It was lovely to welcome back students to school for 2016 this morning. It was also a privilege to speak to Year 10 and Year 11 in assembly. I spoke to them about the feast of the Epiphany. As well as reminding them that the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh symbolised Christ's Kingship, his Godhead and the manner of his death, I invited them to consider that we could consider gold, frankincense and myrrh in our lives: that the gold would be things that were going well, that the myrrh represented the things that troubled us and the the frankincense represented those things that could be transformed by a change of heart. I will be speaking to other year groups later in the week.
At the end of last term we send "farewell" to a number of staff. Ms Abubakar leaves the RE team and Mr Tithecott leaves the science team. Mr Tucker has moved to a new school and Mr Neethling has returned to South Africa to be nearer to his extended family. This term we are delighted to welcome Mrs Sweeney who will teaching Modern Languages and Mr Stevens who will be teaching PE. We are also very pleased indeed to welcome Mrs Kendall back to the College. Boys and parents know Mrs Kendall better as Miss Heduvan and we are very lucky that she is returning to the RE team with her first lessons today.
I hope all parents and families had an enjoyable Christmas and I would like to wish everyone all the blessings they need for the new year.