Parents' Survey 2017-18

Parents' Survey 2017-18

Dear Parent/Guardian,
 
The relationship between your child’s school and you, as parents, is an important one. When parents are involved in their children's schools, children often look upon their own school experience more favourably. We are very fortunate that many of you kindly contribute your time and efforts to enhance the experience of many pupils in Regent House beyond your own child. 

We are taking this opportunity to communicate with you in order to see if there is any way in which you may wish to contribute towards our school community beyond the support that you already provide. 

By clicking on the link below, you will gain access to a short survey. We would ask that you take a few minutes to complete it if you feel that there is any way that you may be able to contribute to the wide and varied nature of school life. This could include assisting in careers interviews, offering trade services or using contacts to enhance the learning experience of our pupils inside or outside of the classroom. 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/W7H85YN

Please note that the final question in the survey, requesting feedback on the most appropriate start time for evening events in the school, has been added as part of our ongoing evaluation of how we communicate with parents. We would appreciate you taking the time to respond to this question even if you feel none of the previous questions applies to you. 

Yours, 
Michael Carville

 

Become part of Friends of Regent House

Become part of Friends of Regent House

Dear Parent/ Guardian,

Friends of Regent House is our Parent Teacher Association. Over the last few years it has been very active raising funds and developing the school community. Some recent highlights include the Colour Run, Christmas Ball, Grand Raffle and annual Quizzes culminating in raising enough money to order a new minibus for the school.

This organisation relies on the expertise and hard work of volunteers and we are hoping to encourage more people to get involved. Everyone is welcome to get involved in any way they can, you don’t have to attend lots of meetings, just volunteer to help when you can. If you would like to learn more about the work of Friends of Regent House then please feel free to attend our ‘Meet and Greet’ evening this Wednesday (26th Oct) at 6.30pm in the school.

We hope to see you there!

Michael Carville

Mr M C Carville
Headmaster

Regent House School
Circular Road
Newtownards
BT23 4QA
Tel: 02891813234
 

Friends of Regent House Family Quiz - 14th October

Dear Parent / Guardian,

The annual Friends of Regent House family Quiz is next Friday (14th October) at 7pm in the school assembly hall. Tickets, available at the door, are priced at £3 per head or £10 per family. This has become a very popular event in our calendar and we look forward to a fun filled evening. Refreshments will be available.

Friends of Regent House are raising funds this year to support the construction of a new safety barrier along our bus collection turning circle and to help subject departments improve their resources. I am sure you will agree that a new fence is long overdue and will improve the safety of a very large number of our pupils.

Best wishes

Michael Carville

 

Mr M C Carville
Headmaster

Headmaster letter to Year 12 Parents - Organisation, Homework and Study Leave

Headmaster letter to Year 12 Parents - Organisation, Homework and Study Leave

Dear Year 12 Parent/ Guardian,

 Since the beginning of this academic year we have been tracking pupil behaviours and approach to work using a new system which allows us to better analyse pupil performance. The evidence this has generated indicates significant organisation issues within the current Year 12 pupil cohort. Already we have witnessed 145 occasions (114 of which are from the boys) of pupils failing to submit homework and 51 occasions of poor preparation for class. This, aligned with Year 11 Summer examination results and the GCSE modular results in English and Mathematics, has triggered a review of how we best support pupils to ensure their academic progress is not hampered by poor organisation. For comparison purposes our Year 13 cohort has only failed to submit homework on 18 occasions this year.

 Throughout Year 12 Form Tutors will carefully monitor how pupils use their homework diaries to ensure work set is being recorded accurately. Whilst we want our students to develop high levels of independence, we would ask for your support with this by also checking the homework diaries and that the work is being completed. We will also continue to administer signings for missed homework and poor organisation so you will be made aware if your son or daughter is having difficulties in this area. Our reporting system will also provide you with formal academic feedback in November, February and April alongside the Parents Evening on the 21st February. Over the next few weeks we may also invite you to come into school to meet with a member of senior staff to discuss concerns we have already identified. We will do this again after each reporting session.

Over the course of this year you should see your son or daughter complete approximately 2-3 hours of homework/revision each evening and 3-4 hours at the weekend. Revision should be continuous throughout the year and should primarily focus on the completion of past paper style questions which are freely available on exam board websites. Please discourage inactive revision strategies.

