Firstly, can I just apologise if our communication of the CPD day on the first day back after February ½ term was not communicated as effectively as we would all have liked? I did write to all parents/ carers regarding this training day but acknowledge that our website and texting services, in particular, were not updated. There has been some admin changes but we should still have made sure that these services were used more effectively to communicate. For clarification our remaining CPD days this year are:
- Friday 12th April 2019.
- Monday 1st July 2019.
The CPD day was extremely worthwhile and staff got the time to come together and discuss our schemes of work across Key Stage 3. We hope that the increasing focus on core knowledge and exploring learning through ‘oracy’ will see students challenged even more in classrooms.
Before ½ term I was fortunate enough to see ‘Sister Act’ - our annual musical extravaganza and was just absolutely blown away by the performances. There is so much talent in our academy it does sometimes simply take your breath away! Our production of Sister Act was professional, amusing, enjoyable and just great fun. Mind you, Wednesday’s performance would have been so much better if I had got my bit right!! Well done to all staff and students who gave up so much time and shed blood, sweat and tears to put on what is the best musical I have ever seen in a school.
The final weekend of our ½ term break saw me take the GSA recruitment drive on the road, or to be more precise, in the air to Canada. OAT were invited, at no cost, to a recruitment fair in Edmonton, Alberta and I took full advantage to secure some interviews for our school. Two days of flying and two days interviewing were rewarded with three excellent appointments and I cannot wait for our Canadian teachers to start in September when they will add to our Science, Geography and English and Maths departments. How very exciting!
This week I was fortunate enough to be asked to judge the GSA Bake-off. What an experience! I am the only member of staff who does not belong to a house and, as such, am an impartial judge. The standard of fayre was absolutely unbelievable and I have to say would have earned rave reviews in any restaurant of repute! The diversity of dishes was incredible - from Mr Bishton’s sausage and mash, to curries, spring rolls, Polish pancakes and cupcakes. Yummy!!!! Some people think that I have a hard job – I think it is the best in the world and moments like this prove it.
Also this week we hosted our World Book Day celebrations. Miss Bell, our Librarian, did a great job coordinating a host of events. My own favourites being the library sardines as I just loved seeing so many students in our library. Many schools do not have full time librarian; we are very happy that we do and that the library is becoming the centre of learning that it should be. Oh and by the way – I was dressed up as the Friar from Romeo and Juliet and not either Jesus or a Jedi as the students seemed to think.
As always thank you for your support.
Onwards and upwards
Adrian Price, Principal