Mr Richards' Words Week 9
One of the many pleasures of leading our school is watching our pupil leaders excel in their positions. The week began with listening to Year 11 tell us about the importance of clear water and sanitation in the developing world. They taught us about the work of the toilet twinning charity in ensuring that everybody has access to basic sanitation and the particular impact this has on girls in the developing world. Watch this space and read more here for ongoing work with this charity. It is also really nice to watch the Year 11 house captains run such an efficient lunch queue system; they have really grown into their roles at the top of the school and they prove to be great role models to the younger pupils.
We have continued with our Girls on Board sessions for Years 7 and 8 this week. This programme is designed to help girls navigate the choppy waters of friendship. We talk about ‘groups’ and how membership in a ‘group’ is of vital importance to girls aged 8 and up. The pupils have enjoyed talking about the various strengths and weaknesses of different group sizes and we have evaluated different types of behaviour within groups. The aim of this programme is to help them understand that they all worry about being left out and by understanding behaviour they can begin to repair relationships themselves. We cannot promise this will fix all friendship issues but are confident it helps.
As we begin to eye up the next announcement from the government on the 3 December, I hope that you are all keeping well and staying safe. We have been delighted with the way the student body has responded to the various demands placed on them in this weird time, so thank you for everything.