I have in the past expressed concerns regarding Study Leave prior to public examinations. My experience tells me that this critical period has a very significant impact on pupil outcomes. Poorly organised pupils struggle to structure their day to ensure they complete enough effective daily revision (approximately 7 hrs from 9am to 5pm - the “Office Day”). To help ensure all our pupils complete enough revision we will be changing the Study Leave provision this year. Students who demonstrate throughout the year that they can successfully work independently will be offered the opportunity to study at home, or in school, during the Study Leave period. Those students who do not demonstrate the independence to cope with this will be provided with a structured, and supervised, revision programme here in school from 8.50 am to 3.20pm each weekday. We will identify the appropriate students by examining all performance and organisation data gathered throughout the year.

 With your continued support we are confident these measures will help improve pupil organisation and outcomes. If you would like to discuss this in more detail then please feel free to contact me at the school on 91813234 or via email on mcarville061@c2kni.net.

 Yours 

 Michael Carville

Headmaster letter to Parents - Sept 16

Headmaster letter to Parents - Sept 16

September 2016

Dear Parent/Guardian

As term has now begun and the pupils are settled into their new classes I would like to take this opportunity to update you on a few matters.

Examination Results
As previously advised our public examination results have improved significantly again this year.  By all measures the outcomes are better than any other year in at least the last thirteen (electronic records do not precede this date).  We have also witnessed a surge in interest in the school with the largest ever number of applications to Year 8 and Year 13.  Again I would like to congratulate the pupils and staff for all their hard work in allowing this to happen.

New Colleagues
This year we have some new teachers joining us.  Following the resignation of Miss R Moore we welcome Miss Rebecca Bell into our Physics department in a permanent full time capacity.  Miss Bell will be known to some of you as she has worked in Regent before.  Following Mr A Doherty’s appointment to Head of Music at Campbell College we welcome Mrs Nicola Black into our music department in a full time temporary capacity.  Miss Ruth McMillan joins us in Mathematics and Business Studies covering in the absence of a teaching colleague.  We also welcome Miss Rebecca Nixon into our Chemistry department in a temporary capacity.  With sadness we say goodbye to Mrs R Montgomery who has retired from the teaching profession.  We wish her a long and happy retirement as she seeks out new challenges.

Communication
We want to continue to improve our communication with parents/guardians and are still investigating ways to improve this.  As ever cost is an issue and I would encourage all to ensure we have an up to date email address as this will continue to be our prime method of communication.  Please contact the school office to make any necessary changes to any contact details.  A detailed information sheet relative to each Year group will be emailed to parents in mid September.

School Fund and Departmental Costs
As you are probably aware our financial situation, along with all other schools in Northern Ireland, is under considerable strain.  To help ensure we continue to offer an excellent extra-curricular provision we do require your financial support.  Please do support our School Fund which asks for £100 per student or £150 per family.  Please note this cost can be spread over the year using ParentPay.  You will also note that we continue to ask parents to contribute to some specific curriculum costs as detailed below.  Please note these costs are only applicable if the subject is studied by your son or daughter.  The Art and Technology costs should be paid by cash directly to the class teacher.  ParentPay is available for Home Economics and Extra-Curricular Sport payments.

Art
Year 8 - £10: art pack
Year 11 - £5: materials
Year 13 - £5: materials


Technology
Years 8 – 11 - £2: resistant materials
Years 12 & 13 - £5: resistant materials
Year 14- £10: resistant materials.

Home Economics
Years 8 – 11 - £20: ingredients, containers and other sundry items. 

Extra-Curricular Sport
Years 8 – 14 - £25 – Terms 1 & 2 (competitive season: transport and facilities)
Years 8 – 14 - £10 – Term 3 (competitive season: transport and facilities)

Music
Key Stage 3 pupils require a descant recorder – available to purchase from the school shop at a cost of £7.
Other costs associated with the study of music will be provided by the department directly.

Good Neighbour
You will be aware that we experience considerable volume of traffic at the start and end of the school day.  When dropping off or collecting your child please use the main car park at the side.  For health and safety purposes please refrain from using the staff car park at the front of the school.  If using another area please be conscious of the local residents.

