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WEEK 22 - Friday 4 March 2022

Hello to all our year 10 students and their families.

I hope everybody enjoyed the half term break and made the most of time together wherever possible. As a parent to two teenagers myself, I know it can sometimes feel like they are nowhere to be seen - lounging in their bedrooms or out with friends who are more fun than those left at home. It starts to echo how much our children are growing up and developing their independence, resilience, and ability to make their own choices. The same can be seen for our Year 10s who are also building these attributes in and out of school.

The aspiration of students in Year 10 continues to develop for all students, with most now having had their conversations about future careers and potential pathways. Thank you for the support you have given your child during this first stage, as if we strive hard together we know that their future will be bright.

I would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the aspirations and success of two students in our year group. 

Alfie W has played Rugby League for a number of years and, throughout February, Alfie has worked tirelessly to impress the professional teams and I am very proud to share that last week Alfie was offered a Scholarship with Hull KR. Seeing the anxiety in his face before the half term shows how much a dream means to students; seeing the beaming smile on his face this week when he shared the news with me was magical. I loved hearing about how he will be spending evenings and weekends in the coming months and his hopes for the future.

Ahmad A is working to complete his Duke Of Edinburgh Bronze award. Ahmad came to me in the new year and explained that,as part of his experience, he would like to arrange a Bake Sale to raise money for children who have been affected by the war in Gaza. The planning and preparation that went into this was meticulous and, on the final day of the last half term, Ahmad and his team of friends arrived at school and eagerly awaited for his family to deliver the items by car. I was called down to reception just before lunch, where I discovered how passionate he was about making the sale a success. With inspiration from Palestinian recipes, students had the chance to purchase pizza, falafel, baclava, amongst many other tasty treats. His effort was really well supported by other students and staff and, as a result, Ahmad raised over £200. 

These are just two examples where our students are achieving great things beyond the classroom and we love to share their success stories. Students in Year 10 do so many different things, both in and out of school, and we would also like to say a huge ‘Well done’ to them. 

With it being World Book day on 3 March, in tutor rooms this week we have had a big focus on reading. Staff have shared information about their favourite books, we have relaunched access to our beautiful Reading Room, and discussed the titles available to buy with the vouchers given out in Thursday's session. Charles W Elliott said, “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.” The buzz and conversations held have been delightful to hear and be part of. A number of staff took part in fancy dress on Thursday and came in as a range of book characters - head to Twitter to see the photos.

We have also used Tuesday’s tutor time to discuss Putin’s invasion of Ukraine with all students. Students have been told to remember:

 - it’s normal to feel upset;

 - share your worries;

 - do things that make you happy.

We have people in our school community with links to Ukraine/Russia and other countries who will be worried and upset. We must be considerate of them at this time. Students have been reminded that words are important. It is not ‘Russia’ who has invaded Ukraine - it is Putin’s war and he does not speak for all Russians. This war is NOT a subject for jokes, either in person or on social media. Any reports of this will be picked up by myself and Mrs Green.

We have also encouraged them to not ‘like’ or ‘share’ something that is posted online which may offend someone.

Lastly, I want to remind you that both of us are here to support your child and that if you think they need support or there is anything staff need to be aware of please contact us by phone or email.

Take care and stay safe.

Mrs Todd

Head of Year 10

Mrs Green

Assistant Head of Year 10