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Saracens High School Newsletter, October 2018

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Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had a wonderful and busy first half-term at Saracens High School. It seems a long time ago that we had Sarah and Sean, the two Saracens players, handing out the pupils’ House ties while BBC Radio 4, BBC London, and The Daily Telegraph, among others were reporting our opening. There is so much to celebrate from the last six weeks. 

My highlights have been seeing how the pupils have risen to the challenges of the staff, particularly how they have accepted the notion of making mistakes and attempting to climb out of the learning pit. I have enjoyed watching staff create new opportunities for pupils in lessons and enrichment activities, the way pupils work together and share responsibilities at family lunch, and my conversations with pupils when we celebrate Hot Chocolate Friday.

During the first couple of weeks focused on getting to know the pupils as individuals and then we progressed to targeting challenge activities, making sure that every individual is stretched and supported appropriately in each lesson.

We have hosted a lot of visitors during the half term, including our friends from Saracens, Headteachers from other secondary and primary schools, members of the local community, and colleagues from the local authority.

Everyone has been impressed with how smart the pupils look, how polite and kind they are, and how articulate and engaging they are in conversation. We also had a lot of visitors for the open evening and open mornings, when we think we had around 600 people come to see what we do and hear about our vision.

Our shared values are discipline, hard work, honesty, and humility. These were created by one of the former Saracens Rugby coaches, who was thinking about the qualities that successful people tend to have. By joining the Saracens organisation, we are committing to living those values. Pupils have been encouraged to think about what that means in their daily lives, both in school and at home. Please have a conversation with them about this, and see how our values can have a positive impact on their lives.

You can read the full newsletter here, including news from our recent trip to the RAF Museum, our day out seeing Saracens Rugby Club play Gloucester at Allianz Park, and important information and updates regarding the school.

I hope you all have a safe and relaxing half-term break.

Dr Stevens