Collection of Students, Latest Newsletter, Charity Concert, Carol Service, Staff Changes
I was delighted to write the introduction to the latest newsletter which is packed with interesting articles about events that have occurred within and beyond school over the last six weeks. Please read about what the students have been up to besides their lessons. I am always amazed by the sheer volume of activities that occur and am grateful to the staff for organising the events and trips
As usual the Charity Concert and the Carol Service highlighted the important place that music plays in the life of the school. The Charity Concert took place on Tuesday, 6th December in aid of “give a girl a future” campaign run by The British Asian Trust. This charity was chosen as in many parts of the world girls of the age of High School students are not given a chance to gain an education, but are often married off at a young age or are used for child trafficking. The charity, The British Asian Trust, works on giving girls the education and skills needed to have fulfilling jobs. On the evening the school raised £2,741.
The Carol Service based on a Victorian Christmas put everyone in a Christmas spirit. The singing, once again, from the Junior and Senior Choirs was inspirational once again. We were delighted that so many parents, grandparents and former students could join us for this special event. The retiring collection raised £303.27 and over 200kg of food and other goods were given to the Gloucester Food Bank.
Collection of Students
Please be aware that as from January all gates, except the bottom one on Denmark Road will be closed to anyone who wishes to enter the school. Parents must now come to RECEPTION to collect their daughters and sons and not through any other entrance. Parents must also not go to Student Services. It is important that all parents abide by these new procedures; under safeguarding all other gates will be closed.
It is an unusual time of the year to be saying goodbye to a member of staff. However, Mr Leathem-Pugh, Assistant Head: Director or Post 16 is leaving to take up a Deputy Headship as Head of Sixth Form at Windsor High School in Halesowen, West Midlands. Mr Leathem-Pugh joined the school in September 2014 and has been in charge of developments in the Sixth Form. He has been proactive in establishing a greater monitoring system for students and also for working with the organisation, Elevate, to develop students’ skills and make them more effective learners. Mr Leathem-Pugh has also taught Geography and students have thoroughly enjoyed his lessons as he always brought an element of fun to them. We wish Mr Leathem-Pugh every success in his new role.
I am delighted to announce that Miss Leathart has been appointed interim Director of Post 16 from January. I wish Miss Leathart every success in this important job in the school.
I hope all parents/carers enjoy reading the latest newsletter here.
The staff would like to join me in wishing all the students and parents/carers a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. We look forward to seeing your daughters and sons again on Tuesday, 3rd January 2017.
With best wishes
Mrs E. M. Sawicka, Headteacher