As we wish our Year 11 all the very best as they start their written GCSE exams, I just wanted to congratulate them on the fantastic attitude and effort so far and reassure them that we are still here for them! Every morning in the dining room, before an exam, there will be a pre-exam warm up where teachers will be on hand to reassure them, to keep them calm and to answer any last minute questions they might have. Also, their teachers will still be available for their actual lessons should they wish to come in (but they must sign in and out and be in their uniform!)
In other news, we were delighted to be part of the Children’s Parade on Saturday which opened the Brighton Festival. Our students put together a 12-metre serpent which they carried and danced through the streets of Brighton accompanied by our School Samba band. Thanks to all concerned, and especially parents and staff without whom this couldn’t have happened.
Year 10 Camp took place over the Bank Holiday weekend where students took part in a number of outdoor pursuits including rock climbing, abseiling, night hiking and even weaseling! The students were an absolute credit to themselves and again I need to thank staff for organising and giving up their weekend for the students.
Clay, our school therapy dog and various students were filmed for a documentary ‘Paws for Thought’. Our students talked about how important Clay is to them and how he has helped their well-being. We are very lucky to have him.
And we are also very lucky to have had both a group of French students with us this week from our partner school in Dieppe and a group from Germany taking part in our Year 8 exchange. We love meeting with students from other countries and cultures and welcoming them into our diverse and inclusive school family.