Headteacher's News March 2017Download PDF
Safety on school site during events
From next term parents and carers who attend assemblies, shows, workshops and other events will be expected to remain throughout the duration. There has been a tendency in recent times for parents and carers to leave the school whilst a show or performance is taking place because the element where their child has participated has been completed. This is both disruptive and causes a pressure in terms of maintaining security and safety. Moreover, a community event gets turned into an individualised experience and is no longer seen as an opportunity to value every child’s contribution. It was really disheartening to see over 50% of the parents leave our recent book parade before the youngest children had an opportunity to show off their character-costumes. In essence, our policy around events will focus upon arriving on time and staying until the end. If this is not possible then parents and carers should either not come or the school will need to review whether such events can take place in this form. This would be a most unwelcome outcome because parental support for school events is one of Montpelier’s key strengths.
This newsletter provides a good overview of the wide range of curricular activities that have taken place during the past few weeks. Even more information is available at https://twitter.com/Montpelier_Sch where you can see photographs of school life. I have drawn attention to the importance of viewing school assemblies and performance as community events and the role that can be played in supporting us at such times. There is important information about absence before and after school holidays as a change has been made to the school’s attendance policy. My thanks to our administrative, support, teaching and leadership teams for making sure that children here have had a fun and informative few weeks. I would like to wish everybody in the Montpelier School community a happy Easter holiday and look forward to seeing you again in April.