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7 July 2011 Dear Parent/Carer As we approach the end of the academic year I am writing with some important information regarding the end of this term and the start of the next. Please note the following dates: 

Tuesday 12 July Periods 4&5: world record attempt and charity fundraising event for all students. The school will host the largest ever “Hour of Power” (HOP) fitness class at Neiley Fields, linking with our cross-curricular “change for life” day which ran on Monday 4 July. Periods 1 to 3 students will follow normal timetable and should bring to school all the equipment that is required for those lessons. This is not a non-uniform day, but students can wear trainers suitable for the HOP, school PE shorts or dark tracksuit bottoms. Students will need to change into black PE shorts/dark tracksuit bottoms for the active session - they can either wear their white or red polo shirt for the morning school session but will need to be in their red polo shirt for the actual event. This is a world record attempt to be ratified at a later date by the Guinness Book of Records. It is also a charity fundraising event. We would like students to donate £1, as for non-uniform days. The money raised will go to the charity ‘One Water’.

Wednesday 13 July 7.30pm Celebration of Achievement Evening at Cedar Court, Ainley Top, for award winners and their families.

Monday 18 July Periods 1-5 normal lessons (note: year 7 will have an achievement assembly period 3 and year 8 will have an achievement assembly period 5). 7.00pm “Honley Young Musician of the Year” event at Honley High School Hall.

Wednesday 20 July Periods 1-3 normal lessons (note: year 10 will have an achievement assembly period 1 and year 9 will have an achievement assembly period 2). School closes at 12.15 for summer break. Buses will leave at 12.25.

Thursday 25 August Year 11 students to collect GCSE results from 9-11am.

Tuesday 6 September New Year 7 students only in school to begin the school year.

Wednesday 7 September Years 8-11 students begin the school year. PTO

Honley has had another terrific term with some extraordinary successes both inside and outside the school. You will all know by now that our under-16 rugby team have been crowned national champions – a fantastic accolade for the school and the crowning achievement of an exceptional year of sporting success. Meanwhile, our year 9 Honley Shakespeare Ensemble have performed at Stratford-upon-Avon at the RSC; two Honley groups have made it to the national Music For Youth finals in Birmingham; our Ofsted inspection in March confirmed Honley as a good school; and of course our KS4 students have been working hard through the examination period which represents the culmination of eleven years of compulsory education. They and we are all eagerly anticipating another top flight set of academic results on 25 August. We are proud of the talent and ability that resides in our community, and I am consistently impressed by our students. One of the absolute delights of my job is that I can come to work each day confident in the knowledge that I will be spending it in the company of such exceptional young people. I wish you all, and your families and friends, an enjoyable and restful summer break and look forward to seeing all of the students back in school refreshed and ready for the new school year in September. Yours sincerely

Chris Sylge Headteacher


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