School day

From The Headteacher

We have all seen the shocking news of the events at Westminster on Wednesday. As you are aware we run a significant number of trips and educational visits, locally and beyond. We have amended travel arrangements for the Silver Duke of Edinburgh expedition which takes place today as the party was due to go through central London and there are delays on public transport. Further educational visits which are due to take place in London next week will be reviewed on an individual basis and will be dependent on the advice of the police and other agencies. We will keep you informed of any updates, but if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the member of staff organising the trip.

It was a great pleasure to see so many parents on Wednesday at the Year 9 Parents’ Evening. This was also the culmination of the decision making in relation to GCSE options, which has resulted in great discussions about future prospects and opportunities for our young people.

This week has seen four sports teams compete in the Level 3 School Games Finals, going on to represent St Albans and Harpenden, after winning the Level 2 competition. Congratulations to the Under 15 Volleyball team who narrowly missed out on reaching the semi finals on Monday. Tuesday saw the Indoor athletics, in which we were competing in 11 areas. The Year 7 team came 7th and the Year 8 team won bringing home a lovely trophy. On Thursday, the Under 14 futsal team won their competitions and are therefore county champions. Finally, the Year 11 Netball team came second in the district cup after playing an incredibly close and well fought game.

All who attended WE Day this week at Wembley Arena enjoyed a wonderfully exhilarating and re-affirming day. 14 Year 9 students who won the First Give event and 19 Year 7 and 8 students who had been nominated by their tutors and then chosen by random lottery attended this now annual event.

Congratulations to the 26 Year 9 students who have now successfully completed the Bronze CREST Award, which has been a project undertaken over the last four months, to the staff who supported the students and to our Science Link Governor Dominic Houlihan and Mr Markou who assessed the students’ project reports.

We were very fortunate to be invited to attend the Commonwealth Day celebrations at Westminster Abbey. Students were chosen by the History department for their enthusiasm and passion for History. My thanks go to Miss Cardani and Miss Miles who accompanied the students who represented the school so admirably on the day.

I very much look forward to seeing you at the PTA quiz tonight.

With all good wishes.

Margaret Chapman