As we come to the end of a really busy term, it is worth us reflecting on the many achievements that the students and staff have accomplished so far this academic year. With our busy lives it is often easy to get caught up in the here and now and forget the opportunities and experiences that have come our way.
Just some of the many notable highlights include:
- Back in September we ran our Duke of Edinburgh expeditions to Shropshire and Clent Hills.
- Ongoing charity work with Acorns, local food banks, UNICEF and ISRA-UK.
- Our school community raised over £1000 for the ‘wear blue for UNCIEF World Children’s Day’ where staff and students paid money to wear a blue item of clothing for the day, bought cakes, or took part in other activates to raise money. Well done to our newly elected Sixth Form student leadership team for organising a very successful day.
- We were awarded a trophy from ISRA-UK in recognition of the huge amount of rice we collected for the Yemen Rice Appeal. Click here for more details and to see Ms Dibba receiving the trophy.
- We won the Columbia Trophy for the Schools performance of The Wizard of Oz with Binta Dibba winning first place for best overall performance – congratulations to her and Mr Pullen for their achievements.
- Four students were selected to go to Germany on the latest Erasmus Trip, an organisation linking schools across Europe. Adnane Majid has given his thoughts on the trip.
- Our JASS programme (Junior Award Scheme for Schools) has seen students completing activities for the very first time in order to grow their character. Watch our ‘Christmas Sign Language’ film of students signing ‘Merry Christmas’ to see just how well they have done.
- Our Bikeability programme for all Year 7 students has been in full swing, with students either learning to ride safely for the very first time or progressing their skills to be able to cope with busy city roads; more details here.
- We received our Bronze Award for promoting sustainable travel to school and getting around in the local community. Well done to the students and Ms Thomas for getting so involved in this initiative; they are now working toward the Silver Award.
- And our efforts to care for the planet in a more sustainable way have continued with our weekly paper recycling collection by the students from form rooms, the ECO-Committee litter picking in the local area, and 1000’s of used batteries collected as part of the National ‘Big Battery Hunt’ campaign; reducing the number of batteries going to landfill.
The ever popular Loudmouth Company have visited school recently to deliver four bespoke performances to our students. These have a PSHE focus and have covered issues such as:
- Year 7 – Bullying
- Year 8 – Drugs
- Year 10 – Healthy relationships
In addition to this West Midlands Police have been running workshops on crime with Year 9.
Celebrating success – Winter Awards Evening
We were privileged to welcome so many of last year’s Y11 students and their parents on Wednesday evening to celebrate their achievements in excellence, character and scholarship. Almost 60 individual awards were handed out in recognition of their hard work and dedication in their studies or personal development. We were also entertained by our Year 8/9 Girls dance group, a vocal performance from Siraj Ibrahim and Lamin Dibba, a drama performance and a solo vocal performance by Tanisha Verma, who demonstrated such confidence and skill in their performances. We would like to pass on our thanks to Shamus Mahmood, an ex-Moseley pupil and Google employee, Mike Hopkins and Chris Mander for being our special guests.
Last day of term – Friday 20th December
School will be open to students from 8:15am on Friday morning, and all children are expected to attend in full school uniform. School will finish at 12:20pm and all students are expected to be off site by 12:30pm. Students who usually have a meal provided by the school will be able to collect a sandwich from the dining room immediately after 12:20pm; no clubs or activities will be running. We would ask that students go straight home.
Staying safe over the holidays
The staff and Governors at Moseley School wish all of you a very safe and relaxing holiday. I have included a joint letter from School and West Midlands Police on staying safe and avoiding harm over the Christmas period. Please take time to read this and discuss this issue with your child(ren). Read the West Midlands Police letter here:
Attached to this letter is the Spring Term calendar with the key dates for events and meetings between January and April. Please read through this calendar making a note of events that will concern your child.
Of particular note is Monday 6th January which is a training day, where school will be closed to all children. Students should return to school in full school uniform (no hoodies or trainers) on Tuesday 7th January and be on site by 8:28am.
We will be introducing a bell system for movement around site in January with students being marked late if they are not in their classroom by the time the second bell rings, and be issued with a detention that will be served the same day. Students must take responsibility for always getting to their lessons on time. 5 minutes late to every lesson is 30 minutes of learning time lost across a day; 2.5 hours lost over a week; 15 hours lost over a half term. That’s the equivalent of 3 full school days. Thank you for supporting us in this new initiative.
Year 11 and Sixth Form have PPEs (mock exams) coming up after February half term and they should be continuing to revise over the holidays using the techniques their teachers have shown them. Students have been given revision materials/booklets to complete. Please support us by ensuring they are doing this work over the holidays.
Finally, may I thank all parents/carers for your continued support and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!