End of Term Message Dec 2015

Friday, 11 December 2015

Dear Parents and Carers,
It’s been a full on week in school and, as the end of term approaches, we are all looking forward to the New Year. A student commented that I’d banned Christmas this week – not true I hasten to add! What we have asked for is that lessons remain academic and challenging until the end of term -we always want to maximise learning for students. To ensure we do all enjoy the holiday season we have decorated the school and are taking part in a Christmas Jumper Day next Friday (18th). The money raised will go to local charities providing food and support for those sleeping rough, or in need, in Brighton & Hove.

The festive season is always a time of great excitement, and yet for some in our community it can be a time of challenge as well. Last year we provided over 80 boxes of food to local foodbanks, recognising our duty to care about those less fortunate. We are collecting again this year – and students are collecting non-perishable items in form groups to donate.

Today has been a particularly good example of our sporting side – Year 7 and 8 have been put through their paces in the cross-country and we are honoured to welcome the Uganda National Women's football coach Majidah Nantanda to school. She will be working with a group of students on an innovative PSHE and sport crossover lesson – a really great piece of learning for all involved.

Finally we have some staff moving on to pastures new over the holiday. We will bid farewell to Ms Collins, who has worked so hard and contributed so much at Blatch for 28 years. She is retiring, and we wish her the very best for her future adventures. We have a new teacher joining us in the PE department, Ms Kirby – whom we look forward to welcoming. Ms Vannucci will also be leaving us at the end of term – she is relocating, and we know her next school will be lucky to have her. In MFL we have Ms Andrews (a new one!) joining us and we extend her a warm welcome. We will also be bidding farewell to Mr Hooker, one of our cover supervisors, who is pursuing his career as a professional ballroom dancer. Mr Hooker was originally a student at Blatch, and as such I have asked him to provide us all with tickets to see him on Strictly when he undoubtedly graces our screens in the future. We are also pleased to welcome back from maternity leave Ms Hare and Ms Bruen.

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank parents and carers this term. We’ve moved forward on many of the areas identified on our school development plan, although we still have much more left to do. What is wonderful is the support we receive from our community in improving the school – we all want it to be the best it can be and that is very clearly felt. Have a wonderful holiday and we will see students back on the 5th January.

Mr Harrold
Head Teacher