It is hard to believe that the public examinations upon which we have been so focused have now passed and our Year 11 and Year 13s are preparing for their results and future decisions based upon their much hope for success. Our Year 12s are back at school and working hard on their A2s as they begin their last year of sixth form. This is truly a reminder of how time flies and if you are a parent of a Year 11 student it is prudent to be mindful of milestones, deadlines, homework and revision sessions to ensure that important learning is not lost.
Indeed our new Year 11s have already sat their first formal pre-public examinations this week, and our staff will be rigorously marking their work in accordance with exam board guidelines. We expect the best from our students and we hope that they have revised for these exams and will be pleased with their results when they are formally presented to them.
In addition to the formal curriculum which is well under way for this new academic year, our staff and students have been engaging in numerous curricular and extra-curricular activities to their benefit and that of our school.
Only this week our Year 13s have sent Biology students to Samphire Hoe, Dover, to enhance their course knowledge and Spanish students to the BFI Southbank to view a Spanish film specifically for A level, after which there is a Q & A session (in Spanish, I imagine) about the structure and content of the film. They have also been at the Business Design Centre to visit The New Designers Show to support their studies in Textiles.
Our younger students are busy working with Ms McManus and our ABM chef in preparation for their TEN showcase event, in which they prepare and serve invited parents and guests to a three-course meal. Our PE staff took a coach full of Year 7-10 students to the District Athletics on Wednesday. I will tell you of our success shortly.
On Tuesday, our former Year 11s enjoyed their Prom, now very much part of the Bushey Meads calendar. Very proud parents and staff watched our Year 11s exit some very glamorous and innovative forms of transport to come together for a wonderful evening. The students looked wonderful and I am sure will look back upon their Prom with joy.
Lastly, you may be aware of the impending joint NUT/UNISON day of industrial action (Thursday, 10th July). As always, Bushey Meads endeavours to open as much of the school to students as possible, whilst mindful of our regulations to ensure the health and safety of our student body. This day coincides with the Year 6 Induction Day which, for those of you who have a second or subsequent child joining us in September and for those who are new to our school, we can confirm the Year 6 Day will be running. We will inform you of more detail as soon as confirmation is provided by the unions.