Dear Parents and Visitors
We enjoyed a most wonderful Leavers' dinner at The Kingston Lodge Hotel on the Friday we broke up for half term. It gets to this time and I can never quite believe that we are so close to the end of yet another school year. As usual there were tears and laughter, beautiful speeches from our magnificent Year 11s (who all looked resplendent in their outfits), a little wine, great food and above all wonderful company. I'm very proud of how our Year 11s are conducting themselves during their GCSEs. Just one more weekend of revision, and five more school days - and then the summer is yours!
It's been absolutely lovely welcoming Mrs Rich back to school full-time this week. She has been sorely missed while on maternity leave. Finally, please look out for a letter from me regarding Ned. It's most important I hear back from all parents and carers on this letter.
Have a good weekend and enjoy the mixed weather. We'll be back to do it all again on Monday at 8.10am.
Students of the week
Zac for some superstar sentences, Carl for really neat work and Kyrell, Adam, Anders and Ross for great effort. Well done to all for working in (near) silence for an hour!
Great first run through of the Year 7 Zones of Regulation assembly practice. They just have to get it down to 13 minutes from 36 minutes. Practice makes perfect!
Alannah for a black belt in Numeracy Ninjas.
Otti and Matthew for great reflective work in Spanish writing.
Harry A for a good effort with drafting his written piece in Spanish.
Jack for beating Mrs Burke in a literacy game - and it was her birthday too!
Amy for excellent mind maps in Biology revision sessions.
Emily and Pascal for demonstrating they have already been doing some good revision on the League of Nations for the end of year History exam.
Mrs Allen wanted to share some work her Year 8 class did just before half-term. Who knew Mathematics could look arty? These are mystic roses, an advanced form of curve stitching (without the thread!) which produces curves from a series of straight lines. The only curved line in the picture is the outer circle.
Evie - 60 HPs - Bronze Award.
Ottilie - 200 HPs - Green/Gold Achiever Award.
Exam season is well and truly upon us.
Next week is the last week of GCSEs. Thank you to all students who have (mostly) managed to move around the school in a quiet and orderly fashion during these important exams.
Next up for end-of-year exams are Years 7 ,8, 9 and 10. These will be from the 17th - 21st June. Timetables and revision lists have already gone home to students and parents.
The lower school - Years 7-9 will have their exams in normal classrooms with their normal teacher. They will have no change to their timetables.
Year 10 however will be sitting their exams in the history room, as a practice for next summer’s exams. Normal examination rules will apply to these exams, just as they will be in the real thing. No watches are to be worn in the exam room, no mobile phones and only water bottles which are clear and have no labels are allowed. Students will have seating places allocated.
Year 10 students to head out to the world of work!
Meanwhile, Year 10 students also have work experience on the horizon, from 24th to 28th June. They should by now all have been in contact with the provider and possibly had an informal interview. If they have not done this yet, they need to make it a priority. Work placement logs will be arriving in school shortly and each student will need to take these with them on placement. This will then become a record of their placement and information from here can be used in a CV in the future.
Calling all sponsored walkers.
Thank you to Rosie in Year 10 who took this beautiful collection of photographs on the recent Canbury sponsored walk. Rosie, you did a splendid job! Talking of the sponsored walk, Mr Orchard says please would everyone get their sponsorship money back to school by Monday or as soon as you can after that. One student has already handed in an amazing £250! Whatever you raise, be it £250 or £2.50, the charity Momentum, which provides support for children who have life-limiting conditions, and their families, will put it to very good use. It can be handed into reception.