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WEEK 14 - Friday 17 December 2021

As Christmas fast approaches, it has been a time for me to reflect on the first four months as Head of Year 9. After such a disrupted year 8 for our young people it has been a wonderful time getting to know all the pupils and families on a more personal and professional level and despite the pandemic we have achieved so much in a short space of time.  After such a positive and successful start to year 9, we can now focus our attention on driving forward with our improvement priorities.  

It has been a very busy term for students and staff with loads of exciting learning and teaching, and also lots of preparation for our winter festivities. These included the amazing carol concert performed at All Saints church by our students, KS3 celebration assemblies to reward the hard work and achievements of year 9 students and decorating our Christmas tree with personalised messages from every student at Hessle High. At this special time of  year we really do witness first hand the sense of community and togetherness that our school is so incredibly proud of. 

Now, we move on to the holidays and I am mindful of the need to take time for ourselves over the Christmas period.  We are still faced with the ongoing issues and potentially further restrictions that this pandemic brings.  Therefore, it is important that we look after our health and wellbeing as we need to be reinvigorated for the year ahead.  We want to be able to welcome our whole school community back in January. Please ensure that you spend quality time with family and friends whilst also keeping as safe as possible by following all the government advice and guidelines. As mentioned in previous blogs, the next term is a huge educational  milestone for our students as they will be choosing their option subjects which will further shape their future education pathway. This really is an exciting period for our students to look forward to.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all, pupils, parents, friends and staff of year 9 for your continued support and wish you and your loved ones a restful Christmas and a New Year that brings health and happiness.

If you have any concerns or questions please contact me at hoyyear8@hessleacademy.com 

Mr Leckenby

Head of Year 9

Mrs Newman

Assistant Head of Year 9