Head's Blog April 2019Posted on 2nd Apr 2019
As we start the Easter holiday I know that Year 11 students are using the time productively to prepare for their forthcoming exams. We are delighted that so many of them are working incredibly hard in their revision. The time and effort invested at this time of year will ensure that they will be repaid with success in the summer. I am very grateful to those teachers who are giving up part of their Easter break to offer additional study sessions to our students. I know that our students appreciate how fortunate they are to have such dedicated staff.
We have recently hosted a large number of primary school students to give them the opportunity to work in our science laboratories. As always we were delighted to welcome them to school, and trust that they learnt some valuable skills, whilst also enjoying the experience. Soon after the Easter holiday, Mr Gionis will be leading DT sessions for students from Stradbroke Primary School. I am sure that they will all have a creative project that they will proudly take home after this session. Thank you to our staff for providing these opportunities to pupils in the primary schools.
As always school life continues to be busy, with lots of activities going on. Twenty-six of our students spent a very insightful and interesting few days in Krakow and touring the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. This was an experience that we will remember for many years to come. Having visited the Schindler Factory (museum), meeting a Holocaust survivor and getting first-hand experience of the conditions in the camps we all understand the horrors of this episode of history much more clearly. Mr Thomas and Mrs Millar recently took Year 10 on their Duke of Edinburgh Navigation Day, during which they learnt how to find their way using map and compass, pitch tents and cook on a camping stove. Mr Thomas has also led a GCSE geography trip to Norwich. Blyth House organised a very successful charity day to raise funds for Comic Relief. Mrs Elliott led a trip to St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge. All of these varied activities enhance the experience that our students gain from school, thanks to the dedication and commitment of the staff.