I am called on to make many decisions over the school year but annually the one I find most difficult is to select the Head Boy, Head Girl and the Deputies. In my opinion any student who is prepared to put themselves forward for a competitive process, speak in front of the whole school and at the open hustings deserves our utmost respect and so invariably, every year I have to select from a group of wonderful students. This year was no exception and all the students who put themselves forward conducted themselves in the most exemplary fashion and I am delighted to be able to inform you that the Head Girl and Head Boy for 2017/18 are Tom and Jenny and the Deputies are Joe and Kia. I have no doubt that each of them along with the Officer team will make a very significant contribution to the life of the school. Tom and Jenny attended their first Full Governing Body meeting in June where they presented the collected evidence and their thoughts regarding possible follow up actions from the recent School’s Social Media Usage survey.
As always Sports Day was an excellent event and my thanks go to the PE department and other colleagues who facilitated such a smooth running and enjoyable day. Inevitably, the excitement built as the day progressed and there was movement amongst the ranking but the overall winner of the Sports Day Cup was Chiron House.
Each year Haybridge’s Personal Challenge Week in July offers students of all year groups a wide range of stimulating, challenging and enjoyable activities and this year was definitely no exception. Students took part in a wide range of exciting activities both on school campus and much further afield as they took advantage of varied opportunities to develop their skills, their knowledge, their creativity and their teamwork.
Over 100 Year 9 students and staff took part in the annual adventure activities trip to the beautiful Ardèche region of France, where they enjoyed canoeing, camping, walking and climbing. Other Year 9 students immersed themselves in the world of robotics, 3D Design and gaming and their week was rounded off with the very real-world thrills of Alton Towers!
Sixth Form geographers went to Iceland to observe its amazing, dynamic terrain while A Level Physics and Maths students got to grips with the phenomenal research work being undertaken at the CERN research complex in Geneva, home to the Large Hadron Collider.
Many students in Year 10 and 12 spent the week on Work Experience – in settings ranging from architects to a bank and a delicatessen to a law court.
Year 8 students’ Creative week saw them producing interpretations of scenes from Shakespeare– ranging from a sci-fi version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to a gangster-themed ‘The Merchant of Venice’. Students developed their self-confidence as well as an understanding of various performing arts, including music, acting, prop design and costumes.
Once again this year’s public examinations season saw the Examinations team organise over five hundred examinations and the Governors and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the team so ably led by our Examinations Officer for the exemplary way in which they run this incredibly complicated and extremely important element of school life.
I am also tremendously grateful to the people in our community who continue to support us on a voluntary basis and the end of the school year is an opportunity for me to thank the Governors, PTA, Parent/Carer Forum and Appeals committee who work so tirelessly on behalf of the students and the school.
On Wednesday 21st June, Year 13 student Miles was awarded the Becky Giddins Award for commitment and contribution to school sports and the Wyre Forest School Sports Partnership Sports Awards. Miles was unable to attend as he was immersed in his A level examinations but extracts from the text of his nomination reads as follows, ‘he is committed, determined and contributes to any team or activity he is associated with.’ ‘Miles has modelled behaviour as a PE Assistant in lessons and, within this role, has shown empathy and an ability to motivate younger students.’ ‘Miles is currently a regional level badminton player and has been pivotal to Haybridge’s badminton success in recent years. He is a very humble and charming young man.’
Good News Friday continues to allow me to meet with individual students, teams and groups to say well done. Most recently I met with the eighteen musicians who performed a concert at St. Saviour’s Court on 27th June. The feedback was as follows, ’Thank you for yesterday’s visit, it was delightful. The musical ability and behaviour of the students was a joy to behold and the dedication of the staff was commented upon by most of the audience.’