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January 2020 Principal's Round-up

Work. World. Wellness. curriculum

The quality of our Work.World.Wellness. curriculum is gaining recognition both locally and further afield. Most weeks we have visitors from other schools coming to see what we do and we have been invited to present this innovative curriculum at a variety of education conferences.

The World. element is based around the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and we are beginning talks about an exciting project that could lead us to linking up with schools from across the globe. I will continue to provide updates on progress with this initiative through our newsletters.

Mentoring and support

For students who will sit final exams this summer the trial exams have been completed and results have been distributed. The package of support that students receive throughout their time at Manor School, but especially around the stressful exam periods, is comprehensive.

The Work. World. Wellness. programme provides expert advice through the lecture series as well as including mindfulness and wellbeing sessions. Rather than being one-off inputs, these sessions provide strategies that students can use time and time again to recognise and manage themselves when required.

In addition, a full mentoring programme exists with both staff and peer mentoring opportunities provided throughout the school. The feedback we have had from students is that this is a valuable and helpful provision, giving time and space for students to feedback how they are doing and what the next steps should be. This is all part of the ‘nothing by accident’ cycle that is such an important part of the student-parent-school link.

Shayna achieves amazing success

Congratulations to Shayna in Year 11 who has been selected for the GB Rhythmic Gymnastics squad and is hoping to be selected to represent GB in the European Championships this summer. Shayna trains 3 -4 times a week in both Wellingborough and Essex in a variety of rhythmic gymnastic disciplines including: hoop, clubs, ball, ribbon and rope. Shayna’s commitment to both her sport and her studies is incredible and we are happy to support her success as well as acknowledging how very proud we are of her here at Manor School.

Communication strategy – whole school reading literary canon

We have an exciting initiative starting after February half term on our literacy strand. During their school journey students will have the opportunity to read up to 15 different texts which will develop vocabulary expansion and knowledge with links to the curriculum, as well as create a love and thirst for reading. This will happen three times a week during tutor time, with all members of staff across the school being involved.

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As Spring approaches we welcome the increasing daylight and thank you for your continuing support.

Jay Davenport