As we reach the end of the first term of the new school year once more there is lots to report. The PE department has been busy with fixtures throughout this term and has enjoyed great success in both the girls and boys football and rugby teams. It has been wonderful to see so many students representing the school, working as part of a team and developing their confidence amongst their peers. Thank you to the PE department who continue to offer these opportunities to our students.
On the theme of opportunity, students across all years volunteered to run stalls at the Autumn Fayre on Thursday 20 October demonstrating their organisational and leadership skills. The atmosphere in the main hall was one full of excitement as students participated in the activities on offer and enjoyed the food and drink that was being sold. As I write this blog, we are unsure of exactly how much has been raised for the house charities, but, early signs suggest that it was a substantial amount for 40 minutes work! Well done and thank you to all involved, particularly to Mrs Shaw for her excellent organisation of the event.
A further opportunity was created by Miss Stewart who received by chance a free visit for ten students to visit Google HQ. The names of our Year 10 GCSE Computing students were all put in a class ballot and the lucky students were selected. The trip went out today, 21 October, so I shall look forward to hearing all about it following the half term break.
Anti-bullying week this year falls on the week of 14-18 November. As part of our work to combat bullying, every year we allocate our house activity at the end of Autumn 1 to working collaboratively in vertical tutor groups on this topic. The theme this year is ‘Power for Good’ with the key aims:
This afternoon, students worked together to design an anti-bullying mural to represent the national theme, giving them the opportunity to show their creative side whilst demonstrating empathy to others. Students were quickly engaged with the task secure in the knowledge that if their design wins, they will be seeing it every day. The reason for this is that the winning mural will be significantly enlarged and attached to the side of the school gymnasium for students and visitors to admire whilst they have a ‘grab and go’ option from our new kiosk. I am excited to see the designs and we will announce the winners in the house assemblies after the holidays.
As we look forward to the next half term, our Acts of Kindness will focus on the Poppy appeal during the week commencing 1 November, followed by our autumn clean-up of a local churchyard during the week of 7 November. Please follow our progress with all of our Acts of Kindness which are updated weekly on the schools website.
Dates for your diary:
KS4 options lessons for Year 9 1-10 November 2016
Year 12 ‘Safe Drive, Stay Alive’ presentation at the Hexagon 7 November 2016
Senior Maths Challenge 8 November 2016
Year 12 and 13 Parents’ evening 9 November 2016
Combined Cadet Force Field Day 10 November 2016 Parent/carer and staff quiz Early Warning 25 November 2016
Miss L Dawe