The end of another academic year is fast approaching. 2016 will be remembered for many things; the deaths of various superstars, David Bowie and Mohammed Ali just to name two. More recently, 2016 will be remembered for the decision by the British people to exit Europe, I am sure we will be talking about that decision for a long time to come!
This term has seen some amazing high points for the school: the inaguaral ‘Jersey Sings’ event at Fort Regent with almost 100 Year 8 students singing their hearts out, our annual Sports Day and the Prom; both superbly organised and very memorable for everybody involved. We also had a special retirement event for Dave King and Chris Willing. Amazingly, Dave has taught at Le Rocquier for 38 years, teaching almost 7000 students. Quite an achievement! Chris Willing is also retiring this year; Chris has been PA to the Headteachers and our senior Admin Manager for almost 20 years. She has literally been the ‘oil’ which has kept the school moving. It will take two very special replacements to fill their shoes!
Importantly for us, 2016 means saying goodbye to the Class of 2016. They have matured into being a very impressive and high achieving year group in the classroom, on the sports field, on the dance floor and in the drama studio. They have been a privilege to teach and we feel understandably very proud of them and their achievements. We wish them all the best for the future.
This week’s Student of the Week goes to Sydney Melim for proving to be excellent student at a visit to the Fire Station last week.
Teams of the Week are Mr Belkebir's Year 10 SET 1 CLASS for achieving amazing GCSE results in their Mock exams (GCSE HIGHER PAPER): 14 A*, 11 A, 3 B and 3 C and also to Mr Ali's YEAR 8 ICT TEAM for their commitment and working really hard as a team to complete a multimedia project for ICT: Megan Hennequin, Charlotte Cassin, and Sian Jones.
The Class of 2021 will start in September when school resumes on Monday the 5th September.
May I take this opportunity to thank all the Rocquier community for supporting the school so well during the past academic year. Have a sunny and restful summer break.
Mr P Slater
- Category: School Admin
LE ROCQUIER SCHOOL
Head teacher: Mr. Philip Slater
Address: St Clement, Jersey JE2 6QP
Telephone: (01534) 855876
Fax: (01534) 857100
Le Rocquier School - Our School, Our Education, Our Future.
The new Le Rocquier school building opened in February 2006; a modern, spacious and innovative building that is a focus for our dynamic learning community. In the following profile I have highlighted some of the areas that will be of interest to prospective parents and students.
We place a high priority on the pastoral care of students. Each year group in the school is divided into a number of form groups looked after by a tutor, supported by a Head of Year, both of whom will normally stay with the year group as students move through the school. An intensive Induction Programme for Year 6 students exists to help make their transition to Le Rocquier School a pleasant and enjoyable experience. Key staff visit each primary school, and students enjoy a two day induction programme where they follow a special timetable and meet other students and staff. Some students are invited to our extended induction programme which culminates in a Summer Learning Festival during the summer holiday.
In order to make the transition to secondary school as smooth as possible, year 7 have their own school within the main school called ‘Little Rocq’. This means that they have their own team of staff and can enjoy all the facilities without having to share them with the older students. This has been highly successful and this arrangement is popular with students and parents/carers. In the majority of subjects where student numbers allow, setting occurs so that teaching can support student ability. We use academic data to set challenging targets and feedback progress to parents three times a year.
Students follow the Jersey Curriculum through Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) and will enjoy a very wide range of options at Key Stage 4. Careers and Personal guidance is an important part of the curriculum. Over 90% of students stay on in full-time education.
We offer a full programme of extra-curricular activities. These include a full PE programme, homework club, Science Club, drama productions, sign-language classes, charity work, art club and First Aid training. Our Library and ICT suites are open to all year groups at all break times and after school for learning activities. Activities Week in the Summer Term offers students a wide range of interesting on and off island activities.
There is a strong commitment to Special Educational Needs. We have a team of Special Needs teachers and Teaching Assistants. Links with external agencies are strong. Le Rocquier has strong partnerships with a variety of outside agencies who contribute to the school’s Multi Agency Support Team (MAST). The Island’s provision for students with impaired hearing is located at Le Rocquier.
A leadership development programme is in place for students to follow from year 7 to year 11. These opportunities include helping to receive visitors, library volunteers, peer readers, sports leaders, student mentors, both Senior and Junior head boys / head girls and prefect roles. A successful School Council, which manages its own budget, is run by students for students.
All students are assigned a House when they arrive. The Houses are based on five of the continents to support the school’s international dimension. Le Rocquier is the first school in the Channel Islands to win the British Council’s International School Award. All aspects of the curriculum have an international content so that students can learn about global issues and their place in a rapidly changing world. Close links have been developed with schools in France and Kenya.
Investors in People
The school has been awarded ‘Investors in People’ at Gold Level and is designated as an Investor in People ‘Champion’, which demonstrates the commitment and dedication of a strong and well-qualified staff team that works together to improve the quality of teaching and learning at Le Rocquier.
Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA)
In 2013, Le Rocquier was again awarded the LPPA which recognizes the extensive work undertaken with parents and carers including our Parenting courses and support groups.
Students at Le Rocquier School are well-motivated. National examination results are very good and show extremely good Value Added in many subjects.