27 May HEADTEACHER’S MESSAGE – June 2016
As we reach half-term I would like to congratulate all of our Year 11 and Year 13 students on the positive approach they have shown during the examination period.
Good luck in the remaining exams and, for those who are leaving us, I would like to send our very best wishes for all that lies ahead in the future.
It was great to see so many parents at the Year 8 and Year 7 parents’ evenings this month. The display of the final products from the Year 7 British Museum Project were excellent. Mr Gillman has sent home letters of congratulations to students who produced particularly good projects and I know how well received these were. Next year, we will be holding several exhibitions of student work across the curriculum so there is more of this to come.
Huge congratulations and sincere thanks to the Highbury Grove School Foundation for the success of the Auction of Promises that raised over £25,000 for our Outward Bound programme. We were overwhelmed by the generosity shown by members of our community in donating the lots and in buying them at the auction. Special thanks are due to Katharine Edwards for her fabulous organisation and to Rachel Landon, Chair of the HGSF, for hosting the event.
We have had some lovely events this month including House Swimming and the hugely impressive A Level Music and Drama performance evening. We also had our very first presentations for the Extended Project Qualification or EPQ. Next year, all Y12s will be encouraged to enter the EPQ, selecting a subject of personal interest leading to a 5000 word essay or a practical project on a similar scale. Congratulations to Anthony, Muna and Kirsty for blazing the trail.
As reported later in this newsletter, it was a great honour for our Year 9 students who attended the Anne Frank tree planting ceremony in Highbury Fields in the presence of Holocaust survivor, Eva Schloss. Their readings of Anne Frank’s diary excerpts were very moving. It will be fabulous to see the tree grow over the coming years, a living reminder of the significance of Anne Frank’s memoire and of the Holocaust’s importance in human history.
Finally, I would like to report that our staff INSET day on Friday 13 May was a great success. It is a genuine joy to have such a committed group of staff at Highbury Grove, sharing their ideas about teaching with great enthusiasm. We are doing a lot of work to develop students’ confidence with rhetoric (speaking) and to strengthen their subject knowledge. One example is the superb work that our languages department has done with Year 9 students of all abilities giving speeches in French from memory. We are holding our summer Parents’ Forum on Wednesday 22 June where we can discuss our ideas further. We will also be holding a parents’ meeting to explain the full range of our music provision on Thursday 9 June at 6.00pm; further details will be sent in a letter.