After a grey start yesterday the rain held off and the sun came out for our annual Swimming Gala and Basketball House competition. Congratulations to Scott who were the overall winners.
There were some brilliant student performances and lots of smiles throughout the day. Thank you so much to everyone involved in making the event so successful, be that in a lead or supporting role. A very special mention to Ms Rose, the PE team, and Heads of House for their huge amount of work in the run up and also on the day itself. Thanks also to our team of non-teaching staff who worked brilliantly behind the scenes to make sure everything ran smoothly and to the PTA and all parents who attended.
Congratulations also to 22 teachers across both campuses who passed their written and live assessments this week to become qualified Performance Coaches. This is a really exciting development for us at Alice Smith in creating a culture of respectful communication, coaching and support for learning, both for staff and for students.
Our Student Parent Teacher Conferences (SPTCs) started this week with Year 7 on Tuesday and will continue next week with Year 11 on Wednesday. SPTCs play a vital role in our programme of feedback to parents. It gives the opportunity to discuss children’s current academic, social and pastoral progress with their teachers and tutor, as well as steps they need to take to improve their learning. We strongly encourage students and parents to attend these conferences together and to have the opportunity to listen and contribute to the conversations with their teachers.
ISAC Cross Country takes place tomorrow morning and we wish all our participating students the very best and an enjoyable competition. On Sunday we are excited to hold our annual Celebration of Musicianship concert at 6:30pm and a wonderful evening of music is in store.
We have an important parent workshop on Tuesday morning at 8:30am on assessment and reporting. Mr Slade will lead the workshop which will outline the reasons for the changes to reporting, explain the new system and guide you to more effectively engage with the assessment and reporting process for your child. The objective of the changes are to ensure that more meaningful assessment information is shared with parents and students, and lead to a greater effective partnership between home and school.
Finally, you will be aware that Deepavali occurs at the end of our upcoming half-term holiday. To help celebrate this wonderful Hindu 'festival of lights' at school, we would love for all our students and staff to come into school dressed in traditional Deepavali outfits on Friday 21st October.
Have a lovely weekend
Principal Secondary Campus
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