Principal’s Bulletin – 26th September 2014

High-quality Learning Environment

 

As part of the transition programme at the school, we will be spending £100,000 over the school year on improving the physical environment.  Early works have seen the establishment of Austen, Da Vinci and Newton House Offices.  Although, we are still working on setting up direct telephone lines to the Senior Tutors and Student Support Advisors in each house, the offices are quickly becoming the hub of life at the school for students.  We hope to be able to publish new contact details for Student Support Advisors and other key staff at the school in the next bulletin.

 

The hall has also had a lick of paint with some touches of the house colours.  This splash of colour gives a flavour of how the corridors in each house area will look, as we move the decorators through the school before Christmas.  Carpet will be laid in the main corridors as well to improve the appearance of the school.

 

As a response to the roofing work at the school and to separate parking and student areas, we have also created a new social and play area by fencing off the car park near the refectory, garden and tennis courts.  Picnic tables and benches have been installed here to create an outside seating and eating area.  We are investigating how we can make this permanent and also how we might renovate a disused courtyard in the school for student use.  To ensure student safety during the roofing work, there will be some changes to student access to some parts of the site and the way that students enter and exit the building.  Students will be given full details in Monday morning registration.

 

I mentioned to students in assemblies at the start of term that as part of the environmental improvements, we will also spend a substantial amount of money on renovating student toilets which in some areas are in a poor and unwelcoming state.  However, there is no intention to move forward on this until consultation with students and families can take place.  An initial discussion and an explanation of ideas will take place at the Parents’ Forum on Monday 24 November from 6pm.

 

New uniform

 

Over the next few weeks, we hope to be able to issue each student with a new school badge and a house tie in the appropriate colour.  Prefects will get a new badge in their house colour.

 

At the school Open Evening, we will also launch a competition to design a new uniform.  We’ll be inviting all current students and their families to submit entries too and the details will be in the next edition of the bulletin.  Any change in the uniform will involve full consultation with families and if there is a radical change there will be financial assistance for particular branded items and for sports kits, should the change occur in the year.

 

 

Improvements to information system

 

We will shortly be writing to families to ask them to update the information that we hold about students and those who care for them.  It is important that we have an accurate

record of contact details.  If you know that yours are incorrect, please contact the school, so that we are able to reach you in an emergency.

 

 

News in Brief

 

  • A link has been made with Stamford Skate Park to formulate a partnership between us and local primary schools for the use of the skate park in Session 6.

 

  • A group of 16 students will attend a leadership seminar with national sports governing bodies on Thursday 25 September. These students will form the basis of the student sports leaders within school.

 

  • Former student Hunaida Bhabha has been chosen Head Girl at the Deepings School, where she is pursuing her sixth-form studies.

 

  • All Year 7 and 11 parents have been contacted by parents as part of the new tutoring arrangements. Tutors will be contacting Year 9 next week

 

  • Over 50% of all students working toward their Participation Pledge attended a sports club last week at the school. By the end of the year, all students will attend at least one Session 6 each week.

 

  • Our horse riding club is now so popular, we need a bigger bus!

 

Rowing room

The Sport department have taken the first phase to equip Stamford Welland Academy with a fully functional fitness suite.  We now have a rowing room, so that the rowing machines are ready to use not only during lesson time, but also during lunchtime clubs too.  Izzy from Thorpe Ventures is now our in-house rowing coach. Over the next weeks, the rowing room will undergo further improvements to maximise students taking part in the sport and exploit the latest performance technology.

 

 

Gold Sports Ambassadors meet Olympian

 

Last Thursday, Anne Bennett accompanied three Year 10 Gold Sports Ambassadors to a sports leadership event at the Guildhall in Grantham. The students spent the afternoon working with other Gold Ambassadors from Grantham and heard an inspiring presentation from Craig Heap, former Olympic Gymnast.  Craig captained the GB gymnastic team to gold in the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and 2002 and was the only male gymnast representative at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.  He was recently a judge of the BBC One programme Tumble.

 

 

 

Students worked with Craig on team building and leadership activities and learned about the qualities needed to succeed in achieving your dreams and inspiring others.  The Ambassadors will use these new skills to support primary and secondary school sports events, completing over 40 voluntary hours, as well as training younger sports leaders.

 

 

Awards

 

We are introducing a new weekly award.  Each week, each tutor will nominate a student from their tutor group from which the Senior Tutor will select the House Award.  The winner will receive a certificate in their house assembly.

 

Every fortnight, I will select a student from those who have received the House Awards, who I feel has made an outstanding contribution to the school and/ or one of the Pledges areas.  This student will be presented with the Principal’s Award; they will then be invited to join me for cake at break and receive a certificate.

 

Each term, I will select a student from the Principal’s Award winners to receive the Principal’s Gold Award, which will be presented in the end of term celebration assembly.

 

 

Principal Tours and Opportunities to Meet

 

The school Open Evening will be held on Wednesday 8 October at 5:30-8pm.  All families are invited to attend to hear about plans for the development of the school and to see some of the changes.

 

I will be available for meetings and tours each Friday between 9-10am.  Parents should contact Suzanne Cooper at the school to book into/ onto these.  I will be available to speak to parents and answer questions on the Year 11 Parents’ Evening on Tuesday 14 October from 4 to 7pm.

 

 

 

 

With best wishes