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WEEK 26 - Friday 16 April 2021

Hello to all our Year 9 students and parents.

It feels a while since I last had a chance to talk about how life in Year 9 is currently going, and it is. In fact the time is flying.

After making a fabulous start following the second lockdown, students are now in full swing and it feels like they have never been away. As a whole, their commitment to being part of the school community and to their education is splendid and they are really engaging in their studies.

The year of Covid restrictions and limitations has, as we are all far too aware, been difficult for everybody. However, one thing that is standing out  is the struggles it has caused with friendships and ways of communication amongst young people. In our office we have a poem on display that I seem to be referring to quite often as Mrs Green and I work to support the year group:

The world is filled with people who, no matter what you do, no matter what you try, will simply not like you. But the world is also filled with those who will love you fiercely. The ones who love you: they are your people.

Don’t waste your finite time and heart trying to convince people who aren’t your people that you have value. They will miss it completely. They won’t buy what you are selling. Don’t try to convince them to walk your path with you because you will only waste your time and your emotional good health. You are not for them and they are not for you. You are not their cup of tea and they are not yours.

Politely wave them along and you move away as well. Seek to share your path with those who recognize and appreciate your gifts, who you are.

Be who you are. You are not everyone’s cup of tea and that is OK.

The poem is such a valuable reminder that sometimes we spend too long worrying about how people view us, rather than appreciating and enjoying time with those we care about.

Our year group is wonderful; they are friendly, funny, and maturing into wonderful young adults, but at times they dwell on negativity. Mrs Green and I will continue to work on their self belief, emotional and mental growth, and their experiences.

Lastly I have a few reminders for our students: Please remember equipment, planners, and masks. Uniform includes Black polishable shoes, and the only jewellery permitted is a watch and single stud in each ear. There have been a few cases of forgetfulness and we would appreciate your support with this.

Have a lovely weekend, stay safe, and I will send further news soon.

Mrs Todd

Head of Year 9

Mrs Green

Assistant Head of Year 9