18 December 2020

Principal's Christmas Update

Dear Parents and Carers

Without a doubt, this term has been the most ‘difficult’ term we have ever experienced but the way in which students, parents and teachers have responded to the challenges we have faced has been amazing. My thanks to all the staff that have worked so hard this term in supporting your children to learn in school or when they have been learning at home. This has made me a very proud Principal.

We are hopeful that we will soon be able to review and re-introduce our after school provision for clubs and activities, as I know that students and staff are keen to resume these enrichment activities. We will, of course, let you know in due course.

As you can see from our packed newsletter, we have still found plenty to celebrate: from amazing art work by Nay in Year 10; Abby’s perfect Hegarty Maths homework; amazing stories that students are writing in English, to the Year 7 and 8 students entering Science competitions.

As parents, I hope that you have found the information on SIMS Parent App and also the homework being set on Google Classrooms useful and informative. I would urge you to contact members of staff at the College if you have any concerns or wish to share anything that will help us to support your child. I have enjoyed my recent conversations with parents and am always happy to receive feedback, whether it is something we have done well or is something that we need to improve upon. I encourage you to use our contact page on the website, especially if it is out of office hours, as this is regularly checked.

If you need any help or support over the Christmas break, please contact Cindy at Arterne (contact details are on the website). Cindy can support you in a range of ways, from signposting to services, support with resources or just being at the end of the phone.

We appreciate that this Christmas may be very difficult for some of our students and I hope that they have shared with you some of the activities we have undertaken at the College this term to bring a ‘smile’ to their faces (even if it is hidden under a mask). I would like to thank our students for being utterly amazing this term, by taking everything we have asked them to do in their stride. To recognise this supreme effort we are instigating some Christmas ‘safe’ activities – advent calendars, selection boxes, Christmas treats, raffles and the favourite activity – Elf spotting around the College!
May I take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and I hope you have a wonderful relaxing Christmas with your families. Take care and I look forward to welcoming all students back on 04 January 2021.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Bevan