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  • February 2024 - Letter to Parents


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    9 February 2024

    Dear Parents and Carers,

    I hope that you and your families have had a great week. I can’t believe how quickly this term has gone by!

    Key Dates for Next Term
    • Arbor Pay Launches – 19 February
    • Term Starts Monday 19 February
    • Year 9 Parent Subject Consultation & Options Evening - Thursday 29 February
    • World Book Day - Thursday 7 March
    • Year 8 Trip to London – Thursday 7 March


    Thank you for all of your support this term in ensuring that your child attends school as much as possible. We really look forward to welcoming students back in term 4, from 8.20am on Monday 19 February.

    Arbor Parent Portal

    Please ensure that you activate your Arbor Parent Portal account – a letter has been sent home about how to do this. From 19 February we will be moving to Arbor Pay as our service to pay for lunches, resources and trips. Registering now ensures a smooth transition from ParentPay to Arbor Pay.

    Headteacher’s Commendations

    It was wonderful to meet students nominated for commendations this term, to celebrate how well they have engaged in community work, additional projects outside of school and superb leadership. It is always lovely to reflect on the successes of our students. Please do encourage them to share them with us, if they’re happy to! I always like to meet them to say well done.

    Teen Book Awards

    We were thrilled to host the Bristol Teen Book Awards this week. This is a prestigious event, recognised nationally in the Young Adult fiction community. Authors Lewis Hancox, Tia Fisher, Nathaneal Lessore, and Emily Barr came to Orchard for the day and gave assemblies, workshops and talks with the students. Students from schools from across the city came to Orchard for the event, too – we welcomed 75 students as well as their teachers to the event. Our library is stocked with the nominated books, which have been promoted in all KS3 library lessons. The overall winner was Lewis Hancock, with his graphic novel ‘Welcome to St Hell’. You can read more about this, as well as see photos of the day, in our newsletter on our website – don't forget to give this a read! Many thanks to Mrs Andrews, our librarian, for organising such a successful event.

    Community Information

    The Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust has compiled local information and resources regarding National Apprenticeships Week

    Youth Club on Wheels is running a free youth service with activities including careers and guidance support, healthy food ideas and social activities. See the website for dates and times in Horfield next week.

    The Ardagh Alligators is a free, open play session for children aged 8- 11 (younger children welcome with parents) funded by Bristol City Council. See their website for half term times.

    Wishing you a restful weekend and an enjoyable half term.

    Melanie Sweet, Headteacher