Headteacher Update 5th November 2021

05/11/21

Dear Parent

I hope this email finds you well.

It is always the aim in these weekly emails to give you a flavour of the important things going on in school. It will come as no surprise to you that my role these days is full of Health and Safety priorities – this has always been the case but even more so during the last 18 months. I am also determined that my communications do not only consist of a Health and Safety bulletin and I am aware that sometimes the content is liable to go off at a tangent; I can only beg your forgiveness for this.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

  • My usual reminder to encourage you to ensure that students carry out twice weekly Lateral Flow Tests. Cases across CW&C are currently falling and may well continue to do so in the near future although it is likely they will begin to rise again amongst school age children in the weeks leading to Christmas.
  • We held an Emergency Evacuation drill in school yesterday afternoon. I must commend students and staff on the efficiency and calmness of the process (staff had also been through the process during our INSET Day at the start of the week). The buildings were cleared within 4 minutes of the bells being sounded and we were able to practise an essential function with minimal disruption to learning.
  • It’s bonfire night tonight (and probably for the rest of the weekend too). So the usual reminders are in order for all of us to stay safe around bonfires and fireworks.

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF READING

I attended an online meeting on Wednesday regarding our Year 7 Accelerated Reader programme. I was reminded of the truism that reading makes us cleverer: the more we read the more we learn, we widen our vocabulary so that we understand more. Please encourage your child to read as much as possible. I have recently completed an excellent set of books by Peter May called the Lewis Trilogy; bleak at times but a riveting read – highly recommended!

AND FINALLY

At the start of half term my wife and I visited Ironbridge (I am a History teacher by trade for those of you who didn’t know). The last time I went there was on a primary school trip back in the mid-1970s so I cannot remember how much it has changed. What I do know is that Ironbridge is surrounded by a number of excellent museums and it won’t be another 40 years before we visit again.

Before we went to Ironbridge my wife accompanied me to a Walsall match for the first time this century. The last two matches she attended in the late 1990s were a match where we were promoted to what is now the Championship and an FA Cup tie away at Manchester United. The game we saw last week was Walsall v Barrow – not a match for glory hunters I assure you. It ended in a 2-2 draw – a sickening equalizer in the 6th minute of 5 added minutes; I’ll get over it soon.

This weekend is the FA Cup First Round and we have been drawn away at a non-league club. I am not overly confident of reaching Wembley; in fact the second round looks quite a long way off at the moment!

In Caritas et Veritas,

Mike Holland