Over the past fortnight there has been much to celebrate. On Tuesday 15 November the PE department hosted their annual Sports Awards Evening. Being a trained PE teacher and having spent much of my early career fostering a love of sport in young people, this event is always particularly enjoyable. Year on year, we have witnessed a rise in participation in extra-curricular PE, mainly as a result of the commitment from the PE department. It was no surprise therefore that over 44 students received awards, from top performer in a particular discipline, sports team of the year, to the ultimate, sports personalities for 2015/16. Colours and half colours were also awarded to numerous students and many of them are already proudly displaying them on their school jumpers. It was a real pleasure to see so many students genuinely proud of their success, which I am sure will only continue to be built upon year on year.
Continuing with PE success, our boys Year 7 and Year 9 Rugby teams have both recently been crowned champions in the Reading Schools League. I wasn’t able to make it to the tense Year 9 final at Abbey Rugby Club where the boys won on penalty kicks, after being 19-0 down at half time. A determined group of individuals worked together as a real team to get back in to the game, draw level and win on kicks, defending their crown! I did however manage to watch our newly formed Year 7 team draw level in another highly competitive final to share the cup with Gillotts School on 1 November. A truly impressive performance and a team to watch out for in the future!
As referred to in my previous blog, the school held a non-uniform day on 17 November to support Children in Need. I would like to thank all students that participated and who donated to the cause. I am delighted to share that we raised over £1000 and I am sure this substantial donation, like many across the country will significantly improve the opportunities of children.
My last blog before advent and the festive season will soon be upon us, therefore during the next two weeks we will enable our students to embrace the season of goodwill through further Acts of Kindness. Students will be delivering Christmas cards to the local community and preparing for the tutor group present swap in the last week of term. Finally, tonight is our first staff and parents quiz night which we are hosting in our new canteen to raise funds for more seating in our landscaped areas. If you are not able to join us, please look out for our next event in the spring term, and for those of you who will be attending tonight, good luck and I hope that you enjoy yourselves.
Dates for your diary:
Christmas Market 1 December 2016
Christmas Concert 7 December 2016
KS2 Super Learning Day 9 December 2016
Slippers for Shelter day 9 December 2016
Festive Jumper day 16 December 2016
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