Prospective Parents/Carers: Following our Open Evenings, “Frequently Asked Questions” have been posted and can be accessed here or from the ‘Transition Team’ link on the navigation bar above. Please contact the school if you have any questions or queries. Our Transition Team will be visiting parents’ evenings for Years 5,6,7 and 8 throughout this academic year.
After the stresses and strains of recent “mock” examinations, the past week has brought a definite change of direction.
On Thursday evening, musicians ranging from Year 11 through to Year 13, took to the world-renowned stage at Snape Maltings to take part in Suffolk’s “Celebration of Schools’ Music”. This year we were delighted to be performing on the same evening as Old Newton Primary School where students in Years 3, 4 and 5 gave a performance entitled: Samba Carnival. It was wonderful to see some of the youngest musicians in the Stowupland Pyramid working alongside the oldest.
Our own Jazz Band concluded the evening with a variety of arrangements and improvisations ranging from traditional jazz to modern rock. Their performance was both technically accomplished and extremely musical, demonstrating the assurance and enjoyment which comes with regular “music-making”. Our musicians for the evening were: Lucy Williams – Flute, Laura Hines – Saxophone, Clare Hines – Trumpet, Owen Moye – Cornet, Lily Southgate – Clarinet, Megan Bollen – Clarinet, Drew Goudy – Bass Guitar, Xander Heath – Drums, Charlie Sheasby – Guitar, Eve Betts – Voice , (Plus Mr Kershaw – Saxophone, Mr Skelton – Bass, Mr Jermy – Piano, Miss Clubb – Clarinet).
We are very fortunate in Suffolk to have an excellent County Music Service which provides high- quality opportunities for all students. In primary schools, there is a focus on singing and instrumental playing with every child being able to learn an instrument though class teaching. At secondary level, we have a range of peripatetic teachers and encourage as many students as possible either to begin instrumental lessons, or to continue their playing. Through the County Service, students have access to professional musicians and are able to visit Snape Maltings Concert Hall throughout the year. In terms of curriculum provision, students have specialist teaching in all year groups and we continue to offer music both at GCSE and “A” Level.
On Friday 13th, we moved from the sublime to the slightly-less sublime as Comic Relief took over the school for the entire day. An official non-uniform day, all students entered in to the spirit of the occasion and staff and sixth form students adopted the “do something funny for money” philosophy with gusto by donning fancy dress. Staff pursued an animal theme and the results were quite spectacular. The sixth form led the fund-raising throughout the day with a series of games and a seriously good cake sale at break and lunchtime. By the end of the day, we had already raised over £800.00 and an excellent time had been had by all. We will continue to count the proceeds and sixth form students can look forward (or not!) to a slide-show on the web-site, once all the relevant photo-permissions have been checked.
If the decision is made to close the school for the whole day because of adverse weather conditions notification will appear here on the school’s website home page. In addition, we intend to send an email informing parents of closure to those who have signed up to ParentMail and provided an email address.
In the event of any difficulty information will also be displayed at http://schoolclosures.suffolk.gov.uk. BBC Radio Suffolk will also be notified, 95.5, 95.9, 103.9 or 104.6 FM (www.bbc.co.uk/suffolk), but there is inevitably a time-lag between a decision being taken and broadcast, or information being displayed on their websites.
Any decision to close the school is based on the following factors: safety of the school site, transport arrangements, ability to staff the school adequately, weather forecast for the day.
Please find our December Newsletter here: Newsletter December 2014