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Hessle High School

WEEK 30 - Friday 10 May 2024

The highlight of this school week has probably been our school production of Oliver! After a long hiatus following Covid, this is the first time for many years that we have been able to put on a full show such as this. And what a return it was! 

The idea for this production was first put forward back in September when our drama teacher, Miss Foster, came to see me with a proposal. A cast of fifty, a professional set, full music score. It was certainly ambitious. And all I had to say was ‘yes’, and she would take care of it, with the support of the rest of the Performing Arts team; and the students of course. 

Well, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, it all came to fruition with three barnstorming performances which brought the house to standing ovations on each night. I was there on Wednesday with my family and both of our children absolutely loved it and my daughter (who has acting ambitions) was singing the songs all the way home. 

There is something magical about live musical theatre. The energy, talent and dedication that lifts the words and notes from a musical script and translates them into a living and breathing performance is surely miraculous. Thank you to everyone involved, including all of the cast, the backstage crew and the staff for giving up so much time to prepare such a wonderful show. 

This week also saw the first of our summer GCSE exams (RE on Thursday). In truth, students have been sitting GCSE assessments in form or another for months (coursework etc) but the reality of that first exam sitting in the sports hall is when the reality of it really lands. As ever, our Year 11 students have handled it with mature aplomb and they have reported that the papers so far (there have been two more today) were fair and accessible. We can ask for no more than that but I am always keen to remind the students are never ‘easy’; if they find them so it is because they have worked so hard to prepare. We have fingers crossed for similar positivity next week and beyond. 

Thank you for continuing to support our high standards of uniform. When the weather changes significantly, it often finds some students making their own adaptations to our uniform but they are quickly picked up by our staff and put right. Please ensure that you son/daughter continues to follow our expectations as this reduces distractions in school. 

Although it was a long weekend last week, the long journey that my wife and I made down to Cardiff was well worth it for an absolutely stunning performance from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. This was my twelfth Bruce concert and definitely in the top three that I have seen. The band played for three hours, churning out the hits and deep cuts one after the other leaving me completely exhausted at the end (I really shouldn’t be dancing and fist-pumping at my age!). The sun is forecast to shine most of the weekend and so it will be a much more relaxing one for the Groaks, hopefully with some time sitting in the garden and firing up the barbecue for the first time this year.  

However you are spending it, enjoy it, and thank you for your support.   

Mr Groak