Headteacher Update 25th March 2022

25/03/22

Dear Parent

I hope you are well.

I will start this week with a reminder of our appeal for Ukraine:

Thank you so much to those of you who have already donated items. You can donate items that are listed below. Donations are being collected in school until Friday 1st April. All donations are to be taken to the Pastoral Hub or the Chapel before this date.

The People of Ukraine Need:

  • Tinned & Dry Food
  • Toiletries such as Sanitary Towels, Nappies, Wet Wipes, Hairbrushes & Combs Soap, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste & Baby Pacifiers 
  • Antiseptic Creams, Baby Creams and Bonjela
  • Bandages, Wound Dressings, Tape, Plasters & Thermometers 
  • Baby Bottles and Baby Formula (Dry) 

 

Year 7 students had an enjoyable afternoon on Tuesday as they saw a production of the Little Shop of Horrors at the Grange Theatre; they are also very much looking forward to their residential trip to Anglesey in the first week after the Easter holidays.

I must also congratulate students in Years 9 and 10 for their excellent performances in the UKMT Maths Challenge. This is a 60-minute, multiple-choice challenge. It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. The problems on the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge are designed to make students think and apply all of their problem-solving skills. 

In Year 9 Miles Marshall was best in year with a Silver Award; Zac Nortje and George Nixon also achieved a Silver Award and 9 other students achieved Bronze Awards. In Year 10 Benjamin Woodfinden won a Gold Award and was best in school (hence best in year); Silver Award winners were Isabelle Glover, Mya Greatrex, Anneka Fowell, Tom Hardy-Baker, Natalie Garnett, Ben Clark and Nick Spring. Another 15 students achieved Bronze Awards.

Year 11 students received their practice examination results this week as we head towards their last 3 months in school. They have coped remarkably well with the disruption to their education over the last two years and they have all told me how much they are looking forward to being in school over the Easter holidays!

And finally…you will be very well aware that it is exactly two years this week since the first Covid Lockdown. Covid continues to affect us in school; the last two weeks has seen a number of staff absent self-isolating and we continue to do what we can to ensure that the school remains open for all year groups. Thankfully, my shoes continue to provide excellent service and durability.

Have a great weekend.

In Caritas et Veritas

Mike Holland