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Head's Blog 27/02/2015

Head's Blog 27/02/2015

I would like to offer a warm welcome back to all of our staff and students and I hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing February half term.  Already we have had a strong start to the spring term, with many positive events and activities having taken place this week with more to come in the following months.
 
Despite the misfortune of Friday the 13th striking on the last day before half term causing a network failure, our IT Manager and Technician Mr Timms and Mr Leech have worked hard over the half term to ensure that the school systems were up and running again in time for our return.  Thank you to both of them for fixing those issues, and I apologise to anyone who was unable to get in contact with us on that Friday.
 
Well done to all of our students who conducted themselves with maturity during our recent fire drill, and thank you to the staff who lead the drill and aided us in evacuating the school in an excellent manner.  Our students’ behaviour has continued to impress this week as we have welcomed visiting SLT member Mr O’Neil, Deputy Head of Eaton Bank, who will be joining us on a weekly basis on his journey towards Headship.  The positive ethos of our school has given him a fantastic first impression, and we hope that he enjoys his time with us in the weeks ahead. 
 
Our Aspire links with local primary schools have continued this week and I hope that the year 3 class from Middlewich who baked bread and made vegetable soup with Mrs Belt enjoyed themselves.  Click here to read more and see photos of their time with us.
 
This week we published a timetable of the extra-curricular activities we offer.  You can view all of these, as well as details of where and when they take place, by clicking here.  From Gardening to Minecraft to BBC News Club, there is something that every student will enjoy, so please do encourage your child to have a look and try something new this term.
 
Community Officer PC Jane Commins visited us once again to help teach our students the importance of e-safety and what they can do to make sure they stay safe and in control online.  Please encourage your child to visit www.internetmatters.org to find out more about e-safety.  If you would like to know more about how you can ensure that your child is using their phones or tablets safely, the NSPCC has launched a resource called Net Aware that explains what each of the social networking apps do and what the minimum age requirements are; you can find this by clicking here.
 
As I write, we await the return of our Year 7 students who have been on the annual trip to the Manor where they have been participating in all sorts of different team building exercises.  Photographs from the trip will be uploaded to our website and Facebook next week.  
 
We are delighted to welcome the Head and Deputy Head from Kilimo High School who have been our link school for the past number of years.  They arrive in school on Wednesday 4th March and we have an exciting programme arranged for them, we will share more information with you next week.
 
We also have a visitor from Denmark arriving on Monday 9th March for three weeks to experience life in a British School.
I would also like to draw your attention to the finalised school calendar for 2015-2016, which we have now published on our website; please click here.
 
Finally, I am pleased to announce that our brand new science lab has been completed and students had their first Science lessons in there this week! It is a great resource for the school and will enable our Science teaching staff to carry out their lessons in the best environment.
 
Kindest regards,
 
Mr Keith Simpson
Headteacher