Principal Helen McTighe’s Halloween message

Dear parents/guardians and students,

As the leaves begin to change and nights get colder, I am delighted to welcome you to our newsletter. It’s a time of year when we reflect on our journey so far and look ahead to the exciting possibilities that lie before us. I want to take the opportunity to emphasize the vital aspects of student attendance and motivation, both of which play a significant role in our students’ educational experiences.

The importance of student attendance

At the heart of every successful school journey is consistent and punctual attendance. This year, we have been closely monitoring student attendance, and I’m pleased to report that we have seen a positive trend. However, it is early in the school year, and we must continue to prioritise this critical aspect of education and encourage your children to attend school consistently and on time.

Motivation: The key to success

In addition to attendance, motivation is a driving force behind student success. All students enjoyed a two-hour motivation workshop with Rayse the Game on Thursday 19th of October. The accompany Parent Pep Talk will take place via zoom on Thursday 26th October at 7.30pm. Zoom link has been emailed to parents. Motivated students are more likely to set goals, persevere through challenges and reach their potential. Here are some strategies to encourage and maintain student motivation:

  1. Set goals: Help your child set both short-term and long-term goals. These goals should be specific, achievable, and tailored to their interests and aspirations. The pursuit of these goals will keep them motivated. Block Two of evening study will begin on Monday 6th of November and run until the Christmas holidays. All students welcome to attend.
  2. Celebrate achievements: Recognise and celebrate your child’s achievements, no matter how small. This positive reinforcement boosts self-esteem and motivation.
  3. Stay connected: Maintain open lines of communication with the school. The dates of the parent teacher meetings are in your child’s school diary. Working together as a team can help identify any potential barriers to motivation and address them promptly.
  4. Encourage extracurricular activities: Participation in clubs, sports, and other extracurricular activities can boost motivation, as it provides an opportunity for students to build self-esteem and to pursue their interests outside the classroom. This term we have expanded our extra-curricular activities to include debating competitions and lunchtime computer, photography and chess clubs.

As always, I want to thank you for your unwavering support. Together, we will nurture a generation of students who are motivated, full of personality, and prepared to conquer the challenges of the future. Wishing you all a very happy Halloween.

Helen McTighe

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