Friday, 11 December 2015

Head's Blog 11th December 2015

Today we had our Advent Reconciliation Services prepared by Miss Hutchings. She reminded us that true riches are about how much we can give rather than how much we have and pointed out that there are only 14 days left to prepare for the blessings of Christmas.

Yesterday our Sixth Form students welcomed senior citizens for a Christmas lunch. It was really good to see our guests with the sixth form and Mrs Polson's Year 10 class working hard to make them welcome and make sure they were well fed and happy. It was also good to welcome back Mr Glanville and Mr Crossman who helped (along with Mr Ousey and our school musicians) to keep everyone entertained.

On Tuesday of next week we have our Senior Presentation Evening and I am very much looking forward to seeing the prizes presented and meeting some of our former Year 13 students and finding out about what they are doing.

Also next week we have the College Panto next week which promises to be even better than usual. This is on Wednesday and Thursday night. Also on Thursday we will have Carol Services in school. Parents will also be aware that the College closes for pupils at 1:35 pm on Friday 18th December and we re-open on Tuesday 5th January.

I have some very good sports news to share with parents. Firstly on Thursday 4th December the Year 11 Football Team played Plymstock in the semi-final. Mr Greenway tells me that conditions were not good and the boys had already had the disruption of the school having to close early because of no water. Nevetheless the boys put in a fantastic performance with the final score being Plymstock 0 St Boniface's 1 thanks to an Armand Rumbete wonder freekick. Mr Greenway is very proud of our boys especially since, as he reminded me, when we played Plymstock last year we lost 6-2.

Also we have 2 of our students representing Plymouth in the British Indoor Rowing Championships in London on Friday:  Billy Heath and Toby Marks. Both boys have worked extremely hard to get to this competition so congratulations to them.

Finally on Wednesday Mr Coleman took a group of boys to Plymstock to play in an under 14's badminton competition. The boys all played awesomely and over 2 weeks have managed to finish second in Plymouth for their age group. 

If your son talks to you about (and asks you for money for) the Sponsored Festive 500 that Mr MacCormick and Mr Romaine are undertaking and you are wondering what he means then I can help out. The Festive 500 is a challenge to cycle 500 km during the 8 days between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. If that doesn't sound challenging enough Mr MacCormick and Mr Romaine are trying to set a record to do the 500 km as quickly as possible. The are going to start at midnight on Christmas Even and cycle until they have completed the full distance. They reckon this will take about 20 hours. They are raising money forCrisis at Christmas and the Shekinah Mission. They have set each Tutor Group the rather easier challenge of raising at least £22.29. That is the amount of money needed to house, feed and support a homeless person on Christmas day. Every tutor group that meets or exceeds this challenge will know that they have given at least one person a very happy Christmas.

Year 7 News
A representative from Lepra gave a talk to our Year 7 and Year 8 students during an assembly on Monday 7th December about the work of Lepra and how the charity looks after and treats children and adults with leprosy.  This is to help develop a wider understanding and empathy with people facing health issues which can often isolate them from their communities.

Between Monday 7th December and Monday 14th December students will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising to raise funds for Lepra.  Students have been given envelopes and have been asked to tell people about the work of Lepra, and collect voluntary donations to help support the charity.

We would like to ask you to support your son by enabling them to talk about their learning on this issue and permitting him/her to collect donations, only from those known to you and your family, or those whom you feel it is appropriate for your son to approach.  We do hope that you will feel able to support your son and thank you in advance for helping to give a life back to the many children and adults who are in great need of Lepra’s help.  

Parents Evening was a huge success last night, and we thank you all for your attendance.  It was a pleasure to speak with so many parents and hear of their son’s successes.  As some members of staff were unwell, please do not hesitate to contact them via email if you require information concerning your son’s progress in their subject area. 

Emails address are, for example; 

Unfortunately it has been brought to my attention that some individuals in Year 7 are choosing the wrong choices in regards to their behaviour.  As a Pastoral team, we cannot allow students to behave in this matter, and therefore the decision to issue a B4 detention, which is an hour after school, to any student involved in the following behaviours during lesson time and unstructured times;

 Pushing and shoving 

 Throwing wet and muddy leaves on the yard

 Swearing at other students

 Kicking and hitting in private areas

Students believe that the above can be perceived as being playful and messing around, which is not the case if their actions are at risk of putting themselves or others in danger of harm. Please note that it is only a very small number of boys that are involved; I am sure parents will be pleased that the College is taking action to make sure everyone is safe and happy in school.

Celebration assembly is very quickly approaching, and will be held on Thursday 17th December.  There will be many certificates handed out which have been issued by your son’s subject teachers, to recognise those students who are constant ‘stars’ in their lessons.  I will also be giving out prizes for students with the most merits in Year 7, and these will be recorded on Wednesday 16th December…so boys, you must hurry and get your merits counted by this date!

Kind Regards, 

Mrs Swann

The prayer theme for this week is homelessness - which makes Mr Romaine and Mr MacCormick's fund raising even more apposite. Boys will be using this prayer in their tutor rooms.
God of compassion, your love for humanity was revealed in Jesus, whose earthly life began in the poverty of a stable and ended in the pain and isolation of the cross:
we hold before you those who are homeless and cold.

Draw near and comfort them in spirit especially in this bitter weather and bless those who work to provide them with shelter, food and friendship.

We ask this in Jesus' name.


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