Head’s Newsletter -1st December 2023

Dear parents and carers

 

With the weather turning exceptionally cold this week, could I please take this opportunity to remind families that as per uniform policy hoodies are not permitted to be worn instead of coats or Wollaston School jumpers. I have seen a few creeping in this week and it does impact upon the high standards we set for dress and how smart our students look! Students wearing hoodies will have the item removed for the day as per policy.

Opportunity to join the Nene Valley Partnership Trust Board

Wollaston School is proud to be a founding member of the Nene Valley Partnership, our small Multi Academy Trust, which also includes Bozeat Primary School, Cogenhoe Primary School and Irchester Community Primary School.  We currently have vacancies for members of the NVP Trust Board, which is the body that sets the strategic direction for the Trust, oversees financial performance, and holds Senior Leaders to account for educational performance. Trustees would particularly welcome expressions of interest from applicants who have financial, legal, or educational experience – although any interested individuals from any background are welcome to get in touch for further information.

We also have a vacancy for the position of Chairperson of the finance, audit and risk committee. This may suit an individual who has experience of financial and risk management in their professional life.

Owing to rules laid down by the Department for Education regarding composition of the Trust Board, we are unable to consider applications from Local Authority elected representatives or anyone employed by a Local Authority.

If you would like to know more, or for a discussion about the role, please contact the NVP Governance Professional, Liz Procter ProcterE@nenevalleypartnership.com

Dance Live

Dance Live rehearsals are well under way in preparation for the big competition in March. The performing arts staff have been delighted with the commitment and enthusiasm of all students involved. This year, our entry is called “Until We Meet Again” (see other email for forwarded image) and links directly to the Year 9 Dance curriculum where they are currently studying how war and conflict is portrayed in Contemporary Dance.

 

The students have watched a piece entitled “Dust”, choreographed by Akram Khan and performed by the English National Ballet, which explores the role of women during World War 1. Interestingly, this piece was also performed at Glastonbury! The students have shown great maturity and intellect as they have analysed and interpreted the imagery within the movement. In order to draw links between the Year 9 curriculum and the Dance Live competition, Miss Seaton has been sharing her family history with the students and has been encouraging students to submit family photos from WW1 or WW2 to feature on the LED screen during the performance. A huge thank you must be extended to the Thom family for their contributions so far. We are keen to receive entries from more families across the school.

Romeo and Julliet Workshop

 

On Friday 8th December, A-level Dancers will be participating in a contemporary dance workshop with Louis Harris, a professional dancer who is currently touring internationally with Sir Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and their production of ‘Romeo and Julliet’. Louis is an ex-pupil of Miss Seaton and has kindly agreed to visit Wollaston School to provide a fascinating insight into his experiences training at the World-famous Rambert School and working with some of the country’s most famous choreographers including Sir Richard Alston, Christopher Bruce, Akram Khan and Sir Matthew Bourne, all of whom are studied within the A-level curriculum. He will also be leading the students through an intense contemporary dance workshop to complement their A-level studies. Whilst this is an A-level workshop, selected students from younger year groups have been invited as a reward for their commitment in class or for their commitment to participating in the Year 13’s choreography projects. It will surely be a magical experience for all involved and we will update you again with pictures and testimonials.

 

Dance performance opportunity at Wembley

For students who have expressed interest in performing at Wembley Stadium in June, please keep an eye on parent pay in the coming weeks. If anyone has not expressed interest on the Edulink form, please email Miss Seaton to express interest.

 

Key Dates for the Diary

 

  • Wollaston OAP Christmas Party (Hosted at Scott Bader): Wednesday 6th December (entry is free and a few tickets are still available- please contact the school directly)
  • Year 7 Parents Evening: Thursday 7th December
  • Wollaston Christmas Dinner: (Extended lunch for all: 12.40-13.40) 13th December
  • Christmas Jumper day! Tuesday 19th December
  • Last day of term! Tuesday 19th December
  • First day of the new term: Thursday 4th January 2024

 

Best wishes for the week ahead!

 

Simon Anderson