We are now three-weeks into the new academic year and it is all go! Each week I will provide parents and carers with a bitesize update on various aspects of school life. This will then be followed each half term by a pupil produced news blog. This will be written and produced by a team of amazing pupils.
I’ll start my update with a heartfelt thank you for your ongoing support for the school. We couldn’t do our job without parents and carers, and we very much appreciate all that you do.
This week started with our Open Evening On Monday. To say it was busy would be an understatement – it was packed and then some! A huge thanks goes to all the poeple, both staff and pupils, that helped to make the evening a real success. So many visitors commented on how polite and welcoming our young people were – they really did us proud.
Our school site is undergoing some key improvements. Most significant of all is our new Arts Centre. This purpose built, 400-seater facility, with a professional performance space, will be completed in mid-November. The interior work is well underway and the exterior just needs its finishing touches. It’s been a long journey and has taken three-years to get to this point. We therefore are delighted that this year’s school show will be able to take place in the new venue.
After various delivery-related delays, we now have our additional food serving space installed at the front of the Post-16 building. This will open next week and serve cold ‘grab and go’ food. This extra space will help to reduce queuing times for all pupils. Over the next 12-months, work will start on a large-scale expansion of our main facility, The Galley. This two storey extension will double the dining and serving space available to our pupils.
Today saw our European Day of Languages take place. The day is a international means of promoting awareness among the general public of the importance of language learning and protecting the linguistic heritage. Staff were asked to dress as a flag for any country (inc. outside of Europe) and we had pupils racing around throughout the day to track them down and identify the country. In addition there were language quizzes, a cake competition and various other activities over the course of the day.