Here is an example of a weekly bulletin to parents that I wrote for a headteacher.
We are well and truly into GCSE examinations season now. Year 11s have been sitting the first round of science papers this week, as well as their French or Spanish examinations. Two important English literature examinations take place next week, not forgetting the first of the mathematics papers. Meanwhile, we have sent out revision packs for the Years 7-10 examinations, which take place in the week after half-term. Timetables for all these examinations are available on the website, if the copy that was sent home has been mislaid.
All students are expected to take their exercise books home next week so that they can prepare for the examinations over the half-term holiday. As teachers, we are well aware that this time of the school year brings additional pressures for families. In particular, we understand that revision is perhaps not the most enjoyable of activities, especially in warm or hot weather. On our website, you will also find tips for students and parents to help make revision a little less stressful.
Next week, our production of Grease hits the stage. As the date of the first performance nears, rehearsals become ever more intense. The cast and crew were in school during last weekend and will be here again this weekend. The results of months and months of hard work are channelled into a few short days. It is thrilling to watch as each and every individual rises to the challenges of these final days, taking their own performance to another level in order to deliver something magical.
There is no doubt in my mind that the opportunity to take part in whole-school productions such as Grease is a profoundly rewarding and enriching experience for all involved. I am proud of the tradition that the school is building of delivering high-quality musical productions and I have no doubt that this year will add to that tradition.
Also in school this weekend, enriching their educational experience, will be ten students who are taking part in a robotics challenge organised by Mr Smith in the computing department. He has arranged for the students to represent the school in a national competition and they have reached the regional finals, which take place on Wednesday. The students and Mr Smith have volunteered to work on Saturday morning to make sure that they do their very best next week. This is an example of the ethos of hard work, effort and dedication that makes this such a special place.
Education doesn’t stand still. ‘Computing’ is itself a relatively new subject on the timetable—certainly the content that is now taught, with its emphasis on programming. At the moment, we are discussing ways that we can further develop the ‘house’ system in school to provide even more of a focus on student progress and participation. Yet another exciting new curriculum area is ‘animal care’, which is one of the vocational suite of subjects. The school is now home to four degus (pronounced ‘day-goo’), two guinea pigs and a hamster. Our plan is eventually to have representatives on site of each of the five animal sub-groups: joining the mammals listed above will hopefully be a reptile (probably a snake), fish, a bird (a budgie or a parrot) and an amphibian (probably frogs). The construction of the New Build—and how quickly is that moving forward!—opens up many other exciting possibilities for enhancing students’ overall educational experience.
The name of the computing teacher has been altered and the name of the school removed but otherwise the text is exactly as originally published.