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Wolmer's Boys' School Stakeholders' Bulletin

  • Aug 26, 2019

Attention: Parents, Old Boys, Teachers, Support Staff Members and Well-wishers

Subject: Arrangements for the 2019/2020 School Year


Dear Wolmer’s Family:

The Summer break has almost run its course and we are now on the cusp of a brand new school year. Rest may have escaped some of us, but others of us have had a whale of a time. In a matter of days, we return to the demands of this business of education. Our commitment to our children’s education remains as steadfast as ever and we will again put our shoulders to the wheel, giving ourselves again to that which will equip them for a glorious future.


As we look to the days ahead, please note the following:

SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
There are a number of changes in the senior as well as the middle leadership of the school. Dr. Walton Small, who has been at the helm of the school since May 2008, proceeds on pre-retirement leave as of the 31st of August 2019. The school has benefited much from his sterling leadership. Our best wishes as he embarks on this new and interesting phase of life. Subsequently, Mr. Dwight Pennycooke, senior Vice Principal, will be Principal (Acting) as of the 01st of September 2019. And Mr. Kirk Rochester will be joined by Mrs. Janice Jones (HoD, IT) as Vice Principal (Acting).
Mr. Rochester will be responsible for 2nd and 3rd Form affairs while Mrs. Jones will be responsible for 4th and 5th Form affairs. Mr. Pennycooke will cover 1st and 6th Form affairs.
Our middle management team has also seen a few changes. The Year Group Supervisors and Assistants are as follows:
First Form …………………………… Mrs. J. Campbell-Jones and Mrs. A. Mason-Ferguson
Second Form ………………………. Mrs. M. Stewart and Mrs. S. Sinclair
Third Form ………………………… Mr. O. Brown and Ms. J. Blackstock
Fourth Form ………………………. Mrs. N. Thompson and Mr. H. Marsh
Fifth Form ………………………….. Mrs. K. Grant and Mr. N. Beeput
Sixth Form …………………………. Mrs. K. Gobern and Mrs. C. Simmonds-Ward


PRIORITIES

In the 2019/2020 school year, all our activities will be subsumed under the theme: “Building and Sustaining a Culture of C.A.R.E. (courage, affirmation, regard and excellence).” And there will be four priority areas as we build C.A.R.E. viz.:

  • Students’ Academic Achievement;
  • Students’ Extra-Curricular Involvement;
  • Community Service and Volunteerism; and
  • Student Leadership Development


IMPORTANT DATES

02 September 2019 ………………………………… Re-Opening of School for All Students
07 September 2019 ………………………………… Start of Manning Cup Season
09 September 2019 ………………………………… 6B Orientation
24 September 2019 ………………………………… 1st Form Parents’ Meeting
25 September 2019 ………………………………… 2nd Form Parents’ Meeting
02 October 2019 ………………………………… 5th Form Parents’ Meeting
03 October 2019 ………………………………… 6th Form Parents’ Meeting
09 October 2019 ………………………………… 3rd Form Parents’ Meeting


ORIENTATION

26 August 2019 ………………………………… 1st Form Students and Parents
02 September 2019 ………………………………… 5th Form Students and Parents
03 September 2019 ………………………………… 2nd Form Students and Parents
04 September 2019 ………………………………… 3rd Form Students and Parents
05 September 2019 ………………………………… 4th Form Students and Parents
06 September 2019 ………………………………… 6A Students and Parents


SCHOOL ORGANIZATION MATTERS

The school day begins with an assembly each morning, starting at 7:35 a.m. and the school day ends with registration from 2:05 – 2:15 p.m. It is important to note that there will be an Extended Day to 2:45 p.m. on Mondays for students of the Second and Third Forms. In addition, each day will start as follows:
Monday ……………………………….. General Assembly (sit in year groups)
Tuesday ……………………………..... Form Assembly
Wednesday ………………………………. Year Group Assembly
Thursday ……………………………..... Parents/Mentors’ Assembly
Friday ………………………………. General House Assembly


STAFFING ARRANGEMENTS

We welcome to the Wolmer’s Boys’ School family all our new teachers. Almost all departments have at least one new (but experienced) member. And in the same vein, we wish our following colleagues a restful vacation leave:

  • Ms. C. McCleary (HoD, English);
  • Ms. P. Davis (HoD, Geography); and
  • Mr. R. Smith (HoD, Sciences).


SIXTH FORM PROGRAMME

We continue to improve and expand the offering at the Sixth Form level. Along with Aviation, Entrepreneurship and Logistics and Supply Chain, we have added Law to our timetable. Our students will also have the opportunity to study Digital Media as well as Animation and Game Design. To the programme, we have also added co-curricular development in leadership as well as community service and volunteerism. The expectation is that all students will each have a solid transcript when they would have completed five or seven years of study at Wolmer’s Boys’ School.


SCHOOL-WIDE COMMUNITY SERVICE

Starting this September, all our students (with the exception of the 2019/2020 Fifth Form cohort) will be involved in mandatory community service and volunteerism. The terms of the programme have been posted in the Resources Section in ParentsWeb. In addition, parents and students may contact Mrs. S. Sinclair (stacyann.sinclair@wolmers.org) and Ms. R. Francis (roxanne.francis@wolmers.org) for more details. (Please see the attached community service brochure.)


LINES OF COMMUNICATION

And we have over the years sought to keep the lines of communication open with our stakeholder groups. As such, we ask that you note the ways in which you can keep abreast of what is happening and stay on top of your child’s progress:

  • ParentsWeb (check on attendance, behaviour, assignments and grades)
  • PTA meetings
  • Tuesday morning parents’ meeting at 8:15 with the Senior Management Team
  • Teachers’ office hours
  • Teachers’ contact list (wolmers.org email address)
  • Grade meetings
  • Thursday morning Parents/Mentors’ Assembly at 7:35
  • Report Day Consultation
  • Form WhatsApp group
  • Emails from your Parent Representative
  • Emails to/from Vice Principals, YGSs, Form Teachers and Subject Teachers
  • Stakeholder’s Bulletins



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