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WEEK 4 - Friday 1 October 2021

Hello Everyone

We are now over half way through the first half term and the weather has definitely changed.  However, our Year 8 students continue to arrive looking smart although a little shivery first thing in the morning. I have already found my gloves and scarf and would recommend that our young people do the same. As we spend our breaks and lunchtimes outside in the fresh air they need to bring a coat, preferably one they can get in their bags as they often don't want to carry it or lose it.

Our assembly this week revolved around celebrating European Languages Day. We are very fortunate to have a great language department in our school, as well as some bilingual staff. 

Mrs Groak spoke to the students in Spanish - her second language - and Mrs Davison spoke to them in Polish, her first language. I spoke in some very limited French that I learned from school although one phrase (Bonjour mon Amies) may have come from ‘Only Fools And Horses! 

The aim of the assembly was to encourage our students to value languages and the importance of being able to communicate (even with a word or phrase) when they visit another country. Respect is one of our key values and there is no better way to show respect than to appreciate someone else’s language and culture.

In Year 8 we expect our students to complete all their homework. This is so important as it teaches them the importance of recapping what they have learnt in the classroom. If there are any issues with completing homework they can come and see me and I can provide them with a space after school to support them with this, including the use of computers if they need them.

Miss Staveley and myself are enjoying our lunchtimes out on the school field getting to know our Year 8 students; however, this is where the hat, coat and scarf become invaluable. I do not like the cold and soon I will be looking for my thermal vest!

I am looking forward to a great year watching our young people grow and mature.


Mrs Taylor

Head of Year 8

Miss Staveley

Assistant Head of Year 8