Issue 14 - 15 December 2017




Issue 14 - 15 December 2017

Dear Parents / Carers

Apologies in advance for using some old quotes but they fit perfectly with my letter.  They say all good things must come to an end……. and for me that is now—the parting from Meadow High School as their Head Teacher.  

I want to express my absolute honour to have been the Head Teacher for the last fourteen years and, in particular, to have worked with a very high level of dedicated staff and such great young people.  Can I equally say thank you to you, as parent/carers for your support and your dedication to your children.

Our children are deserving of the best and, as Head Teacher, I always had two things in my mind: everyone is safe and everyone receives the best  education possible.   I believe in the main this has been achieved.

I recall back in 2003 being advised to carefully consider joining Meadow High School, as it had a deficit budget of £112,000, 50% of the teaching force had left, four head teachers in the year and Ofsted graded it as only just adequate.  Those who know me well know I love a challenge !  

Fourteen years later, we have a great school, thanks to the Team at Meadow, that provides our young people every opportunity to be as independent as possible and as best equipped for the wider world.

I feel totally confident for the future that Meadow will continue to grow and develop and, under the leadership of the new Head Teacher (Mrs Jenny Rigby), more successes will come and outcomes for young people will remain high.  I am naturally delighted that there will be a new school built (and hope I get an invite to the opening—hint hint) which will benefit the pupils immensely.

I would like to personally thank the Governing Body for all their support especially as they are unpaid volunteers who commit heavily of their time.  In particular, I would like to mention Mr Richard Burton, the current Chair of Governors who I have worked closely with throughout my time at Meadow.

I do not intend to ever lose touch, or lose my relationship with the school.  Mrs Rigby knows I will always be available at the end of a phone and just 3.7 miles away (better than the 126 miles I used to do every day for eight years!).

Finally, as a football man (if you call a Leeds United supporter such) the most famous quote of all “They think it’s all over.  It is now”……..

Thank you to you all and my family for putting up with me this long !

Ross Macdonald

Change of Head Girl

Due to personal circumstances, the current Head Girl is no longer able to continue in this role.  We would like to thank her for herservice to the School.

We are delighted to announce that the new Head Girl is Morgan Piwowar (Year 14)


Soup Kitchen in aid of Crisis At Christmas

Mrs Fabisch and the Sixth Form have been very busy this week running a soup kitchen in aid of
Crisis.   They made delicious tomato soup, served with a crusty roll, for £1.00.  All funds raised will be donated to Crisis, a charity who work with homeless people.  It costs £26.08  to reserve one place at a Crisis At Christmas Shelter.  We would like to thank everyone for enjoying our soup and supporting this cause.  Additionally, thank you to the parents and staff who made very generous personal  donations.  We are delighted to have raised well over £200.00.

Wear A Christmas Jumper Day

Pupils and staff were invited to wear a Christmas Jumper (or any seasonal jumper) to school for a donation of £1.00 in aid of Crisis.   This event is always well supported, with pupils and staff alike arriving in their warmest woollies.  This annual event is usually well supported so we expect to raise a further £200.00 for aid of Crisis.

More information about the work Crisis do can be found on their website

Christmas Wreaths

The Horticulture Team made beautiful Wreaths from the seasonal foliage growing around school.  They were sold to staff for £5.00 each.  We are delighted to have made £100.00.   10% of money raised will go to the Sixth Form Charity (GOSH).  The rest of the money raised will go to fund more seeds and horticulture projects for next year.  We hope to be able to offer wreaths for sale to parents next year (see website for photos).

Hot Chocolate

Scrumptious hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows was sold from the Sixth Form Common Room this week.  We have raised over £60.00 for the Sixth Form Charity (GOSH).

More information about the charity GOSH (Great Ormond Street Hospital) can be found on their website:

We are delighted to announce the winners of the Design A Greetings Card Competition

Year 7 - Reece F

Thematic - Folusho A

Year 8/9 - Daisy V

Year 10/11 - Ilham S

KS5/Sixth Form - Tillie H

Eid Card—Alishba S

Well done !  There were some wonderful designs and it was very hard to choose.  The chosen designs will be used on Meadow Christmas cards sent out to our Governors, contacts, associates and professionals.

The winning designs, and more, can be seen on the school website.

Haircuts in School

Would you like your child to have their hair cut by the Meadow Hairdressing Salon Manager (who is a qualified hairdresser)?   The cost would be £5.00.   If you are interested in this, please request a Haircut Form from School Reception (which needs to be completed, signed and returned to school).

School Uniform Orders
School uniform is available online through our supplier Mapac (  We have had an enquiry from a parent asking if another parent would like to order with them and share the delivery cost.  If you are interested in this please contact School Reception.

After School Clubs—there are no clubs running next week or the first week back.  Clubs will resume week commencing 8/1/2018.

Staff Car Park 

Under no circumstances should parents be parking in the staff car park.  This includes dropping off and picking up pupils.  Thank you.

May we wish all our Meadow Families Seasonal Greetings and a Happy New Year

Letters Home

13 December 2017

Year 9-14
Re: Residential Trip to Devon


Upcoming Events

End of term  arrangements :

Monday 18 December

Lower School Christmas Lunch

(upper school need to bring a packed lunch).


Tuesday 19 December

Upper School Christmas Lunch

(lower school need to bring a packed lunch).


Wednesday 20 December


(no breakfast club this morning)

Lunch will be a selection of filled rolls (veggie options available).


Last day of term. 2pm finish


21.12.2017 to Mon 1.1.2018



Tuesday 2 January 2018


School CLOSED to pupils


Wednesday 3 January 2018

Back to school for pupils—9am


Monday 22 January 2018

Sixth Form only

Project Search Event at Marriott Hotel, Heathrow. (letter will be sent home in January)


Wednesday  31 January

Production Fundraising Event

(more details will follow)


Friday 9 February 2018

Annual Review Day



12—16 February 2018



8 March 2018

Year 9, 11 & 6th Form Parent Consultation Evening



7 June 2018

Year 7, 8 and 10 Parent
Consultation Evening 4pm-7pm