Mrs Millar's Blog November 2019

Posted on 1st Nov 2019

November is a strange month; it can sometimes feel second rate in that there is no holiday and our focus can be on building up to Christmas, but in reality it is as significant as any other month in the school year. It is a vital month for Year 11 who are in the middle of their mock examinations. These exams are crucial to help both staff and students judge what progress they are making and the areas that need some additional, focused revision. Students will get their results on 11th December: the same day as their Parents Evening.

We gathered as a school on 11th November for our annual remembrance assembly. Asking students to reflect on the past and the lasting impact it has on our lives today is important. Well done to Brandon Studd (Deputy Head Boy) and Annalise Rolfe (Deputy Head Girl) for the readings they gave. I was proud of the way the students contributed their support for the annual Royal British Legion poppy appeal, seeing almost every blazer with a poppy displayed was heartwarming. Also, thank you to Head Boy, Alex Stephenson, and Lead Learner, Noah Most, for joining me at the village Remembrance Sunday service to lay the schools wreath. We not only remembered those lost in the World Wars but the loss of our former student James Griggs, who was killed serving his country in Afghanistan in 2010.

A huge thank you to Mrs Seeman and her team of Dove students for organising such a successful charity day. They raised an amazing £455 for a small charity called Chromosome 18 Europe (www.chrimisome18eur.org)  through non uniform donations and a cake stall. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Last week, ten of our high achieving Year 10 students joined peers from the other four secondary schools in our trust (SET) for the first ever Year 10 Masterclass day. Students engaged with a variety of lectures and activities, as well as all contributing in some way to a hotly contested debate on “social media” to finish the day off. It was a great opportunity to meet their peers from the other schools and to make use of the amazing facilities in Wymondham College’s Sixth Form Centre.

I would like to remind everyone that we are holding our annual Christmas Concert on Monday 2nd December. Admission is by ticket on the door, £5 for adult and £3 for children. I do hope I will see many of you there, enjoying the music and joining in with the carols!

Written by Mrs Millar
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