MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 11TH NOVEMBER 2016

A very much shortened blog this week as many of you will know that unfortunately I have not been in school this week.  However, I hope to be back in school soon when fully recovered.

As a result, I am not able to share with you my experiences of the week in school, though that is not to say I have not kept up to date with a few events taking place in school this week through email, all of which are worthy of sharing.

On Monday Miss Banks took Year 8 pupils orienteering and by all accounts the trip was both enjoyable and successful – a big thank you to Miss Banks, who’s next trip will be to take the GCSE PE group to the Olympic Park in December; more exciting details to follow.

On Tuesdays some parents were able to join the Parent Engagement Group meeting, whilst I sent my apologies and was disappointed to have missed this, I know it will have been a productive meeting.

I was also very disappointed I could not be present for the Talent Show held in the Hall on Wednesday, as organised each year by Mrs Romero-Fernandes; a big thank you to her from me.  In the words of a parent who sent in congratulations the next day: Just want to say a big thank you for all you do in the music department, it was so wonderful seeing all the students last night, watching them grow on the stage each year is just amazing, you will never know how much it means for them, [my son] has much more confidence in himself as a result of being on stage and seeing all the support from staff and other students is a part of school life that will stay with them forever.

The Phase Leaders were overseeing assemblies this week, which included an assembly focused on the Food Bank Appeal for November, as well as the Head and Deputy Head Girls sharing their experiences of CHS and what their role means to them.

On Thursday Mr May and some colleagues accompanied some Year 8 pupils to a melodramatic operatic afternoon at the Mercury Theatre.  From reading Mr May’s post trip reflections, this was yet another successful theatre trip.  Again, I shall quote here from an email received: A great show.  One can see why it has had wonderful reviews in the local press.   Soaring orchestral music, magnificent singing, witty lyrics.    And what a bargain of a trip…The students seemed to have enjoyed themselves. The students were humming the tunes on the walk back and had even memorised some of the lyrics.  Their behaviour was excellent. Here are a few random student views overheard/garnered on the walk back to school: ”thrilling, amazing”; “GREAT”; “REALLY GOOD”. It certainly sounds a success to me.

Finally, today of course is the day for the school’s special Remembrance Service which is always a very sombre and moving occasion, and I am sure this year will have been no different.

In looking ahead to next week, on Friday, as is a long standing custom at the school, Senior School pupils will be offered a non-uniform day in return for a donation to the Children In Need appeal – more information to follow.

I hope all pupils have had a good week, and will follow it with a good weekend.