Our children joined hundreds of others from across the country who gathered in the O2 arena as the Young Voices Choir. We had an excellent night of singing and entertainment from contemporary artists.
It’s with a heavy heart that I announce I’m leaving the school at the end of the year academic year. I’m heading over to South Australia for a few years to be closer to our family over there. I want to reassure you that the decision to move is primarily for personal reasons– it’s just the right time for us to make the move.
It’s a very difficult decision moving on from a school like Cass– a school which ultimately is so exceptional because of the strength the relationships between children, staff and parents. I love this school and I’m very proud of every child in it. I’m also pleased the staff and governors have moved the school forward and modernised it in the last few years. My departure as Headteacher is merely one small chapter in the long history of our very successful school. We approach the next stage of the future with a very strong teaching team in place, with talented middle and senior leaders who I know will continue to work exceptionally hard and be doggedly focussed on achieving exceptional outcomes for every child.
The interesting thing about working in any school is that while you can change the school, the school also changes you. This is an institution with a big personality! I’ve personally developed and grown in so many different ways working with you over the last few years and I hope you feel you’ve gained something from working with me. The main thing I will miss when the time comes to sign off for the last time is the children. It’s an honour being Headteacher of a school where every child wants to learn and achieve their best. It’s been my pleasure serving them for the last few years. Their talents and skills are remarkable.
As parents and carers you may not know a great deal about the governing body; but let me assure you our governors are an incredibly committed group and have already started the work of recruiting a new Headteacher. Matt Piper, the Chair of Governors, has written to you today to explain more about the process over the next few months. We would really appreciate your active involvement in the process. This announcement is rather early in the term, but we felt it was necessary so we could find the best possible new Headteacher.
I have been appointed as an Education Director in Adelaide, South Australia where I’ll be helping to improve their school system and working with a number of schools across the state. I will no doubt use many of the lessons learnt at Cass to help shape the experience for young people in a different part of the world!
Try not to fear change. Our school is about to begin a new chapter and it’s in good shape to have every success in the future. I can assure you it is very much business as usual for the rest of the year. We’re unflinchingly focussed on the hard work of delivering consistently outstanding provision for all children.
If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can contact Matt Piper: email@example.com.
Mr T Wilson | Headteacher
Each class has been given a new teddy bear who will live with them in class during term time and come home in the holidays with one of the children. School Council came up with the idea. If your child brings the class teddy home please try to capture some pictures of his/her adventures during his time away from school. It doesn’t matter if you’re staying at home or going overseas for the break. Do remember to bring the teddy back after the holiday.
I do hope each of our families has a wonderful Christmas holiday full of cheer, relaxation and time spent with family. I look forward to seeing you back at school in the new year. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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Thanks to the PTA who organised a fabulous Christmas Market this year in school. We raised an enormous £1500 for school projects. And we had a great time!
We joined together with local schools and community groups last week to take part in the first Aldgate Lantern Parade. Children paraded around the local area with lanterns they had made in art projects this term in school.
We enjoyed our annual Christmas Strings Concert this week in school. The children performed with such flair and enthusiasm. Our concerts showcase the work of our Strings project where every child in Key Stage 2 learns to play a violin, cello or double bass.
We did some research about how children get around the City. What do they think is accessible? Where would they like to go? We used an innovative interactive video booth to capture their thoughts.
Thank you for turning out today to the Christmas Market and our first lantern parade. Both events were a great success. The children have been working really hard over the last few weeks to create their lanterns and they have been really looking forward to the parade around our local area even in the freezing temperatures. It is certain a chilly start to advent!
I thought it might be a good idea to remind you about emergency procedures in the event that we have to close temporarily close the school. Today, our boiler broke down again. You may be aware that the boiler is now over 40 years old and is in desperate need of replacement. The governors have been working with the City of London and Sir John Cass’s Foundation to seek some financial support as the estimated costs for a new boiler and heating system are around £200,000.
If we have to close the school in an emergency we will notify you by text and email, indicating what has happened. We will keep you posted via our school website. As you can imagine, we very much hope we will never need to close the school—even for a short period– but it’s important that you know the procedure and always ensure your contact details up to date.
In other news, we’re getting ready for the many Christmas events over the next few weeks:
· On Monday 4th December, 2017 you are warmly invited to attend the Portsoken Ward Club Carol Concert at 6.00pm. You might be especially interested if your child is in our senior Year 5 and 6 choir.
· On Wednesday 6th December, 2017 we have our Strings Concert at 11am. This is for parents and carers with children in Year 4, 5 and 6. Year 3 will be performing later in the school year. During the afternoon Ironmongers and Class 2 will be showcasing their musical skills learnt during their drumming sessions this year. The performance will begin at 2.15pm in the school gym. Carpenters and Inventors will be performing later in the year.
· Key Stage 1’s Christmas Production is taking place on Tuesday 12th December at 10.45am and on Wednesday 13th December, 2017 at 11am. You must book tickets for the performance via the school office.
· On Thursday 14th December, 2017 our Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols is taking place at St Botolph’s Church at 2.00pm.
· On Friday 15th December, 2017 at 10.00am it’s the CCFC and Inventors Christmas Performance
· On Tuesday 19th December, 2017 children will be having their Christmas parties in class during the afternoon. Your child’s class teacher will let you know what you can send in as a donation.
I hope to see you at as many events as possible over the next few weeks.
I’m sure the children’s various performances and special events will warm all of our hearts as we travel through Advent to the end of term.
Mr T Wilson | Headteacher
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