Dear Parents and Carers
As we approach the end of our first full week back, I have been hugely impressed with the students' attitudes to learning and their willingness to help the new Year 7s settle into secondary school.
This week I have led assemblies on the values and ethos of the school. I was able to share with students and staff the importance of "working with anyone in lessons/school and respecting everyone". I also showed the students a short clip about Stephen Bradbury who was nicknamed the "last man standing". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wn9fDwnT3k His resilience and determination meant he was able to come back from his sporting injuries and win an Olympic gold medal: there is no substitute for hard work and being determined to succeed. I finished with asking students to set themselves a target for the year (this could be about their attitude to learning, joining a club, or attendance) and making sure they go the extra mile to achieve it.
New Year 7 Parents' Evening 16 September
This evening event is for parents/carers only and provides an opportunity to meet key staff and have any questions answered now Year 7 are settled into Dorothy Stringer School.
Parents and Carers of students in D half have been asked to arrive from 5.30pm and the event will start with a short presentation from the Headteacher, followed by the Heads of Year. Parents will then go with form tutors to answer any questions. The event should last for an hour.
The S half parents should arrive from 6.30pm as their speech in the hall commences at 7pm. After the speech, the same process as above applies whereby tutors will meet with the parents in their form rooms. We hope to have concluded the evening by 8.00pm.
Mrs Robinson, SIMS (School Information Management System) Manager, will be present to assist with any registration or SLG queries and Mrs Zarrabi, our Medical Officer, will be present to discuss any medical issues.
Prepare Your Child for GCSE Year 10 Parents/Carers 17 September
On Tuesday 17 September, there will be a briefing for Year 10 parents and carers (not students) in the Hall on 'Preparing your Child for GCSE'. The aim of the session is to give parents and carers an overview of the next two years and how they can best support their children to achieve their best. The session will start at 6:30pm in the hall and will last for slightly over an hour. Refreshments will be available from 6.00pm.
Dropping off & Picking up / Parking on the school site
We hope our Year 7s are settling into school life. There are lots of new things for them to get used to including their journey to and from school.
As you will be aware the school site is extremely busy at the start and end of the school day. In order to keep the school site safe for everybody we would ask that if you are picking up or dropping off students at this busy time please could you arrange a meeting point close to the school, rather than driving onto the school site. Please could you also keep the school exits clear so that the buses are able to safely turn into the school.
For safeguarding reasons all visitors to the school must sign in at reception. That includes parents and carers who come on to site to pick up their children.
Attendance and term time holidays
As we start a new academic year it seems sensible to remind all students and parents that we strive for 100% attendance. There is a clear link between attendance at school and progress and this has been proven by recent exam results. Holidays should not be taken during term time and headteachers can only authorise holidays in exceptional circumstances.
If you choose to take your child out of school during term time then you could be issued with a fixed penalty notice. A Penalty Notice is a fine of £60.00 per parent per child which increases to £120.00 if not paid within the first 21 days. Thereafter, if the Penalty Notice remains unpaid this may result in legal action.
Like all schools, we think that the key to good attendance is to build a happy and safe environment where the children enjoy their learning and home/school partnership is strong. We trust that you will support us with our aim for all students to achieve their full potential and send your child to school every day unless they are genuinely too ill to attend.
As a result of the Environmental Marches, where students from across the city joined together to highlight the important issue of climate change, we organised a Beach Clean last summer. Mr Baker, who co-ordinated the event, was delighted with the turn out in June when around 70 students attended, collecting 10 buckets of rubbish from the beach.
Following on from the success of the event in June we are going to organise another one as a school. We will meet just to the East of the Brighton (Palace) Pier on the beach by the 'zip line', on Saturday 28 September at 4pm., and will be there for about an hour. Details have been sent in a separate email. We are looking forward to seeing as many students and parents as can make it.
Next week Supervised Home Learning Club restarts afterschool in the Library, from 3.15pm until 4.30pm for all year groups. It is a quiet space to catch up on Home Learning tasks on the computers or do some revision. The canteen is also open afterschool serving refreshments.
Wishing you a restful weekend.
Matt Hillier | Headteacher