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Executive Principal’s Blog – 10.3.23 ‘BMS – a Wonderfully Diverse Family’




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10th March 2023



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Executive Principal’s Blog – 10.3.23 ‘BMS – a Wonderfully Diverse Family’

Our Theme of the Week (TOTW) this week has reflected much of what is so positive about our wonderful Bushey Meads family – a family made rich by the diverse cultures, backgrounds and different aspects and viewpoints of life that our students and staff represent. It was really encouraging to receive this email from Mr Sylvester, Head of Geography and Head of Sycamore House about Frank in his Year 8 CDC group.

Frank in my CDC Group made some tremendous contributions to the Equality and Diversity TOTW task yesterday. I was super impressed! – He was leading the CDC group in the amount of contributions made. Happily describing what diversity means, why equality can sometimes lead to inequality and demonstrating his wider knowledge mentioning the famous equality vs. equity standing on a box to a football match cartoon. He made a very positive start to the day and was awarded an R2 for his leadership.
As a reminder, due to the large number of staff in the NEU at Bushey Meads School and the planned strike action next week, the school will have to close on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March 2023. Please remind and encourage your children to complete as much work as possible at home on these days on the varied online platforms available.

These include SAM Learning, MyMaths, Dr Frost Maths, Educake, SENECA Learning and GCSE BiteSize. Do remember that even just 10 hours of work on SAM Learning has been proven to improve a student’s GCSE grade by as much as 2 whole grades.

With the limited staff on site we can, once again offer to Year 11 and 13 students only the option of coming into school next Wednesday and Thursday to complete independent learning in supervised learning zones. Year 11 students should register and remain in the Learning Hub/School Restaurant and Year 13 students should register and remain in the Sixth Form Centre. Students wishing to take up this opportunity will be offered a limited break and lunchtime catering service via the School Restaurant.

We do once again apologise for the disruption caused by the strikes but want to reassure you that, despite the challenges currently being experienced across the education landscape, all staff continue to support all students at Bushey Meads in and beyond the classroom with their ongoing learning and achievement.

As a reminder to Year 9 Parents and Carers the hugely important Year 9 Options Evening is taking place on Wednesday 22nd March from 4.30 – 7.00 pm and will follow on from the ‘Taste of the Future’ sessions for Year 9 students, planned for the Enrichment Day on the same day.

As always do click on the link to read this week’s BMS News highlighting some of the things that have been happening in our learning community this week.

Jeremy Turner
Executive Principal