Junior 26/4/13

26 April 2013

Dear Parents,

I often write about what is really important in school and life. Sometimes we feel at odds with the authorities, though nearly always in line with your hopes and aspirations (I hope). Each year we write a School Development Plan which formally puts into place some targets which we will strive to achieve during the coming year. Incidentally that last sentence puts me in mind of my school motto. Sequor ut attingham (Godalming Grammar School – now Sixth form college). I’m not sure my Latin or translation is quite right but I think it means “I follow in order to attain”.

So back to the SDP… the senior leadership team of the school along with Robert Cotton met together this week to air our first thoughts about next year’s targets. It was a good four hour meeting, I am not sure what will finally emerge as our final list but I thought you might like to see our initial work. So here we are with the top ten:

1. Progress – ensuring all children make the very best progress possible in learning
2. Parents supporting learning – covering all apsects of parents being involved in the childrens learning
3. Teachers’ continuing professional development – making staff more responsible for their CPD.
4. Networking – joining up with other schools to learn and exchange ideas and expertise.
5. Academy debate – is now the right time? Perhaps working with the Diocese.
6. Leadership – working towards sustainable middle and senior leaders.
7. Transition – maths and writing – a major project looking at how children progress from one year to another. To make sure this is smoother and enables children to make consistent progress.
8. Fulfilling our vocation as a church school.
9. Financial security – in times of austerity ensuring money is used wisely.
10. Capitalising on the new Chapel and making a programme for the next major building projects.

Well that’s it, I expect it will end up as fewer targets, but I hope the content of all that will be there. The full SDP should be available for parents to see by the middle of June.

With best wishes, Richard

School questionnaire
A reminder that school questionnaires are due back next Wednesday 1 May. Thank you for your responses so far, but please do complete one if you haven't already and return it to the office.

Barn Dance & Beer Tasting – Saturday 18th May – Tickets NOW ON SALE
Enjoy a fantastic foot-stomping evening with ‘The Jigalots’. Fantastic guest beers from local Guildford Breweries. Please see Lesley in the office for your tickets. Stephanie will also be selling tickets on Monday from 3-3.30pm. Tickets £10 per person – includes 1st drink.

School Packed Lunches
We have noticed that both school and home packed lunches are being thrown away - please would you speak to your child about this. Many thanks.

Hockey Club for the next few weeks will be on Wednesday for Year 5&6 and Thursday for Year 3&4.

Reminder to Year 4 mums
Drinks at Jo Clarks 176 High St on Thursday 2nd May at 8.00pm

Year 5 Night Out
Thursday 16th May, venue to follow.

PTA (HTSC) Reminders

Summer Fair – Friday 5th July
We are looking for volunteers to help organise the summer fair. Please contact Caroline Swift caroline@swifts.me.uk if you are able to help. Thanks.

Next Meetings:
Thursday 9th May
Wednesday 12th June
All in the Staff Room at 8pm, please come along - it’s always lovely to see some new faces.

Laura Cox (3MG) - named cardigan lost on Tuesday.....most likely at board games.

After school Ballet Club – starts on Friday 3rd May and every Friday from 3.20-4.20pm for 10 weeks at £60, Please contact Kate Webster PDTD RTS via kate@tiptoesandtutus.co.uk or 07825 368 737 if you would like more details.

Wednesday Evening Kids Club
Want something different, fun and exciting for the kids to do on a Wednesday evening? Christ Church in Waterden Road, runs a kids club called "Interact" for anyone over 7 up to Year 6 - games, craft, fun, trips, camping etc. from 6.30 to 8pm for just 50p per session. For further information please contact Michael Tame on 07795173161 or email him on michael@christchurchguildford.com or just turn up at the church hall next week (Wednesday, 1st May for the first meeting of the term.

George Abbot Uniform
2nd hand Year 7 uniform for a boy including blazer, tie, shirts, complete PE kit and Phoenix house top. Hardly ever worn. Free to collect but contributions to the National Autistic Society much appreciated. Please contact Beth on 07932 627862 or bethany@bethanyhalliday.com.

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