Dear Parent / Carers

We were delighted to welcome back our students this half term and look forward to a busy period leading up to Christmas. We have a full calendar of events including our presentation evening to celebrate the achievements of last year’s cohort on November 20. We have a parents evening for year 8 students on December 4 and our annual Carol concert at St Anne’s Church on December 17.  We also have our second Super Learning Day planned for December 9.

(The full school calendar is available on the website.)

We were pleased to meet our new year 7 parents at ‘meet the tutor’ evening last term which was a well-received new event to support our transition programme and ensure all new   parents/carers have a strong designated link in school. The team building, outdoor activity residential was also a fabulous event, which saw both students and teachers challenged and learning new skills. Our new Head boy, Head girl and student ambassadors have already taken on a number of duties and the student council raised funds through a Halloween sweet sale to support their plan to trial some lockers for students. Watch this space!

Our Sale High School Journal celebrates a full range of extra-curricular activities and we do hope you enjoy reading about the events our students have taken part in.  It looks back over the last term and is constructed by students and colleagues. For up to the minute activities check out our Facebook page. Already new events are taking place. There was a cinema trip on Thursday November 6 and a year 11 visit to the Languages department at Manchester University on Wednesday November 5. The Journal will be coming home with your child later on this week.

We have been focused in school on ‘DIRT’ marking recently (Directed Independent Response Time.) This initiative is aimed at developing a conversation between the students and the teacher about classwork and homework. The aim is to engage students in understanding what they need to do in order to improve their work.  Students are required to respond to their teacher’s marking by answering a question or taking some action to improve their learning. We would like you to ask your children about this and encourage them to support us with it. We believe it will help our students to know what is working well, what to do next, and so take more responsibility for their own progress.

Mrs McMillan our Assistant Headteacher is developing a new bulletin around teaching and learning which is due next week.

 

 

Now we have the dark nights with us and move into British wintertime, we would remind parents/carers and students of the importance of safety on roads. We would also like to remind you about parking around school and the safety concerns we have on Norris Road I am sure winter coats, scarves and gloves will be making an appearance and so I remind you that dark colours are advised within the uniform policy.  We appreciate your support with uniform as we do with all our policies.

Yours sincerely,

L. Nicholls

Headteacher

This letter, together with Autumn Termly reviews for all students has been posted out to you today, 10 November, you should expect to receive the information by Wednesday this week. Also enclosed are details of the Children in Need event mentioned above. Please also look out for the School Journal which will be coming home via your child towards the end of the week.