Headteacher’s weekly notes: 08.12.17

Headteacher’s weekly notes: 08.12.17

It feels as though the festive season has truly arrived this week, with celebrations at Christmas lunch today and glowing faces from the annual cross-country run. My sincere thanks go once again to the Beedle family at Gants Mill for allowing us to continue this traditional run through their land, and of course to the PE staff (and their helpers) for ensuring that it is well-practiced, organised and marshalled. But most of all, I congratulate the students for entering into the spirit of the run with such gusto – from the Year 7s, who are running it for the first time, to the seasoned Sixth Formers, who come dressed up and eager to make memories (and no doubt relieved that their Mock exams are over). A wonderful Sexeian day.

I have been delighted when walking around school this week to see so many examples of alternative routes to learning – from the models of rock cycles and solar systems created by Year 7 in Science, and of the Titanic in English, but also the creation of the Nativity figures in S3, which were so proudly displayed at the Bruton Christmas Shopping Evening on Wednesday. They were the product of a great show of teamwork and will be on display in town throughout the Christmas period. The Year 13 Business students were taken out of school this week for a Foundation Workshop to support their learning, and our ‘More Able’/’Gifted and Talented’ department has been providing wall resources for students to select tasks to stretch themselves. A fantastic example of differentiation in the classroom.

My sports congratulations this week go to Macmillan boarder Rory Parnell and day student Murray Hendrie, who played hockey for Somerset at the weekend against Dorset, and also to Coombe boarder Archie Coulsey-Belgeonne, who has recently won three awards in Taekwondo in the South West of England awards.

A last note – next Tuesday we welcome Somerset County Council’s safeguarding lead Jane Weatherill into school to conduct a full review of our safeguarding systems. This will help us in advance of the Ofsted monitoring visit scheduled for next term. I look forward to keeping you informed on that front.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend.