Message from Mrs O’Neill

News from Mrs O'Neill

I hope that you have all had a productive week; it has certainly been a very strange week.  We will be closed on Monday; our students have had an opportunity to contribute to a book of condolence in the LRC.

We have significant building work taking place around the site which is exciting.  The long-awaited lift for Parker building is underway, a new astro is being laid and perhaps less exciting, the boiler is being replaced. I am sure you can appreciate the upheaval this has caused in certain areas and to help ease congestion we have implemented a one-way system around Andrews building.  Our students have adapted well.  Many of our students play football on the astro at break and lunch.  We will not be able to have this as an option, but can open up the fields, with staff supervision.  If your child plays on the field, our advice will be to change into trainers, to protect their shoes.  We will not be able to monitor this so please do talk to your child if you only want them to play in trainers. Our expectation would be that they change back into shoes for lessons.

We have our Open Morning next Saturday.  It is always a lovely event and showcases our school (this year with added scaffolding!) but most importantly, it is an opportunity to showcase our wonderful students.  We will close early on Friday in order to prepare for the Saturday morning.  Keep everything crossed for good weather.

I have been able to catch up with a lot of students this week; the canteen food is going down very well, Year 7 appear to be loving the variety of subjects and I’ve tried my hand at playing Exploding Kittens with a group of students. I definitely need to read up on the rules.  I was not very good at all and am certain I will not be invited back. Please encourage your child to get involved in as many activities outside the classroom as possible.  It is a great way to make new friends.  Debating will start again next week in form time.  I believe the topic is based around ‘homework’.  

I hope you manage to have a restful weekend.  

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.“  

(Maya Angelou)

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