I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend and also found the Learning Review Day appointments useful in preparing for the rest of the year at school. As far as I know, the vast majority of you managed the virtual meetings without technical issues and thank you for taking time to meet with us.
On Tuesday, two of our sixth form students, Daisy and Hana (who have gained their Amateur Radio licences) operated the school radio station with the special callsign GB20YOTA. This is part of the Radio Society of Great Britain’s ‘Youngsters on the Air’ month which is an International event for all licensed amateurs 25 years old or younger. Daisy and Hana made over 175 contacts in a few hours of operating, with over 30 different countries. Next Tuesday Sam from Year 11 will be operating, and the following Tuesday Daisy and Hana will be back to finish our involvement with the project for this year. Well done to all of you. A number of younger students will be taking their Foundation examination next spring, and will be able to operate this time next year.
Also this week, Christmas lights have gone up around the campus, strung from the various outdoor canopies. A few trees are now around the place and more decorations will follow. The staffroom is looking extremely festive and it is rumoured that Santa is gearing up for an appearance! This brings me to four key events leading up to the end of term:
Monday 7th December - 7.00 p.m. Live-streamed Winter Concert from the SandPit Theatre. Watch from the comfort of your own home and enjoy carols and music. Tickets available from the SandPit Theatre on line (more details further on in the Sandprint).
Friday 11th December – Christmas Jumper Day for ‘Save the Children’. We hope that as many students as possible come in a Christmas jumper (or equivalent) for the day to raise funds for this great cause. I will be wearing mine, as usual.
Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th December – Christmas Dinner. By now, you should have ordered your tickets for what is a key event on our calendar. Students will have their Christmas lunch in year groups as usual, and I am sure they will really enjoy their first Christmas dinner of the holiday.
Friday 18th December – Christmas Charity Day. This is run by our wonderful Sixth Form student leadership team and will be delivered virtually across the school for everyone to enjoy. There will be a staff panto, which has been meticulously planned, and the Christmas Quiz from yours truly.
Next Monday is day 2 of our tree-planting on site. So far, Year 7 and the Sixth Form have planted over 200 trees and the remaining 200 will go in around the school perimeter. I would like to thank Ms Mouncey for organising this project and the Sixth Form volunteers who have helped her. We will have a fantastic woodland in years to come.
Finally, a very big thank you and congratulations to Trish Tofte on reaching her 20 years of service to the school. We really appreciate all of the work you have done over the years in helping to improve the school.
Best wishes, Alan Gray
Mr A Gray