Spring Term Round Up
It may have been a short half term compared to others, but that does not mean it has been any less busy, quite the contrary!
It has been a key term for a number of year groups with pressure now building on Years 11,12 and 13 as they rapidly approach their public examinations. Staff have been running before, lunchtime and after school sessions to ensure students complete their coursework and controlled assessments and the opportunities to attend revision sessions are increasing. We have an extensive programme in place over the Easter holidays and I hope students will take advantage of these very focused and crucial sessions. There is also a Revision Challenge Evening for Year 11 and their parents on Wednesday March 23rd, where advice will be given on revision and how parents can support their daughter.
Year 10 students have just completed a week of work experience where they have been gaining valuable experience of the world of work. The school is totally committed to giving students this opportunity to understand the sort of expectations on employees in the workplace and to understand the importance of what they are doing at school for their future.
On Thursday March 10th we held our Year 8 Options Evening where the process of choosing GCSE options was outlined to parents and students and there was the opportunity to speak with subject staff before final choices are made. It was a very positive evening and a good introduction to the process. Year 8 parents will have the opportunity for follow up meetings with staff if they feel they need further guidance.
Goodbye to Staff
It is with sadness that we say goodbye to three members of staff this term.
Mrs O’Connor (Head of Science) leaves us as her family is re-locating to Sussex. Mrs O’Connor has been at the school since 2005 and contributed so much over that time, firstly as a teacher of Science and then as Head of the Science department. Mrs O’Connor has also contributed to the wider life of the school as a teacher governor and as the principal member of staff leading the Staff Association. We thank her for her dedication, commitment and loyalty to Carshalton High School for Girls over a period of more than 10 years. We wish Mrs O’Connor and her family all the very best with their re-location.
Mrs Emney (Teacher of English) leaves us to move to another school closer to home. For a while Mrs Emney has done a long commute each day to be with us, something that has become increasingly difficult with her young family. We thank Mrs Emney for the highly valued contribution she has made to the English department and the excellent results she has secured for many of her students. We wish her all the very best at her new school.
We also say goodbye to Miss Kerruish (Part time teacher of PE). Miss Kerruish is a very able horsewoman who competes regularly and has been working hard to try to make the national 3 day event team in the run up to the Olympics in Rio. She has been offered a job outside of teaching, running stables and looking after a number of horses; something close to her heart! We thank her for all her work at the school since she took up post in 2008 and wish her all the very best in her new career and with her 3 day eventing.
And finally a few reminders….
As we move in to the warmer weather please ensure that your daughter is wearing the correct uniform. I would ask for your support in ensuring that any issues, particularly linked to footwear, are resolved as soon as possible. We will be undertaking uniform checks immediately after the Easter break and students will be expected to be in perfect uniform.
Recent equipment checks have been very positive but they have flagged up that a small minority of students are regularly not bringing in the essential equipment to support their learning. Please ensure that your daughter has everything needed so this unnecessary barrier to her learning is removed.
It is essential that we have up-to-date contact details in order to be able to contact parents and carers in the event of an emergency. Please let us know immediately if there is any change.
Start of Summer Term
Students return on Tuesday 12th April at 11am. (Monday 11th April is an INSET day and students do not need to be in school).