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WEEK 14 - Friday 17 December 2021

And, just like that, it was Christmas!

I don't know about you, but for the first time that I can remember it just doesn't seem like Christmas….yet?! I still have what appears to be a never ending list of presents to source, as well as facing the dreaded wrapping of said presents, something that I have never been able to do well.

Having said that, it is a hugely enjoyable time of year and both my wife and son join me in the love of this magical family focussed time.

Unbelievably it was last December when Mrs Lacey and I were introducing ourselves to you and setting out our hopes and aspirations for the students in our Year Group. Now, a year on we are in touching distance of the final months of Year 11. 

This week the students of Year 11 have taken part in their Careers Week, which gave the young people the opportunity to work on their CVs, speak to members of the local community and participate in activities and events designed to provide crucial information for their post sixteen option choices. Thanks must go to Miss Lawes who has done a wonderful job of providing such an engaging event in what can be best described as a difficult, ever changing environment. Miss Lawes was incredibly pleased at how well the students had engaged in the week and sent me a wonderful email with glowing feedback from our guests and visitors.

Over their remaining months, the Year 11 team will continue to support and guide our students and it has been a pleasure to see so many showing such determination and commitment to their studies. They must now use this Christmas holiday to recuperate and spend quality time with family before returning to us in January fully rested and ready to attack their revision and exams.

The last day of term sees the annual and much anticipated Staff v Y11 Students football match. Those students who put themselves forward to play in the match must first prove they deserve the opportunity and undertake a four week behaviour report. Attendance, behaviour and attitude towards learning are all considered and this group of year 11s have more than risen to the challenge. Never before have we seen so many training sessions, set plays and a desire to win, and maybe, just maybe this year we will see a team capable of beating (an aging and increasingly creaking) group of staff.

I would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year, have a great holiday and stay safe.

Take care.

Mr Julian

Head of Year 11

Mrs Lacey

Assistant Head of Year 11