Headmaster's Weekly Update - 10th June 2022

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Headmaster's Welcome 10th June 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back to the second half of the Summer Term. I hope you had a most enjoyable half term break with your children and enjoyed the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. There was a street party in Curtisden Green Lane, which is just beside the School, on Sunday, and Bethany supplied all of the furniture as well as several gazebos, which was hugely appreciated by our neighbours. The weather was also dry and a good time was had by all.

Rainfall in previous weeks has meant that some of our cricket matches have been cancelled but hopefully from now the weather will become more settled and our various sporting fixtures can take place as normal.

I am delighted that, for the first time in three years, we can once again host our Speech Day and Prize-giving ceremony. This will take place on Saturday the 25th of June, and we have changed the format so that it will be finished by lunchtime. Pupils in Years 7 to 12, and their parents, can arrive from 10am and receive some refreshments in the Assembly Hall and there will also be some activities for the pupils to participate in for about 30 minutes or so. At 10.30am parents and pupils are requested to go to the Sports Hall to take their seats for the Prizegiving ceremony which will start at 11am. This will finish around 12.15pm after which there will be further refreshments in the Assembly Hall prior to departure.

There will be no bus service on that day.

Since the last Speech Day, we have laid a new floor in the Sports Hall and visitors are requested to wear low heeled shoes in order to preserve it.

Saturday 25th of June is also Reunion Day for former pupils and they are also welcome to arrive for 10am. There will be some exhibitions for them depicting the school history during the other Jubilee years of the Queen (namely 1952, 1977, 2002 and 2012). In addition, there will be some displays in the Art and Design and Technology Departments, and tours of the School will be available to those who request it.

I would like to thank you for completing the parents’ survey, the returns will be analysed over the next few weeks and a summary document will then be shared with you.

Pupils in Years 11 and 13 have adjusted well to the return of GCSE and A Level examinations. Year 9 pupils have their end of Year examinations next week and in addition, Year 10 have some Career workshops next Wednesday.

My assembly this week was based on being positive, and I must admit to feeling uplifted with the positivity surrounding the celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. With so much negativity abound elsewhere (especially at national and international level) it was a blessed relief to have something so positive to focus on. I was reminded of the quote, ‘Don’t think about what might go wrong, think about what could go right.’

Onwards and upwards!

Yours sincerely,

Francie Healy
Headmaster