Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Back to school - dos and don'ts!
by Joe Docherty, Principal, Oasis Academy Brightstowe

The long summer holiday is over and it’s back to school for a new academic year. I hope all our students, parents and staff have had a happy and restful break and I would like to extend a particularly warm welcome to our new Year 7s and their families.

In this, my first Principal’s blog of the academic year, I thought it was worth setting out a few straightforward tips for parents and carers with children coming back to school:

  • please ensure your child is consuming healthy food and drink – which means protein and plenty of fruit and vegetables, and not too many fizzy energy drinks, packets of crisps and chocolate bars! Try to support your child’s health and the school’s aims by monitoring what they eat and what they spend your money on. Ask them about their eating and drinking habits.
  • make sure your child leaves home with all the necessary equipment for school. There’s nothing worse than a student not having a pen for class, let alone a compass, eraser or geometry set. Make ‘being prepared’ a priority and don’t give a teacher a good reason to sanction your child.
  • whatever your child’s attitude to homework, take an active interest in what’s inside their diary and school bag. Regularly ask them what homework they have and even better, ask to see their work – and write short notes to their teachers if necessary.
  • try to ensure your child is getting enough sleep. A well-established bedtime and wake-up routine is an excellent preparation for the start of each school day.
  • update medical records - make sure we have a complete list of any medical concerns regarding your children, including allergies. You will also want to be sure that all emergency contacts are up to date.
  • finally, ask your children about their concerns. A new school year can be exciting but it can also bring anxiety, especially for Year 7s entering a new environment or for Year 11s beginning their all-important GCSE year. Taking a few minutes to talk can help your son or daughter through any worries and clear up any issues that could lead to a difficult start to the year.

I hope you will find the above useful and would like to wish you and your child every success at Oasis Academy Brightstowe this academic year.