I am delighted to report that our new website is attracting people’s attention with nearly 40,000 hits since its launch in September. We are continuously developing new pages to keep people updated on everything that is happening at Highfields. An important addition will be a new section entitled ‘Enrichment’ which will focus upon the many extra-curricular activities offered by the school.
We are also working very hard on the development of our Virtual learning Environment (VLE) which will eventually link with our website. This is a huge piece of work which requires very careful planning. We have appointed three VLE ‘champions’, Mr Smith, Mr Beesla and Mr Lee who will work under the leadership of Ms Campbell in developing the use of the VLE in the classroom. When this phase has been completed we will introduce the ‘Parents’ section which will enable all parents to engage even more closely with their child’s curriculum and progress at school.
This is the time of year when many parents with children in Year 6 of primary school are choosing a secondary school for 2014-2015. We held our Open Morning on 28th September and were pleased to see so many parents making the effort to visit Highfields and gather information to inform their choice. As I write there are tours of the school taking place; to date we have had 84 families taking tours. We really do recommend this approach in ensuring that parents make the right choice for their child. If you would like to visit the school with your child you can make an appointment through Reception on 01902 556530.
Next week we will launch the Young Curators Programme. This is a new development which I will introduce to Years 10-14. The programme requires eight students to work with an arts professional in curating the Highfields Gallery which we opened last July. The idea developed from the BSF Public Art Programme and aims to continue the legacy created through Public Art. Nicola Shipley from Project Dandelion will lead the Young Curators who will organise three exhibitions per year. The group will select their own themes for exhibitions and lead on every aspect of exhibition work including the sourcing of exhibitors, marketing, budgeting, and installing and de-installing materials. The range of activities on offer means that the project is not restricted to students studying Art. It is an ambitious project but will provide excellent opportunities for our interested students to forge links with the creative industries. A Young Curators page will be included on the website to keep you informed of the project and future opportunities to visit the gallery.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of our ‘Senior Six’ - Ashley Millman, Head Girl, Christos Makarounas, Head Boy, Pavit Bangur and Dan Cole, Deputy Head Boys, Lilly Hyatt and Safi Goollam-Kader, Deputy Head Girls. Congratulations to each of them on their appointment. The Head Boy and Head Girl will attend Full Governing Body meetings as representatives of the student body.
Congratulations to Mr Brook, Head of Middle School who attended Buckingham Palace this week to receive a well-deserved award for his work with grassroots football. Mr Brook manages a local team and works with national groups to develop equality and diversity in football at a grassroots level. He is an excellent role model for our young people.