Week beginning Monday 18 May 2015
I am still buzzing with the excitement of our car boot sale yesterday; the PTA should feel really proud of themselves and I hear they made over £2,000! There were many staff and students helping and we were blessed with the weather. I bought some books; a set of golf clubs for my son and two beautiful hanging baskets. Thank you to the PTA for all their hard work in making the day such a wonderful community event.
This week we have several big GCSE examinations with the attendant revision breakfasts; good luck to all those students, but also thank you to the long-suffering staff members for their work during this nerve-jangling period. The art exhibition is on Wednesday evening from 5.30 – 7.00 (see the invitation above) and the Maths department are running, “It’s a Mental Maths Knockout” with the Year 7s battling it out over lunch.
On Thursday there is Year 10 Parents’ Evening; this is a must for all Year 10 parents as Year 11 are now moving on to Study Leave and our focus will now grow on getting Year 10s to step up and gain the outcomes they deserve next year. Good parental partnership with the teachers is essential in this endeavour.
With the weather, hopefully, getting better soon, could I remind the school community that sweatshirts are part of school uniform, so should be brought to school every day – for formal occasions, assemblies and for sudden changes in temperature. Jackets, hoodies and the like are only needed if a third layer of clothing is required. These should be plain, dark and substantial. May I remind parents and carers that should there be an economic reason why a family cannot purchase any part of school uniform, they should write in confidence to me and I will apply to our finance department for appropriate funding.
I have posted the article which was in the education section of the “Cambridge News” last Wednesday. I was concerned that my arrival at Ernulf was headed up, “Temporary Head for Crisis School.” I rang the paper and complained, saying that I did not feel Ernulf was a school in “crisis.” The paper agreed that I could contribute my own views on the school after a week’s work and the resulting coverage is much more accurate.
Ms Di Beddow