It is testament not only to our students’ amazing array of talent, but also to the dedication of the staff that I have had the pleasure of writing over 250 letters to students, commending them on their commitment and attitude to learning, and also thanking them for their hard work in supporting school events. Working together for excellence at its very best!
We are holding our first House Championship Day on Tuesday 14th July. Students should come to school in either their House colours or PE kit. At the end of the day the winners will be announced and will have a letter of invitation and permission to attend the Awards event on the following day. It is particularly close between two of the Houses and there is all to play for!
Just a reminder that school closes at 12.30pm on Friday. The buses will be here as usual. Term 1 begins on Tuesday 1st September with an INSET day; students return to school on Wednesday 2nd September.
Whilst our younger students are on Enrichment Days, our Year 10 students are gaining first hand experience of the world of work and taking up placements within the wider community. Many are working in areas to support their career choices further down the line, whilst others are exploring new skills and ideas which may inform their subject choices later. We are very grateful to our business partners who invest their time and experience in our students.
This week sees us broadening the curriculum with trips and activities for all our Years 7, 8 and 9 students. Our Modern Foreign Language trips are also taking place with 62 students safely and happily returned from Paris, despite an all-time high record of temperature and threatened ferry strikes. The Barcelona trip departed on Tuesday and we look forward to hearing about their activities next week.
The school, and in particular our Science Faculty, work closely with the organisers of the Thornbury Science Festival to provide exciting and challenging activities for our students. For more information, please follow the link below:
The Performing Arts Department put on a stunning display of student talent for our Summer Sessions evening. It was a full programme with an impressive array of skills, enthusiasm and commitment – from the performers, to the back stage support and, of course, the Let’s Get Cooking Club with their mouth-watering refreshments! The feedback from parents, guests, governors, staff and students is that it was a splendid evening enjoyed by everyone. Well done to all those involved, with special thanks to Mrs Ferguson and Mr Humphries for showcasing their students’ talents so entertainingly.
Our students and staff returned safely from Paris, despite the ferry problems at Calais. We did have four back up plans in case of emergency, but in the end it was plain sailing for the Paris party. Students visited the Eiffel Tower, L’Arc du Triomphe, Louvre Museum amongst many other places – with the hottest day ever recorded for Paris mid way through their visit! We are looking forward to the write up for the newsletter at the end of term.
The Barcelona trip departs next week and we wish them an equally successful experience.
We collapsed the school timetable for one period on Monday in order that all our students could watch the exciting displays put on by the Tri-Services, including police dog handling, simulated car chase and crash, and ambulance attending. This session was followed by a dedicated PSHCE programme to reinforce the messages delivered by the TriServices. The feedback from students was that they felt it really useful. Please see link below for editorial and photos from the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.