Dear Grey Court Community
The guiding principles for Grey Court's September reopening have now been finalised. The senior team has worked tirelessly on this immensely complicated and detailed proposal. The CEO of the trust has been very involved and we are confident that the governors will approve our plans during our meeting on Monday. Following this, I will be able to share the details with all members of the Grey Court Community.
The entirety of the PE department is currently in school sifting through the results that are being returned from the students participating in our 'Virtual Sports Day'. Sports Day is one of the best Grey Court events and we love how the whole school gets involved and takes part. Unfortunately, this year isn’t our usual spectacular sporting showcase but we still are thrilled with the level of participation that has been evident throughout the day. For students who prefer alternative competition, there were some excellent activities created by our English, Music and DT departments. Once again, the creativity shown by our dedicated staff has ensured that this very different event was overwhelmingly inclusive.
Following the students' success in winning the Virtual Borough Sports Competition, the participation results have now been disseminated for both parents and staff. It seems that our quiet and unassuming confidence was not misplaced, as Grey Court completed a victorious clean sweep of all categories. Thanks so much to everybody who participated. Results are below:
Grey Court 57
Hampton Boys 11
Grey Court 145
Hampton Boys 81
We are delighted at how the students have engaged with the 'Virtual Activities Week'. From poetry and rap performances to finding shapes and toothpaste in French and Spanish, local tour guides to marketing book covers, the KS3 students really have done it all! Our Key Worker students have done live practicals with Ms Clark in Food and Mr Requena in Science so thank you to them for this opportunity. The Year 10 students produced some fantastic pitches for their business challenge and have had the chance to find out more about the university experience. In next week's newsletter, keep an eye out for some examples of the work that has been completed.
Looking ahead to next year, Y10 students will be sent their revision booklet and exam timetable for the series of assessments that will take place in September. As mentioned previously, we do not expect students to revise on a daily basis but rather to return to a programme of revision towards the end of the summer break.
We have taken the decision not to conduct the dissemination of results for both Y11 and Y13 virtually. These year groups have been perhaps the most affected by the enforced closure and we feel that having the results day as a face to face experience (albeit socially distanced) is the least that they deserve. In addition, the advice and guidance the Y11s will require in terms of making the correct subject choices are far more easily facilitated in a normal setting. The staff are very much looking forward to seeing these students in August. More detailed instructions will be sent to all students and parents in Y11 and Y13 prior to the end of the term.
Finally, please take the time to enjoy this week's eBulletin. Of particular note is the extraordinary efforts of the Y8s in their graduate challenge. This involved them writing letters of support to people in local care homes during the lockdown. A mammoth 140 letters were delivered helping to put smiles on the faces of the elderly residents. The fact that the Director of Age Uk publicly tweeted her thanks shows what a fantastic effort this was. In addition, the re-designing of the house crest competition was very well received, there are some words of thanks from Grey Court Alumni who are performing extremely well at University and accessing some very competitive career paths, and also an update on the donations towards the school library refurb project. Raising over £8000 in the course of 2 weeks is simply breathtaking and as a result, the students can look forward to accessing a greatly enhanced facility in September. Thank you to everybody who contributed.
Have a happy and healthy weekend. Take care.