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Message From the Principal 08.12.23

Dear Parent / Carer 

The antepenultimate week of school was thankfully a lot milder in terms of the weather but was equally a wet one in terms of the amount of rain we had. However, this did little to dampen the spirits as we enter the festive season.

Mr Bocking led a fascinating assembly which reviewed many significant events that occurred over the course of the year. To name just some of the events, Mr Bocking encouraged students to reflect on the catastrophic earthquakes which struck Turkey and Syria; Finland officially joining NATO; SpaceX’s starship explosion; the tragic events surrounding the implosion of Ocean Gate’s Titan submersible; the war between Israel and Hamas; and Storm Ciarán. He finished the assembly with the ‘Pale Blue Dot’ which comes off the back of Nasa’s Voyager spacecraft leaving our solar system and taking a final picture of earth which appeared as a pale blue dot; truly mind-blowing.  

Some of you would have attended our Year 13 parents’ evening on Thursday to get an update on how your son or daughter is progressing in their studies as we enter the final stages of their Key Stage 5 education. Meanwhile, our Year 12 students visited Nottingham Trent University for a taster day which gave them a good insight into what university life is like.  

As Christmas approaches, our entire Social Action Squad assembled in the hall on Wednesday period 4 where they made Christmas hampers to take to the care home and day centre. In addition to the hampers, they commenced work on a community mural for a local church and still found time to write Christmas cards to members of staff sharing festive sentiments. The hampers were delivered by members of the squad during period 5 spreading some yuletide joy to our community.  

It was Christmas jumper day on Thursday and it was great to see staff and students alike embracing the opportunity to wear their festive knitwear! Next week, students can look forward to our Christmas cracker event which takes place from 3:15pm - 6:00pm on Thursday and is hosted by the library. Parents and carers can look forward to our movie night which is being hosted by the Ethos Team in our lecture theatre on Tuesday evening.  

As we reach the end of the term we appreciate that everyone is tired and to recognise students who have 100% attendance in the final few weeks we will be entering their names into a raffle to win prizes in the final rewards assembly a week on Wednesday. Thank you for your continued support with ensuring that your children’s absence level remains as low as possible.  

Finally, on Tuesday the 19th it is our Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime and tickets are selling fast; it would be great to see as many of you there as possible supporting our extremely talented students.

Have a long and restful weekend,

Yours sincerely,

Mr B Baines


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