Headmaster’s Letter: Spring Term 2018

Dear Parents,

The presentation of the ‘Good Egg’ Awards in the whole school End of Term Assembly reinforced the importance we place on all members of the school community upholding the ethos of the school. Quinton House School is a school with high expectations of all members of the school community and I am delighted that this term we again have much to celebrate.

I am delighted that so many of our pupils have demonstrated a passion and enthusiasm for learning. To watch the Junior School Class assemblies you get a real sense of how our younger children have been motivated and challenged to develop their knowledge of the Anglo-Saxons or Great Fire of London. Our Senior School students have demonstrated and shared their own passion for learning when talking to Junior School pupils about their favourite stories on World Book Day or by acting out their GCSE English play of ‘A Christmas Carol’ to Year 1 children. The school reports indicate that our children are working hard and making good progress. The journey towards the public examinations is fast approaching for our Year 13 and Year 11 students and we offer them our best wishes as they plan their revision and work towards examination success this summer. The school will have daily revision sessions throughout the holiday with the provision of both general revision and subject specific sessions for Year 11.

Educational visits at Quinton House remain an important aspect in developing enquiring minds and interest in all aspects of school work. The Newsletter shows the wide range of exciting opportunities provided at the school. Trips have included Cadbury’s World, Geography Field Trip to Norfolk, Black Country Museum, London’s Murder Mystery Jack the Ripper Tour, a visit to the Houses of Parliament and the Cabinet War Rooms, Holdenby Education Centre, Royal & Derngate Theatre, and Northampton Saints Rugby Club Educational Centre. There have been many more and next term we look forward to our new School Ethos Excursion Day for Senior School children, arranged at the request of the School Council, rewarding those upholding the high expectations of the school.

Our ‘Growth Mindset Day’ in the Junior School and this week’s ‘Happy Puzzle Day’ for Years 7, 8 and 9 demonstrated the importance of striving to the best of your ability in all aspects of school life. It was wonderful to see our students working together to solve problems and to support each other in tasks that proved difficult and challenging.

Valuing their own achievements and taking pride in our work was a key aspect of the wonderful Art and Photography Exhibition held in St Michael’s Church and the House Performing Arts Festival in the Ball Room or Drama Studio. Our school assemblies recognise the achievements of all children in the school and Quinton now enters a wide range of ISA and national competitions as part of our expanded Exceptional Potential programme.

Taking care of the school environment will be one aspect of focus for our new Prefects. Our Year 10 and Year 12 Prefects have now been appointed and they will be much to the fore at the wide array of summer events planned for next term. We plan to introduce an Environment Group as a sub-group of our School Council to look at all aspects of making us as environmentally friendly and responsible as we possibly can. We do plan to make great strides in developing the school environment in the coming months. In the short-term, we have plans to re-carpet Upton Hall to match the high standards of the Junior School classrooms, to purchase new play equipment for the Junior School children, and to explore how we develop the Courtyard as a performing arts theatre space.

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant was extremely impressed that QHS students are respectful and demonstrating of good manners on his recent visit. The visit came at the request of H.M. Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire wishing to learn more about the work and achievements of QHS as a beacon of excellence in the county. His Deputy, Martin Gaskell, considered the school ‘a hidden gem’ in the locality.

I am delighted that our students value each other and care for one another. The opportunities for peer leadership are increasingly apparent in the school with students as Reading Buddies, Playground Supervisors, and Sports Leaders. Our Digital Leaders provided parents with a real insight into the on-line activities of our children at the Parents’ Guide to Social Media Evening. Valuing the involvement and views of the parents is important to us at Quinton. Our recent Parent Forum will greatly help in planning for the future and we have been delighted to welcome so many parents into the school to attend stay and play sessions, tea time concerts, sports fixtures, school assemblies, the performing arts festival, the art and photography exhibition, and even to have a school lunch.

This term offsite visits have included the Gurdwara as we seek to ensure that our children are respecting of other cultures. The school sponsors a young student called Stephen Ssemyalo at Outspan School in Uganda and this term a number of our Junior School children have written to Stephen telling him of life at Quinton. Next term our charity work will see Q3 and Q4 children building solar lights as part of the Cognita global Solar Buddy Project and sending them off around the world to children living without electricity. Our older children will have the opportunity to support a township in South Africa when they are invited to ‘sleep out’ with only a sleeping bag and cardboard box. Our sports tourists will then be able to visit the actual township on our Rugby and Netball South African Tour.

The Year 4 Rugby Team qualified from the Midlands Regional Heat as one of the top five school teams in the country in the National Schools Rugby Competition. Sadly, the weather prevented the Finals taking place last week. Our Year 11 Rugby Sevens team that reached the Semi-Finals in the ISA National Tournament also showed the importance of working as a team. Another team much to the fore this term involves the High School Musical cast working towards what I am sure will be a wonderful School Production. Next term, our students embark on the World Challenge Expedition to Nepal and we congratulate our students that have worked together to complete their Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

The final assembly witnessed the QHS community celebrating the achievements and success of others. Success has been witnessed in so many different areas. We thank all members of the school community, pupils, parents and staff for their commitment to upholding the school ethos this term. I am excited about the prospects of working with our new Prefect teams announced in the assembly. Well done to all!

Next term offers many more exciting activities and opportunities. These will be communicated to parents in the Start of Term Letter and included in the school calendar that will be sent home.

Key Diary Dates:

Thursday 12th April: Start of Term

Saturday 28th April: Spring Fayre

Monday 14th May: Public Examinations Begin

Monday 2nd July: Nursery Graduation, 11.30am

Tuesday 3rd July: Junior School Prize Giving, 2pm

Wednesday 4th July: Sports Presentation Evening, 6pm

Thursday 5th July: Senior School Prize Giving, 2pm

Saturday 7th July: Parents’ Summer Ball

Friday 13th July: School Ends at 1.30pm

Happy Easter,

Tim Hoyle

Headmaster

 

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