(Posted on 04/10/19)
Welcome to this week’s Headteacher’s Blog.
As part of our commitment to keeping parents and carers informed of school life, we have introduced a replacement for Sims Learning Gateway, called ‘EduLink’.
The two main ways to use Edu Link are through an internet web browser, or you can download the app to work on mobile devices.
Some of the features of EduLink One that we believe you will find useful are:
- Access to your child's homework
- Access to your child’s exam timetable
- Access to your child’s lesson attendance
1053 parents/carers have so far signed up, with over 200 data updates received from you, which is invaluable in ensuring we hold the most up-to-date information, making it easier for us to keep you informed.
Whilst attainment and progress reports can currently be viewed with ‘EduLink One’, we will, for the time being, still issue you with paper copies. However, we are in discussions to end this practice and move to an electronic only option, reducing the impact on the environment and providing students’ progress information to parents and carers in a more timely and efficient way. Year 13 parents will be the first to see reports displayed in ‘EduLink One’.
Should you have any feedback or require a login, please email our ICT Support team on firstname.lastname@example.org
This week has been a milestone for Year 11, with Parents’ Evening on Thursday. Although we know that school life provides a host of opportunities aside from academic learning, the importance of this year for our Year 11 students cannot be underestimated. Mock GCSE exams will take place in December, and Thursday was an opportunity for parents and carers to meet with subject tutors, to discuss progress to date, and action plans for the weeks and months ahead.
We are delighted to announce that three Year 12 students have been successful in gaining the prestigious Arkwright Engineering Scholarship. Oliver Hynds, John Jessop and Emily Page have worked extremely hard during the final months of Year 11 on the application process which involved a two hour exam and interviews at Sheffield and Lancaster Universities. They will benefit from some high level support and amazing experiences over the coming year. Huge congratulations to all concerned.
Congratulations go to Calvin Edwards (Year 12) and Leah Parry (Year 13), for reaching the second round of the American Mathematical Society competition "Who wants to be a Mathematician?" If they get through to the next round, they will be competing in America for a $10000 prize!
Ciara McNicholas and Aoife Higgins travelled to Budapest last weekend to compete for Wales in an international gym competition. I am delighted to report that they came second in Acro Trio! A very well done to Ciara and Aoife!
Wednesday saw the Annual Cook Cup charity football match, when our Year 12 boys played against Year 13 boys, in memory of a former student. In a very feisty affair, it was Year 13 who came out on top, winning 3-1. Star performers were Keiye Williams in goal for Year 12 and Tommy Vicary, star man in midfield for Year 13. The Sixth Form girls will be playing their match next week.
I would like to ask for your help in ensuring that students, when arriving and leaving the school site, can do so safely. I am concerned about the number of cars dropping off and picking up students at the school gate, sometimes swinging in and doing complete U-turns, with drivers seemingly oblivious to the dangers. On Monday, we had a ‘near miss’ as a car swung in and cut across several cyclists arriving at the same time. Our students can clearly do more themselves to ensure their own safety, add in some novice sixth form drivers, coaches, and the situation can become very dangerous. There are clear traffic restrictions in these areas and I would ask all who drop off or pick up at the start and/or end of the school day, to do so away from the entrance, allowing students to walk the last leg.
Please follow the link below for our suggested drop-off/pick up points:
The village of Christleton suffers from some heavy congestion at times and I would urge all road users to take extra care at drop-off and pick-up times. We are currently working with the Parish Council on ideas to reduce congestion in the village at critical points in the day, and I hope to be able to let you know more about this in the near future. In the meantime, please help us to keep everyone safe.
I wish you all a restful weekend.
D P Jones
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