We have been spending time this week looking ahead to the second half of this term, and considering how to approach the various events that are on the calendar bearing in mind the on-going challenges of Covid. Our planning is that there will be some adjustments to large events to ensure everyone is safe so keep an eye on notices in the SandPrint and via direct e-mail that highlight changes. We would like to operate as near normal as possible, but this is unlikely bearing in mind the number of cases being seen in Hertfordshire at the moment.
On Tuesday, 594 students received their Covid vaccination overseen by a large team of nurses from the NHS. I would like to thank the School Immunisation Team for their work in delivering this mass vaccination so efficiently on the day. The team were very complimentary about our students saying they were incredibly polite and well behaved. A big thank you to Mr Nicholls who oversaw the process in his usual highly-efficient manner. Moving forward, it seems that all 12 – 15 year olds will be able to book their own vaccinations, or possibly attend a walk-in vaccination centre. When we receive confirmation of this and details, we will pass them on to you.
This week, together with Ms Potter, I met with 110 fantastic Year 12 students interviewing for Senior Prefect positions. I was very impressed with how well all of the students presented themselves and it will be a difficult decision who we chose to appoint. An update will follow next half term.
In wider school news, we have been working on a long-term project to improve site-security which is now almost ready to go live. This £100k project involves automated gates at the front of the school as well as automated locking of all exterior doors on our teaching blocks across the campus. Full details of how this will operate during the day will be issued after half-term.
The rest of the SandPrint gives you a flavour of the various activities that have taken place this week and I would like to thank staff for delivering these. Immediately after half term, the two key events are the Autumn Concert on Wednesday evening in the SandPit followed by the virtual BeauSandVer consortium evening on Thursday for Year 11 students and their families.
Have a wonderful half-term break and I look forward to seeing you all back safe and sound at the start of November.
Mr A Gray