w/c 3 March 2014
So much has happened since we have returned from half-term and we haven’t even completed two whole weeks back yet!
The event of highest profile of course has been the interview selection process for our new Executive Principal for the Trust and Headteacher of Bushey Meads which took place Monday and Tuesday of this week. A communication will be issued around midday tomorrow from the Chairs of the Trust and BMS Governing Body to inform you of their decision – this is to ensure that the successful candidate has informed his school of his departure first.
Last weekend saw the first stage of the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial competition. I am very pleased to report that Ms Bailey, the school’s Highly Able Co-ordinator, came back reporting ‘triumph in Tottenham’ which puts them straight through to the regional heat which will take place in May. To read more please go to the Weekly Newsletter Articles section of the website and access ‘Triumph in Tottenham’. Well done to the team of Year 8 and 9 students who are responsible for this success .
I returned from half-term to be informed by Mr Cartledge, Head of PE and Health, that Bushey Meads has secured our continuing status of Healthy Schools from County. I provide you with an extract from the confirmation letter which is most complimentary to the school and to all Mr Cartledge’s good work:
‘Your whole school review is a fantastic accolade to all the work you have and are undertaking to promote health and wellbeing. I am delighted to inform you that your school has achieved Hertfordshire Healthy Schools status. Many congratulations to you and your school community.
The key strengths that our team would particularly like to commend your school community for are:
· Health and Wellbeing issues are covered extensively throughout a number of curriculum areas. The schools Opening Minds programme for year 7 students is an example of effective practice and delivered at a time when students are particularly vulnerable. The content of the programme demonstrates the schools commitment to equipping young people with the resources to grow and develop in school.
· The range of systems and strategies that are in place to ensure the school culture and environment enables the engagement of the whole school community.
The whole school review also illustrates that the PE department is very strong and well supported by the senior leadership team and the governing body.’
May I take this opportunity to comment on the very good level of Attendance we have achieved to date this half-term. I know the majority of students produce very good attendance levels thanks to the support and commitment of you, the parent body. However, at present we are enjoying a particularly high level as we surface from a long, wet winter – let’s hope the Spring keeps us all fit and healthy!
Finally, I would like to return to our finale of last half-term – the school production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ and provide you with my favourite photo of the cast.
A huge thank you to all who came along to support the production, and equal heartfelt thanks to all the staff involved (especially Mr Knowles in Drama and Ms Lavelle and Ms Wright in Music) and wonderful students who made all four shows such a resounding success.