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A Chinese proverb guides us to understand that: “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” It gets to the heart of why as a school community we want to inspire, challenge and engage our students as learners. This last week our Twitter feed has shared: the work of the Eco Club, the use of the subjunctive, progress in Rugby, Year 9s who would make Bake Off proud, Year 7s being introduced to Hockey, Year 9s tackling quadratics and sharing an example of our new focus on the important question ‘Are you proud of your book?’ and some of our fantastic musicians with their merit and distinction certificates.  These are all examples of how, as a school community, we are working hard to improve the learning experiences in each and every lesson so that such become a truly valuable treasure.

On Wednesday October 11th, parents and carers are warmly invited to the first Parent Forum of the year. It will take place in the Forum building from 6.30pm. The invitation, which lists the agenda items, can be found on the website and guides parents/carers to the reply email process if you intend to attend. I will share the key points of our school improvement plan for 2017-18. Miss Goff (Head of PE) will be asking for your thoughts and opinions on PE and extra-curricular sport. In addition, we will be asking you how the setting of homework on ClassCharts is working and share our new target setting process with you. We look forward to welcoming you to the event. Year 7 parents/carers will also have received details for the Year 7 Parents’ Evening that is taking place on Thursday 12th October from 4-7pm, proving an opportunity to meet with Progress Tutors.

Next week our newly created School Parliament meets. I am really looking forward to meeting the new School MPs and at their first meeting they have presentations from the local authority safer travel team and the Lancashire MIND project to debate. A key target for the MPs is to review the school’s rewards system ready for a complete relaunch next year and I am sure that as they get into action there will be much more that Parliament will be able to support, review and improve.

Over the last week I have enjoyed: meeting with new staff to hear about how they are settling in to their new roles, hearing from Mrs Mayne about the plans for two of our sixth form students to be part of a very powerful learning experience in visiting Auschwitz that was shared with us by our local MP, finding out about the next elements of the Sixth Form Project whereby our students are upcycling some coffee shop furniture to go into the Atrium and attending welfare and curriculum committees of the Governing Board seeing the shared commitment that all have to our school and the students in our care.

We intend to develop our website to host video and the first piece we will host will be the short video outline of ‘perspectives’ that we presented at our Open Evening. We will also shortly be fitting electronic sign-in systems to the school, supporting a more effective and detailed identification process for visitors to school and more accurate ‘swipe-in’ for our Sixth Formers.

We want our students to embrace and enjoy learning so that they can realise their potential, becoming ‘leaders’ in their own lives; to this end I conclude this week’s Blog with the words of John F. Kennedy: “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

Best wishes

Mr Kerridge.

Dates for your diary

Sunday, 22nd October
School Show
Monday, 23rd October
Pearl of Africa
Tuesday, 24th October
Yr12/13 Ethics Conference
Thursday, 26th October
Year 12 Open Evening
Monday, 30th October
Half Term Break
Thursday, 23rd November
Careers Evening
Wednesday, 6th December
Christmas Dinner
Thursday, 7th December
Year 11 Parents Evening 1
Wednesday, 13th December
Winter Warmers Concert
Thursday, 14th December
Year 8 Parents Evening
Friday, 15th December
ECM Panto
Monday, 18th December
Senior Presentation Evening