Thursday, 24 March 2016

Headteacher’s Blog - March 2016

It has been a short but immensely exciting half term; so many activities and events in only 5 weeks!

  • Raising Aspirations event for Year 8
  • Year 9 & 10 trip to the theatre
  • Year 11 Spanish Master class at Selby College
  • Year 8 Enterprise day
  • Trip to Manchester Arena to be part of the Young Voices Event
  • BBC School reporters live on Radio York
  • Year 9 STEMNET talk
  • GCSE Science Live trip
  • Performances by Hardwicke Circus
  • Year 9 trip to Belgium
  • Year 11 visit to the University Of Cambridge
  • National VEX IQ Robot Competition
  • Selby Seeds girls go to the Big Bang Fair 

We have also had numerous other school based activities including Selby High School’s Great British Bake Off, Sports Relief Mile and Readathon. Photographs for all of these events can be found on our website and if you would like to keep up to date with all SHS events why not follow us on Twitter.

When we return after Easter our Year 11 students will only have 22 school days before the first GCSE exam.  Therefore, it is vital that they use the Easter holidays wisely and begin revising for their forthcoming exams.  Staff will continue to support Year 11 students both in class and by offering lunchtime and after school revision opportunities. It is up to each and every one of our Year 11 students to show their commitment to achieving their true potential and this can only be achieved through hard work and effort. 

All students have received an exam timetable detailing exactly which exams they are entered for and when those exams are.  Miss Johnson (Associate Assistant Headteacher) will be able to help with any queries about Year 11 exams.  

When we return from the holiday the Year 11 students will receive a copy of the supported study programme which will run until the end of June.  The programme will include revision and booster session details together with any weekend or holiday intervention opportunities. 

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure”. (Colin Powell)

School is not just about academic success, it is about taking advantage of all the opportunities that are available and next term is full of more amazing activities for all of our students; trips abroad, work experience, Year 7 camp, Wildlife Park trip, Holocaust Museum visit, Activities Week and many more.   We have a range of both lunchtime and afterschool clubs that students can participate in, we also have homework club that runs 4 nights a week.

Finally I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank both students and parents/carers for all the support that they have shown me over the past 5 weeks in my new role as Acting Headteacher.  I am immensely proud to be part of Selby High School and to watch our students achieve success on a daily basis.

Joanne Carter-Mills
Acting Headteacher

Important Future Dates

Monday 11th April                            Training Day – School closed to students
Tuesday 12th April                            School re-opens
Tuesday 12th April –
Friday 22nd April                               Year 10 Mock Examinations
Thursday 14th April                          Drama trip to SLP College
Thursday 21st April                           Year 9 More Able visit to York University
Thursday 21st April                           7pm Inter-House Music Competition
Thursday 28th April                          Junior Maths Challenge
Thursday 28th April                          5pm Year 9 Parents’/Carers’/Guardians’ Consultation Evening
Monday 2nd May                              Early May Bank Holiday – School closed
Tuesday 3rd May                               School re-opens
Friday 6th May                                   Year 11 Final Assembly
Friday 13th May –
Sunday 15th May                              Duke of Edinburgh Practice Weekend
Monday 16th May                            Summer examinations begin
Wednesday 25th May                     Year 10 More Able visit to Leeds University
Friday 27th May                                 School closes for holidays