The first seven and a half weeks of this this new academic year have flown by and as always much has happened. Students and staff have really enjoyed the new timetable and lessons that have been introduced. We are really trying to engage our students with exciting lessons and other opportunities. An organization called A star has been working with some of our older students on an academic, vocational and self-confidence program. Next half term we will also be working with another organization called the Big Creative who will give our students access to fashion design, gaming and programming, music recording and so on.
Our new deputy Jeff has been instrumental in supporting our students to build an allotment which has just been finished. This will be used to grow vegetables which we will then cook in our new kitchen facility area. Jeff has already introduced cooking and the students have produced some delicious food. Staff and students took particular delight watching me eat some jerk pork and then seeing me being left speechless, red faced, sweating and struggling to breath!
Pictures of students cooking and project work with Deputy Head Jeff
There have been a variety of trips including to the local urban farm, central London, ice skating and a reward trip for students who have behaved and worked well to a Go-Karting center.
We have had a major focus on literacy this term introducing a word of the week and ensuring
all lessons have opportunities for students to be able to complete extended writing exercises. Staff then mark these and students have then been asked to improve and develop their work. I have been really pleased to see the progress that many of our students have made. Students also have access to the Lexia programme to improve their reading.
I cannot stress how important reading and writing are for our students and your support in this is much appreciated. I am also aware that not enough homework is being set. After half term homework will be set on a weekly basis for Maths and English and once a fortnight for other subjects. I will ask staff to inform me which days these will be set and then publish on the website.
I hope you all have a peaceful holiday and I look forward to another positive and productive half term afterwards. A reminder school re-opens to students on Tuesday 1st November 2016.