Theme of the week is: Summer holidays 🌞
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Week 39 – Summer Activities
In the penultimate week of term, the activities in and around school have been particularly diverse. The school certainly feels a little emptier, now that we have said our official good byes to the Year 13s during their Sixth Form Ball, held at the Four Pillars Hotel, South Cerney. This was a fantastic occasion which had been organised by Kate Berwick, Kate Armstrong and Maria Button who had worked closely with many of the senior students. Girls, boys and staff alike looked stunning in their finery and the meal was rounded off by entertaining speeches and awards before the dancefloor was invaded. It was lovely to see how well the Year 12s and 13s have integrated so well and was especially gratifying to see a number of last year’s leavers return as guests of current students. The evening was also the moment that the outgoing Head Boy and Head Girl handed over the mantle of responsibility to the new Senior Students and I will look forward to working with Luke and Deanna and the rest of their team over the next year. I wish the class of 2017 all the very best with their A Level results and plans for the future.
The Year 10 cohort have also now left us and are currently undertaking their two week work experience. I am always impressed by the stirling work done by Tina Belcher, our careers and guidance advisor, helping every single student obtain at least one and sometimes two, places. Staff have been out and about visiting all students and seeing them in placements as diverse as care homes, kennels, solicitors’ firms and IT companies. We are always grateful to employers for providing roles for our students and giving them a valuable insight into the world of work.
Student numbers have been depleted further by the fact that a number of Year 9s have been off on a residential STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) trip to Court Hill to reward them for consistently high effort grades in those subjects. They have been enjoying a wide range of problem solving activities both inside and outside.
On the school site, things have been busy. We have welcomed the Year 6s who will be joining us in September as new Year 7s and they participated in two very busy induction days. During this time they got to meet Mr Jukes who will be their Head of Year and their form tutors and hopefully were able to make some new friends. Phil Rees, Head of PE, also instigated the first FCC al fresco PE Celebration Evening. Over two hundred students and their families picnicked on the field, enjoyed strawberries and cream and Pimms, congratulated award winners from KS3 and participated enthusiastically in games of rounders, held over three pitches! The weather was beautiful and much thanks needs to be passed onto Jess Sutton, Gemma Greenaway-Byrne and Rachel Kenyon for organising logistics.