November draws to a close

 

Dear All

I am very conscious that when I write next week’s blog we will be into Advent and eating a pre-breakfast chocolate will be my husband’s first priority upon waking every morning throughout December.  I cannot quite believe that it is December next week and that the end of term is now only three weeks’ away.  However, I doubt that you will be getting many complaints from your children about the closeness of the school holidays, or that Christmas is getting nearer by the day.

 We sent out our first reports under our new format last week, and it has been really helpful to get your feedback on how you are finding the new style reports.  We had our second in-person Parents’ and Carers’ Consultation Evening at both campuses on Tuesday and the lively buzz that could be heard in the main school halls really signified that we are in a post-Covid school world and much of what we all missed during the recent past in terms of being able to interact with others, is thankfully behind us.  Thank you to all those parents and carers who completed our Year 10 survey.

The school curriculum continues to be delivered at pace and trips and visits are much in evidence as we restore our wider curriculum offer to the position it was in before the pandemic.  We have had students and staff attending music concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, Year 10 went on an RE trip to Canterbury Cathedral, Year 9 have had a netball tournament this week and today Year 9 French students at both campuses enjoyed a French Theatre Production.  I would like to thank all the staff and students who took part in these activities that enrich the students’ learning experience and increase their cultural capital.

I had an approach recently from the Bursar at Granville School in Sevenoaks, who used to be my link Trustee a number of years ago who asked if I would be happy to host the Headteacher and Deputy headteacher of Granville School and show them around both campuses.  I was delighted to have the opportunity today to show them around the Tonbridge campus and discuss the improvement journey that the school is currently undertaking.  They were unaware we had had a second visit from Ofsted, so I was able to share that with them.  They were both very impressed by what they saw on the visit and by the two students who had helped them find their way to Reception.  I am looking forward to seeing them both again on Tuesday at Sevenoaks, when I will show them around there.

We have a full programme of exciting events coming up in the coming weeks.  We have the Positive Relationship Meetings at both campuses next week and on Friday next week we have our exciting Weald World Festival that Ms Micallef has spent a great deal of time and effort organising it.  We are very much looking forward to the first festival on Friday which will be held at Tonbridge with Sevenoaks festival occurring a week later.  On Sunday next week we have our first PTA Christmas Fair for a number of years where I will be running the cake stall and I look forward to seeing many of you there.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mrs S A Clark