Weekly Update: 30th September 2022

Published September 30, 2022

It always amazes me how quickly time passes during the term – we only have two and a half weeks of school until the October half term break!  

This week we held our first in person Open Evening and Open Morning since 2019! It was lovely to invite families in and for pupils to be able to be the ambassadors of the school once more delivering speeches, being tour guides and also department helpers on the evening.  The comments we received from the prospective parents were all very positive and they were full of praise for the pupil helpers! It really was excellent to see the children rise to the occasion and to have the opportunity to take pride in our school.

As a school we’ve also competed in three sporting events this week: a cross-country tournament on Tuesday, a Year 7 netball tournament on Thursday at South Wilts Grammar School, and a Year 11 rugby tournament today at Bishops Wordsworth School. Again, it is so good to get back to normal after the last two years of restrictions; it’s great for the pupils to take advantage of these opportunities and brilliant to see their enjoyment and sense of pride at being able to represent the school!

Next week sees the re-introduction of two of our traditional events:

  • Healthy Start workshops for Year 7 on Tuesday 4th October
  • International Day for the whole school on Friday 7th October

Healthy Start Workshops

As part of our commitment to ensuring our students are educated to be as healthy as possible Year 7 students will be off timetable periods 1-4 on Tuesday, and taking part in a series of workshops designed to promote various aspects of health, including positive mental health, how to save a life, restart a heart and also dental hygiene. This is in addition to the work all year groups complete in PSHE with regard to health.

The day will start with an Assembly for Year 7 led by a member of the school nursing team, and then students will take part in the workshops in tutor groups. 

Our canteen is also dedicated to ensuring a healthy and balanced offering is available for our pupils with a menu that changes daily.  Recently they have been promoting a meal deal offer which includes a sandwich/pasta pot, piece of fruit and a drink for the bargain price of £2.30. There is always a healthy main meal option on offer too and this week these have included mushroom pasta, vegetable curry and cottage pie.

International Day

For the first time since 2019 we’ll be hosting our International Day and celebrating the wide diversity of our school community.  The events that are happening are:

House competition: Macarena – Points will be awarded to liveliest/most unique performances!

Non School uniform dayCome in colours or outfits representing your heritage (or House colours if you can’t find anything related to your heritage!). £1 donations will go to CAFOD and the link donate will be up on school gateway for Monday.  CAFOD support overseas charities and we will be requesting that this money goes to their Ukraine fundraising initiatives. 

Form Activities: There will be an escape room style quiz on languages happening throughout form rooms next week!

International Food in Canteen: Our fabulous canteen staff will be cooking up many international dishes on the day. 

French Market Break Time: Croissants, crepes, pain au chocolate on sale in the reception on Friday break. Orders must be taken in French only.  Again, all proceeds to CAFOD.

Art, Music and DT Paris Trip – October 2023

A trip to Paris for our current Year 10 GCSE Art, Music and Product Design places is being organised for October 2023 – a separate communication has been sent!

Foodbank Donations

A reminder, if you can, to donate for our collections for Salisbury Foodbank – the hamper is filling up nicely in the canteen!

Also coming up this half term (dates to be announced shortly)

  • Year 7 Form Tutor Evening 
  • Year 7 House Parties
  • Aiming for Excellence Information Evenings for all Year groups

Salisbury Extra Curricular Opportunities

PQA Salisbury are inviting NEW students aged 4 -18 to join us for a FREE taster session this term from 9:45am-1pm at Sarum Academy, Salisbury.

The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts offers outstanding Performing Arts tuition in Musical Theatre, Comedy and Drama, and Film and TV. Students will get to experience all of these modules each week!

Contact Kayleigh on 07751675048 or kayleigh-paige.rees@pqacademy.com to book your place onto one of our free taster sessions!

Salisbury City Council have just released their 2022 version of the Salisbury Sports Club Brochure. This brochure showcases the sporting opportunities that are available around Salisbury to try and make it easier for everyone to get involved in sport, and includes options for everyone including football, tennis, martial arts, golf, American football and much more.  Please find the Sports Brochure attached.

Achievement Points Race

  • 1st Place: Margaret with 6,469 points
  • 2nd Place: Vincent with 6,097 points
  • 3rd Place: Teresa with 5,292 points
  • 4th Place: Francis with 5,082 points 

Have a lovely weekend.

Mr Rooney

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