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WEEK 32 - Friday 28 May 2021

Hello to all Year 9 families,

I hope everyone is well. Regarding the search for the Sunshine that I mentioned in my previous blog, it has been found and will apparently be joining us all for the bank holiday weekend and half term; thank you for those of you who have searched the skies in the past two weeks.

Students in Year 9 have coped very well with the abundance of rain in the past two weeks. They have shown resilience to the weather in the morning, getting lined up swiftly and entering the building sensibly. With Year 11 sitting their final assessments, the year group have had to relocate zones at break and lunch time, this has been done with maturity and common sense - using the canopies, and in some cases the trees, for shelter. It has also been nice to see students, not deterred by the rain, still enjoying a game of football - although as a mum myself I have cringed at the amount of mud worn by students as they have returned to lessons.

In tutor time over the past two weeks we have looked at Sleep, Mindfulness, and issues around Black Lives Matter. The discussions in tutor rooms have been vibrant, engaging, and some really clear understandings and opinions have been shared. The topic of sleep was quite an eye opener, no pun intended, as we discussed the vast range of sleep patterns with our students; some of the year group have fabulous patterns, whilst others appear to be getting less than 5 hours sleep a night; we have discussed the reasons sleep is so necessary and what is keeping them awake,with a lot of reasons being linked to ‘too much going through my mind’ or ‘notifications on my phone’ being two of the most common. From this we have made suggestions to turn wifi/data off before sleep, and to keep a notepad by the bed to write down things that are keeping their minds occupied.  Hopefully these ideas have been taken onboard and sleep will improve overtime.

This week I have also been looking at the attendance of the year group. In my virtual assembly this week I discussed the need to try and improve attendance during the summer term, as when lessons are missed a number of them start to struggle in lessons and their confidence dwindles. Students with 100% attendance have been recognised today with a little treat, whilst those between 96% and 99% were entered into a draw (if they collected a raffle ticket during tutor) and have also had a treat. In the final summer term Mrs Green and I  will be meeting groups of students who have ‘lower than hoped for attendance’ to discuss ways that we can support them. If your child is having issues preventing them from coming to school please let us know, as we want to do all we can to help them.

I hope you and your families have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine next week.

Stay safe, have fun, and take care.

Mrs Todd

Head of Year 9

Mrs Green

Assistant Head of Year 9