AVS Newsletter November 04 2016

Fortnightly News November 4th 2016 MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD TEACHER Dear Parents and Carers This week I am pleased to have launched my Head Teacher’s Speech Writing Competition which will take place over the next fortnight. Through a series of assemblies, I have spoken to all of the house groups and have encouraged our students to ‘Make their voice heard’ about a subject that matters deeply to them. We have looked at clips of famous speeches, ranging from Churchill, via JFK and Margaret Thatcher, to Michelle Obhama and Martin Luther King, looking at the techniques that people use to share their beliefs and passions, and to encourage and motivate others. I have asked the students to think about a subject that matters to them, be it at international, national, local or school level, and to write a speech that shares their views. I would be most grateful if you would encourage your child to take part in this, talking through the issue that they have chosen to write about and taking an interest in what they have to say. I look forward to reading a wide variety of interesting speeches after the closing date on November 18th and to publishing the best of what I receive in a later newsletter. I know that you are all aware of how important it is that students develop independence of thought, good research skills and good literacy skills; this competition is an ideal opportunity to get involved in an activity which does just that. Thank-you for your support. Alison Davies Head Teacher PARENTS’ EVENINGS Parents and Carers are invited to our parents’ evenings on the following dates: Year 7 Thursday 4th May from 4.30-7.30pm Year 8 Thursday 9th March from 4.30-7.30pm Year 9 Thursday 24th November from 4.30-7.30pm Year 10s Thursday 19th January from 4.30-7.30pm We look forward to seeing you. Please remember to book your appointment online at avonvalleyschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk There will be an opportunity for you to sign up to the School Gateway. The Schoolcomms Gateway is the Parent Communication System that keeps you in touch with all aspects of school life. Download the App today! Don’t forget to follow @AvonValleySch on Twitter and AvonValleySchool on Facebook for up-to-date information and news