Headteacher’s Blog: 21st July 2014

Monday 21 July 2014

The fine weather of last week enabled us all to enjoy a really first-class Induction Day on Monday 13th.  Ms Walton (Progress Leader for the “new” Year 9) planned an excellent programme and this was evident both from the work produced and from the many comments made by parents and carers during the evening session.   The superb contribution of the sixth form mentors  (and the technical expertise of Mr Hill and Mr Dick) meant that a slide show capturing the day was ready for the evening event. Parents/carers were able to see inclusion in practice as students in Year 8 were fully integrated into the school within a matter of hours (the cross-year football at lunchtime deserves a particular mention here!)

We are still receiving enquiries about places for September and anyone wishing to join Year 9 should apply to Admissions as soon as possible.   Please note that uniform items can be purchased throughout the holidays from the main supplier in Stowmarket (Inces) and vouchers are available for some students and parents/carers should apply in confidence to Mrs Tina Hewick on:  thewick@stowuplandhighschool.co.uk

Year 8 students were also much in evidence on the afternoon of Wednesday 15th when “The Great British Bake-off” arrived at Stowupland.   “A” corridor was filled with the intoxicating aromas of sponge, chocolate, sugar and spices as students from Combs, Stowmarket, Bacton and Needham Market battled it out to create some truly spectacular cakes. (Pictures will be placed on the website).  Students have been attending every Wednesday over the past few weeks getting to know the school and forging new friendships.   Having viewed the entries, I had to elicit the support of other senior staff to select the winners as all the creations were magnificent.

This week has also seen the publication of an information leaflet outlining our Open Evenings and Events for 2014.  With the arrival of Years 7 and 8 in September 2015, we are holding three dedicated evenings in September and entry to the school will be phased, beginning in June, 2015.   Copies have been delivered to all middle schools in the Stowupland/Stowmarket Pyramid and the leaflet can also be downloaded from the website.

There are still three days to go this term and everyone continues to work hard.  Monday is “ISA Day” for Year 9s,   Year 10 students are still concentrating on vital CCA work and the Year 12s are set for an amazing team-day in Lowestoft on Tuesday before focusing on UCAS and A2.   School finishes at 2.00pm on Wednesday 23rd July and I would like to wish all students, parents and carers a really good Summer break.