Needless to say that this year has seen a very different approach to Christmas but in some ways I have seen a strengthening of our community as a result.
Our normal senior citizens evening, where we treat our local residents to a sumptuous feast and entertainment, has been replaced by our 'Hug in a box'. Parents, students, staff and Whitleigh Big Local have all contributed to the cost of a little Christmas gift which will be delivered by the Army in December.
For our students we have two extra members of the Sir John Hunt family this year, our naughty elves who, through the magic of Christmas miraculously appear in a different spot each day around the College!
I have also enjoyed watching the daily opening of the advents calendars in tutor time and the transformation of our student reception as they have incrementally added more festivities, turning a professional looking reception area into a Christmas grotto!
As this very different term draws to a close I look forward to seeing the array of Christmas jumpers and hats and watching the festive final Pastoral Leader’s assemblies projected into classrooms on the last day of term.
My special thanks go to the following for spreading the Christmas cheer, all the parents and staff who contributed to the 'Hug in a box' and to all the students who donated their hard earned praise points. My final thanks go to the elves who have made our students smile each day!
I hope you all have a happy and healthy Christmas.