Head's Blog May 2019

Posted on 13th May 2019

Now that May is underway, the GCSE exams are upon us. Those students that are studying practical subjects have already completed their exams and controlled assessments in these. The DT students have created some very impressive and imaginative final assignment pieces. In food preparation and nutrition, creative menus were produced under conditions that reminded me of Masterchef – and the results were equally impressive. I enjoyed sampling their very tasty dishes!  In music, compositions and performances have been recorded: many of these are truly exceptional. PE students have demonstrated their talents and skills in a wide range of sports. In art, students completed their final piece in a ten-hour exam, and should be justly proud of their accomplishments. In French and Spanish, students have been recorded for their speaking and listening component, demonstrating their fluency in the languages. As you can see from this list, our students have been working incredibly hard, and have been very well prepared for all their assessments by their teachers. The main exam season for Year 11 is starting imminently, and we are aware that exams and revision can be a stressful time for students and their families. We are, however, proud about the way our students are approaching them with a positive mind-set. Very good luck, for the rest of your exams, to all our Year 11 students.

Other than exams, there are various other events happening in May. The Duke of Edinburgh qualifier expedition will be heading towards the coast. Mr Thomas, ably assisted by Mrs Millar and her husband, does an excellent job in co-ordinating all the activities and ensuring that the students are ready to complete this challenge successfully. Thank you to all of these for giving up weekends and evenings to support this very worthwhile activity. Students in years 8 will have the opportunity to explore the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), and in particular becoming more aware of the exciting career possibilities in these areas. They will participate in a workshop led by visitors from Camouflaged Learning in conjunction with the RAF: we are certainly looking forward to this event.

Please regularly look for updates on all our activities on this website and our social media. As always, please do not hesitate to contact us if you want to discuss any aspect of life in school.

Written by Mr Axtell
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