From the Headteacher
I hope that everyone has had time to relax during the Christmas break, and that we return refreshed, re-energised and with renewed hope for everything that 2019 might bring.
We are looking forward to sharing in the successes, and supporting the resolutions, of our Year 11 students on their mock results morning and subsequent Parents’ Evening on Thursday 10 January. It will then be the turn of Year 13 to show what they have learned as their mock exams begin the following week. ‘Move Up Monday’ will take place after school on 14, 21 and 28 January, enabling Year 6 pupils to take part in activities and experience the curriculum at King Edward VI School.
This year the Children’s Society is celebrating 50 years of the Christingle service. We are delighted, therefore, to join other local schools in the Cathedral for a special Christingle service at 2pm on 22 January. The service will include hymns, readings and prayers, and money raised will support the work of the Children’s Society in helping children in difficult circumstances to feel less alone.
Later in the term, our students will once again take to the stage to demonstrate their skill and talent in our Spring Concert, and our annual Dance show at The Apex.
The new year is an ideal time to focus on our aspirations for the future, whilst taking stock of where we are now. January is said to take its name from the Roman god Janus, who had two faces – one looking to the past and one to the future. Janus was known as the god of beginnings and endings, associated with gateways and doors. I hope our students are ready to face their new challenges this term with great determination and optimism, as well to reflect on what has already happened in order to learn from it.
With very best wishes,