Assistive Devices
The school recognizes that occasionally pupils may need to use assistive devices such as, crutches, wheelchairs, casts, walking boot, etc. post injury or illness.  Such devices can pose potential risks to the user or others if the equipment is not used properly or if steps are not taken to ensure safe use while on the school campus. 
On the first day back following an injury or illness which necessitates the use of an assistive device, the parent and pupil should report to the school Matron to complete a risk assessment to ensure that the return to school presents no further risk to them, or to others.
The school requires a letter from a medical professional (GP, hospital, etc.) detailing the nature of the injury/illness and that the pupil is fit to return to school.  This letter should also include details of whether the student is required to use the assistive device in school and approximately how long for. 
It is strongly recommended that pupils using crutches do not return to school unless they are weight bearing on both limbs

I wish all our pupils, and their families, a happy and successful 2016/17.

Yours faithfully

Michael Carville
Headmaster

Enc

GCSE Results Day - Parent's Letter

GCSE Results Day - Parent's Letter

Dear Parent/ Guardian,

Today has been another exciting day in Regent House!

I am pleased to advise that our GCSE results have dramatically improved again. Including GCSE, AS and A Level outcomes I can confidently state that our pupils have achieved the best set of results in at least the last 13 years.

The headline figure for students achieving at least 7 grades at A*-C (including Maths and English) has increased to 96%.

Our students have also performed much better at the higher grades as detailed in the table below. As an example:  59% of all grades this year were either A or A* compared to 50.5% last year.


This prize day we will be delighted to be presenting awards to 77 students who have achieved at least 8 A grades. This compares with 67 in 2015 and 39 in 2014.

I would like to congratulate all the students on their fantastic results and wish them well as they begin their chosen A Level courses. I would also like to thank you, the parents and guardians, for the support you provide to your children and the school. Without it these outcomes would not be possible.

I am sure you will join me in congratulating and thanking the teaching staff here in Regent. Their dedication, hard work and exceptional talent guides the way. They, along with their non-teaching colleagues, are our most important and valuable resource.

Yours

Michael Carville

Year 14 UCAS Meeting

Year 14 UCAS Meeting

August 2016


Dear Parent / Guardian 

There will be a meeting for the parents of pupils in Year 14 on Tuesday 6 September at 7.00 pm in the Assembly Hall.

The purpose of this meeting is to explain the UCAS system and respond to queries and concerns which parents may have about entrance to University. Senior staff and Careers staff will be available for consultation.

I hope you will be able to attend and should be grateful if you would complete the slip below and return it to the school as soon as possible. The car park at the Comber Road side of the school is available for car parking.

I look forward to seeing you.

Yours faithfully

M C Carville (Mr)
Headmaster



Year 14 UCAS Meeting

I/We shall/shall not be able to attend the Year 14 UCAS meeting on Tuesday 6 September at 7.00 pm.

Name(s)____________________________ Pupil ____________________________________

(Please print clearly)

A Level Results Day - Parent's Letter

A Level Results Day - Parent's Letter

Dear Parent/ Guardian,

We are delighted to advise that today saw the publication of the best Regent House A level results in at least the last 13 years and continues the upward trend discussed last year.

At A level we have witnessed a significant improvement in the achievement in the top grades. 71% of grades achieved were A*, A or B compared to 63.6% in 2015. 37 students gained at least 3 A grades which is 16 more than in 2015.  74% of students achieved at least 3 A*-C grades.

At AS level this pattern is repeated with dramatic improvements witnessed in the top grades. 68% of grades achieved were A or B compared to 53% in 2015. 41 students achieved at least 3 A grades which is 10 more than in 2015. It is also worth noting that the % of students achieving at least 3 A-C grades is 72% compared to 59% in 2015.

Congratulations to all the students who have worked exceptionally hard to achieve these results. I would also like to thank their teachers whose dedication and skill has expertly guided the way.

In closing I would also like to acknowledge your support as without it the students would not achieve their potential.

Yours,
Michael Carville

Getting a New School Minibus

Dear Parent/ Guardian,

I am delighted to advise that following an intensive year of fundraising that we are now in a position to order a new school minibus!

I would like to thank you for all your support for the fundraising initiatives in what I know are financially demanding times for everyone. I would also like to thank Friends of Regent House, under the leadership of Mrs J Martin, for everything they have done this year. Without their dedication and hard work the fundraising could not have occurred and the purchase of a new minibus would not have been possible.

The new minibus will allow us to continue providing as enriched an experience as possible for all our pupils. Let us hope delivery is faster than the advised 6 months!

