Welcome back to the second half of the Autumn term. I hope you all enjoyed a well -earned break and that you managed to spend some time relaxing.
It is good to see the students coming back this week looking refreshed and ready to take on whatever the rest of the term may bring.
Last week, a new member of staff commented on how busy a school we are, compared to their old one, and as I look back on the events just in the last week of half term, I am inclined to agree! The energy and passion of the staff and the enthusiasm and commitment of the students never fail to amaze me
On Wednesday, we had the lovely annual Year 7 singing concert. This year’s theme was Matilda and the Year 7s sang their hearts out. I’m sure those of you who attended will agree there was nothing “revolting” about our children and the singing was anything but “quiet”. The event was well supported by parents and students and 7S won the prize for the best participation. Well done those Spinners! Thanks go to Mr Gray and Ms O’Reilly in the music department for organising this. Which musical will be next?
Thursday we held an “own clothes” day in exchange for bringing in a tombola prize for the Christmas Fayre. This was a great success and we were overwhelmed with contributions, enough to fill 28 crates. There were some really good prizes donated, so thanks for your generosity…….. I do hope that your daughters asked you first! The Christmas Fayre will be on Monday 11th December and is undergoing a major revamp so do come along. More information will follow in due course.
Also in the last week of half term, the geography department organised and led their biennial trip to Iceland for Year 11, 12 and 13 students. I was lucky enough to accompany them and we all had a great time. The students were all polite, well behaved and very interested in the geographical features that we saw. Sadly, we missed the Northern lights due to the cloud cover, but we did get to experience a real, live earthquake. Luckily, this was a minor one as happens very frequently in Iceland but it was still an awe and wonder moment and geography in action for sure! Thanks to Mrs Smith, Mrs Holland and Mrs Kemp for organising this.
The waterfall at Mýrdalshreppur
The original parliament at Thingvellir National Park
We have a busy half term coming up as well, so here are some dates for your diary.
This Wednesday, we have a KS4 parents’ information evening on how to support your daughter with her revision ready for GCSEs. This starts at 7pm and will be in the 6th Form Centre. All Year 10 and 11 parents are welcome and refreshments will be provided.
Also, on Friday 10th November, we have the PTA race night. This is a follow on from the successful race night organised last term. Come along for a night of fun family entertainment! It starts at 7pm and will be held in the 6th form centre. There will be a bar selling wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks available on the night. Ticket are £2 for adults and £1 for under 18s and can be bought in advance through Wisepay or on the door.