Head's Blog March 2019

Posted on 11th Mar 2019

As I watched spellbound by the school production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” I felt enormously proud to be associated with such an amazing showcase of dedication, commitment and talent. The hours of rehearsals culminated in a matinee performance and two hugely successful evening shows which were received with nothing but high praise by all who were fortunate enough to see them. The performers on stage were incredibly polished in their roles, and we were treated to some beautifully acted scenes. The dedication and talent of Mrs Keeble in leading the performers deserves special recognition. Likewise, the skills and hard work of Mr Thomas in his leadership of the technical crew must be fully recognised as the sound and lighting brought an extra dimension to the show. Mrs Hills coordinated the costumes and did a marvellous job with this as always. It is always uplifting to see our students develop their skills and achieve such outstanding results. Congratulations to them all.

Our hard working Year Eleven students are fast approaching their exam season, and preparation for this continues in school. We all wish them the best of luck in their run up to these exams and are delighted to offer a wide range of support for them. Revision sessions are already happening during lunchtimes and after school, and will be supplemented by days in the Easter holiday. I want to record my enormous gratitude to staff who are supporting our students in such positive ways. This month we will hold an information evening for parents during which we will discuss revision strategies and gave practical tips. We are rewarding Year Eleven with Superstar merits, which has allowed a number to claim a range of prizes, the most popular being a week of non-school uniform. Congratulations to those who have already earned a prize, and a reminder to all that there is still time to win your prize in the next few weeks.

A huge thank you to Miss Beale who took a group of our students skiing in Italy during half-term. They all had an excellent time and they very quickly developed their skiing skills. This is just one of the huge number of extra-curricular activities that our students are so fortunate to be offered. Thanks, as always, to the staff who provide these opportunities to the students.

Another exciting extra-curricular opportunity, which will be incredibly moving, is our up-coming trip to Auschwitz. We are going to spend time in the city of Krakow, tour the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau, meet a holocaust survivor and visit Schindler’s factory. The students have been preparing for this trip by researching the events and people involved in the holocaust. I will write more about this trip on our return.

I would like to congratulate those students who performed with such success in the UK Mathematics Trust’s Maths Challenge. Of particular note Felix Atkinson, Hettie Bright, Alex Stephenson, Lily Cossey, Callum Cowham, Eddie Shearman and Charlie Pipe were all awarded Silver, and Katie Childs was awarded a very impressive Gold. Katie and Felix have now been invited to the next round which is the Mathematical Olympiad, and we wish them all the very best for this. In addition as a result of her clear talent in maths Katie has been selected for the National Mathematics Summer School in Leeds - a well-deserved accolade – congratulations Katie!

This month a number of students from our primary schools will be in school to work in our science laboratories. I am sure that they will enjoy developing their science skills with us. Thank you to Mrs Reed, Mrs Luterbacher and Miss Ling for welcoming these students to our school. Also this month, a group of Year Seven students will be taken by Mrs Reed to the BT Research Labs at Martlesham Heath.

Finally this month I’ll remind you that Friday 15th is Red Nose Day and the school will be raising money for the good work done by the Comic Relief Charity.

Written by Mr Axtell
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