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End of year message from Mrs Woodfin


Date published: Wed 15 Jul 2020   Author:    Category: Academic   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email


15th July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are almost at the end of term. I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone for all your support and kind words throughout this extraordinary time. When I reflect on the past 5 months I am so very proud of how we have all pulled together as a community.

For me, the past few months encapsulates the immense levels of kindness, generosity, patience and perseverance that I have seen in our families. As education is a profoundly social act it is fundamental to have those strong community relationships, to not only maintain and build on successes but to also keep the community solution focused in times of adversity. I truly feel we have all done that. Thank you.

With the September reopening plans I have a reassuring sense of achieving some much needed semblance of normality, for our students and our staff, once the autumn arrives. There has been a huge amount in the media with concerns about what students have missed out on and whilst this is certainly true, as school is a huge part of children’s lives, I hope they will have a new found excitement and anticipation for returning. The staff are already working hard on planning for consolidation and catching students up in September, so please try not to worry.

I have had a few questions regarding studying over the holidays and I fully appreciate the challenges everyone has faced with home schooling.  Over the break the most important element of studying to continue with would be reading. Reading for pleasure is so important as it benefits all subjects. If you could encourage your child to read, or be read to for a minimum of 20 minutes a day (and look up the meanings of any words they do not understand) they will be in a strong position to return to their studies in September.  They need to choose a book, magazine or article that they are interested in. They should try and choose literature that challenges them but not too much that it puts them off.

We say goodbye to some staff at the end of this term. Mr Tyler is leaving us after 8 years to become a Duke of Edinburgh Manager. Mr Slark is leaving us after 5 years to become a Head of Business. Mr Owen is leaving after 3 years to become a Head of Humanities. Miss Martinez is leaving us to return to Spain. Ms Read, an LSA, is leaving to join the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub at Thames Valley Police.

Mrs Sunthareswaran, Art and DT Technician, is starting her PGCE training at Reading in September but will return to us later on in the year.

To all of these staff, we thank you for all your hard work and wish you well with your future endeavours.

Finally, just a couple of notices:

  1. Wokingham Borough Council will be working on our service road over the holiday and in September you should find it looking very different, with speed humps and proper road markings. That’s the good news – the bad news is that there will be parking restrictions in force, which will result in fines for drivers who do not abide by them.
  2. Term ends on Friday 17th July at 12.30.
  3. School reopens on Thursday 3rd September for year 7 and 12 only, and Friday 4th September for the rest of the school.

Please try to enjoy a rest this holiday and stay safe.

The staff and I look forward to seeing you all again in the new academic year.

Kind regards

Amanda Woodfin

Headteacher

 

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