I am delighted to be able to tell you that students have made a fantastic start to the new academic year. In the first few weeks of my Headship here I have been particularly impressed with students' attitude to learning in the many lessons that I have visited, and in my conversations with them, the importance they place on being the best that they can be. Many speak confidently of their hopes and ambitions for the future and recognise the importance of securing the best possible exam results that they can - that's fantastic to hear.
However, I am very clear that examination results on their own are not enough to ensure that our young people have the opportunity to fully flourish in their lives. Alongside qualifications our young people need to develop a broad set of characteristics that will allow them to reach their potential. In particular a 'growth mindset' that allows them to believe they can achieve anything that they want to in life; the 'grit' to hold onto their dreams and aspirations and to turn them into reality; 'self-control with learning' so that they can embrace new opportunities and make the most of their capabilities; a 'curiosity' that will continually ignite their interest in new ventures and thinking; 'a 'humanity' that recognises and celebrates individual difference in all its form and that underpins positive and respectful relationships. These characteristics can (must) be learnt and developed and I hope that the partnership of home, school and the local community can provide the opportunity and framework to support our young people in acquiring these.
Another fantastic feature of the first few weeks of term has been the high number of students attending before and after school clubs. Pictured here is one example, the Year 7 and 8 girls who were at our before school netball club - great photo! They were keen and bouncy and working to develop many of the characteristics that I mentioned above in addition to their netball skills. Participation and belonging to something helps develop these characteristics and whether it is a school club or one operating in the local community I encourage all parents to help ensure that their child belongs to something.
Finally for now some thanks. I have been very impressed with students' standards of uniform and personal presentation. Students, thank you for the effort you are putting into your appearance and conduct - this attention to detail underpins success so keep your expectations of yourselves very, very high. Thank you also for the work you are putting in during lessons and at home to develop your learning. I have asked teachers to make lessons challenging and engaging for you and that means you will be working hard. Thank you and keep going! Thank you parents/carers for sending your child into school well presented and equipped for the day - it really helps get the day off to a great start and supports our shared high expectations. Finally a huge thank you to my team of teachers and support staff who ensure that students are safe and well cared for during the day - they all play an essential role in ensuring each day is a big success here in the school.
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This week Mr Atwell and Mr Chappell have been delivering an assembly on the importance of kindness.
Mr Atwell has challenged the student body to visit http://www.kindnessuk.com/pledge to make a pledge of kindness.
As a result of the assemblies, there has been a number of pupils who have pledged to join the Kindness Council.
"Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness." Lucius Annaeus Seneca
5 October 2017 - Year 7 Familiarisation Evening (by appointment with tutor)
16 to 20 October 2017 - Year 11 Art mocks (groups given specific date nearer time)
23 to 29 October 2017 inclusive - half term
2 November 2017 - How to support your child in Maths (Year 7 parents only) (7 pm to 8 pm)
7 November 2017 - Year 7 E-Safety Evening for parents (6.30 pm to 7.30 pm)
14 November 2017 - Year 12 Certificates Evening (6.30 pm)
17 November 2017 - Inset day (school closed to students)
20 November 2017 - Year 11 Revision Evening for parents
25 November 2017 - FOWP Christmas Fair (10 am to 3 pm)
7 December 2017 to 19 December 2017 - Year 11 mocks
7 December 2017 - Year 10 Reporting Evening (4.45 pm to 8 pm)
*12 December 2017 - Christmas Concert (6.30 pm)
20 December 2017 - early finish, students dismissed at 1 pm
As students move towards the more challenging GCSE examinations in all subjects, we aim to support them in as many ways as possible. The creation of the Warden Park Literacy app will allow students to access all key terminology, for all subjects, at the touch of a screen. They will also be able to view the success criteria for excellent writing across all subjects and have access to the key command words they need to use and understand. The link below offers you access to this as well. Please encourage your children to use it as a support with their work.
If you have any questions, please contact Miss Lowney: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Oakley diaries,
This week there were assemblies led by Michelle Garvey on my role around school and an update on how my training is going. Yesterday (Thursday) morning, I attended the first of these assemblies with year ten. I would like to thank you all for being so attentive and for listening very carefully. Next week there will be more of these assemblies for years seven, eight and nine.
On Tuesday and Thursday, I spent my mornings down at the woods doing forest schools. I was so tired on Thursday that I decided to take a little nap in the forest and I can tell you from experience that the forest floor is not the most comfortable pillow I’ve ever had!
I have also been involved with interventions during tutor time, listening to students read and after school I visited our lovely Learning Resource Centre and met students who were diligently doing their homework. Well done all of you.
Finally, I’d just like to say a quick hello to the senior team who come into visit me most evenings before going home! Thanks for being such good friends.
Have a good weekend guys and I’ll see you on Monday,
The Warden Park Christmas Fair will be on Saturday 25 November (10 am to 3 pm), please make a note of the date and come along and support us. This is primarily a shopping event, with niche sellers offering unique items, ideal to start your Christmas shopping. There will also be a grand raffle, tombola, cakes, refreshments….
If you are interested in having a stall at the Fair click to email FOWP
Please also sign up to easyfundraising – this costs you nothing. Click here! Do your online shopping which gives a donation to the school each time.
This week the committee gave a donation to update and augment the music rooms. For a say in how the money is raised and spent - get involved: email@example.com
Check out our very popular sports camps running during the October half term holidays. All camps have a member of Warden Park Secondary Academy staff present.
We have just been notified that Ryan G in Year 10 has been picked for the England U15 squad!
Everyone at the Secondary Academy is justifiably proud of Ryan's achievements. Well done Ryan!
Students in Years 8 -11 are now able to access G4S to see their timetables, homework and attendance and year 7 should have access within the next week. The next step for students is to allow them to see the House points they are building up which for most will be overwhelmingly positive (i.e. green points) but for some there will also be some negative points.
During the initial implementation period the priority was to quickly engage students and staff with G4S and that required some rapid learning of a new system for all. This has been successful and we are now in a position to invite parents to access G4S. You can therefore expect to receive a message from me by the end of next week with some guidance on how to log in and what you will see.
In the mean time if you want an insight into G4S especially to have homework discussions with your child then please ask them to show you their home page.
Over time the site will show students and parents additional information including progress data and reporting which I expect you will find very useful.
The Geographical Society (GeogSoc) carried out a biodiversity survey in part of the school’s hedgerows on Tuesday. We were looking for evidence of wildlife in the school grounds and were not disappointed as we saw 2 deer behind the 3G pitch!
On Tuesday 26 September there will be a Geography quiz, so come along and test your knowledge. The GeogSoc meets in G4 on Tuesdays at 3.15 to 4.15 and all Year 9 and 10 geographers are welcome!
Miss Willows, Geography
Miss Mills, Music Department
Students and staff are invited to enter the first House Photography competition of the year! The theme for this competition is “new beginnings”. Entries will be judged firstly by the house coordinators and winners for each year will then be chosen by Mr Kenrick. Get snapping!
Submissions via email by 9 am on Monday 4 December
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