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Principal's Blog 30th November 2018

I had the pleasure this week of presenting our 'design a Christmas card' competition winners with their prize of a £20 Drakes Circus voucher each.  I had the unenviable task of picking a winner from the fantastic array of entries received.  Eventually admitting defeat and choosing 2 as my favourite!  Mitchell Hughes and Joanna Karim’s cards will be distributed to almost 300 homes.  To congratulate everyone that submitted an entry they were treated to a hot chocolate and letter of thanks in recognition of their valiant efforts.

From Tuesday next week we will be welcoming the Wranglers amateur dramatics company to the Muse theatre as they perform Jack and the Beanstalk.  The annual pantomime is always a fantastically fun night out and the performance incredibly professional, a really nice way to start the festive season.

Whilst on the subject of the festive season, we are very much looking forward to our Christmas Concert which will once again take place in St Jude’s church, kindly hosted by the Reverend Tim Smith.  As is tradition, the school will showcase its wonderfully talented musicians in the form of various instrumental and choral performances; not forgetting the chance to stretch your own vocal chords and join in with some of the favourite carols.  There is no need to obtain tickets for this event and it would be lovely to welcome you to this fantastic festive treat.

I was very pleased to learn this week after 18 months of work that we have submitted a successful application to have a Naval Cadet Force run from the school.  This will come into operation in September 2019 and will be a fantastic opportunity to raise students’ aspirations.

It was lovely to meet parents who attended my coffee afternoon yesterday. I had some really productive conversations resulting in good ideas from parents on how they would like to see our website evolving.  I will be conducting these coffee afternoons every half term and look forward to welcoming new parents. 

Testimony from a parent who attended. “This was well worth going to. You can have a say in what happens and you are listened to. Although this event has been and gone parents should look out for any other events like this.”

Year 11 students have been busy getting into the swing of exams as our PPEs (or mock exams) began this week.  I am very pleased with the mature way that Year 11 have conducted themselves and look forward to this great attitude continuing.

I wish you all a lovely weekend.


Mrs Lynda Budd