On Wednesday 20th January our recently formed dance group of Key Stage 3 students competed in the ‘Great Big Dance Off’ competition at the Alexandra Theatre. They had practiced incredibly hard with their talented Key Stage 4 leader and competed with enthusiasm and skill. Miss Dawkins who supported the team was very proud of them as indeed are we all.
On Thursday 21st January we hosted and competed in the Rotary Club of Stourbridge ‘Youth Speaks’ competition against five other local schools. Both teams were magnificent and our Key Stage 3 team were victorious and now go through to the next round in Coventry. Although not winners in the senior team category there was much praise for our Key Stage 4 team too. Thank you to Miss Clews and Mrs Lait for all their support of the teams. In the same week I was also invited to speak to the Rotary Club of Hagley about the current educational landscape.
We recently held our new look ‘options evening’ which included a ‘Subject Fair’ in the school hall as well as our usual talks from staff. Feedback has been very positive and we are most grateful for the support we are receiving from parents/carers as we negotiate and plan for the many changes at both GCSE and A level.
We hosted a visit to Haybridge of nine educational officials from Hong Kong who were in the UK on a fact finding trip about acadamisation and governance. Our Chair of Governors Sue Fowler and I met with the group who have been most gracious in their feedback, ‘We had a particularly inspiring session with you and Sue and I am moved by your generous, valuable sharing of views and experiences’. The group presented us with a gift which is now in our trophy cabinet in the main reception area.
This year is the sixtieth anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh award and Mr Allington has been encouraging the staff to take on a ‘diamond challenge for a diamond year’. The plan is that up to forty five of us will undertake an expedition in the Black Mountains in May. On a much less energetic note as a Duke of Edinburgh Licensed organisation, Mr Allington and I have also been invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace in June.
Welcome to our new blog which colleagues and I will contribute to on a regular basis and which we hope will give you a little more ‘live’ insight into what is happening in school.
As always it’s been a busy start to the term and I suspect that this evening many homes will be enjoying the smell of baking as cakes are prepared for our Macmillan coffee morning on Friday. At the Governors’ meeting on Tuesday Head Boy Jon described the range and variety of charity work which the students, led by the sixth form, take part in during the year and quite rightly the Governors were very impressed. This Christmas we will be supporting Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens by selling Christmas cards which feature some of the entrants in our annual ‘Pets dressed for Christmas’ competition.
Deputy Head Girl Sanjeet was also at the Governors’ meeting to describe the Year 12 visit to Geneva and Cern which takes place every August and is always an incredible experience enabling students to engage with the work of the United Nations. This summer also saw the school awarded the status of a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) which enables us not only to train new teachers but also award qualified teacher status. We were also delighted to receive recognition in the form of a Good Schools Guide Award 2015, celebrating the success of Girls in Further Mathematics at the school.
If you haven’t already bought a ticket, do please support Mr Corden’s concert on 10th October which is sure to be fabulous.