Half term is already a blur as we whizzed into the first week back at school. School reopened with a larger classroom for Miss Dooley which now has its own kitchen area and toilet. This is an amazing learning space for the children into which they are settling well. If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet do pop your head around the door at pick up. It’s a lovely space.
It was UK Parliament week this week and alongside many other schools and colleges across the country a school debate took place on Friday in honour of this.
The refectory became a debating chamber, and pupils spoke with passion and reason on subjects as diverse as Forces funding, Brexit, Climate Change and political honesty. The children were very thoughtful and opinionated (in a good way!) and everyone enjoyed listening to the speakers and casting their vote in our ballot boxes.
It is so important that we encourage all our children to both speak out and make their votes count.
The Department of Adventure resumed sessions with adventure treks at Woodbury. We identified some interesting fungi, saw the marine cadets training, practised orienteering and of course made fires and toasted marshmallows and ate smores!
The weather was mostly kind, but please continue to make sure the children come prepared with walking boots/wellies, waterproof coat and a rucksack.
As a school we follow a strict anti-bullying policy. For this reason we will be participating in anti-bullying week next week and children will be invited to wear odd socks to school on Odd Sock Tuesday (Tuesday 12th).
On Friday the 15th we will be celebrating Children in Need. Children are invited to donate £1 and can wear any outfit of their choice. There will also be cakes for sale and other activities taking place.
We are honoured that the RSPCA Reptile Rescue Centre in Brighton agreed to offer work experience to one of our Year 11 pupils, Isobel Church, over half term. Isobel is both knowledgeable and passionate about reptiles. During her placement she became familiar with caring for carpet pythons, baby hognose snakes, ball pythons, reticulated pythons, corn snakes and an angry bearded dragon! Isobel has gained invaluable experience in how to handle snakes correctly and use professional equipment.