Mrs Rogers Words Lent 10
This week, with the rapid and significant changes we are experiencing as a society, in our school community and as families, I am mindful of Dickens' words - 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' The students have shown determination and resilience, despite the unsettling news that their terminal exams have been cancelled, continuing to think of others despite dealing with uncertainty themselves. They have shown the very best of themselves, wearing fancy dress and taking to the netball court to enjoy a gentle (well, most of the time!) but competitive game with their focus on fundraising for the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice. On the sidelines, to ensure we retained the life balance which is so important, wry smile as I type, other Sixth Formers were selling Krispy Kremes which disappeared faster than the netballers could move the ball from one end of the court to the other! In all, the Sixth Form raised £120 for our local charity which we will present once life returns to a new normal.
In spite of the abrupt nature of this term's end, my team and I were able to present a wonderful farewell celebration to mark the end of the Year 13 students time in the Sixth Form. The 80s themed costumes caused much hilarity and the amusing staff messages, mixing humour with sincere sadness at the nature of their leaving. Gifts were presented and photos taken with staff and students making the most of the opportunity to mark such an important milestone.
At the time of writing there has been no further news from the government on the 'how' of determining students A Level and Level 3 BTEC grades. Once any information is forthcoming I will be discussing the implications of it with the Academic Principal and Heads of Department to determine our next steps. Following on from that, I will contact you with an outline of our next steps. Whilst I cannot give specific guidance at this time, I can assure you that my team and I will continue to support you and your sons and daughters in any way we can over the coming weeks.
Please take care of yourselves, families and the wider communities of which you are a part. Every good wish to each one of you.
Photo from the farewell celebration to follow ... hopefully in time!