In the words of a boys' choir - "It's Christmas!" Sadly, I lost my voice this week and as such, am unable to do my best Noddy Holder impression. Staff Choir (who performed at our end of term celebration assembly) and students were universally relieved.
We promised last week that it would be business as usual in the run up to the holiday. We kept our word! The Christmas Extravaganza on Monday was a joyous event. The standard of performance by our students never ceases to amaze. All involved deserve a hearty thanks for putting on such a fantastic show. The "Sixth Former for a Day" event gave our Year 11s a taste of what comes post-GCSE. They experienced and enjoyed A-Level lessons in a variety of subjects and are hopefully now better placed to make informed decisions about their next steps. In other news, I believe that earlier in the week a weather warning for ice and snow was issued. However, Mr Murphy and Mr Ashley were on hand with salt and spreaders to quash the snow-induced fun of slip-sliding and
snowball fighting. Bah Humbug!
I do enjoy this time of year. As mentioned above, the term finishes with a celebration of all that has been good over the last three and a half months. We acknowledge the achievements of our students, their resilience, efforts, consideration, commitment and the improvements that they've made. We also reflect on the year to date: in spite of Norovirus’ best efforts, absence from school is down (thank you) and students have attended more lessons across September, October, November and December than ever before. Millions of words have been written, marks accrued and positive increments in knowledge made, fixtures have been won and lost, Oxbridge interviews endured (Good luck James, Jeevan and Daniyal), music made, bread raised, paintings done, quizzes won, friendships found, sustained and even (as is natural) lost: the rich tapestry of life reflected in our own little microcosm.
Ben Sillince, Acting Headteacher