The First Week Back

Dear Parents,

The school has been transformed in just one week. On Monday, the staff had to sit outside the Waverley Building until lunchtime awaiting the dismantling of the scaffolding and allowing access to the building. The multitude of boxes and items of furniture that needed to be transferred into the empty classrooms involved staff remaining at school until very late and throughout the following day in order for us to open on Wednesday. I do hope that you will think that their efforts have been worthwhile. We now have eight fully re-furbished classrooms and a refurbished dining room. Unfortunately, the works required on the kitchen resulted in the pupils having sandwiches only this week and we will return to normal school lunches on Monday. I am appreciative of your understanding and I know that the Pre-Prep and EYFS children have thoroughly enjoyed their picnic lunches using our excellent new outdoor furniture on the front lawn.

I have been pleased to receive so many positive comments about the quality of the service provided by Bridge School Wear and I know that all of our students will soon receive any outstanding items of uniform. I must also congratulate the pupils on their appearance. The white shirts in the Pre-Prep and Prep Schools look very smart and I was extremely impressed with the response of our Senior girls to the new dress and appearance regulations.

The new timetable has been welcomed by the staff with greater provision for double lessons and break times held separately for each school offering greater space and opportunities. The new Prep School canteen system has also been well received and we will be carefully monitoring the plates to ensure that all children have a proper school lunch and avoid the temptation to quickly get back to the recreation area.

The behaviour, attitude and enthusiasm of the students have been most impressive. The Prefects enjoyed a teambuilding session of paintballing on Monday and our senior students have quickly settled down to working hard. I would especially like to congratulate our Prep pupils on their first week. This has clearly been a difficult time for our Head of Prep, Miss Nash, with the sad news of the death of her nephew, Isaac , last week. The exemplary behaviour displayed by all members of the Prep School has served to demonstrate our support for Miss Nash and I thank them for that.

The buildings continue to develop and we will continue to work to ensure that the site is safe for all children. Deliveries to the site are scheduled to operate at restricted times only and I apologise where this is not observed. The Parents’ Association AGM on Wednesday 17th September will offer an early opportunity for parents to view inside the new building and to see our building developments and plans throughout the school.  We continue to ask for your care and understanding in using the car park or in parking on the neighbouring streets. Yesterday, I delivered flowers to an elderly lady that had been unable to be dropped off at her front door by ambulance and I do appeal to all to ensure that we do not block driveways and pavements.

I would like to congratulate a number of our pupils on their sporting achievements during the holidays. Sam Loizou in Year 9 produced some excellent individual performances in the National Swimming Championships. Carrera Parchment will be representing Kirklees in Athletics in Italy & the Czech Republic, and Natasha Dawson in Year 10 qualified for the final of Children on Horses at the British Festival of Showjumping. Year 7s also enjoyed notable successes with Alice Weightman qualifying for the Horse of the Year Show in October  and Camran Hassan selected for the Great Britain Cadets at Judo.

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