As always, it was a pleasure to welcome so many parents and carers of Years 5 and 6 for our annual Open Evening which followed Year Six Taster Day. Having the opportunity to show you all how marvellous this school is, and to experience the vibrant mix of opportunities that make up the curriculum here at school is a real joy. The staff and students are incredibly proud of their school.

Some upcoming events this month include our Post 16 Careers Evening and our Annual Awards Evening. The Careers Evening always proves to be a really valuable event during which students in Years 10 and 11 are able to explore some of their options for when they leave school. Young people these days have a huge range of opportunities for the future and this event helps them to find answers to questions they may have and to seek information. Many thanks to Mrs Whatling who does such a great job in organising this event, which is being held on 10th October. I will also use this opportunity to speak with Year 11, and their parents, to discuss the importance of exam preparation: a particularly timely reminder as mock exams will be upon us within a month of returning after half term.

The next big event will be our Annual Awards Evening on Thursday 18th October. This is a special celebration of the academic achievements and effort of students during the last academic year. We will be awarding certificates to many students in years 8 -10 to recognise their excellent effort and achievement. There will also be many Year 11 students who receive specific subject awards and trophies to recognise their special contributions to school life and their outstanding personal qualities. This year’s special guest and main speaker will be Richard Hill, Chief Aerodynamicist and Chief Engineer at Lotus Engineering.

There have been a number of other recent events, trips and visits to let you know about. Students have benefitted from visits to the theatre, to Thorpe Woodlands, to Southwold for geography, and numerous sports fixtures. At the end of last academic year, we had large groups of students tour the World War One battlefields in France and Belgium, and many in Year 7 went on a day trip to France. Additionally, we recognised World Mental Health Day with an assembly, and this gave us the opportunity to talk about this important issue. Students in Years 7 - 10 had a special PSHE morning during which they were entertained by a talented singer-songwriter who reinforced the importance of online safety and awareness of cyberbullying with its impact upon mental health. A massive thank you to all the staff who work so hard to provide these enhancements to our curriculum and beyond.

Rehearsals for the school production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe are in full swing. I am always amazed at the talent of so many of our students and am particularly delighted to see that students from all year groups are involved.

On the final day of this half term we will be raising money to support the relief efforts in Indonesia following the earthquake and tsunami. It is important that we encourage students to think of others, and to engage with wider issues and charities across the world.

Please remember that we are always available if you wish to discuss any aspect of school life, and if you would like to see the school in action during a working day then please contact the school office for a tour.

Mr Axtell

Headteacher

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