Headteachers Blog 22 – November 2018
This week The Chase has been actively supporting and promoting Anti-Bullying week, with a number of high profile events taking place. This programme of activities has been co-ordinated by Mr Paul Roberts who is the school’s newly appointed Anti-Bullying Ambassador. Alongside a team of elected student ambassadors, Paul’s role is to increase the profile of the great work that the school is doing in dealing with bullying and harmful behaviour amongst the students. Events this week have included designing anti-bullying posters and slogans, attending a ‘stand against violence’ workshop and having an ‘odd socks Friday’ to show solidarity against bullying behaviour. We want our students to feel happy, safe and secure in school and any type of harmful behaviour will be severely dealt with. It is really important to foster an open and supportive culture within the school to help the students believe it is both right and necessary to report harmful and bullying incidents.
I would like to give parents advanced warning of two important forthcoming events in the school’s busy winter calendar. Firstly, we are looking forward with great anticipation to the school’s production of Bugsy Malone. The students and staff have been working tremendously hard during the past few months in preparing for this event which is scheduled to take place between Thursday 22nd November and Saturday 24th November, from 7.30pm in the Main Hall. Tickets cost £8 (£4 concessions) and are available through ParentPay or can be purchased directly from school reception. Having heard some of the rehearsals I would strongly urge everybody to come and watch what will be an unmissable set of performances.
The Chase Christmas Fair organised by Friends of The Chase will take place on Friday 30th November this year – well in advance of Christmas. This follows a non-uniform day in which students are requested to bring a specified item which can then be sold at the Christmas Fair. Doors open at 6pm and it will be a case of getting there early to ensure that you grab a bargain. Raffle tickets have already been distributed by the students and include some wonderful prizes (all kindly donated) including wine tasting at the Three Choirs vineyard, a relax day at the Malvern Spa session and a tour of the Morgan car factory. The draw for the raffle will take place on the evening of the Christmas Fair.
Finally – please can I thank all the parents who responded to my plea to write a letter to Harriet Baldwin, in order to help lobby for extra funding for schools. I am afraid that the recent budget did little to help us, with the little additional money provided being spent, even before it was received, on emergency heating works. School finances continue to be extremely challenging as we do our utmost to ensure the best education possible for our children. Your continued support in this matter is very much appreciated.
Mr M Fieldhouse