I must also thank the organisations below for their generous support over the course of the year:

Colin Adams Motorsports, The Stoveyard, Hastings Hotels, Ardglass Golf Club, Clandeboye Golf Club, Scrabo Golf Club, Michael Conlon, Balloo House , Equisuds, ZAKs Hairdressing, David Prentice BMW Portadown, Millars Chip Shop, Clements Eggs, H&J Cairnduff Butchers, Pattons Bakery, Tesco,  Sunblest, Lidl, Ards Shopping Centre, Supervalue, Musgrave Cash and Carry, Hendersons Wholesalers, Jubilee Veterinary Centre, PSNI and Armed Forces.

Please note that some other companies will be acknowledged at a later date.

Many thanks again
Michael Carville

School Budgets Update

Dear Parent/ Guardian,

 As you are aware there has been a lot of media coverage today around significant budget cuts within N Ireland schools. Unfortunately I do need to advise you that this is a very real situation facing all schools and we in Regent House are not immune. In summary the school’s budget is now facing unfunded increased staff costs, Superannuation and National Insurance contributions adding up to approximately £200,000. This is money that should be spent on learning provision.

 The impact of this on all schools has been widely reported but I include a summary below.

 These additional cuts will mean;

·         A reduction in subject choices at GCSE and A Level.

·         Inability of schools to deliver the statutory Entitlement Curriculum.

·         Even larger class sizes

·         A potentially shorter school day

·         Poorer learning environments with cuts in maintenance, administration, technical support, cleaning and resources.

·         An increase in non-specialist teachers delivering the curriculum.

·         Reduced educational opportunities for a generation of pupils.

The last point is the key one. It is wholly unacceptable that the financial situation can be allowed to reduce the educational opportunities for Regent House pupils.

The Board of Governors, staff and I are determined to protect the opportunities available to our pupils but this situation is impossible to manage. We need the help from everyone in this community to ensure it does not happen. Please ask the politicians what they are planning to do about this.

Yours,

MC Carville

Family Quiz Friday 29th April

Dear Parent/ Guardian,

As you are aware we are currently trying to raise funds to purchase a new school minibus. A number of our senior students have expressed an interest in trying to run an event to support the fundraising efforts. They have planned a Family Quiz for Friday 29th April at 7pm in the school assembly hall. Tickets will be available at the door on the evening and are priced at £5 for adults and £3 for students.

I am sure you will agree with me that it is an excellent reflection on our students that they want to support their school in this way. Hope to see you there!

Thanks

Michael Carville

Comment

2017 Borneo Jungle Expedition

Dear Parent,

 Last summer over 1800 students travelled to locations across Africa, Asia and South America with Camps International where they made a valuable contribution to a range of community, wildlife and environmental projects before taking on an adventure challenge of Jungle trekking, Mountain trekking or Scuba Diving.

The students who chose to participate in this expedition gained a great deal from doing so, enhancing their chances of going into further education or gaining future employment in what is currently a very competitive market. 

Students developed a whole host of skills from leadership, communication, problem solving and decision making to use of initiative, financial management, team building and social networking.  The development and experiences students gain from both the expedition and the journey to get there really is unlimited.

We are pleased to announce that we are working with Camps International to give your son/daughter the same opportunity during the summer of 2017 and we have chosen Borneo as our destination.

Camps International will be launching the expedition to students this week and you will be invited to attend a presentation second week in March to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

This letter is to give you notice of the proposed expedition, more information will follow shortly.  In the meantime, please save the below date which is when we plan to run the parent information evening:

  Thursday 10th March @ 18:30 in the The Main Hall

  For more information on Camps International please visit their:

 to see photos of previous students in action this summer!

  We will be in touch soon.

J Haugh



Comment

Year 10 Parents Meeting

February 2016

Dear Parent / Guardian,

Year 10 Parents Meeting

There will be a meeting for the parents of Year 10 pupils on Thursday 3 March between 4.00pm and 6.00pm. This is an important meeting at a vital stage in each pupil’s career, and you are warmly invited to attend. This meeting will provide an opportunity for you to discuss with teachers the progress of your son/daughter.

All pupils in Year 10 have been issued with forms on which they will indicate their choice of subjects for the next two years. We have asked them to discuss the matter with you so that you will know of any problems before you attend the meeting. It would be helpful if you would bring the form with you. Careers staff will be on hand at the meeting to answer questions about the subject’s required to follow various careers.

