Mr Richards' Words Week 12
Well, we made it! This is the final bulletin of 2020 and I think we can all agree that it will be good to see the back of this year and look forward to the rest of the roaring 20s.
When I was talking to a group of our Year 10 pupils today, I began with how difficult the year had been but I was immediately corrected by one pupil who told me that it had been fine and to look at the positives. She said she felt so lucky to be able to come into school every day since September, she felt she was ahead in her courses because of how much both she and her teachers had done during lockdown and everyone she knew was healthy and well. She went on to tell me how even when her friends had to isolate here, they still logged into their lessons in real time and did not miss out. I know this is not the case for all of us, but this little conversation served as an important reminder for me. We are in a privileged position here and seeing in a new year is as much about celebrating and appreciating the present as it is looking forward to the future.
In the build up to Christmas jumper day we have been working closely with Love not Landfill; a charity that aims to reduce the 11 million items of clothing that end up in landfill every WEEK! Pupils were encouraged to source their Christmas jumper through upcycling, swapping, donating/buying from charity or buying second hand. Congratulations to winners, Neyna and Steph in Year 7 for their creative efforts.
We must also take a moment to celebrate and thank Mrs Axtell. This is her fourth year as school nurse to both Senior Girls and Sixth Form and she has done such a fantastic job that she attracted the attention of another school who have offered her a big promotion to lead their nursing department. I cannot thank Mrs Axtell enough; she has made an enormous difference to the lives of so many young people. Whether it be a grazed knee, some tea and sympathy or some help with mental health, she has always done everything with utmost care, compassion and integrity. We will miss you dearly but we know you will be an outstanding head nurse, well done and thank you.
We plan to deliver our full academic curriculum up until Wednesday lunchtime, where we will break and enjoy an awards assembly, reflect on reports and participate in the much anticipated (virtual) house relay. We will finish at 4pm on Wednesday.
That just leaves me to thank everyone for their hard work and positive outlook on life this term. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first term in the captain’s chair, it really is a privilege to lead such a wonderful group of pupils and staff and I am genuinely excited about the future here at Claires Court. It will continue to get better!