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Mr Bevis' Words Autumn Term Week 12

Teachers always get extended Christmas celebrations... even before they get the chance to begin thinking about their own family events. For the last two weeks they have been asking their tutor groups to bring in gifts for local families who are in less fortunate circumstances, and we have been absolutely blown away by your generosity. The Salvation Army arrived at 11.00am this morning and took away boxes and boxes of gifts - thank you so much, you will be making a huge difference to so many families.

Friday also means for most of us our first seasonal meal, along with Christmas jumper day, and for Year 10s the chance to be Elves as they helped our junior pupils and nursery welcome a very special Christmas guest who arrived in an ice cream van all the way from the North Pole.

Despite heading towards the end of term next week we are still very much in business as normal mode. Year 11 GCSE art and textiles groups have spent two days undertaking their mock exams which will give them a taste of the real thing in the summer. Our Under 12 hockey had two great wins this week defeating Holyport College 3-0 and Furze Platt 3-1, the 1st XI took on LVS Ascot and won 2-0. Well done to the hockey squads and coaches, a great end to the term.

Music department remain extraordinarily busy. Junior choir was at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday at the Young Voices Christmas Concert, and they are preparing for our Carol Services on Tuesday for next week... wow they will have earned their figgy pudding!

It has been such a busy term with too many highlights to list them all here - well actually I am worried that if I leave anybody or anything out I will be roundly berated, and quite rightly.

I should give however a huge vote of thanks to all of my colleagues, and to all the pupils who have worked so hard throughout this term - in classrooms, on the sports field, in concerts, on the stage and in all of our creative areas. We are rightly proud of the breadth and the depth of the progress and achievement of all our young people. I should also give a particular mention to our Sixth Form who give such great support to so many of our events and to the PTA.

The PTA - well they’ve done us proud this term as well... professionally organised nearly new uniform sales, fabulous Fright Night junior disco, marvellous support for our partner Senior Boys PTA for our Fireworks Spectacular, and for providing refreshment at so many of our school events. All that fund-raising has left us with a considerable budget to disperse and in the new year we shall be asking our PTA membership (yes that’s you) if they have any ideas or suggestions for a large project that they can support.

I hope to see many of you at the Carol Services - Years 7 to 9 starting at 9.30am, and Year 10, 11 and Sixth Form at 10.50am, both of these at St Luke’s church. In the afternoon, whilst Senior Girls will be enthusiastically taking part in the Inter-House Challenge I shall get a chance to go to the Junior Carol Service at All Saints church.

Thank you for all of your help and support throughout the term, and we really value the partnership.

It just leaves me to wish you a wonderful break with your family, however you will be spending that precious time.

“Families are the compass that guide us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.” Brad Henry

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