To ensure that the maximum number of interviews may be held it would be helpful if each interview were limited to 5 minutes. If however, there is a serious issue or concern which requires a longer discussion, please make an appointment to see the appropriate member of staff at another time when the matter may be discussed fully.

We would ask that you attend this meeting without your son or daughter on this occasion. They will be provided with a document detailing their teachers which they will share with you in advance of the 3 March. Please note that we are unable to provide supervision for pupils on this evening and would ask that you bear this in mind when making arrangements to attend.

The car park at the Comber Road side of school is available for parking. Please use the main school entrance on arrival.

We look forward to meeting with you on Thursday 3 March.

Yours faithfully

M C Carville (Mr)
Headmaster

Year 9 Parents Meeting

February 2016

Dear Parent / Guardian,

Year 9 Parents Meeting

ou will have noticed from the school calendar that a Year 9 Parents’ Consultation meeting is planned for Monday 7 March between 4.00pm and 6.00pm.

This will provide you with an opportunity to gain detailed feedback from your son or daughter’s teacher on their progress to date this year. As a school we are very keen to involve parents as much as possible in their child’s education and would encourage you to attend. If you are unable to attend please advise your son/daughter’s form tutor in writing.

On a practical level we would request that you try to limit each meeting to approximately five minutes. If, subsequent to this evening, you require more detailed feedback an alternative meeting can be arranged.

We would ask that you attend this meeting without your son or daughter on this occasion. They will be provided with a document detailing their teachers which they will share with you in advance of the 7th March. Please note that we are unable to provide supervision for pupils on this evening and would ask that you bear this in mind when making arrangements to attend.

The car park at the Comber Road side of school is available for parking. Please use the main school entrance on arrival.

We look forward to meeting with you on Monday 7 March.

Yours faithfully

  M C Carville (Mr)
  Headmaster

Minibus fundraising

Dear Parent/ Guardian

This year Friends of Regent House are conducting a fundraising project to purchase a new school minibus. Our minibuses are very widely used by all sections of the school community but our current fleet is struggling to cope with the huge demands they face. Increasing repair costs are no longer sustainable. The fundraising has already begun but we are now launching the main event! Over the next few days all pupils will bring home a book of ten ballot tickets that we hope will be sold to friends and family. Each ticket costs £1 but the there is an exciting prize list which we hope will encourage lots of interest. A letter accompanying the tickets will explain how we would like pupils to return sold ticket stubs and money, or unsold tickets, in the envelope supplied.

Our target is £25 000! With your support we hope to reach this by Easter!

Thank you in advance for your continued support

Michael Carville 

Friends of Regent House charity letter

Friends of Regent House charity letter

January 2016

Dear Parent/Guardian

Friends of Regent House is not only a Parent Teacher Association (PTA), but also now a registered charity attached to Regent House School.  Our purpose is to support the school through fundraising to enhance the experience of every pupil in the school and also to build a community between teacher, parent and pupil.

As you know funding is difficult in all sectors, including education, and schools are finding it increasingly difficult to find funding from their already overstretched budgets for anything other than the key priority areas.  Friends of Regent House work closely with teaching staff to identify areas where our fundraising can have the maximum impact.  Recently we have helped the Sports, Music and Prep Departments alongside the recent improvement in emergency medical response through the purchase of defibrillators.  This academic year the School requires help to procure at least one minibus.  The minibuses which are working, are now aged stock and require significant maintenance which is draining school funds.  We have agreed to stretch ourselves this year and raise funding to support this worthwhile cause and would really appreciate your help.

Please find enclosed with this letter a booklet of ballot tickets.  As you can see we have had some extremely generous prizes donated from friends of the school.  We hope that this ballot will put our fundraising for the minibus off to a very healthy start.  As the minibuses are widely used by all areas of school it is likely that almost every pupil will benefit from the purchase of a new bus.

There is an envelope enclosed for the returned ballots/stubs and the cash.  When returning this envelope please ensure to complete the information on the front.

Please return any unsold ballot tickets as we need to keep a track of the numbers.

With almost 1600 pupils attending the school we hope that this Fund Raising Drive can achieve its goal within this academic year.  The pupils will be able to track our progress visually in reception.  Our target is £25,000.

Thank you in anticipation

Friends of Regent House