Headteachers Blog 17 – June 2018

15th June 2018

And so we enter the final half term of this academic year 2017-18. Only 5 and a bit weeks to go before we are allowed to catch our breath and relax for a well deserved summer holiday! This final half term is always action packed with the school calendar full of events, trips and a wide range of other commitments including the completion of end of year school reports.
At this time of year I am out and about visiting our local primary schools in order to meet with all of our new students who are starting in September. This year I will have visited 16 primary schools in total- The Parish, Great Malvern, Wyche, Somers Park, St Matthias, St Josephs, Powick, Madresfield, Callow End, Northleigh, Grove, Rushwick, Leigh & Bransford, Malvern Wells, St James and Colwall. I believe this is a really important part of the transition process, in meeting all of our new students first hand and talking to them about what they are looking forward to, and about their worries and anxieties in moving to high school. It is always nice to hear that I am not as scary as they thought I would be! I really enjoy these visits to our local primary schools and it always reminds me about the amazing work our primary colleagues do in preparing the children for their later education years. Without solid foundations to build on, our work in high school would be so much more difficult. We are so lucky to have such a great set of primary schools serving the Malvern Hills community.
As well as visiting our local primary schools, we have a full timetable of local primary schools visiting our school for various specialist subject workshops and master classes provided by The Chase teaching staff. During the past two weeks we will have hosted seven primary schools in total including The Parish, Grove, Rushwick, Cradley, Callow End, Madresfield and Northleigh. This is as well as the Year 6 induction day and Year 5 taster days and Year 5 Athletics day which are all scheduled for this half term at The Chase. And parents- no need to worry about missing out on the action. We will be hosting a special Open Day Event at The Chase for parents on Wednesday 18th July- with tours of the school, both in the morning at 9.30am and afternoon at 1.30pm. Please come and see us in normal working mode to get a real sense of what the school is like.
And finally…congratulations to the very first school lottery winner at The Chase who netted a lovely £34 from last week’s draw. Congratulations also go to Phillipa Russmann who won a pair of tickets to the cinema at Malvern Theatres.  Many thanks to Malvern Theatres for donating these tickets. Since then more tickets have been sold so this week’s prize will be £35.70.  Over the next year, The Chase School Lottery is projected to earn £2,891.20 for The Friends of the Chase to fund teaching equipment for the school and bursaries for Chase Students.
In future, Lottery winners will be announced on The Friends of The Chase Facebook Page www.facebook.com/friendsofthechase in addition to The Chase School Lottery page at https://www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/lottery/school/the-chase-school.
M J Fieldhouse