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For the week ending: 18 June, 2021

A Parents Guide to Covid19 at Ormiston Denes Academy

Dear Parent/ Carer

Earlier in the week I had one of the most enjoyable hours of my time as a principal. Year 7 have been writing pirate stories and Miss Glover brought down a sample of her group’s work for me to see. They were very good. I was impressed on so many levels, not least the descriptive language that simply made me want to read more. Last week, I mentioned the new book I am reading, so it was an even greater pleasure to spend some time reading our own students’ stories. In fact, I enjoyed them so much that I wrote a couple of lines at the bottom of each story saying how impressed I was. It made my day.

I have also had a number of meetings with various curriculum leaders to go over how their curriculum is developing then going out into the classroom to see it in action. I have seen a number of good lessons and always enjoy chatting to students about their work and looking through their exercise books.
My thanks for your support in uniform, it is good to see our students so smart. When it is hot, the teacher will obviously allow them to take their blazers off in lessons, but students do need to ensure they are in full uniform when arriving at the academy. Please also make sure your child has a water bottle they can fill up throughout the day.

As you know, Kate Williams will be the new substantive head teacher from September. Kate has asked that I let you know in advance that the school opens again on Friday 3rd September, however we will only be inviting current Year 7 (going into year 8), and our new Year 7 (current Year 6) into school on that day. Due to the restrictions still in place, our Year 6 students have not benefitted from any transition days here at Denes and our current Year 7 have only ever seen one very small part of the school. So we have decided to use Friday 3rd September as the day to get both set of students familiar with the full layout of the school, such as our assembly hall, medical room and dining hall locations.

This weekend the weather doesn’t look so nice so I suspect Saturday and Sunday will be a mixture of music – playing some blues on my saxophone then some classical, reading my book and doing some work around the house. The hours I spend in kitchen is a given these days and certainly some scones on Sunday. If there is a break in the clouds, then I will dash out on my bike or take Oscar for a walk. We are also hoping to have a family WhatsApp chat over the weekend which will be brilliant. I hope you have a great weekend too.

Yours faithfully

Mr Jim Nixon, Principal

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