Message from the Headteacher, Ms A. Sharma:
Ramadan Mubarak. This month of Ramadan for our Muslim colleagues, students, parents/ carers is a very important time. It reminds everyone to be generous, giving and supportive of each other especially those in difficulties. Our very best wishes to all those families and friends who are fasting.
Last Tuesday, we celebrated our cultural diversity with an international dress day followed by multicultural evening in which students showcased musical talents, dancing, fashion, poetry reading, singing in a variety of languages from different parts of the world. It was a very special evening full of pride, joy and enjoyment. We welcomed many parents to this evening who commented how much they enjoyed the show and how proud they were of our talented students. Well done and thank you to everyone who participated, supported and attended the evening.
Please note that the last day of term is on Friday 31st March. It will be a half day and all students will be leaving the school site at 12:30pm. There will be snacks available during the extended break time on that day. Please ask your child to purchase what they want to eat during their extended break.
Have a restful weekend.
Please read the attached about our wonderful Multi-Cultural Evening we held on Tuesday 21st March 2023.
Stretch and Challenge
We recently hosted a coffee morning for the parents of our year 7 Stretch and Challenge students. The students and parents were given key information about the importance of punctuality and attendance and discussed growth mindset. Several students discussed their experiences of KS3 – 4 and were keen to give their advice. This was followed by an engaging, hands-on workshop focusing on architecture. A huge thankyou to all the parents who committed their time to being there. We look forward to hosting more parental engagement opportunities in the near future.
Easter Egg Raffle
One of our ex-students, Minie Dhamu has donated Easter eggs to help raise funds for the African Charity our school is supporting this year. Raffle tickets will be sold from next week. To win one of these delicious Easter eggs, students must purchase a raffle ticket.
Lost property will be placed in the school hall on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th March.
Bookmark competition winner
Congratulations to our top 20 bookmark winners. There was a fantastic selection of over forty bookmarks entered with twenty shortlisted. All students will attend the ceremony on Monday 27th March in the library at 12.30pm, where they will be given prizes. All bookmarks will be displayed in the main corridor until the end of term summer 2023.
Well done to all the following students:
1st Place winner – Harmani 9L, 2nd Manamrit 7I, 3rd Dhruv 10S, 4th Sharvina 7R, 5th Aishreet 7R, 6th Viyan 7E, 7th Rida 9H, 8th Sanjeev 7E, 9th Gaganpreet 7L, 10th Avneet 7v, 11th Jofia 7G, 12th Hafsa 7I, 13th Kian 7V, 14th Pratik 8R, 15th Kamilla 9L, 16th Harmapreet 7L, 17th Kinza 7E, 18th Adil 9S, 19th Marissa 9V and 20th Tamin 7I.
The Sher Jung Foundation Creative Writing Competition
The Sher Jung Foundation is a charity recently formed in loving memory of Sher Jung, a well renowned Punjabi author who died in 1996 aged fifty-nine. Its premise is based on the values that were so dear to him and whose legacy can now flourish embedded within the core aims of the charity. Sher Jung was not only a published author of thirteen books in Punjabi and Hindi, but also a teacher and Headmaster in India. His passions were writing and education, and he was focused on ensuring this was provided to everyone regardless of their means. He taught many students for free. His dream was to become a full-time writer, but this was not financially viable for many Punjabi authors who had emigrated to the U.K. for economic reasons. This charity is therefore holding and carrying this flame in providing and promoting education and literacy, and aims to provide aspiring writers support through various means. Although the charity has a bias to South Asian writers, it is not limited to that alone and would support any writer.
Welfare and Medical Updates
The School Aged Immunisation Team will soon be visiting Villiers to deliver the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination for Year 8. Electronic consent forms have been sent to you via email, this must be completed as soon as possible, even if you do not consent, please select ‘no’. Please read the letter sent out for further details, and if you have any questions you may contact the Welfare Officer.
A reminder that students should not be carrying any medication, unless it has been prescribed by the doctor to take in school and a medication consent form has been filled in for safety purposes. Due to this cold weather lots of viral infections have been going around and students are getting sick. Please encourage your child to keep warm, have a good breakfast and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Students are not allowed to call home for sickness, as this disrupts the school. If students are feeling unwell, they must got to welfare and parents/carers will be contacted if necessary.
Attendance and Punctuality
Please make sure your child attends school everyday and on time (by 8:30am at the very latest but we encourage students be here by 8:20am), so they are able to get to their form class. As we know, having good attendance is vital and research suggests that students who have the best attendance are more likely to feel happier and have a greater sense of belonging. Please do not book any holidays before or after the Easter break. The school will not authorise any holiday leave requests during term time and any families still taking unauthorised holiday leave may be fined. For any emergency situations, please visit the school to complete a leave of absence form explaining the emergency.
Message to Parents of Year 11 – 13 Students
Students sitting any exams this summer need to be available for the full exam period. They cannot book holidays until Thursday 29th June 2023 onwards.
They will not know their summer exam timetable until later this year, as some exams are still being moved due to clashes. However, regardless of when their last exam is, they must be available up until Wednesday 28th June 2023, as this is the contingency day, alongside two contingency afternoons on Thursday 8th and Thursday 15th June 2023.
Contingency dates are added in case there is a national or local emergency and an exam has to be moved and students must be available for this.
Community Wellbeing Café
The Wellbeing Café is a social initiative to meet the needs of the community. Open on the last Friday of each month from 10:30am – 12:30pm at Hanwell Community Library. It is a place to meet new people, seek support on emotional health, engage in taster workshops around parenting and family relationships, and a chance to try homemade refreshments, teas & coffees from around the world in a safe space. Whatever the reason, come along to the Wellbeing Café just to have a talk!
- When: 31st March 2023 from 10:30am – 12:30pm
- Where: Hanwell Community Library [Address: Cherington Road, London W7 3HL]
- How to register? Please click here to complete the form
Ealing’s Spring Holiday Activity and Food (HAP) Programme
The HAF Programme provides free holiday provision, including healthy food and enriching activities for children and young people in school from Reception to Y11 who reside in, or attend school in Ealing and are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals (FSM) or who are vulnerable and would benefit from a HAF place.
Please take 70 seconds to watch the YouTube video and see what our children and young people get up to in their HAF programmes. Ealing’s Spring HAF Programme will run from Monday 3rd to Friday 14th April 2023.
Throughout the borough, HAF provisions will be offering a wide range of free activities as well as a healthy meal. Eligible children and young people can attend for a maximum of 4 days over the Easter school holiday, with any number of our HAF providers. For your information, please visit Ealing Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme | Ealing Directory (ealingfamiliesdirectory.org.uk)
This week in gardening club, our gardeners wove a fence out of wicker and sticks! We will then be using this fence to grow a variety of vegetables and protect the vegetation already growing.
Let’s Ride Southall
Bike Training: Let’s Ride Southall are holding an Active Travel Week from 27th – 29th March. You will be able to join them for free community bike rides, leaving from Manor House Grounds, The Green, UB2 4BJ. The rides are a fun and free way to get active and explore Southall. Let’s Ride Southall are also accepting new applicants for their bike training and free bikes! Please see flyer attached.
‘Travel Green, Travel Healthy’ raffle winners
The Eco Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the ‘Travel Green, Travel Healthy Raffle!’ Congratulations:
Arjun 9R – a new bike
Gurkirat 13L – a new bike
Fiza 13I – new bike accessories
Key Forthcoming Dates
Get in Touch
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