The highlight this week must have been our Year 7 folk singing festival. Pupils from across all the Forms sang their hearts out and entertained us with traditional folk songs. Their singing was accompanied by professional melodeon and fiddle player, Will Allen. After the interval, Will spoke about his love of the folk tradition in the UK and provided us with some amazing examples of his own music. There were many memorable moments, but in particular the whole hall joining in clapping and stamping their feet along to Will’s music will stay etched in the memory as well as all of Year 7 singing ‘All Around my Hat’. Feedback from parents at the end and in the days since has been overwhelmingly positive. Our thanks go to the Music Department and of course all of Year 7 for working so hard to sing so well.
Assemblies this week were led by members of the RS Department and considered many aspects of the festive period. They all encouraged reflection on how to do things for others that do not cost much but make a big difference. A great example of that is our food bank collection. Details are provided below:
Today the Head Teacher visited the Environmental Green Group (EGG) which meets Friday lunchtimes to consider environmental matters in particular in relation to the School. They were busy looking at ways to up-cycle plastic bottles. We have a long way to go as a school before we can claim to have reduced our impact on the environment as far as we can, but it is groups like this that will enable this to happen in time.
On Thursday we held a mock election, led by some of our Senior Prefects and Sixth Form students, the results of which are shown below. More importantly than the results, it was great to see so many of our students practising taking part in the democratic process and it helps reinforce how lucky we are to live in a country where this process exists.
It is unlikely anyone would consider that a traditional Christmas jumper would go well with our distinct brown and yellow uniform. However, it was fantastic to see so many pupils in Years 7 to 11 supporting our efforts to raise money for Save the Children today. Sixth Form and staff of course did not have to try to match to brown and yellow and again it was great that so many of them also supporting this worthy cause. It is always brilliant to see the School come together as a community to do something like this.
Pupils in Key Stage 3 have been taking part in their Santa Runs this week. We hope to bring news on this and how much money they have raised soon.
End of term arrangements
On the last day of term we will again be raising money for charity. Forms are currently deciding which charity. This will be through a non-uniform day. If students do not want to take part, that is fine, but all are welcome to contribute £1 or more to the students’ chosen charity. The school day will be altered as usual at the end of the autumn term. School will start at the normal time of 8.35am. Students in Years 11 and the Sixth Form will finish from midday and other year groups will finish from 1pm onwards once their Achievement Coordinators are happy that their rooms are tidy.
Our annual Carol Service will once again be held at St. Paul’s Church, Crofton on Tuesday, 17th December at 7.30pm. The PSFA will be providing mince pies and mulled wine. Our Carol Service is always a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit. Our choirs and musicians provide a high quality mix of carols and other festive pieces whilst our readers outline the Christmas story. Parents, students and friends of the School are all very welcome.
Term dates 2020/21
Having published the decision to once again have a two week half term break in the autumn term, please find below the full term dates for the next academic year:
Autumn term – Wednesday, 2nd September 2020 to Friday, 18th December 2020 (half term break 19th October to 30th October)
Wednesday, 2nd September – Professional Development Day. Only staff attend.
Thursday, 3rd September – Years 7 and Sixth Form. Friday, 4th September – All year groups attend.
Spring term – Monday, 4th January 2021 to Thursday, 1st April 2021 (half term break 15th February to 19th February)
Summer term – Monday, 19th April 2021 to Friday, 23rd July 2021 (half term break 31st May to 4th June).
Dates for the diary
Tuesday, 17th December, 7.30pm – Carol Service at St. Paul’s, Crofton
Monday, 6th January – Spring term starts
Thursday, 16th January, 5-8pm – Year 11 parents’ evening – an email will be sent next week relating to this. Appointments will be made using Bromcom.