One week has passed since the loss of Richard and we as a school are slowly trying to resume some sort of normality and routine.
Many of you attended his funeral and for this I thank you.
Some children are still suffering, particularly his close friends, and school will carry on doing everything within its power to support them. They are busily planning an event we can hold in Richard’s memory; we will keep you informed.
Sad though we all are, life has to continue.
Thank you to all the Primary Parents who attended our meeting on Thursday. The Secondary parents meeting will take place on Tuesday at 14.45 h as you have been informed.
Our Christmas Bazaar will go ahead as planned; I repeat, the school needs to help our children get back into routine. Please support the PTA and school in the preparations for this event.
We have some wonderful news to share regarding our football trip to Italy. A special letter will inform you about this magical tournament next week.
This weekend give special love and attention to your beautiful children.
See you all on Monday.
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus on the light”.
These words capture the emotions and events in the Primary School this week. In a time of great sadness in our community Thursday’s English Workshop Morning provided a much needed light. Thank you to the overwhelming attendance by parents who witnessed the joy of children’s learning at its very best. Later that day this community spirit was further realised in an emotional meeting when Primary School Parents and School leaders came together to remember Richard. We all know that we have many challenges ahead but together we will continue to provide the care and guidance our children deserve.
Please be aware that it has come to my attention that Primary School children are talking about a social media game called ‘Momo’. This game has been implicated in children and young people being encouraged to be harmful or self harm. At the very least these kinds of games are disturbing for young minds. I urge all parents to be vigilant when allowing children unsupervised access to social media and be aware that some seemingly harmless games are not as they seem.
I hope that many of you can join our Primary School Assembly on Monday morning at the start of our pre-planned whole college Be Kind Week when we shall be reinforcing the importance of showing respect to others and ourselves.
Thank you again for your messages of support.
Next week’s target: RESPECT
Talk Homework: How do teachers show that they care?
As you are reading this newsletter, two groups of Y12 and Y13 students will be on their way to Nantes (France) and Koblenz (Germany). They are taking part in an exciting new Modern Foreign Languages voyage which involves participating in a work experience scheme in a foreign country. It is the first time Aloha College embarks on such an exciting and enriching activity. I am confident it will be highly successful.
I am writing this letter with fond memories of my childhood and adolescence. I took part in a similar programme when I was 14 years old. At first, it was a huge and daunting step to take and it was not always easy. However, with perseverance and hard work the experience proved extremely rewarding.
Throughout this experience our students will be showing the Core Aloha College values as well as some of the attributes we have introduced this year for the Pupil Profile Award such communicators, risk-takers and open-mindedness.
Pupils will have to communicate in a language which is not their own, whilst showing respect for the rules of the workplace and caring for their clients. They will broaden their knowledge of the culture of the country as they will be staying with host families, thus becoming more knowledgeable and reflective about other ways of life.
This would not have been possible without the leadership, detailed planning and hard work of Donna Wade, our Head of the Modern Foreign Languages Department. I am privileged to work with such dedicated and passionate team of French and German teachers. Thank you for promoting and instilling a love for learning new languages in our students.
I wish all the participating students a successful trip!