We spent all summer getting the building ready and re-writing policies, and then they were here. Shiny faces, big smiles and new uniforms (because they all grow so much over the summer), buzzing round the photo displays of last year's end of year show and prom, checking out all the new improvements to their school building. It's great to have them all back, and to welcome our new pupils and some new teachers too. Bell goes for first lessons and a calmness decends as everything we planned falls into place.
It was a great positive first week back, and we also have a new Head Girl – the lovely Lily-Belle.
As teachers and pupils were busy with classes, my mind turned to Christmas – yes already. Over the next couple of weeks all pupils will have an active part to play in writing our annual Christmas Show for the Barnet Christmas Fayre, which this year is on Sunday 4th December. So parents please remember this is an important day in our school calendar.
On Saturday 24th September we have an Open Mic Night in our theatre. For all new parents, this is a fun night out, and we have a licensed bar. You can meet with other parents and your child has the opportunity to show off their singing voice or dancing skills. The entrance fee for this is £5 to perform or to watch. It is a fundraising night for the theatre. 7pm – 9pm.
I am emailing a school newsletter every Friday so that everyone is up to date on parent teacher meetings, timetables, after school clubs etc, so please look out for this.
I received a lovely email from Lydia, (class of 2016) letting me know how happy she was to be able to tell her college that she had passed her English and Maths GCSEs and so didn't need to retake. As she has Mondays free (because that is when the college does English and Maths) she is going to pop into SETS to help out from time to time, and it will be a delight to have her here and to share in her news.
Melissa Gillespie (class of 2005), started in the Saturday school aged four and then transferred to the full time school. After a few years absence she returned to teach acting for camera and ran the school's agency. I am very proud to let you know that she is now editorial assistant to the International Editor of Hello Magazine. I am so happy for her and know she will still come to see our shows and support the school whenever she can. I miss her already.
I am going to leave you with a photo from Prom Night.