A dank and crepuscular morning and predictions of mizzly, murky rain did not bode well for last Friday’s festival of sport, but we held our collective nerve and were rewarded by radiant sunshine and crystalline blue skies. Coombe Dingle was the perfect setting for our fifth sports day, and by some distance the best yet. It was joyous to see the level of participation and enjoyment across the day and from every student and teacher. The tug-of-war and the welly-wang proved popular disciplines, with Miss West’s technique in the latter being much admired. However she did not take kindly to being out-wanged by Mr Lewis and gave a measured demonstration to her tutor group of how not to react to the bitter taste of defeat. Sports Day segued seamlessly into our Curriculum Enrichment Week. Students have enjoyed visits to universities, a trip to Blaise to look into eco-systems and rivers and an excursion to the zoo. In school we’ve had author visits, a ‘play in a day’ and a computer-tech workshop. It’s been a brilliant few days and a stimulating run-in to the end of term. Both students and staff have embodied the Bristol Free School spirit.
Aside from commentating on sports events (and the sartorial choices of members of staff) this week I’ve also donned the PPE gear and had a close look at the Sixth Form build. Lighting is going up, windows are in, paths are being landscaped and walls have been reshaped. A phalanx of plasterers and painters are at work, erasing the previous history of the building and reshaping it into a brilliant new future. The Sixth Form spaces are enormous; light, airy and welcoming and it’s looking fantastic.
The powerpoint from the Year 7 induction evening can be found here.