There is lots to report back on since the last blog earlier this month. Most notably I feel it appropriate to recognise the engagement, selflessness, enthusiasm, sweat and resilience that was apparent at our annual Race for Life.
Welcome to the first blog of the final term of the school year!
Many of you may be aware that over the half term break, the PE department and additional staff took 99 students across Years 8-10 to the Costa Brava on our annual sports tour.
Today, the last day of term was also the last official school day for our Year 11 students. Five years ago, in 2013, they arrived with us, nervous and unsure. Today, their last day together as a cohort, showed all of us how far they have come, how they have grown in to great young people, with their own minds, ambitions and unique CHARACTER.
Many of you will remember that at this time of year, Year 5 parents/carers are starting to think about which secondary school might be the most appropriate for their child.
The first two weeks of the summer term have passed and the examination season draws ever closer. My thanks to colleagues who ran additional support sessions for our students over the Easter break, which, from feedback, were well attended and appreciated.
On Thursday 22 March, we held our second CHARACTER Awards Evening, where students across all year groups were invited to accept public recognition for their commitment to learning and their development of CHARACTER.
It is no secret that we live and work in a world where expected standards of performance are constantly being raised. The bar just gets higher and higher and what might previously have been more than good enough, sadly is no longer.
This blog is appropriately titled ‘Happiness’, not simply because the school community has just returned from the half term break refreshed and ready for hard work, but more in terms of the elation of what we have collectively achieved over the past three years.
It has been impossible to avoid the news of late, which has shone a light on the impact of social media on children. Although many would argue that social media has its place in society, others would state that it is a major contributor to mental health issues in young people.
Welcome to the first blog of 2018. I hope that the winter break enabled you to have a good rest and some time with the family before the excitement and anticipation of the New Year.
Not everyone is a fan of New Year, but I, like many I am sure, see it as an opportunity to review the decisions made the year before, aiming to repeat what went well and learn from where things didn’t quite go as planned!