As the end of this half term is here now, it is amazing how quickly the first half of the academic year has gone. I was pleased to receive a certificate this week thanking us for our participation in Christmas Jumper Day. We managed to raise £407.44 for Save the Children, so a huge thank you to all of you involved!
At the end of last week, Year 9 and 11 BTEC Drama students visited Theatre Royal Plymouth to watch Frantic Assembly’s new performance “I Think We Are Alone”. This was then followed by a fantastic workshop by Frantic Assembly Practitioner Sean Hollands focusing on Frantic Assembly techniques. The students were joined by pupils from Coombeshead Academy and Cranbrook Education Campus to work collaboratively on this. They were a credit to the school and their creativity impressed everyone involved.
I have had an exciting meeting this week with staff from Exeter Maths School who have agreed to begin working with us, after half term. The aim is to work with our students who are passionate about maths, in order to give them opportunities in this area, that will help them in the future. We will be announcing this to students soon and it will involve year 8, 10 and 11 students to begin with.
I have also recently taken an assembly with Year 11 students, to continue to support them with preparation for examinations. Students have already completed some of these formal examinations in Motor Vehicle and Business Studies, with great success. The key now is to continue to work on revision for exams and in particular, the next round of mock examinations just after half term.
Finally, it has been exciting to talk to students in key stage 3 about their option choices next year. We have worked hard to provide a wide range of options that link to future jobs and careers. I am pleased to say that we are now offering new courses such as hair and beauty, child development and dance, as well as all of the other options. This gives students a real choice now when choosing for future years.
Have a peaceful half term break.