lunch so respect is needed; 2) the game is not a Wembley final but a chance to play together and have some fun; 3) I will not hesitate to ban pupils if they do not follow our pupil ethos – “Ready, Respect, Safe”. I am confident of your support in this regard!
3) Year 11: PCE, Hoodies, Evidence Collection
Thank you to all Year 11 Parents who joined us for Parent Consultation Evening this week. We have 7 weeks left and will be talking with pupils next week about the latest information coming through from the exam boards.
We will also be distributing Leavers Hoodies. When we do this, we will permit Year 11 pupils only to wear them for their final half term with us. This is in light of the impact the covid pandemic has had. No other hoodie or jumper will be permitted other than a plain black V neck jumper or an All Saints PE jumper. Please support us with this.
4) Mental health event
The mental health even this week with popstar Eleni C was a resounding success with quality music and an honest conversation about mental health post pandemic. Thank you to everyone involved in making this happen and taking part so positively.
It is clear that we have some young people who are struggling with a number of things: grief, anxiety and fatigue amongst others. Please remind your children that the Hub is the location of our Wellbeing Team who can support. Pupils should access support there at break or lunch, or in accordance with their personal plans. It is important that during lesson times, they are with their teachers learning and recovering their curriculum understanding.
5) Covid – Easter Testing
Please be aware that the testing regime will continue throughout the Easter Holiday. There is a detailed letter on our website
Thank you for working with us closely at this time. Please do enjoy a restful weekend.
With every blessing!