29th March 2018
I hope this letter finds you well and that you have a lovely Easter break planned ahead. It really does not seem three months since we came back from the Christmas break. It has been a fully packed term with so many great things going on and I hope this letter gives you a flavour of the great achievements by our students recently.
The major focus at this time of year is always the final preparations for Year 11 and Year 13 as they have their external GCSEs and A-Levels ahead of them early in the new term. All of our students, like all students nationally, are facing the challenge of brand new qualifications. In recent years, every subject, in every year group and in every qualification, has been updated and developed to be more academically focussed. This can present great challenges but also brings with it great opportunity for our students to learn new material, to be challenged in new ways and to gain success under these new frameworks. Our best wishes go to all of our students as they prepare for their examinations, both internal and external, and we hope they will use the Easter break wisely to aid their preparations. A separate letter will be coming out to parents and carers of Year 11 students to give you a summary of all of the support resources, revision classes and practice material available to them. May I encourage you to talk through the content of that letter with your child as it will very much help settle them in to the routine of consistent revision over the next few weeks. I am reminded of a phrase that I have used previously in assembly, “…my name is consistency, I am closely related to success”. If students complete consistent revision they really will succeed. However, may I also encourage a break and recovery? All students need some “down time” and I hope that they, and you, will be able to achieve that this Easter.
Thank you to everyone who has returned the “Friends of Poynton” gift aid forms. We are so very grateful as every penny really does count. School finances, in all schools, continues to be extremely challenging and your gift aid through either “Friends of Poynton” or through the exceptional work of our PTA really does make a difference. If you have not returned your form, and you are willing to donate perhaps £2.50 or £5 per month, you can find a link to the forms here or if you would prefer to join our PTA “200 Club” you can find a link to that here.
It has been a wonderful term of great student successes and experiences. The list is endless and I hope that you follow us on Twitter (@PHS_Headteacher and @PoyntonHigh) where you will get more regular updates on our celebrations of our students. If you are able to join us on Twitter you will find stories such as:
- Our Year 7 and Year 8 football teams progressed to the finals of the Macclesfield and District Cup with the Year 8 team going on to win
- Year 9 student being successfully voted on to the Cheshire East Youth Parliament
- Phenomenal performances from our GCSE and A-Level drama, music and dance students
- Year 5 and 6 transition projects with “Dr Who” where our library has been transformed into a time machine with pupils from our feeder primary schools roaming with dinosaurs, visiting Pudding Lane and the Great Fire of London, seeing the Egyptians build their pyramids and witnessing the buildings of tomorrow
- Our PHS Jazz Band winning the Cheshire East Schools’ Finals
- Students in our sixth form attending the Oxbridge Conference
- Our very successful “Careers Days” where students were able to find out more about employment routes, university entry and degree apprenticeships
- The extensive range of “Year 11 Supported Study” sessions that are currently running
- Our German Exchange partners coming to us and also our Spanish Exchange students travelling over to Madrid
- The new “Student Leadership Team” settling in to their new roles as the student senior leadership group. I am very much looking forward to our meetings in the new term where we will start to put together the 2018-21 School Development Plan
- Our Senior Choir performing wonderfully at The Clonter Opera
- Numerous Duke of Edinburgh day walks and expeditions
…and a whole lot more. A fully packed term!! Well done to everyone who has “…jumped in with both feet”. With new clubs starting in everything from basketball, indoor climbing and boxing after Easter, there really is no excuse not to get involved. Please encourage your son/daughter to “…jump in with both feet”. Please also encourage your children to get involved in the new Art Competition that is being launched in the new term, details available from their art teacher.
This next term sees the start of a new student behaviour tracking system which will enable us to effectively identify those students who are beginning to perhaps make the wrong personal choices. This new tracking system will give us a “wrap-around” approach to help our students to continue to engage positively in their studies and wider participation. Further details of this can be found within our updated Behaviour Policy.
Thank you for all of your wonderful support and advocacy of our school. I have received a great number of thank you cards and kind messages for staff over the last few weeks, they really are very much appreciated. I hope you all have a wonderful Easter break and that you will support our annual PTA Plant Sale in the new term. Happy Easter!
Mr David Waugh