This half term has flown by and it has been a busy one. Year 9 were buzzing with enthusiasm after their option subject taster day on Wednesday and it was a real pleasure to see so many students excited and engaged in subjects they have never studied before as well as some more familiar ones. Our hope is that this experience will be useful in ensuring every student makes the right choices for them. Thank you to both Mrs Walton and Miss Hunstone for organising this.
Year 13 exhibited their EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) research in the Hall on Wednesday afternoon. The range and quality of the projects is amazing and they should all feel very proud of their achievements. These projects help students to develop and demonstrate a wide range of skills and competencies beyond their individual subjects, which will help them immensely to be successful in the workplace and higher education.
Our Year 10 and 11 girls deserve huge congratulations after taking part in the County Schools Badminton tournament on Tuesday. They came second to win a silver medal against schools from across Bedfordshire and we are incredibly proud of them. GCSE and A level students are very excited that they will receive some training from England netballer, Georgia Lee so we expect them to build on this success in future competitions. A number of students also competed in the Bedfordshire County Cross Country championships on Wednesday. They demonstrated resilience and determination in some harsh conditions and tough races with all finishing strongly. Thank you to the PE department for supporting our students in these events.
I will shortly be writing to parents about plans to launch a new Parent Forum during the second half of the Spring term. The Parent Forum will be a group of parent/carer representatives who will meet once a term to discuss school related issues. Regular, open communication and consultation with parents is really important to us as a school and the Parent Forum will provide a valuable way to listen to your ideas and concerns and seek your views. I have spoken to a number of parents recently who agree that they would appreciate a Forum to represent their views and contribute to improving communication and partnership between the school and parents. Ms Emma Thomas and Mrs Alison Bayman have volunteered to be a point of contact for parents while we set up and agree the terms of reference for the Forum. I am very grateful for their commitment to this initiative and their ideas about how it can develop in the future. If you are interested in becoming a representative on the Forum, please respond to the letter that you will soon receive.
I wish everyone a wonderful half term break and we look forward to welcoming the students back to school on Monday 24th February.
Ms Roz Hodges