As we come to the end of the second half term it has been business as usual with a very clear focus on teaching and learning. All year groups have been formally assessed on the progress they have been making right across the curriculum and suitable interventions planned and implemented. Hopefully, as parents/carers you have all received a report for your child this term. Year 11 have completed their mock examinations in an extremely mature way; their behaviour was exemplary. Their results will be reported early in Spring term with an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress at their Parents’ Evening on Thursday 25 January, 2018.
We continue to develop links with our feeder primaries with our more-able after school sessions. This term, 23 pupils from our feeder primaries and Wheatley Lane attended five numeracy sessions with Mr Bradfield-Morgan, Assistant Curriculum Leader for Maths. We thank him for developing these sessions which have been so very well received by both parents and children.
Mr Atkin has also organised various events for Pendle primaries on the school’s 3G facility, which has also been very well received and supported. From its opening back in October, the 3G pitch has gone from strength to strength, being used in both PE lessons and by teams in the local community.
As well as Burnley FC literacy sessions, 11 pupils have been attending the Achieving Moor sessions organised and co-ordinated by Mr Scott. This is a new initiative designed to support pupils in changing their attitude to learning so that they can achieve more. Both these initiatives are having a positive impact on our pupils.
This year we have welcomed the return of the Christmas concert, which has just played two nights to a sold out audience. We thank Miss Daley for all her hard work in preparing all the children for such a fantastic showcase of singing, dancing and acrobatic talent. As a result of her hard work, we now have a large KS3 choir, as well as various singers and musicians who are all more than capable of sharing their talent with us as they ‘let all their bright colours shine’.
The Senior Prefects have also been busy rising to the challenge of organising the parishioners’ Christmas party. 19 visitors came into school on Friday 16 December, 2017 for an afternoon Christmas tea. They were entertained by the children who had performed in the Christmas concert and received a gift from Father Christmas. We thank The Hut group for their extremely kind donation of gifts for the party, as well as for the other support they have provided recently, including providing toasters for form groups so that Form Teachers can give toast to their form at the start of the day.
On the last day of term, children are welcome to wear a Christmas jumper instead of their shirt and tie, in exchange for a donation of non-perishable food for the Open Door food bank in Colne. Over the last few years we have donated an enormous amount of food to this cause thanks to your generosity, that we know goes to benefit many families in the local community, particularly at this time of year.
As a school, we have been sent a website link that gives advice to parents on how to ’Stay Safe Online over the Festive Season – Information for Parents and Carers’. If you want to access this and other useful bits of information for online safety, please go to www.lancashiresafeguarding.org.uk/online-safeguarding to find this article and information.
Two years ago, in response to parental requests for an electronic payment system for meals and trips etc, we introduced ParentPay. Around 70% of parents and carers are now registered with ParentPay so this is clearly a preferred method of payment for many families. Consequently, the Governors have asked that we move towards being a cash-free school so, from the start of January 2018, payments for trips and other items will only be accepted via ParentPay with electronic payment for meals introduced at a later date. Please contact Mrs Fitzpatrick at the school if this change causes any problems for you.
At the end of this term Mrs Jodie Whalley, Mrs Natasha Court and Ms Mia Timberlake leave the English department. Mr Gavin Farmilo, Mrs Lesley Flood and Mr Paul Russell are also leaving. We thank them all for their hard work and contributions to Fisher More. Mrs Whalley has been appointed as Curriculum Leader in English at Ribblesdale High School; Mrs Court is returning to her old school, Norden High School and Mr Farmilo and Ms Timberlake are going back to Australia. Mr Russell is going to be Cover Supervisor at St Augustine’s, Billington. We wish them every success for the future. We welcome Mr Hampson and Mrs Dowson to the English department from January.
We also say goodbye to Mr Malcolm Barron who is retiring this term after 14 years’ service to the school, mainly in the science department. We wish Mr Barron a very long and happy retirement and thank him wholeheartedly for his long and dedicated service to the school. Mr Michael Morrin has been appointed and will join the science department permanently from January. We are also looking forward to the healthy return of Mr Flynn and Mr Simpson after their recent operations.
I would like to inform parents that school closes at 12.05pm on Friday 22 December, 2017. This is to enable pupils to get their buses either at 12.10pm or 12.25pm. I wish you all a very happy and holy Christmas and a joyful New Year.
School re-opens on Monday 8 January, 2018 at 8.55am and we look forward to welcoming all pupils back then.