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  • 01 March 2024 - Letter to parents


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    27 February 2024

    Dear Parents and Carers,
    I hope that you and your families have had a lovely week. Thank you to Year 9 parents
    and carers who came along to our Options evening this week.

    Key Dates for Term 4
    • World Book Day - Thursday 7 March
    • Year 8 Trip to London – Thursday 7 March
    • End of term – Thursday 28 March


    Last week, we sent parents and carers an attendance report. The report contained
    data from terms 1-3 (September to February). Please take a look at the report,
    particularly at the second table, which shows your child's attendance on each day
    of the week. Tutors and pastoral teams have also seen this data, and will be having
    supportive conversations with students where there are patterns of absence, for
    example more absence on Fridays compared to other days. If there are reasons for
    any absences, please get in touch with your child's Pastoral Manager and let us know
    how we can support your child in any other way.


    We were made aware of an incident outside school on 28 February where a group of
    young people from outside of our school were loitering near our gates. Members of
    the community raised concerns with us quickly, and we were able to ensure that they
    moved on swiftly. If you were in the community supporting at the time, thank you for
    your help.

    Year 6 Offers Day

    If you had Year 6 children offered a place at Orchard this week, congratulations! We
    look forward to meeting younger siblings on July 3 at induction day, if not before. This
    year again we were over-subscribed with close to 350 people putting Orchard as a
    preference. It is very reassuring when there are so many parents choosing to send their
    children here - thank you for your trust in us.

    World Book Day

    Thursday 7 March is World Book Day and we are excited about the range of activities
    in school to celebrate all things reading! Staff will be dressing up as their favourite
    characters from fiction and students will be able to join in activities such as: create a
    bookmark competition; games in the Library at lunchtime; book review competition
    and ‘The Masked Reader’, which will be pre-recorded by staff and shown in Tutor Time.
    Can students guess who is behind the mask, reading to them...?

    Comic Relief

    We will again be showing our support for Comic Relief this year, on Friday 15 March.
    Comic Relief supports huge amounts of projects and organisations that change
    people’s lives in the UK and worldwide. Over the past year, Comic Relief funding has
    helped to support 4.1 million people’s lives. To read more about the types of projects
    they fund, see here https://www.comicrelief.com/what-your-money-does/ 
    We are running some fun activities for all students to get involved with and it would be
    great to see as many as possible at the events. These will take place at break and
    lunchtime. Normal lessons will continue across the day. Students should be in every
    day to keep an eye on tutor notices where the events will be advertised. Will the one
    where the teachers get sponged make a return? We shall see!

    If students wish to wear a red accessory (e.g. scarf, badge, hair accessory) to show
    their support on the day, that would be great.

    Events on the day will be free to take part in and participation is warmly encouraged.
    It will be a great day and a lovely end to the week.
    In addition to the above, on Friday 8 March, we will be holding a Comic Relief bake
    sale. Cakes will be available to buy for 50p each. If students wish to and are able to
    provide any shop bought cakes for the bake sale, these would be gratefully received,
    please take them to reception in the morning. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept
    home-made cakes due to allergy and dietary requirements.

    Community Information

    The Wise Group is offering support to customers to alleviate debt, address energy
    concerns and potentially access funding for fuel support. Anyone interested can self refer via this link.

    South Gloucestershire Council is offering adults free English and Maths refresher
    courses. Details can be found on their website.

    Wishing you a restful weekend.
    Melanie Sweet, Headteacher