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Mrs Millar's Blog April 2022

Posted on 7th Apr 2022

April 2022

 

As we approach the end of another busy and challenging term, I wanted to pause for a moment and reflect on the continued challenges we face. Albert Einstein said: “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity”, and Helen Keller said: “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it”. I feel these two quotes reflect the challenges the world has faced over the past few years with Covid and more recently in relation to international conflict. Additionally, how the best of humanity, including the humility shown by our students, has come to the fore in dealing with, overcoming, and supporting each other and the wider community throughout these challenges.

 

As we all continue to live with Covid, the government have released information for parents. It can be found by clicking the following link:  https://educationhub.blog.gov.uk/2022/03/30/living-with-covid-the-end-of-routine-testing-in-schools-colleges-and-childcare-settings/

 

Of note is that, following a positive test result, young people under 18 should stay at home and avoid contact with other people for three days, which is when they are most infectious.

 

Despite Covid continuing to be a challenge, I was delighted we were able to host parents’ evening for year 10 and options evening for year 9 in person this term. Virtual events and meetings have been a lifeline, but in person conversations and events are more productive and conducive to positive dialogue.

 

We have also been able to welcome year 5 students from our feeder primary schools for science morning. It was energizing to see their faces light up as they engaged with the experiments and witnessed the wonders, smells, bangs and disasters in the science labs.

 

A huge thank you to the science department for the wide range of activities they put on during British Science week. The Harry Potter experiments could be smelt throughout the school and the microscope picture quiz was a hotly contested lunchtime activity.

 

World Book Day was another success this term, with staff and students all reading for 10 minutes each lesson; a book inspired cake competition and a tutor time quiz that got everyone’s competitive juices flowing. Particular thanks to Mrs Rowe and Mrs Wells for organising the events with help from Mrs Carr, and to Mrs Gladwell for judging the cakes.

 

The year 10 Duke of Edinburgh group have been training hard in their lunchtime and Saturday sessions. We are gearing up for their practice and qualifier expeditions in the summer term. Fingers crossed for good weather!

 

Year 11 have now completed their final round of mock examinations and are now on the last push towards their exams. Some practical exams have already been completed but it will be a busy period for year 11 when they return after the Easter holidays. They do need to rest and recharge over the holidays but also must ensure they prepare and do some revision everyday, if their results are to reflect their true ability. The mantra of ‘little and often’ certainly applies when it comes to exam preparation and revision.

 

School resumes for students on Tuesday 26th April. Please note, there is a bank holiday the following week, so school is closed on Monday 2nd May.

 

I want to end by wishing everyone a safe and healthy Easter holiday, whatever you are doing or wherever you are going, and fingers crossed for some dry and sunny weather.

 

Written by Mrs Millar
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