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ACTING PRINCIPAL’S BLOG – October and November 2017

posted 13 Nov 2017, 02:08 by Web Admin
Welcome to my blog for October and November.

You will by now have received my letter with the Ofsted Report. Thank you to parents and carers who have sent us congratulations. We are delighted with this Report and will continue to do our best to give your children the best education we possibly can.

An Outstanding Ofsted should be celebrated but we also need to keep moving forward and improving. On Monday 13th November our new Principal, Karen Clark, will be visiting and Gary Corbett and I will be working with her in preparation for January 2018.

Parents have now been notified of their child’s EHCP meeting date for this academic. As you will appreciate, these meetings are very difficult to rearrange and so we share the dates with parents well in advance in order that you can make appropriate arrangements to attend.

Once again Louise Doe, Head of Learning for Key Stage 3, is working very hard to pull together the performers from both campuses who will be taking part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival next Tuesday, the 14th November, at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford. This year we will be performing ‘Romeo and Juliet’. We are hoping that you will be able to join us at this exciting event which will see our young people performing in and supporting an authentic dramatic event involving a number of local mainstream schools. For us this is true inclusion and equality of opportunity and I am very proud that Columbus students have a chance to be involved once again and share with our local community what we are all truly capable of! Our allocation of tickets has been sold but tickets are still available from the Civic Theatre Box Office. Tickets cost £9.50 per adult and £7 per concession.

Friends of Columbus are still very active and more details about all Friends events will be sent out nearer the time of each event. In the meantime, here are the next key dates for your diaries:

· Fire Walk on 11th November

· Christmas Fair on 1st December

Friends are always looking for new members or offers of help so, if you feel you can help them in any way, please let us know.

Our families and friends will be aware that the Mayor of Chelmsford, Mayor Duncan Lumley, has nominated the Friends of Columbus as one of his three Charities. I attended an evening presentation following the Mayor's Golf Day on 15th September and gave a short talk about Columbus and the Friends fundraising work. The Friends will receive money from the Mayor's charity fund later in the year. 



It was a beautiful sunny day for our group of Ford volunteers who came for the fourth year running recently to work on School Campus and College Campus. They made a new fire pit complete with a cover for safety, fitted new guttering and a water butt, had a good tidy up and pruned shrubs and painted fences in the Early Years playground. Our very grateful thanks once again for the continued support they give to Columbus.

You can see in the picture below the tremendous work carried out by members of the Chelmsford Round Table in the school sensory garden. Over the past few months they have worked very hard to clear overgrown shrubs, tidy borders, make new planting beds, supply pots and plant new shrubs and flowers.



We were delighted to be informed that we are a winner in the Start Well category of the NHS Mid Essex CCG 'Marvels Of Mid' Awards awards held recently. Nominees said:

'This school is a great example of how you can meet the very diverse needs of young people in a way that gives them the best possible start, even when they are facing additional challenges.

Each pupil is given tailored support so that they can participate in lessons to their full potential and enjoy time with friends. Staff are truly dedicated and the range of extracurricular activities and support for parents is excellent. This school is first-class.'

Finally, the parent of one of our pupils in KS3, has asked that her praise and thanks for the Columbus Discovery Club and its staff be shared in my blog. Her son had an amazing time and she, as a parent, found it very well organised. She, along with many other parents, would like to thank Sarah Lambert and her team. We are very pleased that Sarah and her team can continue to offer the fantastic opportunities Discovery Club gives to our children during the Summer and Easter holidays. Well done everyone!

Mr. Tom Jackson-Owens

Acting Principal
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