AVS Newsletter June 10 2016

Fortnightly News June 10th 2016 MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD TEACHER Dear Parents and Carers As the summer term moves on I wanted to share with you our plans for the last six weeks of term and also give you advance notice of the school’s plans for the start of the academic year 2016/17. As Year 11 leave, we always spend some time focusing on the standards across the school, ensuring that all students are focused on their progress and in a good position to make the best use of their time as we reach the end of the academic year. As you know we believe standards of appearance and preparedness for learning are key features of aspiring to be your best and therefore we will be completing uniform and equipment checks at the start of next week. In particular I would like to remind you that all students should be dressed according to the criteria shown on the school website and should come to school with at least a pen, pencil, ruler and calculator so that they can engage effectively in all lessons. Looking ahead, the start of the autumn term is, quite unusually, on a Monday this year as the teacher training day is being taken in the previous week. This year we are going to make a change to the arrangements we have had in previous years and welcome not only our new Year 7 students on Monday 5th September, but Year 11 too. The students from Years 8, 9 and 10 will all return on Tuesday 6th September. I ask that you encourage your child to continue to work hard and to meet our expectations, so that all students can make the most of the opportunities available in the last few weeks of this academic year. HEAD TEACHER’S YEAR 8 POETRY COMPETITION Who Am I? Following on from the successful Year 7 Creative Writing Competition that took place earlier in the year, I was delighted to receive some thought provoking and inspired entries into the Year 8 Poetry competition. It is always difficult to choose winners when students have been brave enough to share their emotions and thoughts in a poem, but it is a competition and there are house points to be won – so choose a winner I must! Prize Winners 1st 2nd 3rd James Kirkland and Jessica Burchnall Ashlyn Fincher Oliwia Dragon and Oliver Walker Congratulations to all of them and well done to all of those who submitted a poem. Who Am I? by James Kirkland 8RAC (Apollo) I am like a book whose pages need to be written; yet I tell stories and secrets. Like a book I am judged by my cover: old, frail. But my words are wise and knowledgeable. Like a book I am judged by my cover: old, frail. corner, waiting to be discovered again. Like a book I must be completed. Like a book I am wise. Like a book I hold my identity. Alison Davies Head Teacher Don’t forget to follow @AvonValleySch on Twitter and AvonValleySchool on Facebook for up-to-date information and news