Firstly my apologies for the late update of my Blog, this term seems to have run away very quickly which is often the case when we have a five week half term.
Following a very successful Easter Revision, Year 11 have now finally started their formal GCSE’s. The first week is certainly the busiest schedule with up to eight exams this week alone. Their attitude and focus to this point has been commendable and I hope they are walking into each exam confident and believing they can succeed, we certainly believe in them. I suspect the atmosphere at home may be a little tense, for those of you that are old hands at this and have been there before, you will be fully aware of what this means and for those for whom it is the first time, it passes quickly and with your support they will get through it.
In other news we are in the process of finalising the Year 8 pathway choices all of which have gone well. As many of you will have read many schools are having to adapt their curriculum offer due to financial challenges with some subjects being removed from the curriculum altogether. I am pleased to report that Wildern and the Trustees remain committed to a broad and balanced offer and are fully staffed as we move towards the end of the academic year. We inevitably say farewell to some colleagues most of whom are leaving for a promoted post. We have in turn appointed some excellent staff, some experienced and some new to the profession.
With regards to the development of the Multi Academy Trust and the development of the Free Schools, I am delighted to report that we successfully gained approval for the Boorley Green Primary school aligned with the Horton Heath project, which as you are aware we are moving forward in developing the educational offer for our community. There is still some way to go but we have begun the journey which is exciting and of benefit to us all. There will be opportunities to share more, which we will do as things progress.
This year as many of you are aware we have used email communication a lot more and hope that this has been successful from your perspective. It certainly has been a quicker way to get information to parents and carers more effectively. Next half term we will be looking at re-modelling our school website. Our aim is to transform this and make it more user friendly than it currently is.
Also after half term parents and students will receive an online survey. We have moved to a different company this year in order to reach even more of our parents. Your feedback is important to us so if you receive this in your inbox and can spare ten minutes to complete it we will be very grateful.
Towards the end of next term we have our annual Awards Evening which is an opportunity to get together and celebrate students’ success. I hope to see many of you there.
Congratulations to all the Year 10 students who collected their Prefect Ties and Badges from Glenda Lane, Chair of Directors, and myself.
It is the time of the year when we visit our primary schools for the welcome talks with our new cohort. This is always an exciting time and we meet the next generation of Wildern students. We are blessed with excellent primary provision within our cluster and a strong relationship with all our Primary Headteachers. We have been involved in joint training and learning together so we understand fully the complete journey. Induction Day and Evening this year is on Wednesday 28th June and we look forward to seeing you there if you have another youngster joining us.
This year already we have had a range of trips as my Blog has identified. Two of the most recent adventures were to China which was by all accounts a trip of a lifetime along with our annual ski trip to Austria. Next week sees the biannual trip to Italy which as always will be an exciting trip for all going.
Year 8 girls Molly Chalk, Lucy Davies, Lizzy Birch and Charley Leavey, visited the University of Southampton Chemistry Festival. The girls took part in two problem solving competitions which looked at their team working skills as well as scientific knowledge and application of skills. In the afternoon they got to attend a lecture showcasing the most fun aspects of Chemistry. Although we didn't get a prize this time (it was our first experience of this type of competition) the University staff complemented us on the girls' enthusiasm and caring attitudes towards each other as well as students from other teams.
A number of our students entered a competition to design a T Shirt for the Fat Face brand. Following the heats at school with a representative from Fat Face the following group was selected Luke De Bruijn, Toby Staff and Isabella Tafa-Wallace. The group won the heat at the Ageas Bowl taking them through the Finals at the Fat Face Head office in Havant. They were incredible and went on to win based on their business case and design of a new T-shirt. This is a tremendous achievement, their design will be in the shops around July.
I knew from having the opportunity to judge the first heat at school that they had a strong presentation which clearly went from strength to strength. Presenting takes skill and careful planning but to do so to a company such as Fat Face in front of business people is brilliant. Apart from winning and having their product produced we also received a £100 voucher as a school. We will be writing to parents after half term as we would like to raffle this and give the proceeds to a cancer charity linked to the school at the moment.
We had a visiting examiner for Trinity College graded exams, with excellent results for our students:
Alex Aju Grade 1 Electronic Keyboard 87 Distinction
Isabella Fairey Grade 3 Singing 80 Merit
Holly White Grade 3 Singing 78 Merit
Emma Crowley Grade 5 Piano 88 Distinction
Martha Taylor Grade 4 Singing 76 Merit
Persis Hixon Grade 6 Singing 81 Merit
Joni Brogan Grade 7 Singing 80 Merit
Ella Hindley Year 9 and her partner won the Final of the British Arts Awards in London on Saturday 7th May. A fantastic achievement, congratulations to Ella!
Dan Kimber Year 7 competed in the Hampshire Athletics Championships on the 13/14th May 2017 at the Mountbatten Sports Arena Portsmouth. He won Gold in the Under 13 Shot Put and Silver in the Under 13 Hurdles. He is currently ranked 14th in the UK at his age category in Hurdles and 28th in the UK for Shot.
After training very hard all winter Poppy-Jay (PJay) Watkins Year 8 has been selected to be Captain for the County Under 13 girls Cricket team for this season. A great achievement, well done.