Being the best versions of themselves!
The week started with a delightful breakfast, celebrating the fantastic achievement of a group of Year 7 students who were all awarded a clean sweep of grade 4’s for attitude to learning in every subject. Dr Holdsworth and I enjoyed our shared breakfast hearing about the aspirations and ambitions of these remarkable young people. Well done to Sean S, Khudzai M, Emma F, Jess H, Megan J, Izzy K, Millie K, Charlie S & Cole W.
I met more outstanding students last week when I had the opportunity to deliver the House Merit awards. The October winners were:
Alex P (9W) and Patrycja K (9I) who were both in Mrs Beattie’s maths lesson where they were solving higher level algebra problems, expanding triple brackets.
Izzy K (7C) was in Miss Hulance’s lesson where she was working in a group writing paragraphs on Gothic characters from GCSE texts including Jekyll and Hyde, Dracula and the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Eleanor S (7T) was in Miss Ashton’s MFL class where students were learning to tell the time using analogue and digital clocks.
Bastian B (10T) was in Mrs Dyson’s maths class where the students were drawing and interpreting cumulative frequency curves and box plots.
Lastly, Nancy C (7I) was in Mrs Parkin’s History lesson where the class were learning why the Romans invaded Britain and all the resources that Britain had including corn, silver, leather and people for their army or to use as slaves.
Well done to all our House Merit winners!
Victorian Christmas Markets
Despite the cold, wet, windy weather - spirits were high at Saturday’s Victorian Christmas Markets in Cheadle. I joined our senior students and community ambassadors who were running traditional stalls such as splat the rat, hoopla and the human fruit machine. My thanks go to Mr Wood, Mrs Jones and Miss Lee who braved the weather alongside our young people to help our community.
Our students had some lovely comments from members of the community who praised their politeness and resilience (in the stormy weather). It was lovely to receive these emails today:
“I thought I would drop you an email to inform you how helpful and courteous your pupils were on Saturday at The Craft Fair Market at Trinity Church, helping us to carry out our stock to the car, after a very long day, this help was much appreciated.”
“Just a quick note of thanks to the Year 8 students that helped carry my stock back to my car after the Christmas Fair at Trinity Church. The 3 girls and 2 boys were polite, chatty and helpful and a credit to the school.”
Return to school
As we move into the final fortnight of this autumn term, things are revving up in school. Our Year 11s continue with their PPE exams and plans are underway for our Santa dash at the end of term. We are also preparing for LFD testing our students on their return in January. As you will be aware, the government’s latest guidance is for all secondary schools to test pupils prior to them starting the new term. Our schedule will be as follows:
- Tuesday 4th January a.m. Year 7 arrive at allocated times, test, stay in school and go to lessons
- Tuesday 4th January break 1 onwards. Year 11 arrive at allocated times, test, and return home
- Wednesday 5th January Year 7 & 11 in normal lessons all day
- Wednesday 5th January a.m. Year 8 arrive at allocated times, test, stay in school and go to lessons
- Wednesday 5th January break 1 onwards Year 10 arrive at allocated times, test and then return home
- Thursday 6th January Year 7, 8, 10 & 11 in normal lessons all day
- Thursday 6th January a.m. Year 9 arrive at allocated times, test, stay in school and go to lessons
More information will be sent home shortly with details of the testing time for each group.
For those of you who might be jetting off somewhere during the holidays, please be aware of government changes to travel requirements. From 04:00 GMT on Tuesday 30th November, anyone entering the UK from a foreign country (apart from Ireland), will be required to take a PCR test - a lateral flow test will no longer be accepted. The PCR test must be booked before travel, and bought privately from a government-approved list of providers.
While people are waiting for a result, they must self-isolate – regardless of age or vaccination status. People can stop self-isolating if their test is negative. Attendance at school is therefore not permitted while staff or students are awaiting their result. Additional requirements apply to red list countries.
Finally, as Father Christmas gets ready for his magic worldwide delivery service, can I remind families that gifts such as AirPods, mobile phones, jewellery (including new piercings), acrylic nails, false eyelashes and trainers need to stay at home in the new year and not make their way into school!
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