Following the return from the half term break, we went straight into our school charity week. Organised and run by our amazing Sixth Form pupils, we have supported two very important charities – Parkinson’s UK and Cardiac Risk in the Young. Parkinson’s UK work to raise money to help find a cure, and improve the life experience for everybody affected by Parkinson’s. Cardiac Risk in the Young work to prevent sudden cardiac deaths through awareness, screening and research, and supporting affected families. Over the course of the week, a wide variety of activities took place including a talent show, sponge the teacher, staff vs. pupil dodgeball, a Mario Kart competition and a whole-school mufti-day. Poor Mr Taylor was a popular ‘sponging choice’. In fact one Year 8 pupil brought in a £10 note to purely be spent on soaking Mr Taylor!! We are still adding up our total amount raised and hope to be be able to make a sizeable contribution to both vital charities. For more information, including announcement of the talent show winners, please see the videos below.
Just before the half term break we worked with the anti-racism charity ‘Show Racism the Red Card’, who delivered workshops to pupils in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and Post-16. The workshops covered some difficult and emotive content, but were really important in getting our young people to start to explore a national and global issue. As usual, our pupils were great and really got stuck into the activities and discussion. The presenters said it was one of the best cohorts of young people they have ever worked with. Upon completion of the workshops the whole-school took part in national ‘Wear Red Day 2021’. The purpose of the day is to continue to highlight the issue of racism in society and show a commitment to stopping it. Through that day we raised nearly £1200 to support anti-racism educational charities. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
Congratulations goes to Matthew in Year 7, who last weekend received his beret, passing out as a Royal Marine Cadet. Well done Matthew.
Congratulations also go to our Head of Geography, Miss Richardson, who has been shortlisted for the 2022 Bernice McCabe Award through the Prince’s Teaching Institute. This is in recognition of her outstanding subject leadership programme work. We wish Miss Richardson the very best of luck.