Uxbridge High School

Autumn term 2021 newsletter

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

I am delighted to say that the opening of the school year has been very smooth. Our students have keenly slipped into the routines of lessons, activities and the UHS Way.


We are optimistic that the worst of Covid is now behind us and are looking forward to the academic year ahead. Staff and students are planning and undertaking an exciting range of activities as part of our wider curriculum. Below you will find updates on some of these from the opening of term. I hope you enjoy looking through them.

Year 7 - Mr Sharda

The last 18 months have been a challenging time for everyone, which is why it has been personally humbling and remarkable to see our new year 7 cohort assimilate into life at UHS so quickly and seamlessly, especially whilst doing so well to espouse and champion our PROUD values.


The jump from primary school to high school is a big one; however, I and the rest of the staff at UHS have been so impressed and proud to see the engagement in lessons. Walking around classrooms I have seen a year group full of a multitude of different personalities and skills, including some incredibly talented musicians, superb athletes, amazing actors and artists, gifted mathematicians, future doctors and astounding authors!


We are also delighted to provide a platform for our future leaders and have been fortunate enough to have 12 exceptional student prefects for year 7. Massive congratulations to those who were successul and well done to all those who applied. There will be more opportunities for everyone in the future to show their skills. These will continue with our extra-curricular clubs, student councils and encouraging students to continue making positive contributions to our environment, especially with regards to litter.


Once again, congratulations to all our fantastic year 7s. We are all very proud!

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Student leadership - Mr Kerrisk

The recruitment process is underway across all year groups to select 'year prefects' who will form part of the student leadership team this academic year. Students have had to apply in writing, highlighting why they want to be part of the team and how they can lead as role models in their year group. The heads of year have been shortlisting students through an interview process and finalists have gone on to present in assemblies this week.

In addition to this, two students from each form have been selected to join the student council. The council will meet at different stages over the course of the year to discuss current affairs and the main priorities of the school. Each session will be led by senior students who will then present the view of students to school leaders so that the student voice can be heard.

Keeping safe - Mrs Patrick

Safety and wellbeing is our top priority and I would like to remind parents that we have a wealth of useful information and sources of support and help on our website. This includes advice and information on safeguarding, e-safety, self-harm, etc. We have also recently gained access to Operation Encompass, which has been developed to give extra support to anyone experiencing domestic abuse.


As a school, we welcome the support of our local police through our dedicated safer schools officers and we are working with them to emphasise the importance of personal safety. In support of this, a 'security arch' and a security dog will be on the school site for one day this term.


Although we are fortunate not to have an issue with violence in our school, we are committed to the safety of our students and seek to do all we can to continue this. With the current issues of knife crime facing our country, our safer schools officer has asked that we reach out to you as parents to be vigilant in your homes with regard to knives going missing.


If you have any concerns, we urge you to contact our year teams here at the school who can then speak with you or pass your details on to our safer schools officer.

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open evening - Mrs Marsh

On Monday 27th September we welcomed prospective parents into our school for open evening. This is something we were unable to do in person last year so it was great that we could finally have visitors safely on site. We proudly showed off our fantastic facilities and our excellent teaching staff taught eager groups of year 7 students exciting lessons in everything from badminton to extracting DNA, building volcanos to cooking delicious meals. All our students presented themselves exceptionally and were a true credit to the school. They were very proud to represent the UHS community and we were very proud of them.

covid-19 vaccinations

Thank you to everyone who has completed the vaccination consent form. If you have not yet completed it, please spare a few moments to do so using this link. We ask that you complete this, even if you do not wish your child to have the vaccine as it will help with planning. We are still awaiting details of when the NHS will be on site to deliver the vaccines and we will update parents further when we are informed.

Year 11 Hospitality & Catering - Miss Seymour

The school is in its fourth year of offering a very successful hospitality and catering course. Students learn about career pathways in the industry and how operations are run from fine dining and hotels to pop up catering vans. They learn how to prepare and cook food from fresh and how to plate it as if serving to customers. The school is very proud that we have a curriculum which values industry skills as much as the academic courses. Here are some examples of year 11 work; the students learnt filleting using whole sea bass and then prepared a side dish and sauce. The industry needs young enthusiastic recruits and we hope some of our students think about getting involved with an industry where they can be ambitious and create their own future opportunities.

Young Geographer of the year competition - Miss Sonigra

A fantastic poster designed by a Y8 student illustrating how COVID-19 has impacted their geographical experience inside and outside school. Ten of the best posters in the cohort will be submitted to the Royal Geographical Society as part of the Young Geographer of the Year competition. Incredible work Y8!

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Music Clubs - Mr Dawson

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Music instrument and singing lessons - Mr Dawson

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Wider curriculum activities

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sixth form university destinations

We are delighted to report that 82 of last year's Y13 students were offered places at universities across the country to study a wide variety of courses. Destinations include Anglia Ruskin, Brunel, King's College London, Nottingham Trent, Coventry and Durham, to name a few. We are extremely proud that two students have gone on to study at the University of Oxford. Congratulations to each and every one of them and we wish them well with their studies.

Year 8 rewards - Mrs Jarvis

Year 10 Go Ape reward trip - Mr Smith

Year 10 students went on a reward trip to Go Ape in Alice Holt in July. The students were invited due to their excellent achievement and attendance record throughout Y10. It was great to be able to go on a trip again and enjoy the sunshine while completing a treetop adventure. Students really enjoyed the afternoon, showing supportiveness and determination to succeed. We look forward to the next reward trip at the end of this term!

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Character credits - Mrs Jarvis

The competition is on for the highest number of character credits on the house leader board with Windsor house currently in the lead and Stuart house giving them a good chase!


Nearly 30,000 character credits in one month of school. Well done everyone!

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PHOTOS of MAINTENANCE WORK

Pictured below are some recently refurbished areas of the school.

PE news - Mr Emery

The return to normality has meant the PE department has been able to begin the year with an extensive and popular extra-curricular programme.


We have been delighted to welcome huge numbers to our clubs; currently these are rugby, running, football, dance, netball, fitness, volleyball and badminton for both boys and girls across all year groups.


In the coming weeks, we will also return to competitive fixtures, taking on our local rivals across the borough in fixtures and tournaments for all sports. Watch this space for an update on upcoming fixtures, results and the star players and performers in each of our teams!


We would like to say a huge well done to everyone who has joined and participated in a club already this term. However, we would also like to encourage all students to get involved in the extra-curricular opportunities available, whether that be to gain a competitive edge, refine and improve specific skills, or simply to become active and increase fitness levels.

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FORGOTTEN ITEMS

A reminder that we ask that you ensure your son/daughter carefully checks that they have all equipment, lunch/snacks, correct school uniform, PE kit, etc. before they leave home. As mentioned in our previous newsletters, we are no longer able to meet parents at our gates to collect items that have been forgotten with the exception of glasses, medication, lunch and phones. I am sure that you will understand our reasoning for this.

catering

We are delighted that we are once again able to offer a full catering service to students including pre-order options. Our new chef has been delighted with feedback from students on the quality of the dishes on offer. The weekly menu can be viewed on the school website.

TWITTER & INSTAGRAM

Please feel free to browse our Twitter and Instagram accounts for up-to-date information and updates on the variety of activities taking place at Uxbridge High School. Our Twitter accounts are @UxbridgeHighSch, @UHSPrincipal, @UHS_VAPA, @UHSPE, @DT_UHS, and @MflUhs. Our Instagram account can be found here.


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