HEADTEACHER'S BLOG - 17th OCTOBER 2014
EARLY CLOSURE AND STAFF TRAINING DAY
A letter is coming home today, Friday 17th October, reminding families about the early closure of school on Thursday 23rd at 12.15pm and the Staff Training Day on Friday 24th. All details, including bus times are on the letter. Please click here for the letter.
A royal experience for our intrepid explorers
On Thursday 9th October our intrepid bronze Duke of Edinburgh students along with Miss Trude, Duke of Edinburgh co-ordinator, had the opportunity to meet HRH the Earl of Wessex, trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh charity at Kingsbury Water Park. Please click here for the full report. The Duke of Edinburgh scheme is an increasingly popular activity for our students and encapsulates perfectly our mission to get students to learn beyond as well as within the classroom. It is fantastic that our students and staff should get an opportunity like this and it is one they will have to treasure for ever.
Target Setting Event
Thank you to all those families who came to the Target Setting Event on Thursday 9th October. It was the best attended event of this type we have had, with 77% attendance from across years 7-11. Evaluations show that the new flight path system was seen as a positive move. We hope the new flight paths will help parents and carers to have more conversations about data with their children. The flight paths will start to come to life as the new summary sheets come home. Year 11 summary sheets will be coming home immediately after half term, closely followed by Year 9 and Year 7. We hope you will like the changes we have made to these summary sheets, with a focus on working at grades generated from assessment weeks and specific improvement targets for each subject.
Post 16 Open Evening
We look forward to welcoming families of students in Year 11 to the Post 16 evening next Thursday evening from 6.30-8.30pm. This is a real opportunity for students to find out about the fantastic range of course on offer at The Coleshill School. We would encourage every Year 11 student to attend the evening, even if they are not yet sure of their plan for next year, so that they fully understand all the options open to them.
First look at the Leisure Centre
On Friday 3rd I was lucky enough to join the PE staff and KS4 Sport students in a tour of the new Coleshill Leisure Centre. Both staff and students were so impressed by the facilities that are going to be available in early November. The sports hall is fantastic and the students were particularly impressed by the dance studio with its sprung floor and mood lighting! Please look out for this half term’s Coleshill Matters which will be packed full of photos and information about the new centre. This is such an amazing resource for the school and community and there is a real sense of excitement building as the opening date is now tantalisingly close.
We have enjoyed welcoming families who are considering our school for their children over recent weeks. We have had open mornings every Wednesday and have had a fantastic response. A reminder that any families are welcome to come and visit the school and have a personal tour whenever is convenient, whether prospective or existing parents/carers.
We are thrilled to be introducing Children’s University to Year 7 students. New Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Robinson, has introduced Year 7 to a new opportunity. We aim for all of our Year 7 students will be enrolled in Birmingham University’s programme for younger students. The children were introduced to the programme in an assembly and are excited about the chance to get stamps for after school activities and also activities that they can complete with their families. This is an exciting project that reflects our vision of students learning beyond the classroom and having aspirations to be the best they can be. Please click here for letter sent home to Year 7 parents.
We have enjoyed hosting students from Castle Bromwich Juniors and St Edward’s primary schools to work with our Year 7 students on fabulous mathematics and computing activities with Mrs Robinson. The students enjoyed designing and programming cars to race round a virtual race track. We look forward to watching the children develop during this programme.
Spot the students…
After half term we will be refreshing our images around the school, including a new Alumni display in the hall of past and present outstanding sixth form students. There will also be over 20 new photo displays around the school. Will you or your child be in one? Look out for new giant posters on the side of the main buildings…
Oh yes it is …..panto time!
Yes, it’s that time of year. Following on from the success of recent Christmas shows, such as ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Bugsy Malone’, I am delighted to announce that Miss Brownett and her team are busy working with a group of incredibly talented students on this year’s production; a pantomime written by Miss Brownett herself. If the drama production from the summer is anything to go by this will be an astonishingly good show. Watch this space for information about tickets.
A special mention to all those parents who have been braving the rain to watch their children play in the school teams over the last two weeks. After one of the driest September on record we are now well and truly in Autumn! At least there have been some great games to watch.
Coleshill Year 7 v Heart of England – Score: 9-3
Coleshill Year 8 v Bartley Green – Score: 9-3
Alderbrook v Coleshill Year 8 - Score: 2-9
Hamstead Hall v Coleshill Year 11 – Score: 1-6 (Cody Mullan hatrick!)
Coleshill Year 8 Netball Team took part in a tournament in Nuneaton and won 2 out of 4 matches, which is absolutely fantastic!
For those parents and carers who want to find out more or have general questions and issues they would like to raise our second session of Parents’ Forum is on Tuesday 21st 6.00-7.00pm as advertised on the website from last week. Any parents who wish to attend please contact the school: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01675 462435.
Coming soon…. Anti-Bullying Week and Children in Need
Head of School