As we approach the end of January, it is been as busy as ever in school, with  particular focus on our Year 9 students, who are beginning to think about their option choices for year 10 in September 17. I would like to thank parents for an excellent turnout last Thursday evening, when over 600 students and parents came to school to discuss option choices with our subject leaders. Over the next 2 to 3 weeks, there will be assemblies, Year 9 Parents Evening and advice and guidance for students before they make their final choices using our on-line system. If parents have any queries about the process, please talk to your child’s form tutor in the first instance. Please click here to view the Power point.

One of the things that I am eternally proud of at Wollaston is the wide nature of enrichment that is consistently taking place in school. On Friday of last week, Mr Hopkins led a the Holocaust Memorial event in school, which was attended by students who have taken part in the annual visit to Auschwitz in the last few years. This week, these students have delivered assemblies to other students in school to keep the memories of the Holocaust alive.

At the end of this week, the Languages Faculty embark on their annual trip to Bremen in Germany, which will provide an opportunity for dozens of students to experience German culture at first hand and to practice the language skills that they have learnt at school.

Next week is the last week of half term and is also busy week for extracurricular activities, notably RAG week, led by Sixth Form students. There will be a range of activities at break and lunchtime, such as ‘lip-synch challenge’ and various musical and recreational events, all intended to raise money for charities chosen by the School Council. At the end of the week there will be a bake sale, which I would ask parents to support in the same generous fashion that they have done earlier in the year. The Sixth Form have set themselves a target of raising £2500 for charities including: http://www.cransleyhospice.org.uk, http://www.cransleyhospice.org.uk, http://www.ataloss.org/ http://www.ataloss.org, http://thelowdown.info, http://thelowdown.info, Students (and parents) can give cash in school during the week, or give directly online to any of these charities via the following link; https://www.justgiving.com, https://www.justgiving.com. Many thanks in advance for your support with these events.

Finally, please be aware of a potential online risk for students using the music video website Musical.ly. Please read my letter about this issue by clicking this link.