Hello everyone and Merry Christmas!
We are heading towards the end of term, so I wanted to look back at some of the highlights we have enjoyed over the past school weeks.
The school community enjoyed a fantastic KS3 performance of ‘Fifteen Reasons Not To Be In A Play’. Everyone involved worked really hard, with hours of preparation and rehearsals to put on the show, and it certainly paid off – it was amazing. A big well done to everyone involved from the theatrical directors, Mrs Ripolles and Miss Blane, musical directors, Miss Williams and Miss Wabiak, to all the actors, singers and musicians, back stage and technical crews. Roll on the next show!
We have also held a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event with Barclays this term. Teams of Year 10 and Year 12 students have been taking part in the Tech Innovate Challenge over the last 8 weeks, ‘Finding IT solutions to solve real life problems’. Students had to choose a scenario and in their teams work through how they would support charities, reduce the carbon footprint of Barclays Bank or provide an app that supports the educational attainment of children with disabilities. As part of the challenge Barclays provided mentors, who worked alongside Mr McKenzie and Mr Verma to support the teams and provide feedback on their innovations. Two teams are representing the school at the regional competition at Barclays Technology Centre at Radbroke HallGood. Good luck to them!
Keeping on a business theme, we were delighted that a team of Year 7 took part in a Challenge Day hosted by Enabling Enterprise. The company works with schools to help support students to upskill themselves, giving them enterprising experiences and aspirations to succeed.
Looking forward, I am excited about the Festival of Christmas on December 13 and 14. I do hope we will see lots of you there. More than a hundred children are involved in the events and tickets are available through the school office.
Also, don’t forget that it is a festive non-uniform day on the last day of term – Friday, December 16 to raise money for “Please Pitch In”. There will be prizes for the best costumes!
I hope you enjoy a well-deserved, restful and fun-filled holiday with your family and friends. (Year 12 don’t forget to make plenty of time to revise amongst the festivities). I will look forward to seeing everyone back at school, safe and well, at the start of the new term on Tuesday, January 3.