Welcome to Nishkam School West London, a place of great optimism, purposefulness and calm where pupils not only excel academically but also learn to become compassionate and respectful human beings.
Hopes are set very high for our outstanding-rated all-through school, as we look for our pupils to achieve the very best in preparation for higher education and a life of purpose. Firm foundations have already been laid, with primary results in Key Stage 1 placing the school’s performance in the top 5% for attainment nationally. But even more encouraging for us are the values demonstrated by our pupils in their everyday lives.
The Nishkam Passport virtues are an extremely precious gift expressed through our faith traditions. Understanding and learning to practise these virtues provides us with a toolkit for navigating through life. There will be inevitable mistakes we make along the way. However, these become golden opportunities to learn lessons from and remember to forgive ourselves as well as all those we have felt might have wronged us – just as God forgives us!
This week pupils commemorate Siri Guru Gobind Singh ji, the 10th Sikh Guru and father of the Khalsa with amrit sanchar. We remember his example of all that is righteous, never letting go of virtue, even in the face of extreme circumstances.
As part of the Nishkam curriculum, pupils learn about the three golden threads. This week pupils consider Peace/collaboration vs blame/conflict/war.
Happy New Year to all our Nishkam Family, may God bless all with light, love, health, happiness and eternal optimism.
This month Sikhs across the world reflect on the sacrifices made by the four sons of Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
Merry Christmas to all pupils, parents and staff celebrating today. Today is a reminder of little things that bring others happiness. For Christians, it is the celebration of the birth of Jesus.
To all our pupils, teachers and families have a wonderful break and all the best to those moving on to chapters new and to all those back in the new academic year we will see our Nishkam family soon.
As you will no doubt be aware from the media, the National Education Union will be taking industrial action in the form of strikes on the following dates:
• Wednesday 1st February
• Thursday 2nd March
• Wednesday 15th March
• Thursday 16th March
This action is not directed at the Nishkam School West London itself but is part of wider national industrial action organised by the NEU. The dispute centres around providing schools with additional and sufficient funds to award a fully funded pay increase for staff.
There is no requirement for the NEU to inform us of which members of staff will take action and it may be that they will not know themselves as there is no obligation on members of unions to obey a strike call. At this time, we could be facing:
• A full closure
• A partial closure which prioritises the attendance of vulnerable students and examination groups.
• A normal opening with some cover lessons
• A normal school day
Neither the Trust Board nor the Headteacher is legally allowed to close the school ‘in sympathy’ with the strike and we will not do so. However, our main concern is the safety of our students. The school will only close if, in our opinion, it is not safe to remain open. If it does remain open, there may be some disruption to learning. We will endeavour to protect the education of those on examination courses.
As a result of uncertainties around the strike action, we will be delaying any decisions about site opening until the morning of the strike. Please do consult our website on strike days. We will update notices on our website and send out key messages through our MCAS platform.
Mr G Dineen and Ms S Rai