22nd December 2017
Dear Parents and Carers,
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year. It has been yet another fantastic term here at Poynton High School, with your sons and daughters once again proving themselves to be truly inspirational young people. This term has seen so many great opportunities for your children to get involved with. In January, I will once again be standing up in front of them in assemblies, reiterating the message about getting taking part and pushing oneself, all summed up in the phrase “…jump in with both feet”.
At the time of writing, Year 11 are just coming to the end of a challenging season of mock examinations. This is the first year-group where the vast majority of GCSEs are the new reformed style; more academically focussed with a greater number and length of examinations. The Year 11 students have risen to this challenge and have conducted themselves impeccably. Results will be issued in mid-January with a full mocked up “Results Day” so they can get a feel for what it might be like in the summer. I would like to pass on my congratulations to Year 11, and their families, for this very successful examination season and to also wish the very best of luck to our Year 13 students whose mock examinations start as soon as we return in January.
This term has also seen the “…amazing”, “…mind-blowing”, “…phenomenal”, “…professional”, “…unbelievable” whole school production of Fiddler on the Roof. I have received an enormous number of letters, cards and emails praising the students and staff for what proved to be an extraordinary production, worthy of the professional stage. Again, my congratulations to everyone involved, I really do hope that you can catch up on some of that missed sleep over the festive period.
House activities have played a great role this term in allowing students to “…jump in with both feet”. From House Trampolining to House Badminton, a House Decorate-Your-Form-Door Competition to the House Charity Food Bank Collection, students have had a great number of opportunities to get involved. December has been quite a humbling experience with the awe-inspiring responses to both the Year 7 and 8 House Charity Elf Runs and the House Charity Food Bank Collection. I hope you have managed to follow the news on my twitter feed and have seen the recent photographs (twitter: @PHS_Headteacher). I am always very proud of our school community and the response to both of these charity focussed competitions has once again proven that the young people of Poynton High School, and their families, are inspirational. I have always said that I am blessed as a Head Teacher given the wonderful students and staff that are my great pleasure to have the opportunity to serve. It is at times when I witness their responses to such appeals that I am most keenly aware of this blessing.
It is not just outside of the classroom that our students and staff have excelled. Once again, this term we came back to a set of summer examination results which were truly “…the best our students had ever achieved” and over the course of this last term, our present students have risen to the high expectations that we have set them. Internal tracking data shows that they continue to make rapid and sustained progress and I hope that you will be able to celebrate their achievements with them then you receive their upcoming data capture reports.
Looking ahead to the New Year, I will continue to send out regular Head Teacher Bulletin Letters and hope to cover such topics as the role of the governing body, to introduce you to some of our new staff and staff in key roles within the school, to update you on our academy conversion, to give detailed feedback on the parent survey that we have just completed and also to continue to give you updates and celebrations on the achievements of our young people. By the time you receive this letter I will most likely be standing in front of the entire school, in the whole school Christmas assembly, celebrating “that was the term that was!” This assembly is yet another example of what makes our community special, the opportunity to celebrate the great talents of our students with the whole school. May I take this opportunity to wish you a lovely Christmas and I very much hope you all have a relaxing and family filled time. Happy Christmas everyone.
Mr David Waugh