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Week 16 - Friday 12 January 2024

Hello and welcome to this week's Year 9 Blog. 

Firstly, I would like to wish you all an incredibly happy and prosperous New Year and hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas. 

As we start the New Year, and plunge into our New Year Resolutions I would like to request that you discuss with your child/children ‘what school related area could they improve.’ Whether that is to improve their attendance, punctuality to school/lesson or join one of the many extracurricular activity clubs available. 

This week the Year 9 Assembly focused on two principal areas: 

Student Expectations – What does it mean to be part of Hessle High School? What do we expect from every student that attends our great school and what can they do to ensure they achieve the best grades available to them? 

Introducing Option Choices – Year 9 is a pivotal year and in a short period they will be expected to discuss their option choices and moving forward to their GCSEs. Never has their attendance and punctuality been as important as it is now, and I must once again ask that every effort is made to ensure that your children attend school.  

I am sure you will all agree, the thought of having to discuss their Option Choices seems to have arrived incredibly quickly and it feels like only yesterday that I took over this Year Group. 

I am also very conscious that I have mentioned the importance of attending school multiple times within this blog, however this is an area that I would like to improve with the current Year 9 cohort.  

Some of the many reasons why attending school is important include: 

Education and Knowledge: School provides a structured environment where students can acquire a broad range of knowledge and skills. It offers a curriculum designed to cover various subjects, providing a well-rounded education. 

Socialisation: School is a place where students interact with their peers, teachers, and other staff. Socialisation is crucial for the development of interpersonal skills, communication abilities, and teamwork. 

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Schools encourage students to think critically and solve problems. The curriculum often includes activities and assignments that require analytical thinking, helping students develop essential cognitive skills. 

Discipline and Time Management: Attending school helps students establish a routine and learn discipline. They have a schedule to follow, work to complete, and deadlines to meet, teaching them valuable time management skills. 

Preparation for the Future: School prepares students for future challenges and opportunities. The knowledge and skills acquired in school lay the foundation for further education or entry into the workforce. 

Extracurricular Activities: Schools offer extracurricular activities such as sports, arts, and clubs. These activities contribute to the overall development of students. 

Character Development: Schools play a role in shaping students' characters by promoting values such as responsibility, respect, integrity, and empathy. Interactions with teachers and peers contribute to the development of a well-rounded individual. 

Legal Requirements: There are legal requirements for compulsory education, mandating that children attend school up to a certain age. Adhering to these requirements ensures that students receive at least a basic level of education. 

As always, if you have any questions or queries, please contact me. 


Mr Julian 

Head of Year 9 

Mrs N Green 

Assistant Head of Year 9