As this is the last blog of our second busy term as Co-Heads, we decided that like we did at Christmas, it would be a joint one. So, we started to reflect on all the events of this term and came to appreciate just how busy a school we are.
So far this term we have had no less than three rounds of PPEs (Pre public exams), the Year 9 options evening, the Year 12 French exchange, the very successful Berkshire schools cross country championships, the Year 12 and 13 trip to Seville, a GCSE taster day, the national senior maths challenge, the maths number day, the Biology Olympiad, a whole school on line safety day, the World Wise geography quiz, the ski trip, the Onatti theatre Spanish play, World book day, the first round of the bar mock trials at Reading Crown Court, the Debating Matters competition, the BBC school report day, the Post 18 options evening for Year 12, the history trip to Krakow, the science challenge competition at Reading University, and the Key Stage 3 Spanish tapas event.
Plus just this last week alone, also saw more major school events.
Last Wednesday, Miss Shephard took a team of enthusiastic rugby players to compete in the Berkshire Under 15s rugby championships and we are delighted to say we won! Here is a picture of the team and also Mia Howe, proudly wearing her medal that she came to show us during our Senior Leadership Team meeting last Wednesday evening. Well done to all the girls and to Miss Shephard; we are very proud of you all.
Last Friday and this Monday, Mrs Vaughan organised the annual Year 10 study skills day. Each half of the year had a two hour session in the hall, broken into mini sessions of science, English and POR. Mrs Nayyar, Mrs Rawlins and Mrs Barker led these sessions with top tips for revision and practical advice ready for the Year 10 revision period for their first round of PPEs in May. We are am sure they found it very helpful.
Last Thursday evening was the lovely spring music concert in St Pauls Church organised by Mr Gray. As the event also doubled up as the final rehearsal for the concert tour to Maastricht and Amsterdam this week, Mrs Worthington came back especially to join us as well!
It was a lovely evening of choir performances from Year 7 to 13 as well as ensembles and orchestra pieces. It is always special to perform in such a lovely venue, so our thanks also go Reverend Lamey for lending us his church. We wish the whole concert group a fabulous tour and look forward the hearing about your trip when you come back.
Also last Thursday, was the culmination of the PE department’s week of Sports Relief events. Many of our students came to school dressed up as a sports personality. We saw lots of runners, footballers, tennis players and horse riders to name but a few! It was good to see that lots of students and staff also entered the charity mile run at lunchtime. I think there was definitely competition between Mr Adams and Mr Howarth. Here is Mr Adams looking tired after his run! Thanks to Miss Godfrey and her team for their organisation.
Last Friday night the PTA held the popular quiz and curry event and silent auction. It was very busy and fun evening and lots of parents and friends of the school came to support the event. Thanks go to our dedicated PTA team and to Mrs Perry and Mrs Simmons in the finance team for ensuring the event ran so smoothly. We raised a record £3,221 which is brilliant! Thanks also to Mrs Jones in the kitchen for the great food and to all our sponsors who donated such good prizes for our silent auction.
So, onto this week, yesterday the French department organised the annual Onatti theatre company visit to perform to Year 7 and 8. This year the play was called “Le Château” and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
We have also had presentation assemblies for Year 12 and 13, Year 7 and Year 11. It has been a privilege to hand out so many certificates to students, recognising the hard work and effort that they put in to everything. We don’t just mean their studies, but all the events and competitions listed above. We always say that you get out of school what you put in and many students this term have challenged themselves to have a go at something new, be it, rugby, or bar mock trials. They have taken a risk, but persevered when it got tough, stayed stoic, and reaped the personal success whether that be winning or just finishing something.
Well done to all our students for taking on these opportunities and thank you to our fantastic, hard -working staff for organising the various events, trips and competitions and for encouraging our students so well.
As we approach Thursday, we wish you all a well-earned rest over the Easter break with your friends and family and we look forward to seeing you all in the summer term