It is no surprise that the week leading to half term has been a busy one.
On Wednesday, Year Leaders welcomed a number of students to a celebration brunch.
These brunches are held to celebrate those students with the very highest attendance levels as well as exemplary behaviour and work records. We are constantly looking for new ways to publicly celebrate the many and varied achievements of our students. But these events are scheduled by Heads of Year to heighten awareness of the very clear links between personal organisation, attendance and academic success.
For Years 11, 12 and 13, another round of mock exams start on Friday 23 February. This will be the last dry run, the final blank firing exercise before D-Day, where any mistakes can be learnt from without mortal impact. As such, I hope students see the mock exams as incredibly useful learning opportunities, albeit they will undoubtedly find them hard-work! A reminder that there are music, maths (Monday) and English (Thursday) revision sessions on in the half-term break for Year 11. Parents and students should double-check the session(s) at which they are required; and school communications about arrangements. In general, students are advised over half term to decide when to revise and when to rest and exercise. Parents can help (particularly Year 11) students with revision by testing them on what they have learnt; and allowing all manner of quotes/formulae/dates and other key facts to be stuck around bedrooms or on the fridge door!
Finally, the ‘flu’ season seems to have passed, however, the mantra now being uttered by our attendance officer is ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’. As a scientist I find the various flu viruses incredibly interesting beasts, however, I will be taking her advice on board as have no desire to get to know the Australian, Bird, Swine or Seasonal versions first-hand. I hope that those travelling to Munich do not bring an unknown European flu back with them after their visit next week! We look forward to welcoming all our students back on the 19 February.
Ben Sillince, Acting Headteacher