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Mrs Millar's Blog December 2021

Posted on 16th Dec 2021

As the end of another busy and challenging term approaches, I find myself reflecting on a quote by Bob Riley, the former American politician: “Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the hero within us is revealed.”

There have been so many heroes from all walks of life throughout this pandemic; some recognised and others very much unsung, and that is the case for the staff. They just got on with doing their job, in the best way they could, given the extraordinary circumstances we have all found ourselves in.

The students have also found an inner strength and determination. The teenage years are not smooth and stress free at the best of times, but whatever the pandemic has thrown at the students, they have adapted and overcome. They should be incredibly proud of themselves; they are the true heroes.

Even as lockdown restrictions were lifted back in September, life in school was never back to ‘normal’, and now, as we approach Christmas, more restrictions are back in force for us all. Despite all the uncertainty and upheaval, staff and students have found ways to ensure we all accomplish as much as possible.

A huge congratulations to Miss Ling, Mr Thomas and all the student helpers who organised a successful Blyth House charity day. Almost £600 was raised for Children in Need. A fantastic effort – well done everyone.

We had an amazing Christmas lunch on 9th December, and our thanks go to Kamila and Gemma in the kitchen for another amazing meal. The wide range of jumpers and hats on display by students and staff was an impressive sight. Thanks to everyone who donated £1 for Save the Children Fund.

Year 7 end their first term at high school with a trip to the theatre to watch the Jack and the Beanstalk rock ‘n’ roll Pantomime. I know they will have a great time and be fine representatives of the school.

I want to acknowledge year 11 who have recently completed their mock examinations. These are an important steppingstone towards their final GCSE examinations in the summer term and they should be commended for the way they approached and handled the mock period. Some of them will be delighted and others disappointed with their results. Whatever the outcome, the staff will be here to help and support them so they can learn from their mistakes and make the necessary changes before their next formal assessments in March 2022.

January is often a time of self-reflection and personal resolution making. It is also an opportunity for students to think about what changes or new approaches they could have in their mindset towards schoolwork. Even the smallest change can have a possible impact; just 5 more minutes spent on homework, making some revision cards, reading a chapter of a book or solving a puzzle to challenge your thinking. They all help!

Over the Christmas period students should continue to test twice a week on a Monday and Thursday. They will also undertake an in-school test on the first day of the new term in January. After this they will resume twice weekly home testing. Please remember to ensure results, positive and negative are recorded with the government at https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

School reopens for students on Thursday 6th January 2022.

If there are any changes to the covid rules, we will endeavour to communicate this on either the 4th or 5th January.

On behalf of everyone at Stradbroke High School, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all parents, carers and students a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Please stay safe.

Mrs Millar

Written by Mrs Millar
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