Dear Parents and Carers

 

Welcome back! Please take a few moments to read the weekly update below

 

Trips and visits

Well done to everyone who took part in one of our overseas visits during half term. With visits gong out to Berlin (History) and Italy (Ski Trip), it was a very busy half term for pupils and staff alike. Pupils were impeccably behaved and took a great deal from the visits.

We have more exciting trips and visits coming up soon – one to Paris and one to Rhineland in the next couple of months. Miss Harvey is organising both and will be sending round final communication in due course.

I am also pleased to launch another multi-day adventure visit in the summer term – a chance to take part in a pilgrimage walk taking in some of Dorset’s most beautiful coastal paths. The journey will take place over three and half days with camping stops along the route. We are delighted to be working with the Diocese of Salisbury on this visit. It is open to Year 10 & 11 pupils due to the physicality and distances involved but we hope to run it again each year so lower years will have a chance in future. Places will be limited – so please sign up quickly if this is of interest!

 

Year 11 Mocks

Thank you to Year 11 Pupils for how you have started your mocks. Initial feedback from the invigilator team has been very positive indeed with a couple of small caveats:

  1. Punctuality is essential for all exams – please be there at least 10 minutes before the start of the exam to leave your bag, complete the final preparations etc…
  2. Please wear uniform correctly without excess jewellery etc… Again, this helps load the hall quickly
  3. When finishing, please go straight back to your lessons as quickly and quietly as possible so as to  not disturb lessons and make the most of revision time

Finally, please remember to keep on revising and pushing through this mock period — time is quickly running out now and the real exams will be with us in no time.

 

Upcoming events

Next week, mocks continue for Year 11 which means the hall is still restricted at break and lunch.

Please remember that next Thursday is the second round of Industrial Action which means school will be open for Year 11, Year 7 and vulnerable children, along with the children of key workers. There is a letter on our website – please do make sure to read it carefully.

Year 7 will have an assembly next week sharing details of the PGL Residential Trip in 2025 – this is a fantastic opportunity to take part in an outdoors adventure style programme of events.

Slightly further ahead on Thursday 9 March we have the Year 10 Parent Consultation Evening – this is taking place online. Please read the letter on our website.

 

Finally this week…

Thank you to Brother Ally, Reverend Betty and Father Anthony, along with our resident school pastor Jake Parker and local youth worker Joe Hobday. They have all been in school helping pupils reflect on the season of Lent with a time of worship on and about Ash Wednesday.

 

May God bless you all at this time

 

Best wishes,

John Cornish

Principal