Year 7 have had a lovely time in the Peak District this week, embracing the beautiful Staffordshire countryside and building relationships with each other and their teachers. There have been plenty of Tweets to showcase the various activities and look out for more details in the SandPrint. Thank you to Ms Batten and Mr Kemp for organising and well done to all the Year 7 students.
The Extended Learning Day on Wednesday provided the opportunity for each year group to spend quality time looking at a specific aspect of their learning. For example, Year 10 focussed on Relationships and Sex Education whilst Year 13 were busy being supported in writing their UCAS statements in preparation for university or employment applications. I would like to thank Ms Borman for doing such an excellent job in co-ordinating the day and to all the leaders for organising the individual events.
On Wednesday evening, the school was present at the 25th Anniversary event of YOUTH TALK. Youth Talk is a local charity established to support any 13 – 25 year-old who wants advice and support, particularly with their mental health via an expert, confidential one-to-one counselling service. Over the years this has helped thousands of young people in St. Albans and Harpenden. As you may be aware, we are finding more and more young people in crisis with mental health, and Youth Talk has set out a new strategy to grow further to meet the demand we are facing. They plan to move to new premises, enhance their IT platform, extend the outreach to 17-19 year olds transitioning to University and double the number of counselling sessions available. One way we can help is to support their fundraising so if you would like to know more, or to donate to this amazing local charity, simply go to www.youthtalk.org.uk/donate.
Finally, we said a fond farewell to our German visitors on Wednesday and welcome our Spanish visitors next week. A massive thank you to the MFL faculty for organising these visits. They add significantly to our cultural capital.
Have a great weekend when it arrives.
Mr A Gray