I would like to thank all of you for all of your hard work and support that has made the first term a real success. All of the new students have settled in and the new fifty-minute lessons are working very well. The first half term saw the launch of the parent portal and intranet, which will allow us to further improve our parental communication. All parents/carers have been issued with a PIN number that will give them access to assessment updates, attendance records and other key information about their children.
It is important that you all access this portal as it will soon will expand to include not only assessment information but also fee invoicing (including balance checks). The portal is accessed via the school intranet at www.scarisbrickhall.net. The intranet also stores all letters that have been sent home in in the parent communication section of the site.
When I wrote to you in September I mentioned that we were moving away from national curriculum levels in favour of an A* – D system in middle school. Mr Norbury has posted a letter on the intranet that explains how you can interpret the half term assessments, as well as the rational behind this system.
Update on our building projects
Those of you who attend the Headmaster’s breakfast or afternoon tea events will have been given a preview of of building development for the next 3 years. The Science Faculty building is going well and despite some interesting challenges, we are confident that the Faculty staff will commence their move in the New Year. Pictures of the new build are available to view at school and will later be posted onto the school website.
The Sixth Form Suite is on schedule and will consist of innovative learning areas that will enhance the true ‘Pre University’ feel of our new Sixth Form. In January our inaugural ‘Great Hall Lecture Series’ will commence. The lecture series defines a new era for the school with leading professors and doctors delivering sessions on exciting and inspiring topics. Further details on the series can be found on the school website (a few places are still available, please contact the school office).
I would like to thank you for all of your support at our festive events. As always the students were exceptional, brimming with confidence and working as a real team. On our ‘Make a Difference’ day we supported many local charities and made personal visits to local care homes.
After speaking with parents we have made some key changes to the administration of the school. From January 2015 the following new appointments is in place to support the school:
Headmasters PA – Miss Sarah Cottle (option 2 on the main phone line). Miss Cottle manages all appointments and meetings for the Headmaster as well as leading the overall administrative team.
Personal Accounts Manager – Miss Zerina McCarthy (option 3 on the main phone line). Miss McCarthy will be introduced to all of our parents and will be the main point of contact for fee based enquiries. Her role will include additional billing changes such as music lessons or lunches, this will provide parents a personalised service when initiating or maintaining their accounts. She will also be responsible for the invoicing of fees.
Administrator and Receptionist – Mrs Julie Murtagh (option 1 on the main phone line). Mrs Murtagh will be based in the school office and will be the first point of contact for any school based messages such as absence, illness or dropping off equipment that a student may have left at home.
Miss Walmsley continues in her role and Miss Massam continues as our Examination Officer.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the term commences on the 6th January 2015. Future dates for your diary are:
6th January – Year 11 GCSE Mock Examinations all week
28th January – Senior ISA Cross Country Competition at Scarisbrick Hall School
21st January – Entrance Examination (Year 6 Pupils)
27th January – Great Hall Lecture – Lecture 1 Professor Charles Walkden
Enigma Variations and Cryptography (3pm – 4pm)
28th January – Entrance Examination Interviews
29th January – Science day with Professor Phil Manning
29th January – Great Hall Lecture – Lecture 2 Professor Phillip Manning
Palaeontology and the Wonders of Natural Science (3pm – 4pm)
29th January – Great Hall Lecture – Lecture 3 Dr Chris Arridge
Astrophysical magnetospheres (3pm – 4pm)
29th January – Great Hall Lecture – Lecture 4 Dr Leonid Ponomarenko
The amazing properties of the grapheme (3pm – 4pm)
10th February – Year 8 Options Evening
11th February – NYC trip Departs
12th February – Ski trip departs
I look forward to seeing you in the New Year and also updating you on all the exciting developments over the coming academic year.
Mr J Shaw
Scarisbrick Hall School