Welcome to Dawlish College.
It continues to be an absolute privilege to be the Headteacher at Dawlish College – the staff and students are second to none and take all of life’s challenges in their stride. Despite current uncertainties as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we continue to hold onto our core purpose in all that we do. Behind all of the decisions taken and measures put in place sits the balance between keeping staff and students safe whilst also providing them with a varied and exciting school experience.
Dawlish College is a vibrant and exciting place to be, where we have the highest expectations of staff and students alike and seek to provide challenge at every available opportunity. As a small school, we have a very proud record of holistic support, care and individual attention: the happiness and well-being of our students is of paramount importance and is a vital foundation for their growth and development. Our college has an atmosphere of creativity and positivity that is generated by the provision of excellent opportunities for every individual thereby maximising the outcomes and improving the life chances of the young people in our care.
As a parent myself, I understand that you want your child to be inspired, supported and challenged to be the best version of themselves within an environment that knows them and values them as an individual. Thank you for entrusting me with the care and education of your child, present or future, and I look forward to unlocking their ambitions as I get to know them and work closely with you.
Last year celebrating World Book Day meant staff in book-themed fancy dress, students taking part in various competitions as well as an author visit. We also ran a Blind Book Date game and gave students the option to keep the book they chose.
This year not all these things are possible but instead we are joining with the team that bring us our Book Fairs, Scholastic, to celebrate World Book Day with a week of free events from Monday 1st to Friday 5th March. Scholastic have planned a whole fun-filled week of brilliant free events to help support teachers, parents and children who want to celebrate reading and books.
We are going to join in these events for the whole week during Period 5 for all year 7 and 8 students *. This means they will all be able enjoy an array of wonderful authors and illustrators hosting 30 minute events, including draw-a-longs and writing workshops. As these live events start at 2pm, during this week Period 5 will start slightly earlier at 1.55pm to allow students time to log on and be ready for the beginning of each session. To take account of this Period 5 will end slightly earlier. Students will just need to join their normal lesson for Period 5 and the teacher will introduce them to the workshop.
(* The exception to this is 8Y2 who will do their normal lesson on Monday P5. This is because they have Science lessons P5 Monday and Friday, and it was felt they should not miss 2 lessons of the same subject – sorry 8Y2.)
There will be a competition following the Monday and Thursday workshops, where we be inviting our students to create the best short spooky story and /or design the best witch. Information about this is attached. The teachers leading the sessions will give students more details on the day. We will ensure there are a variety of prizes, from yummy ones to fun ones, to encourage as many as possible to take up the challenge.
Scholastic are also running 4pm Book Clubs all week as an after school treat. If you would like your child to join these authors, hear them chatting about their books and also ask them questions then you can register independently by going to this link and following the instructions. You have to do each one separately but thankfully we have tried it and it isn’t too complicated. The password to use is clubsandfairs. If you have any queries about how registration work you can look at the useful Frequently Asked Questions and if that doesn’t help please feel free to email us on email@example.com.
We really hope that students enjoy these workshops, together with the competitions, and that the celebration of World Book Day for the whole of the week, will further encourage them to read for fun!