Dear Parent or Carer,
As the half-term draws to a close I am writing to you to thank you for the support you give our school, particularly in ensuring your child is ready to learn. This half-term has seen Year 11 begin their exams and we have been consistently impressed with their application and commitment. In order that our school continues to be a safe, happy environment in which children flourish I would like to bring a number of important matters to your attention.
1. School Newsletter
The latest edition of our weekly newsletter has been published online and can be read at: https://issuu.com/st.ambrosebarlowrchighschool/docs/sab_newsletter_may_24th_2019 . It contains a feature on this week’s Leavers’ Mass.
2. Change to 2019/20 Holiday Pattern
We have made the following change to our school holidays for 2019-20:
• We are adding an in-service day on November 29th and a whole school holiday on December 2nd, thereby breaking up the longest term and allowing us to use in-service time in the first term when needs can be quickly identified. Therefore the school will be closed to pupils on November 29th and December 2nd.
• We are removing the current in-service day on January 6th, 2020; all pupils and staff would return on this day instead.
• We will close for the summer holiday on July 17th not July 16th, 2020.
3. Return to school
Pupils return to school on Monday, June 3rd. The school day begins at 8:40am and pupils must be in class by this time. Therefore we expect then to be on site no later than 8:35am. Simply arriving in school by 8:40am is not sufficient. If they are not they will be marked as late and the matter will be dealt with through our detention system. Pupils who are late to school or late to lesson during the day will receive a detention at the end of school on the same day. We will make reasonable adjustments within this system for young people who are late through no fault of their own. However, punctuality is a basic expectation and ensures that children are ready to learn.
4. School Expectations
In preparation for their return to school it would be very helpful if you ensure that your child has the correct shoes, bag and equipment as these are checked each day. A detailed list can be found on our website. Where pupils are not properly dressed or equipped this will be remedied on the day. In addition, please check that your child is appropriately dressed for school and meets our expectations regarding make-up, jewellery and haircuts. These issues are monitored daily by form tutors. I would also like to take this opportunity to reiterate that we do not allow pupils to use mobile phones in school or wear headphones. These items will be confiscated by staff and returned at the end of the school day.
5. Reminder re. bottled drinks
It remains the case that pupils are not permitted to have any bottled or canned drinks in school. We expect that all pupils attend school with an appropriate plastic refillable container (not a recycled bottle). These can be purchased very cheaply from a wide range of shops. Pupils can expect that any plastic drinks bottles, cans or energy drinks will be confiscated if they cannot be re-sealed and kept in a bag.
With very best wishes to you and your family.