Acting Principal’s message – 19th Oct 2018

We are sure that students think teachers are scary enough without us dressing up as witches and skeletons….but we thought we would do it

Saturday, 13th October was an exciting and inspirational day for me as I saw our dedicated students, supportive parents and committed staff participate in our first “Oktoberfest”. It captured a true sense of community spirit as our extended Atrium family joined in a day of activities. I also got to see how many hidden talents our staff had—Mrs Chesterton with her friendship bracelet making, Ms Walpole and her Chinese Calligraphy, Mr Murphy and Mr Long making paper aeroplanes….up until Saturday I blamed the students for the planes stuck in the beams! I also thought the cadets did a great
job with the blindfold obstacle course they set up in Mrs Woodward’s Maths room—now that was something I didn’t’ expect!

My sincerest gratitude also goes to the employers who gave up their Saturday to talk to students and visitors about career pathways. The parents and students that I spoke with really valued the opportunity to spend time talking to the faces of the Built Environment industry.

In other news, I have enjoyed seeing the Art Department raise its profile over the last half term. Mr Tomlin is busy planning Art installations, dealing with requests from local companies seeking logo designs from our students, and finding competitions to enter.

At Atrium, we are focusing on English as an area for improvement this year. We have already implemented various strategies to support students in engaging with literacy across the curriculum. These have included ‘Literacy Silent Starters’; a 5 minute warm-up activity at the beginning of each lesson to apply and embed literacy skills across the curriculum. We are also utilising our literacy specialist HLTA during ‘after-school study sessions’ to support
learning. Students may be referred for support by a member of staff or choose to drop in themselves for guidance on a topic.

As we head towards a relaxing two-week half term, I hope that you all get to enjoy some ‘down time’ as we look after our own mental and emotional wellbeing. I know that I will enjoy some quality time outdoors if we get good Autumn weather. I feel like my feet haven’t touched the ground recently – and not because I’m on a broomstick! Sam Morcumb