Headmaster’s Weekly Blog – 29.03.2019

Dear Parents,

One week left of term and still so much to do… in the last week at Cumnor, the boys and staff have been as busy as ever, in fact I think weekends are even busier than week days for some of our students! I would like to congratulate Keyaan Davison who enjoyed a very special signing day at Chelsea FC on Saturday. It was a very proud moment for his family and I as he stepped onto the Stamford Bridge pitch to collect his shirt. I know of two boys this week, Gabriel Jones and Rhys Patel, who have also been successful in Chelsea trials and will do very well to imitate Keyaan’s work ethic and attitude to sport. Humzah Khan also came to see me midweek to inform me that he had been asked to train with the Juventus Academy and I would like to congratulate him on this achievement. This is just a small selection of the good news stories regarding external extra-curricular activities and I am aware we have many more. We are very lucky to have so many gifted young sportsmen at Cumnor and I am pleased that we can support them in their own personal development through our sports curriculum.

Last Saturday two of our excellent musicians Jamie Jones and Omar Nesbeth-George received commendations and a win for their class with a ‘Piano Duet’ at Croydon Performing Arts Festival, hosted at Royal Russell. Another example of the diversity of quality and talent that our boys demonstrate daily.

You may have heard about a new behaviour system we have implemented at school this week. ‘Track-it’ light behaviour system is an online system launched by Mr Jones in Monday’s assembly. We have been trialling the system with Year 8 staff for the past term and have been pleased with the results. The system is very simple and captures positive and challenging behaviours demonstrated by the boys in lessons. The behaviours have been agreed by the school council as key behaviours they would like to demonstrate and the challenging behaviours they would like to prevent from happening further. Mr Jones set the boys a target of achieving 70% green (positive) behaviours in class and as a school and so far this week the boys have started well. The system provides the senior leaders with real time updates to children’s classroom behaviours, offers the opportunity to capture the positive behaviours in our school and records an accumulative and accurate account of individual boy’s school behaviour. This is a clear example of how, we as a school are providing support to allow children the opportunity to monitor their own progress and attainment. A key factor in developing the right learning and working attitudes for the future. I look forward to seeing many of you at the school production of ‘School of Rock’ on Wednesday and Thursday evening. I believe we still have tickets available if you would like to enjoy a great evening’s entertainment.

Have a great Easter Break.

Mr Cummings
Headmaster

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