Student Enthusiasm Shines
It has been another very busy week at Weald, but as I write this I have to reflect on the fact that it is always a very busy time at school. It never ceases to amaze me how much both students and staff manage to cram into every available hour. Of course, that does not include all the activities that take place outside of school including homework, research, planning lessons and marking students’ work. With one week to go till the end of term, I am so grateful to the school community for everything they have each done to make this term such a positive one.
I started the week by joining our Student Leadership Team at the Tonbridge Campus for their weekly meeting with each of the Year Reps from both campuses. We are blessed this year with an extremely strong Senior Student Team. They are leading on changes that they believe need to occur at the school, and they are always enthusiastic, committed and approach everything with a ‘can-do’ attitude. As I mentioned last week, they will be sending out a survey to the entire student body today to gather further information on how the students would like the priorities that the team wishes to work on progress. They are very ambitious about their goals for this year and I know that they will deliver concrete improvements for all the students here during their tenure.
I had a meeting with one of our PTA co-chairs this week and can update you on the planning for the 4 December’s Christmas Fair. The Christmas planning committee are in full swing and further information will be shared in the coming weeks. The PTA will be meeting again with me at the start of Term 2, as we progress their plans further. Email addresses for committee members on the PTA will be shared with parents and carers next week and will be available on our website shortly.
We once again opened our doors to the public this week with Open Mornings at both our Tonbridge and Sevenoaks campuses. The enthusiasm of our students in sharing their school with prospective parents, carers and students has been inspirational. Staff have worked tirelessly to prepare their classrooms and departments for our visitors and have answered all the queries they have received with clarity. Our students have once again proven that they truly are the best ambassadors for the school. We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our visitors with individual students being mentioned by name by the parents, carers and students who they guided round their respective campuses. One parent said how her daughter wanted to grow up to be like the girls who had shown her round the school, as she was so impressed by them. I know it takes a huge amount of effort to put on an open event, so can only sincerely thank everyone again, for all they have done to help us put our best feet forward to the wider communities of Sevenoaks and Tonbridge.
Black History Month continues at Weald this week, and it has been fantastic to see our students lead on something that they are so passionate about. The queues for the Sri Lankan curries at both Sevenoaks and Tonbridge this week were the longest we have had all year. I particularly liked the music that was played in DR1 and think we should have lunchtime music played more often, as it definitely cheered me up in the middle of the day. There is a bake sale planned for next week, so please make sure that the students have some money with them to purchase any savoury or sweet baked goods.
Yesterday, saw the re-introduction of student interviews at Weald and the students involved were thoroughly well-prepared and poised during this process. Supported by Mr Macsporran, Deputy Headteacher, they interviewed the two HR Director candidates and so impressed both candidates. One of the candidates fed back that they had never previously been interviewed by a student panel and said how much he valued the experience. We are delighted to announce that Mrs Philippa Devo was offered the position and has accepted and will be joining the Senior Leadership Group at the school in her new role during December.
Yesterday evening, saw Mr Macsporran, Mrs Ricks, myself and five of our students represent the school at St Michael’s Preparatory School’s Secondary School Fair and our students stole the show. After what I understand was a delicious dinner served by the school, the Weald contingent, led by our students, went into action promoting what we offer here. Our students were the only student representatives there and they charmed all the parents and carers that came to the Weald of Kent stand with their confidence and exuberance. I would like to thank the students for their commitment to the school and their families for allowing them to take part.
Finally, this week has also seen our Year 11 students engaged in their Food NEAs at both campuses, an U13 hockey tournament and the official launch on Tuesday after school of our two-year Embedding Formative Assessment CPD programme that was devised by the respected educational expert Dylan Wiliam. I would like to thank all staff and students involved in the many activities and clubs that have taken place this week.
I wish you all a very lovely weekend.
Mrs SA Clark