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WEEK 10 - Friday 19 November 2021

Hello to all our year 10 students and their families. 

It has been another busy fortnight and again I am proud to say that the young people in Year 10 are going from strength to strength in so many areas. Last week we marked Remembrance Day across the school, slightly later due to the morning break, but nevertheless students showed immense respect during the two minutes silence; classrooms were entered swiftly after break to ensure they could stop and reflect, corridors fell silent with students...

Hello to all our year 10 students and their families.

It has been another busy fortnight and again I am proud to say that the young people in Year 10 are going from strength to strength in so many areas. 

Last week we marked Remembrance Day across the school, slightly later due to the morning break, but nevertheless students showed immense respect during the two minutes silence; classrooms were entered swiftly after break to ensure they could stop and reflect, corridors fell silent with students 

In tutor sessions last week we were looking at kindness, one of our school values, and students were talking about things such as ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ or ‘Are you ok?’ can make such a difference to life. I witnessed students checking on others, holding doors, and picking up litter that was nearby. Some very simple things can have such a great impact. On youtube there is a lovely video that I shared during my assembly; students watched how one act of kindness can lead to another and how much difference can be made. If you fancy taking a look, here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT-HBl2TVtI

We are now well underway with students having their first Careers talk with our advisor Graeme Peart. With their initial apprehension disappearing within moments, students are finding Graeme easy to talk to and helpful with his advice- even for those who do not yet have a career plan or destination in mind. Whilst discussing how things have gone, students are saying how they have heard about careers they had not even known existed; were now more aware of how options can enrich their future; and they are coming away with more confidence for the future, or with food for thought in preparation for seeing him again. The world is their oyster, and we still have time to help get students prepared for life beyond Summer 2023, with these interviews being one of the many parts of their individual jigsaws.

This week is Anti-Bullying Week. Coordinated in England and Wales by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, it has the theme ‘One Kind Word’ - linking nicely to our Kindness work last week. The week began with Odd Socks Day, encouraging people to be proud to be different. I saw a number of vibrant odd socks, fluffy odd socks, and odd socks being worn as bun-cover in somebody's hair- creativity at it’s finest. Students heard from Mr Scott about his unpleasant experience with bullies during school and we reminded students that anything they need help with must come to our door. We will always do all we can to support the students, and resolve the issues, as long as we are aware of them. Everything that is reported is picked up and dealt with as swiftly as we are able to do so, with a number of great support systems in place for our young people to access.

Next week students will find themselves starting to, if they have not yet done so, sit their end of term assessments. Teachers are offering support in the classroom, providing work on Google Classroom, and setting Homework relevant to what they have been learning. Mrs Green and I know they will do their best and that is all that we can ask of them. Please send them our Good Luck, and remind them that we are proud of them.

Until next time, stay safe and take care.

Mrs Todd

Head of Year 10

Mrs Green

Assistant Head of Year 10