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Term 4's message from Mr Lewis

Finally, Spring has arrived and the various trees that have been planted by our Year 7 students over the years have come into bloom. It is at this point in the year when all of the hard work by Year 11 students start to flower as they get ready for their exam. Over the coming months the signs saying “exams in progress” will start to appear and we’ll all be wishing our students good luck for all the hard work that have put in.

This year, as in previous years, we are offering a free Easter School for all Year 11 students and we’d like to see them attending these holiday sessions, where needed. This really is a chance for them to take advantage of all that Fairfield has to offer and give them the success they want for the future. I particularly want to urge the students to get a good balance between rest and relaxation at Easter whilst also using the time to revise in depth. Modern GCSEs demand a greater degree of memorisation than in previous years and active revision helps with memory.

You may have been lucky enough to have attended our school production ‘A Night At The Musicals’. It was wonderful and I’d like to take another opportunity to thank all the members of the school that took part. The students were the stars of the show, but I know so much went on behind the scenes to make it a successful couple of nights.

There are a couple of other notable successes to mention. Firstly, Fairfield has been given a Bronze award for its work to ensure students don’t miss out on an education because they are young carers. We are very proud of this award as it recognises the extra mile both staff and students put in to helping others. Secondly, we’ve had a very successful uptake for our free healthy eating/cookery course that started in February. Parents/carers have benefited from learning lots about food and why and how certain foods can dramatically impact on mood and brain function. We are hoping to be able to run this course again, so watch out for further details.

I am very pleased to be able to say that we will be welcoming a full cohort of Year 7 students in September and would like to extend a very warm welcome to the new parents that may be reading our newsletter for the first time. New Year 7 students always bring wealth of ideas; thanks to the weekly Principal’s teas and hearing these ideas face to face, I have been able to greatly enhance our catering provision and refresh our outdoor facilities. Just this week we installed a new canopy to provide shelter in the winter months and shade in the coming summer; Year 7 students tell me they are really pleased with the changes.

At this time of year I get requests to approve holidays in term time. As we enter into Term 5, I would like to reiterate Fairfield’s commitment to outstanding attendance for all of our students and highlight our procedures in dealing with absence. Good attendance at school is key to attainment and therefore enables students to achieve at their highest possible level.

You can find information on our website (www.fairfield.bristol.sch.uk, Parents, Absence and Attendance) regarding our Attendance Policy, Attendance Counts Leaflet for Parents (paper copies also available from reception) and Absence Request Form.  However, in short, we will not authorise absence for:

·         Holidays except in very rare and exceptional circumstances

·         Medical appointments without evidence (appointment card/letter etc)

·         Religious observance over two days

Penalty Notice and/or criminal prosecution may be requested if a student has a high number of unauthorised absences within an academic year.

All known absences must be requested in writing addressed to myself two weeks prior to the first day of absence. Let’s work together to promote and reward good attendance and punctuality. Evidence shows every day counts.

I am looking forward to the many exciting events and activities available to our students in the forthcoming summer terms. Thank you again for your continued support of the school and all that we do here.

 

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