8th May 2014
May seems like one of those stop/go months in school. A late Easter and the incoming half-term have made this a short and intensive term and two Bank holidays have hit our flow of Mondays but there is still a huge amount to do. Year 11s, Year 10s and Sixth Form are all at the front of our minds with exams ahead of them in the coming weeks. I have been really delighted by the signs of revision, confidence and hard work in all these year groups. We will nevertheless momentarily be relaxing our focus with Year 11 tomorrow who have their Celebration Day and Ball. Do have a look on the school website over the next few days for photographs as I am sure that the usual standards of fancy and festive dress will be reached.
At the other end of the school we welcomed incoming Year 7 parents to our Transition Evening last week. It was excellent to see our new Head Boy, Harri Jacobs, and Head Girl, Erica Marshall, host their first school event and we also welcomed a new Transition Learning Manager in Adam Dickinson who is taking over from Dan Strick. Hayley Wills remains in post as the partner in this role.
You will see elsewhere in the newsletter a reminder about orders for new school uniform in next year’s Years 8 to 10. The deadline for orders of the Jacket/Tie at the reduced rate has been extended to Friday 16th May. So far there have been almost 600 orders. Rod Bell, our Pastoral Deputy, has written to you in a letter which has been emailed with this newsletter to address some of the practical issues around our new transition period. Doubtless there will be a few complexities but I am certain that by this time next year a smooth transfer will have almost been completed.
I would like to offer my congratulations to our Boys U15 Tennis team who have enjoyed a run of recent successes and are facing Backwell later today in a top of the table clash in Division One. With so many of our courts out of action because of the new Sports Hall project it is good to be enjoying success nevertheless.
Lastly I ought to add congratulations to our Head of PE, Mrs Rose, who is a terrific role model in so many ways. She is a very successful competitor and has finished the season as England Number 2 in Women’s Table Tennis (Veteran