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WEEK 30 - Friday 14 May 2021

I have quite a few memories from my childhood of things I used to hear from both parents and grandparents; ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’, ‘because I said so’, ‘manners don’t cost anything’ and the classic ‘I want, never gets’. I often thought these were just sayings from my family but, as I have grown older, I often catch myself repeating these sayings to my own children as well as the students at school.

Who else remembers, ‘two wrongs don’t make a right’?   I certainly do, but what does it really mean?  At school we often hear students say, ‘I only said it because they said ….’  But surely it can’t be right for young people to have this attitude and to feel like they need to respond in the same negative hurtful manner?

A friend recently bought my children a lovely book called ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy. The characters and illustrations in the book show the courage in asking for help, the strength in a community, resilience, compassion, the value of knowing you are enough and the power of kindness. I’ve used some of these illustrations within tutor time this week and asked the students to discuss what each means. I’ve included them below in the hope that you may wish to share them with your child at home.

We want our young people to see the importance of kindness and the impact that their hurtful words can have on others. I finished a recent assembly explaining that there is one saying I was taught and have always stuck by;

Treat people the way you want to be treated and talk to people the way you want to be talked to.

I just hope our students take this onboard and, as a community, that we can work together at what is still an unpredictable time to make each other happy and not feel sad.

Year 7 attendance has become a slight concern and unfortunately as a year group we have rarely hit the target of 96%. Please encourage your child to avoid absences from school; we are working very hard to get students back on track so their attendance to school is essential.

Thank you for your continued support and please do contact us with any questions or concerns; 

Take care and stay safe,

Miss Pinkney

Head of Year 7

Mrs Briggs

Assistant Head of Year 7