School day

From The Headteacher

JSol visited us in school on Wednesday sharing his music and delivering a clear message about all aspects of anti-bullying. Students in Years 7 and 8 were able to ask questions about JSol’s singing and dancing career and what inspired him as well as listening to his very clear messages of respect for all and that ‘dreams can come true’. JSol tweeted ‘how lovely the staff and pupils are at your school’ and they have been completely inundated with positive feedback from your pupils (and even parents) on social media which is lovely to read. My thanks to Mrs Wheatley who organised the event and to all who supported the lunch time activity.

In November, 20 of our A level mathematicians took part in the UK senior maths challenge, with 80% were awarded a certificate. This is significantly higher than the national figure of 60%. A special mention must be given to Nikita Kamath in Year 13 who qualified for the Senior Kangaroo competition as well participating in the British Mathematical Olympiad competition last Friday. The Olympiad consists of 6 very challenging problems to be solved in 3½ hours. Nikita very much enjoys these enrichment activities and we await the results.

stags awardsCongratulations to Edie Kennigham Smith, Lara Hall and Miss McHugh, whom attended the awards celebration evening yesterday at Churchill College Cambridge. Lara and Miss McHugh are now official World Class School Quality Mark assessors and Edie gained special recognition as a World Class School Essayist.

Thank you to you all for the superb array of donations for the annual winter fair. The House captains have worked tirelessly, between examinations, to ensure that the Once Upon a Time theme of the PTA Winter Fair, on Sunday 10th December 12 – 3pm is as sparkling as ever. This is a great opportunity for students to all participate in their Houses and is a great event, enjoyed by all.

You will have received the Fair brochure and raffle tickets for this event and there are as usual, wonderful prizes again this year thanks to the great work of the PTA who bring this wonderful event together and, with your support and that of our students, ensure that it is a roaring success. The stalls and activities are designed by each of the Houses with themes that inspire and challenge their creativity.

Mr Kershaw and I have the unenviable task of choosing the best, so why not come and join us to assist with this task! There are fabulous prizes and stalls, all organised by the PTA. All money raised by the students goes to the House charities that the students have chosen and the PTA fund-raising towards the next school project, which is to refurbish the school Food rooms to bring up to 21st Century catering standards.

We have our wonderful Christmas lunch festivities on Wednesday 13th December with over 250 tickets already sold and Christmas jumper/accessory day too — no contribution requested due to the superb fundraising already this term.

A reminder that next Friday, 15th December is the Carol Service – please note the arrangements for the day.

I look forward to glorious weather as we walk to the Abbey and I am grateful to Mr Zarrouq and the colleagues who remain in school with the focus of Diversity.

I look forward to seeing you at the Christmas fair on Sunday 10 December.

Margaret Chapman