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Mr Richards' Words Week 1

I always find that the start of advent brings a renewed sense of hope and optimism; it won’t be long before the days start getting longer, daffodils start springing up and we can go out with all our friends and family again.  Advent teaches us the importance of waiting. The nice thing about the wait during advent is that we know exactly when it will end. The window on the calendar, the candle in church or chocolate reward we get every day is a countdown to the 25th and celebrations at Christmas. The hardest thing about waiting is not knowing when the wait will end. We all know the wait for the Covid crisis to end has been tough but with the recent news we can begin to see the end of that wait and all the excitement that brings. 

I would like to congratulate our isolating pupils and our staff for the seamless way they have all slipped into this hybrid way of learning. We are really looking forward to welcoming back the Lacey Green bus on Monday and will continue to do all we can to ensure we stay as safe as possible between now and December 16. 

This week’s assembly theme was linked to the Childline campaign that nobody is normal. If you follow this link you can watch their campaign video with the wonderful ‘Creep’ by Radiohead acting as a perfect backdrop to this important message. Quite why Mrs Ruddick asked me to deliver this assembly is a little unclear - perhaps the fact I am from the Isle of Wight means I am a bit more comfortable in not being ‘normal’, but who knows. We discussed three different causes of worry and some ideas of how these could be combatted, so I hope these help. 

Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson has updated the arrangements for next Summer’s exams, and we will have a draft copy of the summer GCSE exams schedule as well to share with parents and Year 11 candidates for next Tuesday, and in addition share with individuals their updated attainment and A2L grades for Year 11 at the same time. Some of the subjects DO NOT have the three week remission promised (English Literature and History), so we will be trawling through the details over the break and release our updated curriculum statements at the start of next term, once GCSE teaching staff have trimmed accordingly. 

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your advent chocolates.

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