Dear Parents and Carers, Students, Staff and Friends of All Saints
Thank you, as ever, for your support.
A couple of updates at the end of another busy week:
1. Our Vision
This is simple – “Act Wisely, Build Community and Help Others.”
I am pleased that we have lived this out today as part of the Christmas Jumper Day appeal, for which we have raised just under £500. With the other fundraising – for Children in Need and our own school community – we have raised just over £2000 this year so far, which is a fantastic achievement in very challenging times.
Thank you all for your support with this.
2. Site improvement works
I know that the Ryland’s gate closure has been a disruption this week and, indeed, will be next week. I’m sorry for this. Thank you for continuing to avoid the area where possible!
I am so pleased though, that when we return after Christmas, students will have three significantly improved playing surfaces on which to enjoy their break and lunch time.
Fencing work has been the focus this week on the courts. Next week, I will post some pictures of the work in progress, which is moving rapidly.
3. Student conduct – rewards and behaviour
A real highlight of my day today was meeting students who have demonstrated a concerted effort in terms of improving their attitude to learning. The Principal’s Breakfast is gaining momentum with croissants, hot chocolate with whipped cream, and breakfast baps! ….I am slightly concerned about the rewards budget being literally eaten away 🙂
If your child was present, please ask them to share their success with you and encourage them to wear their badge!
I would be grateful, also, for your support in ensuring all students keep a positive attitude to the end of term. We have some tired young people with us at the moment. They have done a fantastic job of re-educating with education post covid but we need to keep pressing on until the end of term. Calm conduct at break and lunch time is so important at this time.
4. Staffing update
I will write formally next week but I am delighted to let you know that we have appointed two fantastic colleagues this week to the post of Vice Principal Standards (Mr Peter Oxborrow, who joins us from The Bishop of Winchester Academy in Bournemouth) and Head of Year 9 (Mr Dan Kinsey, who joins us from Ferndown Middle School).
I know that staffing change can be a little unsettling but I am very pleased to have these colleagues continuing the excellent work of our existing staff team.
Please make them welcome in due course.
Finally this week, I would encourage everyone to take a moment to pause and reflect on the season we are in – Advent.
The below verse from the bible is one that always inspires me:
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
About 700 years before he was born, the person of Jesus Christ was foretold by the prophet Isaiah in these words.
What an incredible gift we have in Jesus – one who restores broken relationships, brings order and balance and assures our eternal destiny with a loving, faithful Father God.
I hope and pray that you find some much needed peace and rest this weekend