Head's Blog

Posted on 7th May 2018

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 final assignment pieces, which can be viewed just inside our main entrance.

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 to the external examiners, who commented upon their very positive attitudes. In art, students completed their final piece in a ten-hour exam, and should be justly proud of their accomplishments. 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 and 9 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 a visitor form Tomorrow’s Engineers, to design and build alternative energy vehicles.

At the end of last month, every student in Year 8 went to Norwich, for an educational trip to the castle and the cathedral. Despite the rain, all enjoyed the trip and found lots to stimulate their imagination, as well as support the curriculum in history and PRE. Thank you to Ms Moss and Mrs Hurren for leading this visit.

I recently received a certificate from the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ICM), which I was pleased to pass onto Mr Williams. The ICM awarded the certificate to recognise the large number of our students who study and succeed in GCSE music. Last year over 10% of all the students in Year 11 studied and attained a top grade in music, putting Stradbroke High School in the top 526 schools in the whole of England. It is Mr Williams’ enthusiasm for his subject that makes music so popular here.

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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