8th January 2018


Dear Parents/ Carers,

Happy New Year!

We are pleased to report that pupils have returned to school full of enthusiasm for the new term.

Here are a few notices for your information:

Target Setting: Pupils set their targets for the new term on Thursday 4th January. If parents/guardians would like to receive a copy of these targets please contact the School Office via email ([email protected]) or by phone. The targets will be typed and available to be sent out by the end of this week.

Parents Mornings: Senior School Parents Evenings: We will be organising Parent interviews differently this term and will be having after school appointments on Tuesday 27th February and Wednesday 28th February from 3.45pm – 6.00pm. Please would you contact the school if you wish to attend the after school parents’ evenings, stating your preferred date; we will endeavour to give parents their preference but cannot guarantee this.

Mrs Trounson will make contact with Junior parents separately.

Swimming: Jade tutor group will be swimming this half term, at the Walnuts Leisure Centre, every Wednesday. If your child is unable to go swimming staff will require a written explanation.

Farm: Opal tutor group will visit the Farm at Ravensbourne School every Tuesday this term.

Safer Internet Day 6th February: As in previous years, there will be a range of activities organised on 6th February to support this very important initiative. In school we regularly remind our pupils about keeping safe online and about the dangers of Social Media.

Spring Term Subject Topics: Topic information for every tutor group will be circulated to parents next week.

Mock Exams: Our Senior pupils will be taking part in a number of mock exams over the next few weeks under strict examination conditions. Exams take place in the gym therefore, this may mean slight changes to the timetable. Notices are displayed when exams are taking place and we ask that parents are mindful of this when visiting school.

ICT/Photography: Topaz, Garnet and Opal will be studying photography as part of the ICT lessons for the first half of the Spring Term. They will be able to use their mobile phones as part of the activity or the school cameras. We will also be entering the Rotary Young Photographer Competition which has the theme this year ‘A Different Perspective’.

Ofsted/DfE Action Plan: The DfE have evaluated our Action Plan following the Ofsted inspection and it has been approved; we still await a further visit from Ofsted.

Peer Mentoring: The new mentors will continue working with their mentees.

School Council: Mr Ponulak will continue to meet with the School Council representatives on a regular basis.

Home Reading: All pupils should have a home reading record book. We ask that you encourage your child to read regularly at home during the week and make a note of this in the reading record book.

Charities: We made significant contributions to a range of charities in the Autumn Term and continue to be proud of our pupils for their commitment to our fund raising activities. One pupil’s personal fund raising for the Homeless was reported on in the Bromley Borough News and made front page headlines, a copy of the article is attached. Connor received a ‘Charity Ambassador’ trophy, presented to him by the Chair of the Trustees of the Bromley Homeless Shelter, Ed Tree. Connor has set an amazing example to all of us and we are very proud of him and the selfless act of kindness he has made.

We continue to support the Bromley Homeless Shelter by baking cakes/biscuits on a weekly basis.

Mr Ponulak would like to thank all the parents that made donations of warm clothing during the Christmas break. All donations were gratefully received by the Homeless Shelter. Warm clothing is still required, particularly jeans and warm coats.

Professional Articles: We are pleased to report that Valentina Cassutti, Therapy Team, has recently had an article published in a professional journal, Clinical Neuropsychiatry, please see the following link:

Health and Safety: Please ensure that your child does not bring deodorants or any aerosols into school as these can be a serious health and safety hazard.

PE Kits: A reminder from Mr Bushnell that all pupils need to have a PE kit in school. If your child is unable to take part in PE staff need to be provided with a written explanation.

Absences: If your child is unwell or unable to come to school for any reason please contact the school before 10am either via phone, text message or email. If we do not receive any communications regarding an absence, it will be recorded as unauthorised. Please provide a written explanation for the absence when your child returns to school.

Medication: If your child has had a change in their medication please inform the school in writing.

Adverse Weather Conditions: In the event that we may have to close the school due to challenging weather, we will notify parents by texts, phone calls and emails. Please update the School Office if you have changed any of your contact details.


Diary Dates:

  • 6th February – Safer Internet Day
  • 27th and 28th February, Senior Parents’ Evenings
  • Half Term Week Monday 12th – Friday 16th February
  • 29th March, last day of Spring Term, school day finishes at 1pm