Dear Families and Friends,
What an exciting few weeks we have had since the last newsletter. Our Spirit House Teams worked closely together, putting in great effort to produce interesting and creative Halloween costumes, sketches and chants within their Spirit House teams. Enjoy the photos!
READING BENCH – In a bid to encourage students to read for pleasure, we are always looking to give extra Spirit House points for students who ‘Get Caught Reading’. The bench outside of the main office is now called ‘The Reading Bench’ and is a place where we encourage students to come away from their mobile phones and read a good book instead! There are MANY benefits to reading. Reading strengthens writing skills, improves concentration, enhances imagination, increases vocabulary, reduces stress and expands knowledge. Please can you encourage your children to read for pleasure on the weekends and in the school holidays too.
FINAL EXAMS - I am receiving requests from families for students to leave early for the winter vacation. Please be aware that I am unable to give permission for ANY requests for early leave. To ensure the integrity of our assessment process is maintained, ALL students' teachers would have to write several different exams, which is not feasible. The Academic Calendar is set many months in advance, and we always ensure there is a long winter holiday to enable students who live further afield to get back and spend quality time with their families. Final Assessments will finish on Tuesday, December 20th at 15:00 for Middle School students and 13:30 for High School students. Please ensure your travel arrangements are made accordingly.
As always, if you wish to meet with me at anytime to discuss your child’s progress, general academics, or their hopes and dreams, remember that my door is always open.