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Year 8 welcome letter
Friday, 14 July 2017 13:37

Year 8 welcome letter

Dear Parents and Carers

I am writing to introduce myself as the new Head of Year 8 for the academic year 2017/18. This is an exciting time to be part of Three Rivers Academy whereby midway through the year we will be moving to a brand new school building with facilities that are unrivalled across the county. Students will receive their education in an innovatively designed and inspirational setting, one that they can be proud of and where they can achieve their full potential.

My role as Year Leader is to facilitate the physical, mental and social development of every single student in order to support their achievement at Three Rivers Academy. I will demand the highest standards from Year 8 students in order to support their academic progress. This will involve challenging students themselves to develop their own consistently high personal expectations where they aspire to do their personal best in all aspect of their school life. I am a firm believer that achievements are not based on talent, but rather hard work and smart learning habits, with the assistance of individually tailored education.

The Year 8 Tutor Team, Mrs Maton the KS3 Manager and I are here to support ‘Bringing out the best’, our new mantra at Three Rivers Academy. A major aspect of supporting this vision is the home-school agreement. In order to ensure the academic progress of your child it is vital that students, school and family work together towards the same goals in order to secure the best outcomes for the different individual needs of each and every child.

Year 8

Every single hour, day, week and year at school is incredibly important and gradually prepares your child for adulthood, responsible citizenship and their working lives. It has been proven that poor school attendance has a direct impact on school achievement. Little things make a massive difference to a child’s day at school: getting enough sleep; having a good breakfast; wearing the correct uniform (an updated list for 2017/18 is attached to this letter and is also available on the school website); having the right equipment; following simple rules. These are all obvious routines and behaviours that we would expect but don’t always necessarily happen! As children grow, mature and develop and pressures increase, these simple routines and behaviours become even more important. The relationship between school and home needs to be strong, positive and consistent. Within school we have an excellent range of support systems in place starting with probably the most important person, your child’s form tutor who, as they see your child twice a day, will build a strong, positive relationship with them.

As you no doubt are aware the introduction of our virtual learning environment ‘Frog’ has given students and parents the opportunity to monitor homework tasks and assignments on line as well as track academic progress, attendance and conduct and communicate with staff in school. As a result of this we have decided not to use student planners from September, however, if you feel that your child would benefit from a planner they will still be available from the pastoral office and student services.

I enclose with this letter a copy of the new uniform policy for next year. The changes are minor but are important to reflect the new school. All students will be expected to be wearing the new school badge on their blazer from September and also to have purchased the new school PE kit. As a result of student voice feedback, we have also adapted the girls’ uniform to an open ‘revere’ collar and no tie, however girls will need to purchase a house colour chevron to be worn under the badge on the blazer. Following feedback from parents regarding cold weather, we have also this year introduced a long sleeve quarter zip PE top which is also compulsory but is not required until October half term. We will be continuing to demand the highest standards of uniform next year and ask for your full support in this matter, however if financial support is needed please contact Mrs Mackenzie at the school.

I am greatly looking forward to an exciting year ahead and welcome all students, parents and tutors to the Year 8 Team. We will be celebrating student success stories both in and outside school and will be championing those who are positive roles models within the year group. It will be through our collective responsibility and efforts that we will prepare our young people for further education and success into adult life, in whatever field they choose or aspire to.

Yours faithfully

Mr D Lyle
Year Leader

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