Welcome to this edition of our newsletter in what has been an incredibly active half-term. I wish to start by saying well-done to Year 10 to 13 for their exams to date and wish them luck in their remaining exams. It is a privilege to see their work ethic and determination to do well.
There have been some incredible events this half-term, with one of the highlights being the exceptional ‘Feast on the field’. It was inspiring to see the student leadership and management of this event, which was put on entirely by them and raised a significant amount of money for the Rob’s ARTT charity. All the more impressive was although the weather did not play its part, it did not dampen spirits and all had a good time. Well done to all involved.
It has been great to see a huge number of our students getting involved in various enrichment activities, form Year 8 to Year 12 taking part in the ‘Brilliant Club’ where a significant proportion received 1st and 2:1 awards upon their graduation at King’s College London; to four of our students receiving their Gold Award for Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace this year. Although we are determined for all our students to do well academically, we also know it is equally important for them to develop as rounded individuals by taking up opportunities, they otherwise might not and pushing themselves out of their comfort zones.
Finally, it has been great to see our Sixth Form students delivering assemblies to all our year groups on their Extended Projects that they have been busily working on. It was amazing to see the quality of these projects, the students' interest in their projects and what they had overcome to deliver the project on-time and to a large audience. They are exceptional role models to all our students. Well done.
I hope this newsletter gives you a flavour of the vibrancy within our community and I wish you a safe, but great half-term.
Over the Easter holidays, 17 members of the Sixth Form travelled to New York and Washington D.C. in a trip that provided valuable opportunities to further expand our studies in History, Politics and Geography A-Levels. We stayed New York for three days taking in the multi-cultural metropolis, and go...
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The Expansion Plan continues to progress well at the school. September will see a new Science Laboratory, a new Food Tech Room and a new Humanities Classroom. We also expect to have the new Tennis/Netball Courts in position.
We are currently putting together funding bids to establish an all-weather cover for the Tennis and Netball courts so they can be used all year around in all weathers and also to provide evening play for both the school and the wider community. The cover will be fitted with a full internal lighting system thereby providing complete illumination for the courts. We are looking to engage with any local community sports partners who would like to get involved with the project. We would also be grateful for any financial donations to the project through the School’s development fund. Payments can be made either via the School Gateway or by sending in a cheque to the school. If you can Gift Aid your contribution that will add further funds to the project.
The next phase of the Expansion Plan is also reaching the planning stage this summer with a view to construction starting in early 2020. This will provide a new Sports Hall and two-storey Maths and English teaching block. We will also be refurbishing several areas of the existing school to improve and increase our facilities. An exciting future for HGSS.
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8-week Judo Beginner Course
Starting: Thursday 16th May
Age: 11-16 years
Location: Holmer Green First School
Please contact Sam on 07904 094524 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest
This term we have said Goodbye to a few members of staff. We wish Mrs Cox, Finance Manager, and Mrs Law, Librarian, long and happy retirements. Mr Iqbal leaves this week to take up a promotion post in another school - we wish him well in his new role.
We say hello and Welcome to the following new members of staff:
Mrs Haslett - English
Mrs Bunn - Co-ordinator and Teacher of PSHCE
Mr Callender - English and Head of Year
Mrs Smith - Head of Faculty - Design Technology/Food Technology
Mrs Thorburn - Head of Maths