Tickets are on sale now for the school production of Sweeney Todd. The cast has grown as our new Year 7 have been added to the chorus. Rehearsals continue apace at lunchtime and on Sundays. The company are working flat out to put on what they anticipate will be one of the most technical shows that the school has ever produced. It is a team effort all round so thank you to those parents and former students that are volunteering. Thanks of course to Mr Harris, Mrs Thompson, Mrs Jago, Miss Craven, Mr Lillywhite and Mr Pountney who are in the throes of the final preparations. Performances are on the 15, 16 and 17 October in the Town Hall, starting at 7pm. Tickets £8/£6 (concessions) can be purchased on ParentMail. Please note that the production’s subject matter means that it is only suitable for students aged 11 and above.
School and Sixth Form council
Both of our school council groups met for the first time this week following whole school elections. Topics for discussion included access to Wi-Fi, uniform, mobile phone use and Wednesday afternoon activities. They have also asked for a few additions to the dining hall which will continue to improve the canteen service and range of choice. The days for the School council have moved from a Thursday to a Tuesday. Although we will still meet every other week, every so often an important topic emerges and it is important that we meet more frequently. This change means that we can do so should the need arise. With regard to mobile phone use, the same expectation continues that when moving around the site, students should not be looking at their phones. This was supported unanimously by the School council. Following discussions with the School council, I will come to parents to hear their views about some changes that I am proposing to the availability of uniforms and the style of girls’ skirts for those in Years 7 to 11. I hope to commence this before half-term.
The pastoral team spent part of this week investigating two linked incidents regarding the use of racist language. I take this very seriously. Even words or phrases that are perceived as banter are hurtful and, in effect, racist. Thank you for enforcing this message at home.
Year 9 and 10 Outdoor Pursuits course
Our Year 9 and 10 students have departed to the Hollowford Centre in the Peak District this weekend. They will be doing a range of team building activities, caving, parascending, walking, etc. Thank you to Mr Frost and his team for giving up a long weekend for students’ benefit.
Iceland (Wednesday 24th October to Sunday 28th October)
There has been a change to the itinerary for the Iceland trip. The departure time has been brought forward to 5.45am from the original time of 8am on Wednesday 24th October. Students must be in the Market Square no later than 5.30am for a prompt departure.
With best wishes,