Please take a look at the document in the downloads section from the Department of Education that offers parents advice when dealing with social media, and the issues facing today’s young people around cyberbullying.
World Book Day, 7th March
World Book Day takes place on Thursday 7th March and the school will be hosting many book-themed games and activities to celebrate, including a second hand book sale, literary quiz, a 25 minute compulsory reading session and much more. For more information, please take a look at the downloads section.
Positive Mental Health and resilience
As part of our continued focus on mental health, students have had a series of assemblies on promoting resilience and positive mental health. Included in the downloads is one of these assemblies and a guide for parents, both of which we hope will provide you with advice on how to support your child’s mental health and give an insight into some of the work we are doing in school.
Severe Weather Arrangements
As winter approaches, and with it colder and wetter weather, please read the letter in the downloads section detailing the school’s arrangements for severe weather which follows Kent County Council’s advice to schools. In the event of further poor weather, please remember to check for information on the front page of the website and the Kent Closures website: www.kentclosures.co.uk.
Library Reading Challenge 2019
The Library Reading Challenge for 2019 is ‘Where in the World Will Your Reading Take You?’ and this was launched last week. Students are encouraged to read twelve books in twelve months set in twelve different countries. Please can you encourage your sons and daughters to take part in this – and perhaps join in yourself! Forms are available from the library, or available to download from the downloads section on the right.
Student drop off/collection
As the spring term gets underway, please can we remind you to only use the In/Out drop off and collect zone at the front of school for those purposes and to not wait there for longer periods of time. Parents may consider dropping their children in town so they can then walk the final stretch to school. We would also be also ask parents who are picking up their children following after-school clubs or sport to remember not to block this area. If cars are lined up and waiting on the road, it can block the flow of traffic (including the public buses) up through the High Street and coming down Waterloo Road. If you are collecting your child following clubs or sports, you are welcome to use the Barham Drive car parks and ask your child to meet you there. With many thanks for your support.
100% Positive Attendance
We always aim to promote good attendance and reduce absences at school including persistent absence. We will ensure that every student has access to the full-time education to which they are entitled and we want to address any early patterns of absence as soon as possible. We will support you as parents to perform your legal duty to ensure that your child attends school regularly and on time. Good attendance is important because statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and absence below 95%; regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically; regular attenders find school routines, school work and friendships easier to cope with; regular attenders find learning more satisfying; and regular attenders are more successful in transferring between primary school, secondary school, and higher education, employment or training.
Please only keep your child off school if he/she is genuinely too ill to attend or has to have a medical appointment. Please notify us ASAP if your child is unable to attend school by 9:00am or as soon as practically possible using any ParentMail, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01580 711 827 / 01580 711800 Ext: 1 for Absences. Missing registration for a medical or dental appointment is counted as an authorised absence; advance notice is required for authorising these absences. However, we encourage parents to make medical and dental appointments out of school hours where possible. Where this is not possible, the student should be out of school for the minimum amount of time necessary.
The Department for Education states that the Headmaster may not grant any leave of absence to students during term time unless they consider there to be ‘exceptional circumstances’. The school considers each application for term time absence individually, taking into account the specific facts, circumstances and relevant context behind the request. A leave of absence is granted entirely at the Headmaster’s discretion. Where there is initial concern at school level regarding absences, below 95%, we will contact you to highlight the current attendance percentage and our concerns. You may receive a letter from us at this stage. If we remain concerned about the reasons given (or not) for a student’s absence, or there has not been an improvement in attendance, the Head of House will arrange a meeting to discuss attendance. This may involve school staff and other appropriate agencies. If attendance issues continue, the case may be referred to Kent County Council for further action which can lead to a Fixed Penalty Notice. You can check your child’s attendance at school, via SIMS, if you log into the Parent Gateway via this link: Parent Gateway. Please note that the register is a live document and is forever changing and being updated. Unauthorised marks and missing marks are resolved on a regular cycle. We look forward to celebrating the 100% attendance that many of our students reach.
Shows and Events:
CSPA Quiz Night, 30th March
Saturday 30th March, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Dining Hall. Tickets cost £15 per person and are available to buy online.
Lee Hurst Comedy Show, 2nd March
Saturday 2nd March, 7:30pm. Lee Hurst from “They Think It’s All Over” is back with a brand new comedy night out. Tickets are between £10 and £14, depending on how soon you book. The tickets have to be purchased through Lee’s website: www.leehurst.com
Clubs, Groups and Sports:
Hotshotz Half Term Tennis Camp, 19th-21st February
Between Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21st February at Horsmonden Tennis Club; sessions for ages 4-10 years are from 9:00am—12:00pm and for ages 11 and over from 12:30pm—3:30pm. The cost is £20 per day or £48 for all three days with a 20% sibling discount. To book places, please visit their website, email email@example.com or call 07932 573888.
Weald Table Tennis
The Weald Table Tennis Club are looking to recruit some young players. Please take a look at the flyer in the downloads section for more information.
Cricket for Girls, 16th-18th April
Cricket for Girls is delighted to announce details of their Cricket Summer Camp between 16th—18th April at £25 per day or £75 for all three days. For more information, please visit their website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email email@example.com for bookings.
Free Therapy Sessions at Crane Surgery
Crane Surgery is introducing free group therapy places for all 15 and 16 year olds who are experiencing low moods or anxiety. Students or parents can refer themselves for an initial assessment, and the first round of sessions start in January. If you would like any extra information, please contact Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org, Mrs Harris or the med centre. A leaflet with further information is also available to view in the downloads section to the right.
CUR8 is a free group for young people interested in history and runs once a month (usually the second Saturday of each month) at Maidstone Museum. The group gives behind-the-scenes talks and tours, and offers an educational environment to learn new skills and meet new people. For more information, please take a look at the flyer in the downloads section.
Young Minds is an organisation with a vision to have all young minds supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. Their missions is to make sure all young people get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s challenges.
There are a wealth of materials available through their website for young people, as well as parents, offering advice and guidance for a wide variety of mental health issues. At the moment, they have a blog giving support for young people who may find Christmas difficult, and they also have an excellent Parent Lounge offering video advice and guidance. The current video is entitled: ‘How to look after a young person feeling suicidal’. Please visit their website and we hope that you find all the help on there useful.
French Summer School in Paris, 30th June – 10th August
From 30th June – 10th August 2019 (arrival can be on any Sunday). All-inclusive summer camp for students aged 12-17 years at St. Nicolas School, Southern Paris. This will be a fantastic opportunity for students serious about enhancing, developing and practicing their French language skills. Price: €980 per week (30th June – 27th July); €850 per week (28th July – 10th August), includes 15 hours of French lessons per week, accommodation, food, activities and local trips. For more information, please contact school agent Meng by emailing email@example.com
Cranbrook Carers Support Group
Come and join our parent and carers support group if you care for someone with anxiety, depression, an eating disorder or any other form of mental health condition. The group meets on the last Wednesday of each month between 7:30pm and 9:00pm at the Coach House near Cornwallis. The group aims to offer confidential support, share ideas and information, and offer a sympathetic ear. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org