Mrs Heywood's Words Lent 11
Our Year 11 pupils delivered a heartfelt assembly about their time at Claires Court to the rest of Senior Girls last Friday.
I hope you’re all keeping safe and well. As we settle into the end of our first week of remote working, we appreciate that these are difficult and testing times for families as we strive to find our best way of working within the constraints of family units with many of you adjusting to and juggling a new world of distance teaching and learning. Please keep encouraging pupils to contact subject staff if they are finding it difficult to understand or follow instructions given via Google Classroom. The staff have been impressed with your attitude to this new way of working, and the quality of work being produced so well done and keep it up!
The last day of term was an extremely emotional day for all and particularly for our Year 11 pupils. I wish to thank Mrs Ruddick, Mrs Sahota, the pupils, tutors and senior staff who worked hard to create a special day for all; an opportunity to look back, to reminisce and to enjoy each other’s company. The day culminated in a final assembly, in the company of the pupil body, where all Year 11s were presented with a silver heart necklace, provided by our PTA, which symbolises the love and affection in which they have always been regarded, and the strong relationships between themselves.
At the end of term we sadly didn't get the opportunity to say goodbye and wish Mrs Bennett, our biology teacher, all the best as she begins her maternity leave. Although we were all delighted that she had the opportunity to send a farewell message to her pupils along with other absent staff at the Year 11 graduation assembly. We are delighted to be welcoming Mr Merrow-Smith into the science department at the start of next term as our new biology teacher and he has already introduced himself to many of his teaching groups.
We are pleased to inform you that Ellie, Year 7, received a creditable highly commended for her Key Stage 3 and 4 original monologue at the ISA Shakespeare Competition. The judges commented: "It was a lovely performance which combines both energy and composure, is well spoken and carefully inhabited. There is a strong sense of character as well as good use of the body in space.’ This was a particularly amazing achievement as Ellie was performing against pupils from Years 7 to 11. Congratulations Ellie and I believe a certificate is on it’s way to you! Watch the full performance here.
Last year Ms Mogul took part in her first 15k night walk to raise awareness for Autism. This year Megan from Year 10 and her Mum were due to join Ms Mogul on the walk but unfortunately this event has been cancelled. Ms Mogul wanted to reassure you that she will be doing a virtual walk in the future and would like to thank all parents who have donated.
Paul Hay, our external expert in Internet safety wants to reassure parents that if they have any worries or concerns regarding the misuse of the Internet during this period of isolation that he is more than happy for parents to email him with any questions they may have about their children’s use of the Internet. Please find a link to his website here.
Mrs Copeman has kept pupils and staff updated with reminders and online resources from the Library. Please refer to the Hub Library Services page for our school subscription services and additional online resources. Don't forget to:
use 'The Day' for accurate news stories
refer to the Library Database for suggested reading, new book news and book award information
use these booky resources that include downloadable activities
Accelerated Reader - If you use AR, resources to support Accelerated Reader, including the book quizzing site and AR Bookfinder, can be found on the Hub Library Services page. Pupils can take quizzes at home, Monday to Friday during term time, between 9am and 6pm, as normal, via the AR link on the Library Services page.
Librarians can continue to monitor your word and book point challenges remotely and award any target achievements when term resumes.
Teachers can monitor your progress and performance remotely using their own AR login.
Parents can access the 'Home Connect' option.
I would like to finish with a reminder for all of you that we must not forget all the positive things that have happened. It has been a hugely busy, creative and successful term full of energy and achievement and I thank you all for your efforts.