It seems that each school term flies by quicker than the previous one, and this term is no different. It has been a very busy term, and the last few weeks are among the busiest of the school year. This month started with the school becoming a member of the Sapientia Education Trust. This provides us with the really exciting opportunity to work alongside other like-minded school to enhance, even further, the learning experience of our students. We are looking forward to building upon our existing links within the Trust and developing these over the coming years.

Our Year 11 students have recently completed their mock exams, and I hope that they will be able to relax over the Christmas break, preparing themselves to come back in the new year ready for their last full term of study before their GCSEs.

Of course, December is a time of celebration, and we like to celebrate in style here. We have a number of opportunities to sing carols and other seasonal songs together. Earlier this month we had our annual Christmas concert which featured the talents of students from all year groups. I was especially pleased to see and hear so many from the lower years getting involved in public performance, their confidence was a joy to behold. On Friday 8th, we are hosting a Carol Service with our pyramid primary schools. This is always a highlight of the festive season for me, and I would strongly advise you to come along if you can. On the last day of term, we will be walking to the parish church in Stradbroke for a Carol Service, and again I invite you to join us.

Other ways that we mark the end of this term include a Talent Show in which students can sing, dance, play instruments or do a stand-up routine. The audience is always very appreciative of their efforts and this is a delightful way to end the term. Our Christmas lunch is on 14th December and we will be continuing our recent tradition of asking as many as possible to wear Christmas jumpers and hats for this occasion.

It is important that we engage our students in the wider world, and with this in mind, we are supporting the Waveney Foodbank’s efforts. Each form group has collected a food parcel that will be going to people in need over the Christmas period. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all students and their families for their generosity in supporting other families at this time of year.

I am sad to report that Mrs Clarke will be leaving the school at the end of this term. I would like to thank her for all of her work over the years in supporting the school and our students. She leaves with our very best wishes for the future. Mr Lightly is taking over Mrs Clarke’s teaching commitment, and I am pleased to report that he has been able to start early, so has already met many students. I welcome him to Stradbroke, and look forward to working with him.

I will end this month by wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year. It is also worth taking the time to remind all of our students to take particular care on the roads during these dark winter evenings.

Mr Axtell

Head of School

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