8th February 2012
Our Comenius Project has been the most wonderful success. Visitors from France, Denmark, Germany and Italy joined us last week for a fabulous programme focussing on the theme of ‘New Technologies’. You will find a detailed report elsewhere in this newsletter. I would like to thank Julie Zinkant, our International Links Co-ordinator, for putting together a superb programme and also express my gratitude to the many staff and parents who have worked so hard to make the programme the success that it has been. The Comenius experience has firmly re-established the ‘exchange’ as one of the most exciting ways to experience another culture. The young people in the programme have built firm friendships and all have loved the opportunity of living in a family home in another country for a week. We shall be seeking to run another Comenius project as soon as we can and I know that there will be enormous demand for places.
I am delighted with the news that our Girls U15 Football team have triumphed in the quarter finals of the National Cup with a 5-2 victory over a Reading School played at home here in Portishead. Our next match is at Drayton Manor School in Ealing and the excitement is building. Really well done to the girls.
I visited the Youth Centre in Portishead just over a week ago with a delegation of our students who use the facilities there. They went to lobby Dr Liam Fox MP who was making a constituency visit. It is a serious concern for Portishead that the facilities are under threat and I am glad that the Town Council is being so proactive in seeking to retain as much of the service as we can. Stuart Rossiter, one of the Assistant Headteachers in the school, will be joining the Management Committee. Although we obviously have no funds available if there are services that we can share, or any actions that the school can take, we will not be slow in doing so. Young people in Portishead have insufficient facilities as things stand and the loss of provision at the Youth Centre would be a disaster.
We finish this term on Friday with a Potential Challenge Day and Dr Fox will be in school in the evening to chair the Woodspring Debate so we will be busy until the final whistle and are then looking forward to a few days rest.