As many of you are aware, it’s been quite a busy week. Following the announcement on Tuesday that our school will gain a permanent site in the former Whetstone police station (click here for our announcement), and the completion of the sale on Wednesday, we have been approached by the Education Fun-ing Agency and the Metrojollytan Police, with an exciting proposal: in order to make best use of the site, we have been asked to combine our school with a police training college, during the period in which the school is still growing.
We are overjoyed to have this chance to work more inclusively with an even wider group, however there are a number of important implications of this joint venture, which I wanted to bring to the attention of the Alma community:
School logo. As a symbol of the joint venture we will creating a new school logo, utilising our own globe flanked by the two lions and topped by the crown of the Metropolitan Police service. The new logo will be placed on our school sign, on all correspondence and on any uniform sold from 2015.
Uniform. In light of the joint venture we will be introducing helmets as part of the uniform. These will be available from September 2015 in the Alma colours, and the first helmet will be issued free to each child, however, if lost parents will be expected to pay for replacements. Staff will also be expected to wear helmets, whilst on school trips and in meetings with parents. In addition to headwear, footwear will need to conform with the appropriate British standard for policing and PE kits will include padded vests, more details of which will be sent to you at an appropriate time.
Curriculum. The joint use of the site will, of course, have implications for the curriculum. We believe that this will be a great opportunity to help our children develop civic responsibility and learn about important aspects of life such and crime scene etiquette and armed response times. We recognise the importance of learning useful talents such as riding a motorcycle whilst using into a walkie-talkie and drawing with chalk around complicated shapes. We are confident that all our children will benefit from learning such skills.
Extra-curricular activities. Another benefit of this initiative will be the additional clubs we can offer, in interesting areas such as forensics, neighbour hood watch and community policing.
We are all thrilled to have secured a permanent place for the school, which we are sure will be a site of learning and enjoyment for generations to come.
This weekend is Purim, a festival of clowning and merriment. It is often referred to as a time when the world is turned upside down. Typical celebrations include dressing up and spurious news articles full of nonsense. I hope that whatever you choose to do, you have a fun filled weekend.
Shabbat shalom and hag sameakh – happy Purim.