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Principal's update 10 November 2023

Published on 10/11/23

Dear Parents and Carers

Well done to our Y11 students who started their mock exams this week. Their attitude and behaviour have been excellent.

Remembrance has been the focus of our assemblies this week and today we held a minute’s silence. Y10 students worked on a class project to produce a commemorative poppy themed dress, with remembrance in mind. I’m sure you will agree that the result is stunning! The dress will be on display in reception at school.

What’s going on in school:

  • The first winners of our Sparx maths homework raffle were drawn today. Congratulations to Poppy in Y7, Robyn in Y8 and Daniel in Y9, who all received a gift voucher.
  • Year 10 students will shortly begin studying A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. It would support their learning if they have watched a version of the film prior to studying it. There is an adaptation for free on iPlayer and many other versions on Disney and Netflix. 

  • The Scholastic Book Fair, our very own pop-up bookshop, arrives in the library on Friday 17 November and will be open at lunchtimes throughout the following week. Students can come in and browse and are able to reserve items to pay the next day.  All books are brand new and mostly at full retail price, though there will be some special offers. There will also be notebooks/journals/fancy pens etc which are always very popular. Payments in cash are preferred but payments can be made online using Wishlist forms available at the Fair. The Book Fair is an annual event and a good opportunity for our library volunteers to take responsibility for running a bookshop. It also earns us free books for the library, with a percentage of takings returned to school to 'spend' on books. Please support us if you can, and if you have any specific requests, please contact Mrs Mummery to check if titles are available.
  • Students in Year 7 have moved on to their second topic on their Design & Technology rotation. In the Textiles module, student designed and made monsters, incorporating 3 different types of stitch and using different fabrics.

  • This term, the interhouse competition will be table tennis, with tutor groups in each year group competing against each other to see who will become champions! As table tennis is part of our PE lessons this term, all students will have the opportunity to hone their skills ready for the tournament. The term will finish with KS4 students competing against the staff team... time to get practicing!!