Mrs Millar's Blog October 2021Posted on 20th Oct 2021
As the end of the first half term approaches, it feels like the right time to reflect on what has been another tough period for students, staff and the community. Covid continues to impact on all our lives both in and out of school and finding strategies that work for everyone is impossible.
Whilst national legislation around face coverings, social distancing and year/class bubbles ended, the ability of local public health officials to reinstate control measures remain. I appreciate that some families may feel we are not doing enough whilst others may feel that we are still trying to have too many controls, but at all times we have adhered to the advice we have been given specific to Stradbroke’s individual circumstances. The welfare of students and staff is my priority.
I have been so impressed with the way year 7 have settled into high school. The feedback we had on open evening, where they acted as tour guides, was fantastic. Well done to all those who helped.
Despite all the challenges we have continued to hold modified school events such as open evening for prospective students, virtual year 9 parents evening, a slimmed down post16 evening, school photos and this Thursday our annual awards event, again in a modified format.
Celebrating the success and achievements of the students is incredibly important. I am so proud of all they have accomplished throughout these challenging times, and I look forward to being able to recognise this. Whilst it will feel odd to not have parents and carers with us, it will hopefully be inspiring for other students to see success and hard work being recognised.
As the nights draw in and we change the clocks on 31st October, student safety whilst coming to and from school becomes even more important. There is lots of good advice available online, but a quick and simple read can be found on the poster: https://6282.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/Be_Bright_Be_Seen-A5-Flyer.pdf
Next half term will also be incredibly busy. There are Covid vaccines on 2nd November; our second day with motivation speaker Cameron Parker on 3rd November; Remembrance events on 11th November; Year 8 & 9 HPV vaccines on 23rd November and catch-up flu vaccines on 30th November. Additionally, year 11 mock exams begin on Monday 15th November.
I know year 11 will be resting and recharging like us all in the October break, but they also need to be revising. We are ever hopeful that the exams will take place this year but must also be mindful that that was the hope last year as well. Therefore, the mocks take on even greater significance than normal and preparation is essential if they are to do well.
Year 11 also need to make sure they are thinking about their post16 plans. We strongly recommend completing applications before Christmas to maximise the chances of places being available on their preferred course. Some post16 establishments, particularly Wymondham College and Framlingham College, have an early deadline, so please make sure you have checked when applications close. If anyone is unsure about their plans or how to apply, please encourage them to chat to their form tutor or Ms Moss, Assistant Headteacher.
Next half term runs from Monday 1st November until Friday 17th December. I hope everyone has a restful break and please stay safe.