I hope you are all well and have had a good week. As we return from the half-term break and step into week 8 of the academic year, we find ourselves brimming with excitement about the possibilities that this half term holds for our remarkable students and dedicated staff. I would like to take a moment to express my thanks to all our students who have made a positive return, despite the less-than-ideal weather and the darker mornings. Your resilience and commitment are truly commendable. This week, our focus has been on Leadership, and it’s been an absolute pleasure to witness our students’ outstanding efforts. Mrs. Croniken has continued to spread positivity by celebrating the remarkable achievements of our students in assembly, particularly for their dedication during the first half of the term. For our top-performing forms, I hope you enjoyed your early lunch passes today as a well-deserved reward for your hard work and determination. On another note, I’m delighted to share that we managed to resolve the boiler issue in the Artisan before the students arrived on site, ensuring that lunch service ran smoothly. A massive thank you to our exceptional site team and the dedicated canteen staff for their unwavering resilience and hard work. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed.
I want to take a moment to express my appreciation to all the parents and carers who were able to attend last night’s progress evening. We understand that many of you had to contend with considerable traffic delays, but you persevered, and your presence was really appreciated. I thoroughly enjoyed going around the school and having the opportunity to engage with many of you. We know the next few weeks are going to be made up of students preparing for their mock exams and I want to remind them that if they need any extra revision resources, we will set up our resource stations next week during lunchtime and they can come and grab what they need.
Up and Coming Progress Evening and Options Evening Dates: For the parents of our younger students please see below for a reminder of your up-and-coming progress and options evenings. We do look forward to seeing you there if you are able to make it.
- 30 November – Year 8 Progress Evening – appointments between 3.30pm and 6pm
- 06 December – Year 9 Options Evening – 6pm
Highlights from this week:
A small group of Year 11 students visited the University of Manchester with Mrs. Bates. Parents and carers of attending students, watch out for a positive email next week as the students were fantastic!
Our talented sports performers were back to winning ways this week with our fantastic Year 7 football team securing a fantastic 6-0 win against Stretford Grammar School. Kudos to Year 8 student Saffron, who has been representing Greater Manchester in football and securing wins against Cheshire and Lancashire. Remember if your child excels in sports, arts, or music or any other field, please share their achievements for us to celebrate with our community. We love hearing about what they are up to.
- Our fantastic junior leadership team met with their form captains this week. The house captains have gathered all the student feedback and will be meeting with me to look at how we can put in place some of the suggestions shared. I would like to apologies to the team though for not being able to meet them this week as I was involved in some exciting PE teacher interviews on Friday, but I can’t wait to catch up with them on Monday afternoon.
- IMPORTANT MESSAGE – Our Sixth Form Open Evening is taking please on Thursday, November the 9th at 6 pm. We would love to see as many Year 11 students and families there as possible.
- Remembrance Day at school – Friday, November the 10th – Students can wear service uniform. Those who do come in service uniform will also join me at the Cenotaph to pay our respects on Friday.
- Poppies for sale in school – students can bring change to purchase one.
- Christmas Fair – Our fantastic annual Christmas Fair will be taking place on Saturday, December the 2nd – Please do come and support the school and get into the festive spirit with local stalls, preloved uniform, games, and music. Mark it in your diary.
Calling all local businesses: We really appreciate the support of local businesses and would like to share with you all two fantastic opportunities for you:
🎪 Christmas fair stalls on December the 2nd – If you would like to have a stall on the day you can contact our amazing Friends of Flixton team for a booking – firstname.lastname@example.org
🎬 Advertise in our show programme for our School production in January. The sponsorship provided enables us to produce a very professional show and offers great exposure for your business. For more information, email flixtongirls@Vantageacademies.co.uk
Messages by Year group:
- Year 13: Enjoy study leave during mock exams next week. Check your emails for details.
- Year 11: See you at our Sixth Form open evening on Thursday. Don’t forget revision sessions before mock exams start on November the 20th.
- Year 10: For those of you who are off Loch Eil for Outward Bound we hope you have the best time.
- Year 9: Your child will participate in a workshop with a published author on November the 17th. This is exciting, and we hope you really enjoy this opportunity.
- Year 8: Get ready to meet teachers face to face and discuss progress on Nov 30. Booking details coming soon.
- Year 7: The Christmas Carol Concert will take place on December 12th at St Clement’s church. Look for the email to book tickets and enjoy the festive evening with your child.
SEN Feedback – we value your feedback – Things I want the FGS SEN Team to know this form will be available on the SEN page of our website continuously so you can drop us a note whenever you need and we can respond to suggestions, ideas and feedback allowing us to continue to improve our service and understand what you need from us. This is about service improvement and ideas. If you have any updates about your child, please do email as usual. We have an important review of our SEN services coming up and we will be reaching out next week to parents/carers who currently use our services to ask you to fill in a questionnaire and attend a meeting.
Thank you as always for your support – in true Flixton assembly style I would like to end this week’s comms with a quote from Anne Frank: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Our students have proven that they are not waiting; they are already making a positive impact and as always, I am excited to see what this half term brings!
Have a fantastic weekend.
Miss Danielle Tedford