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WEEK 10 - Friday 19 November 2021

It has been a busy two weeks since I last wrote my blog.  On Thursday last week, we paid our respects with 2 minutes silence to honour those who gave so much during times of war, and we had poppies for sale in school.

Also last week, I held an assembly for the students on the subject of kindness and in particular the little things we can do to show kindness to others. We all know the importance of this, but the challenge is to remember it every day.  We all know how easy it is to let our stresses take control of our actions, and we still see students resorting to name-calling or making inappropriate comments towards their peers without a thought about the impact this can have on someone.  This is part of growing up and we continue to teach them and remind them of the reciprocal nature of kindness.

This week has been Anti-Bullying Week and Mr Scott led our assembly on his own experience as a teenager at school in Newcastle. It clearly wasn't a happy experience for him. He talked about bullying and the lack of support he felt he had not been given. It was  sad to listen to what should have been a happy time growing up. It is not unusual to hear staff have similar experiences, myself included. Thankfully, these experiences are rare and  Miss Staveley and I take any bullying situations very seriously and will always do our best to bring it to an end. Our door is open and we need students and parents to work with us and tell us what is happening straight away if they feel they are not happy in school. Communication is key. 

Now that Halloween and Bonfire night are out of the way we will all start looking forward to C********.  I'm not sure I should be mentioning it yet, but I can feel a slight air of excitement starting to build and I have spotted lights on my way home.  I am so looking forward to it this year.

Take care and stay safe.

Mrs Taylor

Head of Year 8

Miss Staveley

Assistant Head of Year 8