As we come to the end of the year I would like to begin by thanking our staff for their hard work and dedication to delivering the best for our students throughout the year.
We have a fantastic team of teachers who day in and day out plan and deliver great lessons and also provide our students with an immensely broad enrichment curriculum. This year we have had trips to France and Spain as well as the annual ski trip. I cannot think of many weeks this year when students have not been out on other educational visits, including visits to universities and businesses. Our students have also had the opportunity to go on a number of cultural visits to museums and galleries.
Just this week, every year group has had a day trip along with the whole school going to Crystal Palace for our annual Sports Day.
Our commitment to the creative and performing arts remains as strong as ever. Students have given great performances in productions of Nell Gwynn and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. The quality of musical performances in termly ‘open mics’ as well as the Spring Term recital, have been exceptional.
Sport continues to play an important part in the life of Deptford Green. Girls and boys football has been very successful along with a growing skill with Handball and trampolining. We also had Year 7 and 8 students entering the national indoor rowing competition. This year at the Lewisham Borough Athletics Kyle Moore, Delvecchio Afflick-Dyke and Aritson Santos Lopes all won gold medals.
We have continued with some great partnerships with organisations that support our work in promoting safety and wellbeing and also raising the aspirations of our students. We are very appreciative of the work of:
• The Stephen Laurence Foundation
• For Jimmy Foundation
• Second Wave
• The London Symphony Orchestra and Trinity Laban
This year we have increased our Place2be counselling service to a five day per week service to provide better support for the mental health and wellbeing of our school community.
I would also like to thank the amazing team of support staff that we have here. From the admin team who so efficiently keep the school running day to day, to the team of staff who work directly with students supporting their social and emotional wellbeing and also supporting their academic development in classrooms. Many of our trips and visits depend on this great team of people.
As usual at this time of year, we say a few farewells to colleagues who are moving on to new challenges. This year we say goodbye to Mr Mica, Ms Zarif, Ms Carson, Ms Reading, all of whom are moving onto new roles and opportunities.
We also say goodbye this year to Ms Deacon who has, for the last two years, been head of our Dyslexia Resource Base. After very long service to the teaching profession, Ms Deacon is retiring and I am sure you will join me in wishing her, and all the other colleagues who are leaving, much success and happiness in what they are going off to do in the future.
The school is fully staffed, ready for September and I will introduce you to our new colleagues in my first letter to you in September.
Attendance and Punctuality
Our aim is for every child to have 100% attendance and of course always be punctual. Can I remind you that the school gate is open from 8.00am until 8.40am. All students must be in school no later than 8.40am and in tutor rooms by 8.45am. Students arriving after 8.40am will be late and must expect to have a detention to make up for missed time.
End of Term
You will be receiving your child’s end of year report very soon. Please take a close look at it and take time to discuss it with your child. Please look at effort and progress as well as attendance.
On Tuesday 23rd July school will end no later than 12.30pm. Tuesday will be a non-uniform day and students will be expected to make a £1 contribution to the British Heart Foundation.
Uniform and Equipment
At the start of the year we return to normal school uniform. This means all students must be wearing a blazer with a shirt and school tie, jumpers are optional. For students in Year 11 wearing a blazer will no longer be compulsory. However, if not wearing a blazer, student must be wearing a school jumper with the school logo clearly visible.
Please make sure that your child has the correct colour tie.
Please support us by ensuring that your child is wearing proper school shoes and that they do not bring a hooded top into school. Students not in proper uniform will be required to use our spare uniform items issued from Student Services, this includes black plimsolls for anyone arriving in trainers. Hooded tops will be confiscated immediately and only returned to parents. In cold or wet weather students should be wearing a proper outdoor coat that fits over their blazer.
Please remember that we do not allow any piercings other than ear studs.
You have received my letter regarding mobile phones which makes clear that during the school day phones must not be seen or heard. If phones are seen or heard they will be confiscated.
Students need basic equipment for school which should include:
• Black and green pens
• Ruler and a simple set of pencils.
We also expect every student to have a reading book with them at all times.
All students must have a school bag suitable for carrying A4 size exercise books and their PE kit. We recommend rucksack style bags that are easy to carry.
Start of Autumn Term 2019:
The staff will be back in school from Monday 2nd September and you will be able to contact Student Services from then. For the students the term starts as follows:
Thursday 5th September - Year 7 in school by 8.40am. All other students to arrive at 11.00am.
I would like to wish you all a very safe and enjoyable summer break and I look forward to seeing you in and about the school next year.
Mr M Phillips