Christmas End-Of-Term Letter - December 2019

Ref: JCH/CN

20 December 2019

Dear Parent/Carer

As we approach the holiday I would like to take this opportunity to thanks all parents/carers for their continued support. In September we admitted 193 students into Year 7 who have all settled well into life at the Academy.

I would like to remind all our parents/carers of the following:

Uniform

As some parents may be purchasing some extra items of uniform over the Christmas break, can I take this opportunity to remind you of some aspects of our uniform policy. Students should wear black shoes not boots. If a jumper is required in the colder months a plain black V neck sweater can be worn underneath their blazer. Trousers should not be cropped or tight at the ankle. May I remind parents that discreet make-up is allowed in Year 11 only. Students wearing make-up in the lower years will be asked to remove it and disciplinary sanctions will be put in place for repeat offenders. If you have any queries regarding uniform please contact your child's Head of House.

Attendance

Excellent attendance is vital for your child's future. Missing school causes severe disruption to your child's education. Please do not keep your child off with minor ailments, we can support them in the Academy. When making doctor, dentist and optician appointments, please try to do so after 3:15pm.

Grandparents' afternoon

On Wednesday 11 December a large number of grandparents of our Year 7 students joined us for an afternoon at the Academy. Grandparents play an increasingly important part in the lives of students and our Year 7 thoroughly enjoyed making festive items in the Technology and Art departments with their grandchildren, before having a well-earned break with tea and cake.

Christmas Concert

The Christmas concert was held on Wednesday 18 December. My thanks to all parents who came to the concert and to the students who took part and made it such a special and enjoyable occasion.

Non Uniform Day

On 13 December students attended a Christmas themed non-uniform day. The Academy raised over £800 and all money raised will be donated to the local charity Harbour Place.

Care Home Choir Visits

The Academy choir visited two local care homes, The Old Library and Royal Court Care Home, on 11 December to spread Christmas joy through performing a selection of festive songs. They were very well received and did a marvellous job of representing the Academy.

Finally, on behalf of all the staff at the Academy I would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. The new term starts on Monday 6 January 2020.

Yours faithfully

Mrs J C Hornby
Principal

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