Friday, 22 July 2016

Principal's Blog - July 2016

Dear Parents/Carers/Guardians
Welcome to my last blog of this academic year. Once again, what a fabulous year it has been, but you already know that from the website and Twitter newsfeeds. Our Sports Day this week, which like the weather, was simply superb and together with the record number of Selby 4 Key students (449 students transported in nine coaches) who enjoyed an all-expenses paid trip to Flamingo Land, courtesy of the school, typifies the year we have just enjoyed! We will be publishing our 2015-2016 Highlights booklet at the end of September so don’t forget to look out for your copy. It is biggest and best in the history of the school!
Talking about the history of the school, of which we are really proud, we are launching the next chapter of that history, with the implementation of our new school badge, which recognises the school at the heart of the community that it is delighted to serve. In addition to the new uniform we also have new:
  • Signage
  • Letterheads
  • Sports kit
  • Logos
  • Website
  • Water bottles (all students will receive one in September).
Don’t forget to look out for all the changes, together with the staffing changes that are detailed in my separate July ‘Staffing Blog’.
We are already planning for 2016-2017 to be another year to remember. Talking about developments, we have started the construction of our new PE changing rooms and six new classrooms. This £1.2m facility will hopefully be finished in February 2017; watch this space and the website for updates as they happen.
I would like to thank you for all your support this year, because as we tell your child(ren), success is all about team work, and the part you play is critical. Discussing and clarifying issues with your child(ren) is an important daily routine. Occasionally, we have to deal with problems that have arisen as a result of misinformation that could have been avoided, if only students had engaged in a frank and honest conversation with their parents, carers or guardians.
In addition, we send a large number of emails, texts and letters including numbered ones out to parents, carers and guardians, but any communication system will only work well if people regularly check their messages – in this regard I would recommend checking your emails at least twice weekly, together with following us on Twitter @selbyhigh. The hyperlink to the school’s website is:
From the website, you can also download the school’s own Selby High School App together with the School Gateway App which allows us to send free text messages to you regarding your child(ren).  Both Apps can be found at:
The usual two-year calendar can, as always, be accessed via the school website. This is updated as things are added and amended so please make sure you check it regularly.
Once again, I and my staff look forward to your continued help in ensuring your child is properly turned out for school throughout the 2016-2017 academic year and ‘keen to treat others just like they would wish to be treated themselves’; a simple phrase, but such an important one for Selby High School. I am sure that when the students come together in their new uniforms in September they are going to look incredibly smart and ready to work at the level required for a successful future.
Learning today, leading tomorrow.
The daily maximum spend for students in Food4Thought will continue to be £4.50. If you are not doing so already, I would urge you to use our on-line ParentPay system to not only pay for food and drink, but non-uniform days, school trips and other events and expenses as they occur.
For your information the following are important dates for your diary during the first term of 2016-2017:

Friday 2nd September

School re-opens – Year 7 students only

Monday 5th September

School re-opens – all students

Monday 26th September

Shakespeare Schools Festival cast workshop

Tuesday 27th September 6.30pm

Year 7 Literacy Evening

Monday 3rd October

Training Day – school closed to students

Monday 3rd October 6.30pm

Open Evening for prospective parents

Tuesday 4th October

School re-opens

Wednesday 5th October 7pm

Year 9 and 10 More Able Raising Aspirations Evening

Thursday 6th October

100% Attendance presentation assembly

Tuesday 11th October

Shakespeare Schools Festival dress rehearsal and performance

Tuesday 11th October 5.30pm

Year 7 Reading Evening

Wednesday 12th October

Year 8 girls HPV injections

Wednesday 12th October 7.30pm

Governors Awards Evening at Selby Abbey

Tuesday 18th October    

Year 9 ‘Re-start a Heart’ day

Tuesday 18th October 5pm

Year 7 Parents Evening

Friday 21st October

School closes for holidays

At Selby High School it is common practice for students and staff to look after each other ‘treating others like they would wish to be treated themselves’. I hope that even during the holiday this will continue to be the case.
Finally, all that’s left for me to say is ‘have a wonderful summer’ from all the Staff and Governors here at school!!
Paul Eckersley