Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you for your continued support this year; it has been challenging and, at times, frustrating for us all, as I am sure you are aware. I am grateful to have such fantastic staff, supportive parents and such a wonderful bunch of students, who continue to amaze me with their infectious joyful attitude.
At this time of year, I like to reflect on what we have achieved and look forward to the future. Year 11 and Year 13 students have been exemplary in how they have conducted themselves throughout the whole Teacher Assessed Grade process and I am looking forward to meeting them in August, to celebrate their achievements. The Sixth Form team will be in contact about arrangements for results day and staff will be on hand to offer any advice.
I would like to share with you how very proud I am of two students who helped when one of our students was involved in a road traffic accident recently. Liriel and Josh have been praised by members of the general public for their calm approach to dealing with the incident. They gave first aid, directed traffic and took control of the situation until the police arrived. I have congratulated them for being a credit to our College.
It is also this time of year when we say goodbye to some of our staff who are moving on to pastures new and we welcome our new colleagues joining us in September.
Miss Carroll who is relocating.
Miss Richards who is moving on to teacher training.
A special mention to the following staff who have been with the College for a combined 53 years of service:
Miss Lewis who is relocating.
Mrs Jordan who is moving on to pastures new.
Mrs Frude who is moving on to pastures new.
Miss Newberry who is moving on to pastures new.
We wish them the very best in their endeavours.
New staff joining Sir John Hunt from September:
Miss Wallis - Science Teacher
Miss Weaver - Science Teacher
Miss Hayes - Science Teacher
Miss Morgan - Spanish Teacher
Mr Wynter - Music Teacher/LSA
Miss James - History Teacher
Miss Smart - Geography Teacher
Miss Rose - PE Teacher
Mrs Couling - Assistant Pastoral Leader
Joining us in September will also be 150 new Year 7 students and I am looking forward to meeting them during our Summer School next week. I am sure that they will be equally excited to be starting secondary school.
As you can see from the newsletter, we have had some enrichment opportunities for students to participate in, such as the Army STEM Helicopter event and the Year 8 With Flying Colours
project, where students have had the opportunity to be creative and produce their own sound recordings. Next term we are hopeful to be able to offer more enrichment opportunities for our students, as restrictions are lifted.
I know that our students take part in many extra-curricular activities outside of school which I would love to hear about. Please send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
and let me know of any achievements of your child.
I have written to you previously about Sir John Hunt joining Greenshaw Learning Trust and we had hoped to be able to join on the 01 September2021. Please see the communication below from the Head of Strategic Projects, Greenshaw Learning Trust explaining the delay:
We want to update you on the progress being made for SJH to officially join Greenshaw Learning Trust (GLT). SJH has been granted approval by the Regional Schools Commissioner to join GLT and we have already undertaken a number of the key steps required. Being a PFI school on a shared campus adds quite a bit of legal complexity to the transfer process. At this stage, it has not been possible to complete the PFI legal work and therefore the official transfer will not take place on 01 September 2021.
The conversion project team will continue to drive this forward to ensure the transfer takes place as soon as possible. SJH has a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with GLT which means that SJH staff and students are already treated as part of the GLT family ahead of completion of the legal work. The SLA will remain until the transfer date and we will continue to progress all of the great work we have started with GLT in the new academic year.
We have contacted you recently about some changes in Term Dates for 2021/2022 and about our uniform policy. Information regarding this can be found on the College website for your reference.
I would like to thank you for your ongoing support regarding the mobile free zone at the College. It has been fantastic to see students interacting and conversing with their peers at break and lunchtimes and the new policy is already having a positive impact on College life.
We have been advised from Active Devon to share the following summer holiday activities that parents might find useful during the holidays:
Help children and young people to boost their health and wellbeing by promoting being active
The NHS have teamed up with Disney, Pixar and Marvel to bring you brand new play-along games inspired by your favourite characters.
Want your kids to run free in the fresh air and try new exciting activities?
Great ideas for families – e.g., Build the best ever den with these tips and tricks – all you need are some sturdy sticks, leaves that you have found on wild adventures and some mud to secure it all together!
Although designed for teachers and some elements are for a paid subscription, there are lots of ideas for games that parents might want to try out this summer.
Free to access. The Boing PlayUp Club is a six week video series full of new games and loads of different ways to play. It also includes tips, advice and ideas for children and parents/guardians on how to power up their play this summer.
A brilliant free resource for the summer break – screen free activity to keep families happy, healthy and connected.
Active Devon is excited to announce our cycling festivals across Exeter during the summer break. Have a go opportunities, free tea and coffee and goodie bags for participants (limited availability)
Lots of ideas for getting active in Devon.
When we return in September, the Department for Education has asked us to Lateral Flow Test students on their return and we will be in contact with further details for the start of term.
Have an excellent summer holiday and we look forward to seeing our students in September.