Message from Mrs O’Neill

News from Mrs O'Neill

This has seemed like a very long half term and I know there are many students looking forward to lazy mornings next week.  All year groups have adapted really well this half term and our Y7 pupils have been fantastic.  Summer school has set them up well and they seem really confident, which is lovely to see. 

Following receipt of the email that I sent to Fiona Bruce last week, highlighting the current challenges that we are facing in school, I have this week spoken with her office.  Fiona’s Chief of Staff was very sympathetic and understanding.  Although she could not guarantee any changes or implementation of the much talked about Plan B, she said that Fiona would raise our concerns and it certainly helped that so many of our parents/carers had also emailed her.  Thank you for taking the time to do that.  We will see what happens over half term and whether the situation worsens, or case numbers start to slow down.  Our vaccinations for 12-15 year olds are scheduled for November 19th and 22nd.  If you have not yet given consent and want your child to be vaccinated, please do complete the consent form in advance.  A reminder that the school is only the host venue, we do not administer the vaccines. 

We have a lot to look forward to next half term.  I am not sure Y11 are quite as excited, but they will have their mocks in November so should use the half term break wisely to revise.  We will hopefully be able to continue with our extracurricular programme.  We have had new clubs added this year; I know that Lego Club and Baking Club have been really popular.  Please keep encouraging your child to go along to these extra activities, they are great fun. 

At the start of the academic year we appointed 16 Anti-Bullying Ambassadors from Y8 and Y9.  They will share information and activities during Anti-Bullying week in November.  The peer to peer support that we have in Alsager School is a real strength and I am glad that we have been able to get this running again this year.  Approximately 70 Y12 students have volunteered to act as peer mentors to support students in lower years and it was great to see so many Y12/13 students yesterday helping out with the Y11 Prepare to Perform evening, where they shared revision tips.  It is really heart-warming to see how considerate and supportive our students are of each other.  If your child missed out on the Y11 revision evening, information from last year’s online session can be accessed on our website. 

Thank you to all parents and carers for your fantastic support this half term and helping us to maintain our high standards.  Our school uniform policy forms a part of that; if you are struggling to provide school uniform, please do contact us in advance.  I know there will be many students heading to the hairdresser this week.   It would be worth reminding the barber before they get too scissor/razor happy that hair mustn’t be less than a grade 2.

Have a lovely half term break, whatever your plans.  I am hoping that Crewe find some better form this week and we can start to put a winning streak together.  Fingers crossed!

“Rules for happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.” (Immanuel Kant)

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