Letters sent Home

Academic Year 2019 - 2020

Please note that because most letters are now sent by email, the text of the emails and the dates on which the communication was sent to Parents and Carers is shown below. Letters are listed with the most recent at the head of the list; once the date of the relevant event has passed letters will be removed from this page.  

Work the Change; Employability Skills Workshops - Friday 15 November 2019  

The letter below was sent to parents and carers on 14 October 2019

Dear Parent/Carer

Work the Change – Building employability skills while still at school

I am writing to inform you that as a school, we have agreed to invite Peace Child International into school on Friday 15th November 2019 to facilitate workshops for our Year 10 students which will be delivered by our own Sixth Form Ambassadors.

Peace Child International has been working both internationally and in the UK for the past 30 years empowering young people to reach their full potential.

For the past six years they have been running peer to peer educational programmes in UK schools, training Sixth Form students to deliver workshops to Year 10 students that help build their employability skills.

This programme, called “Work the Change”, has been sponsored by the Hertfordshire Community Fund. Work the Change has eased the school-to- work transition for more than 2,500 students.  It has helped to boost confidence among students as well as help them to become more self -aware as they plan their futures.

There will be 3 main sessions:

  • Knowing Yourself – recognising the skills and qualities you may already have and how to build on these;
  • What Employers Want – how to research and analyse what employers are looking for, and how to make a good impression at an interview;
  • CV writing – how to gain experiences and learn from work experience to help build your CV.

These workshops will run throughout the day and therefore the students will not have their usual lessons. They are, however, expected to conduct themselves in the same positive manner that they would in normal lessons. The day will start at 8.40 am and finish at 3 pm.

I trust you can see the benefit to this day and that students will relish this invaluable opportunity.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Jane Lee                                               Mr S Millar

Head of Sixth Form                                    Advice, Information and Guidance/                                                                        Careers Lead

Key Stage 3 Halloween Disco - Thursday 24 October 2019

The letter below was sent to parents and carers on 10 October 2019

Dear Parent/Carer

Key Stage 3 Halloween Fancy Dress Disco: Thursday 24 October 2019

To celebrate the end of half-term, The Sele School is holding a Halloween Disco for Years 7, 8 and 9. Year 11 Students will be assisting in organising and running the event. School staff will oversee this and be in attendance to supervise.

The cost of attending the event is priced at £3.00 which includes free squash. There will be drinks and sweets on sale if students wish to buy them. The event is fancy dress and prizes will be awarded for the best dressed student. Please be aware that we are encouraging students to be creative. You can use both existing and old clothes – you don’t have to buy anything new! If your child doesn’t want to come in fancy dress, they don’t have to!

The disco will commence at 5.00pm in the main hall and it will end at 7.00pm. School will start at the normal time the following day. Tickets will be available to be purchased ahead of the event. Once students are at the disco, they will not be allowed to leave and return; they will be expected to stay until they are collected or until the end of the disco.

Please return the reply slip below giving your permission for your child to attend.

Yours sincerely

Alison Steaggles

Pastoral Leader KS3 

Year 7 History Trip to St Albans on 25 October 2019

The letter below was sent to parents and carers on 30 September 2019

Dear Parent/Carer

As part of your child’s historical studies of the Romans, a field visit has been arranged to the Verulamium Museum and St Alban’s Cathedral on Friday 25 October 2019.

The visit is an integral part of their current studies of the Romans in Britain.  The trip will include a visit to the Verulamium museum where the students will be given an opportunity to handle some of the Roman artefacts found in the vicinity.   They will also visit St Alban’s Cathedral where the students will be given a guided tour and will re-enact some of the Roman history that they have been studying. 

The coach will leave school at 9am and students will register as normal beforehand.  We aim to return to school at approximately 3.30pm so you will need to make arrangements for your child to be collected from school at this time.  All students should wear full school uniform and bring a packed lunch.

A donation of £20.00 per student is required for this trip to go ahead.  If you are likely to experience any difficulty in paying this money then you are advised to contact the Head of Year 7, Mrs A Steaggles, in the first instance.  Payment should be made via the school’s Parent Pay system.  (If this trip makes an unexpected surplus, the school will usually make a refund.  However, in view of the additional administration required, a refund will only be given if the surplus is more than 5% of the total cost of the activity per person.  If 5% amounts to less than £5.00 then a refund will not be made.)  Please be aware that the deadline for payment is Monday 7 October 2019.  Please complete and return the attached consent form.

I am sure the students will learn a great deal from this visit as well as thoroughly enjoying the experience and I thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mrs J Winship

Head of Humanities 

BTEC PE - Year 11 Trip to Harlow on 25 October 2019

The letter below was sent to parents and carers on 24 September 2019

Dear Parent/Carers

As part of your son or daughter’s Btec First PE course, students are required to participate in several outdoor and adventurous activities. To facilitate this we have arranged a trip on Friday 25 October to Harlow Outdoors Centre.

During this visit students will participate in both Climbing and Kayaking.  Students will be instructed in the techniques and skills required for the activities which they will need to report on as part of their coursework. 

Students will be required to attend school at the normal time before travelling to the centre by school minibus. I anticipate our return to school will be approximately 4pm.

Students will be required to wear their school PE Kit and bring a complete change of clothing including shoes. Students will also need to bring a towel and sufficient clothing to keep warm should the weather be poor, as well as a packed lunch.

I hope the trip will be a meaningful and enjoyable trip for all students as it will cover significant content of the Btec course. The cost of the trip is £28, which will cover transport, specialist instructors and course material. If you are likely to experience any difficulty in making this payment please contact me to discuss the matter. Payments must be made by Parent Pay by Friday 11 October.  Attendance on this trip is subject to satisfactory adherence to the school’s code of conduct and expectations.

Please complete the attached slip and return to Miss Tait, Head of PE.

Yours sincerely

Miss G Tait

Head of PE

Year 7 PGL Trip on 1 - 3 May 2020

The letter below was sent to parents and carers on 11 September 2019

Dear Parent or Carer,

This academic year The Sele School is running a residential trip for its Year 7 students.  Previous trips have been a tremendous success for all who attended, and we are confident that this year’s cohort will also have an enriching experience.

The trip will be taking place from Friday 1 May – Sunday 3 May 2020 and we would like to use the same company as in previous years, PGL.  Students have the opportunity to experience a wide range of outdoor pursuit type activities that may include: abseiling, climbing, canoeing, archery, high ropes and much more!  A residential trip of this nature is an extremely important experience for students; it helps develop confidence; fosters team building skills; provide opportunities to think and act independently as well as giving students the chance to experience many new activities in an exciting environment. Students will also benefit from working with and getting to know their peers in other form groups.

The cost of the trip will be no more than £170, depending on student numbers. This will cover all activities, qualified instructors, transport, food, accommodation (students to provide sleeping bag/duvet and pillow) and evening entertainment. Payments can be made via ParentPay.

Should you be experiencing financial hardship there is the possibility of assistance through The Newton Foundation and further details may be obtained upon application to the school.

A deposit of £30 will need to be paid by Friday 20 September 2019, followed by a further payment of £40 by Thursday 31 October. The final balance will be due by Friday 28 February 2020.

Should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Alison Steaggles

Pastoral Leader Key Stage 3