This week's Newsletter in full. From Mr Abbott: This year, once again we are celebrating Africa Week in school, which embraces a range of events including sponsored events, visiting speakers, poetry readings, music and dance performances. The concerts and swing night showcase some excellent performances from many of our talented pupils. We are grateful to everyone who has helped and organised the events and to the Mayor and Twinning Association, in addition to other visiting speakers for helping to raise the profile of this important event in school and for making it the success that it has been.
It is always worth remembering the purpose of Africa week, as we have been celebrating it every year for the last seven years at around this time. It is a largest fundraising event for charity that we organise in the year and all money raised during the week goes to support underprivileged children in Uyogo, as many of them are deprived of the basics such as clean water, electricity, fresh produce and their local school provides only very basic facilities and little opportunity for young people to achieve success and eventually leave their community for a better life style. It is always a wakeup call to us in the modern industrialised world to remember how privileged we are in this country to have the opportunities that we have and these should never been taken for granted.
In addition to fundraising for Africa, part of the proceeds of today’s non uniform day will go towards “Home for the Needy”. Next Friday, there will also be a non uniform day and this will go towards Children in Need. From time to time, our library staff organise book readings to promote reading. This week, we had a lunch time event to learn about the novel, “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” by Muriel Spark. The pupils watched the film and were able to discuss parts of the book with fellow students and staff in groups. The pupils who attended were given a free copy of the book. Congratulations should go also to our year 7 finalists in the recent book quiz who were presented with a trophy on Thursday at break time in the library.
Some of our students have received exam results from module tests at GCSE and A level. There were many delighted students and I hope that our oldest students will eventually be able to take up offers at their first choice of university. I would like to thank the PTA members for organising the Comedy Night which
will take place on Saturday 19 th March at school. I hope that as many of you as possible will be able to attend the event, which promises to be very enjoyable. Please note that the Parents’ Evening on 17 th March is for Year 10 and not Year 7 as advertised in a previous newsletter.
Thank you for your continued support. Yours sincerely
H.H.S. Abbott Headteacher