Congratulations to our sportsmen and women in last weekend’s competitions and matches - some brilliant individual and team performances in swimming, girls’ touch rugby and Alice Smith’s inaugural cricket match at Epsom. Good luck to our gymnastics team who set off yesterday for the SEASAC competition in Hong Kong. Remember you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get real time and up to date information about many activities in school.
The campus is a quieter place this week with our Year 11, 12 and 13 students on study leave but it has been lovely to see so many coming into school for their exams and to revise and meet with teachers.
It certainly wasn’t quiet in our PA Hall this morning as our students performed some fantastic pieces for the delegates attending the FOBISIA Music teachers conference that we are hosting this week. Following the student performances I had the pleasure of participating in a workshop of African drumming; both exhilirating and great fun. A huge thank you to our Music team who have put in so much work in past few weeks and months to put together such a good conference.
As I sat having coffee with the PTA this morning, a group of Year 10 staff and students were heading off for what will be a successful practice expedition for the International Award. A few parents I was speaking with were not aware of this award so I thought I would share some more information here. At Alice Smith we know that not all learning happens in the classroom and young people need experiences outside the classroom to become committed, responsible and fulfilled citizens of the world. The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is just one way for us provide such an experience and it is available to all 14-24 year olds. It equips all young people for life, regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements consistently. For more infomration please see the International Award website.
Looking ahead to next week, we hope to see many parents at our final workshop for this year: Online Safety, presented by Mr David Hellier and Mr Gavin Lazaro. This workshop will be held on Friday 20th May from 8:15 - 9:30am and will provide an opportunity to discuss online safety for those parents with children in the 11-16 age range. We will explore areas such as sexting, body image, digital footprints, screentime and distractions as well as highlighting information based around current research in the area of online safety. This workshop will adopt a collaborative approach allowing parents to discuss issues and solutions.
Have a lovely weekend
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