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WEEK 12 - Friday 3 December 2021

Hello to all our year 10 students and families.

This week feels a little like, ‘Blink and you’ll miss it.’ It has certainly been a strange year again and, to suddenly arrive in December, feels a little bit surreal. However, here we are.

It seems strange to think that Mrs Green and I have almost reached the end of our first year supporting the year group. Last December we were introducing ourselves to you all and setting out our hopes for the students in our care; suddenly we are now a year on and the support is firmly in place, with umpteen new opportunities and ideas to assist the students in our year group. We are always looking to find ways to support and guide the students in our care. In recent weeks, along with the careers interviews, we have been identifying students who are looking to develop their mental resilience or get an understanding of what university life may be like; in the new year some students will embark on the Mindspan programme and others on The Scholars programme. A number of students are engaging in the Duke Of Edinburgh award, whilst others are discussing applying for their first job. Students' determination and commitment to improve themselves is becoming increasingly prevalent within Year 10 and their maturity to discuss opportunities is wonderful.

Continuing with the theme of ‘wonderful’, the students are working hard in their tutor sessions. This week, with the festive tension building, students have been wide eyed as they pass our beautiful Christmas tree and whispers of when the tags will be created have been carried across the plaza on the wind; students have been given a gift tag during tutor time and have written a wish or message of thanks on them - these will be hung on the tree, as has become a tradition in recent years. They are also preparing to write Christmas cards for delivery to the local community, targeting residential homes, school neighbours, and local businesses. Inline with our school value ‘Kindness’ it is lovely to see them getting onboard. We are also supporting the fundraising of the 999 Cenotaph and students are invited to accessorise their uniform with red, green, orange, or blue (the colours of the emergency services) on Friday 3rd December and donate money to help bring this idea to life - a place for people to show respect, especially in light of the challenges in the past 18 months.

Further resilience and respect has been evident within our year group with the wearing of masks and their common sense when hearing of the inevitable cases of Covid; there a lot of students who currently have a cold and they are being considerate with keeping masks on when in class or with their friends. Sanitising in and around the building is still encouraged and students who forget or lose their masks are quick to come and get one from us to ensure they are doing their bit to prevent the spread. We are reminding them about the rules outside school now, and encouraging them to keep doing regular LFT tests at home - if you are running out please pop to reception and collect some more. 

With two weeks of this term left we are hoping students continue to demonstrate the resilience, kindness, and respect that we see so often. It is lovely to see the excitement in their eyes as they talk about Christmas decorations going up, the arrival of elves, and the various Advent calendars that are adorning homes, as well as seeing family over the break. Hopefully they can contain this until the end of term, where we will have Christmas jumpers and the Staff v Year 11 football game to finish the term in style.

As you embark on Christmas shopping, putting up the trimmings, or simply catching up with others, please stay safe and take care.

Mrs Todd

Head of Year 10

Mrs Green

Assistant Head of Year 10