News from Mr Ramsey

Behaviour for Learning

As parents may remember, along with the introduction to the Head of School System this term I also took personal charge of behaviour.

Having monitored the situation for the last half term I am implementing a more rigorous, back to basics approach to ensuring good order, safety and effective learning across the school. This is because a small but significant minority of pupils in some years are disrupting good order and the learning of others. We will be stressing the need for pupils to follow instructions immediately and not to debate with staff. I will be explaining this to all pupils on Monday 30th October in assemblies.

Parent Governor Election

I would like to thank all those parents who stood as candidates for the parents governor vacancy and the results are as follows:

Candidate

Votes

Stewart Beale

7

Tracey Brodrick

18

Nicholas Chivers

2

Brent Gregory Leyshon

14

Paul Mullen

1

Many congratulations to Tracey Brodrick who has been duly elected.

P A Ramsey

Headmaster

Equipped for Learning

It is requested that parents please discuss the following school rules with their son and ensure that he complies with them:

  • Earrings, piercings and excessively modish hair styles are not permitted in any year. Hair is considered excessively modish if any patterns or lines are cut into the hairstyle. Hair should not be trimmed to any lower than a 3.
  • Mobile phones are allowed but should be switched off in school at all times. Any mobile phone or electronic equipment used in lesson time or during breaks without permission will be confiscated and given to the Headmaster’s P.A. Ms Bonass. Confiscated equipment may not be returned until the end of the week.
  • Shoes must be black and smart with a hard sole. Trainers or plimsolls are not permitted, even if made of leather.
  • Socks should be black or charcoal in colour only.
  • Coats can be worn by all pupils during cold weather to and from school. Hoodies are not permitted. Coats must be kept in bags or lockers during the school day.
  • Pupils should possess:
    • A named rugged and capacious bag such as a rucksack. Small, fashionable, ‘man bags’ are not fit for this purpose. The bag should be able to contain both sports kit and all the text and exercise books required for a day’s learning.
    •  Learning equipment should be kept in a soft see-through pencil case and include:
      • Black or Blue Pens for writing – pupils should use the pen that helps them write in the clearest and neatest fashion
      • HB Graphite pencils
      • Colouring pencils
      • Highlighter pen
      • Red and green biro
      • Glue stick
      • Small scissors
      • A clear rigid 30cm ruler
      • Scientific calculator – Casio or similar are recommended
      • Maths set, including a protractor, pair of compasses and a set square
      • Private reading book

Rugby – Match report

Last week the Year 10 rugby team welcomed local rivals Sandringham to Sandpit Lane in Round Two of the National Cup. Tries from Ellis Greaves, Anton Graham x2, James McVeigh x2, Billy Thomson x2 and three conversions by John McVeigh saw the team run out convincing 41-17 winners. However, it was James McVeigh that won a deserved man of the match for not only his tries but his hard hitting tackles, great counter rucking and energy all over the field. The boys now look forward to a 3rd fixture against the winners of St Georges or Sharnbrook Upper School.

Mr O Giles

P.E. Department