Headteachers Blog 25 – February 2019
What a lovely start to this new half term with beautiful warm sunshine cheering us all up and giving us some much needed Vitamin D, as we embark on a very important period of time for our Year 11 and Year 13 students.
Firstly I must thank all the staff who generously gave up their time to support the two ski trips which took place during the half term holiday, which I understand were both a great success. Our students are always a real credit to The Chase when on school trips and these were no exception. This does make staffing these trips much easier when the students are impeccably behaved and respond so maturely and sensibly to instructions.
At The Chase the development of Literacy skills is considered to be one of the key educational foundation stones to success and we therefore commit significant time across the school curriculum (not just in English) in developing the students’ understanding and love of language, both in the written and spoken form. All students in Years 7 & 8 participate in Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) for 15 minutes each day, and students across all year groups further develop their literacy skills through a range of learning activities across all subject areas. With World Book Day scheduled to take place on Thursday 7th March, The Chase has organised for a number of influential published authors to be in school during next week to help promote it. We will be welcoming into school Nicky Singer, Emma Carlisle and Olivia Levez who will all be running student workshops in the library during their visits. Our Year 7 students will also be celebrating World Book Day by bringing into school a potato dressed as their favourite book character! I can’t wait to see the results….. Trying to find books that engage, excite and resonate with children can be a real challenge so I would like to encourage you to use LoveReading which is a new service that the school has recently signed up to. This recommendation tool is designed to help teachers, parents and students find the best books which suit their interests, and books can be searched for by year group, age range and subject area; there will also shortly be a link to LoveReading on the school website. Another website recommended by our school librarian is http://www.booktrust.org.uk which both is parent friendly and offers age related reading recommendations.
And finally….the school made a conscious decision not to encourage our students to strike on the final Friday of the last half term in order to raise awareness to Climate Change, as we already have a plan up our sleeves which will show our solidarity towards this most important of global issues. We are planning to have an ‘in school’ strike from normal lessons with an afternoon off normal timetable across KS3 on Friday 22nd March (to coincide with the Keep Britain Tidy Big Clean up campaign) in order to focus on a range of teaching activities to highlight climate change.
Mr M Fieldhouse