Dear Colleagues, Pupils, Parents and Carers
I hope you all had an enjoyable and fruitful week last week; please take a few moments to recap on the key events at school:
1) Covid Update
I realise that the situation regarding the booking and then cancelling of the dates on site for the Covid 19 vaccination programme has been a frustrating experience for pupils and parents alike. Having spoken with senior health colleagues and leaders of the vaccination team, I know that they are frustrated too and have asked me to pass on their apologies. It is a situation that is not in their control either, I am afraid.
Many parents have fed back to me that the booking of appointments using the email address provided has been quick and easy and I would encourage families to do this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and choosing a convenient appointment. My understanding is that more local locations will soon be released also.
2) SIAMS Inspection 23rd and 24th November 2021
I have sent out two letters this week regarding our church school status.
The first contains the most recent report written by Steve Cowdery, the Diocesan School Improvement Advisor from Salisbury Diocese Board of Education
The second contains news of our impending SIAMS inspection, which takes place next week on the 23rd and 24th November.
We look forward to welcoming Father Jeremy Hellier to school where he will observe lessons and undertake discussions with pupils and staff. He and I have already spoken this week about the journey that All Saints has been on over the last few years. We know there will always be more to do but we are looking forward to sharing the progress made since we converted to become an academy.
Thank you to everyone for taking a moment to read the attendance letter that was sent this week.
Although the last eighteen months have been challenging in terms of the pandemic, the current case situation is low at school and pupils do not need to self isolate unless they have a positive test; this means they can continue with their schooling.
School attendance is so important for pupils education and their wider well-being. If you need support, please contact the office and we will meet with you and your child.
4) Charity Support
Our vision and values as a school encourage and inspire us to think of others and to support those in need and we have seen some fantastic examples of pupil leadership over the last few weeks in this regard with the Cancer Research Fundraising Day recently and yesterday, Year 9 leading on the Children in Need day.
Thank you and well done to all pupils involved! You can see updates on our social media feeds with photos from the events.
I look forward to seeing which cause the Charity Group will encourage us to support next!
5) Year 9 Parent Consultation Evening
I hope the parents and pupils of Year 9 found the PCE useful this week. Pupils, I am sure that there will be plenty to take away from the meetings to work on in each of your subjects. A letter has been sent with links to follow asking parents and pupils to feedback your views; please take a few moments to do this.
6) Trips, Visits and Sports Fixtures
It has been great to see so many sports teams leaving on away fixtures this week. This week we have had rugby, football and netball teams represent the school at different fixtures. If you are interested in getting involved in more sport, check out the clubs timetable in the PE department. Clubs change on a regular basis.
This week also saw the launch of World Challenge 2023. Details can be found on the website and further information available from Mr Jennings.
Letters have gone out regarding the Year 7 and Year 8 (rearranged from last year) Christmas Discos. We are lucky that FASA have organised a local youth band and a disco to come and entertain us. Please see letters for further details; do remember that we may need to cancel at short notice if cases rise.
Thank you to those of you who have expressed an interest in the Ski Trip 2023. We have had unprecedented interest in this trip, quite understandably! We will be emailing out letters next week with further information to those of you on the list.
Keep an eye on our social media feed and your email boxes as spaces become available for trips. We want as many pupils to be involved as possible, so if someone drops out, we will do what we can to ensure people on reserve lists get a space or we fill the space. Please contact us as soon as possible if your child is unable to attend a trip. We currently have one space on the Prince of Egypt Y8 trip and one space on the Everybody’s Talking about Jamie trip Y9-11.
7) Christmas at All Saints
Christmas is approaching quickly and as such staff have been meeting to plan our Christmas celebrations in school.
More details will follow next week about these in terms of worship time, performances and celebrations. In the meantime the canteen have published their Christmas lunch meal, which will take place on Wednesday 15th December. Details can be found on the website and social media feeds.
Finally, as ever, I hope you enjoy a rest over the remainder of weekend. I hope that God’s peace will be with you all at this busy time.