MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 18TH NOVEMBER 2016

As with last week, unfortunately a shortened blog with fewer personal observations this week as I have not been in school.  However, I am pleased to confirm I should be back in school next week.

Once again I have been able to keep up to date with a few events taking place in school this week through email, all of which, like last week, are worthy of sharing.

Assemblies this week, of which there have been three delivered to the senior school, have been led by Mrs Candler, Mr Burridge, and on Wednesday a team effort delivered by Mrs Candler, Ms Stanton, Mrs Croydon and Mr Abbott.  Whilst I was not present for these, I am told the topics instigated much discussion amongst the pupils during the day and, who knows, perhaps they were still talking about the assemblies when they arrived home.  During other registration periods this week, tutors were working to raise awareness of Anti-Bullying week by sharing videos produced by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, as well as sparking discussion and reinforcing how pupils can guard against unacceptable behaviour.

There has been a great deal going on relating to sport this week, as Wednesday saw the ISA Senior Swimming Gala as organised by Mr Dowson, and attended by competitors from many ISA member schools across East Anglia.  Colchester High School can boast many victories from the gala as the scoreboard confirms CHS swimmers outshone the competition is almost every category – my congratulations go to all individual winners, as well as thanks to Mr Dowson and his team for encouraging the pupils so successfully.   Mr Dowson also accompanied the under-12 Rugby team to a match at Gosfield on Thursday, and he is now finalising details for the 50th anniversary Cut Hedge Trophy Cross Country race at Gosfield School on Wednesday 23rd November; undoubtedly a very busy time of year for the PE staff, in particular Mr Dowson.  Sticking with the sporting theme, Ms Stanton and the Charity Council saw the fruits of their labours result in further funds being raised for CRY as the charity netball matches started Thursday lunchtime, and culminated with a Year 11 versus staff match today.  By all accounts the atmosphere was enthralling, as all spectators entered into the spirit of the occasion, whilst some added further to the charity collection pot by selling popcorn.  Obviously my thanks go to the council members and staff who supported this initiative.  As you will know collections were also made today for BBC Children In Need, and when I know how much has been raised, I will share the figure with parents and guardians.

Working alongside the Charity Council is the School Council who had their fortnightly meeting this week as is their custom.  The council is overseen by Mrs Hoddell, and as thank you for the commitment shown by class representatives, Mrs Hoddell has organised a lunch at China Chef on the last day of term.

My thanks go to Mrs Long and Mrs Hampson who trained a team to participate in the BPW English Speaking competition which was held on Wednesday evening of this week; a long evening since it did not finish until 10pm.   The team, which was also supported by Dr Georgiou on the night, won first place for the Best Young Team and second place overall, which results in the team going through to regional finals scheduled for March.  An additional highlight of the evening was one of our pupils being awarded for being the Best Expresser of Thanks.  Congratulations to all pupils involved as they continue to go from strength to strength when it comes to public speaking.

Looking ahead, there will soon be a number of Christmas related events taking place, and one which has already received a great deal of meticulous planning by the CHSA, is the Christmas Bazaar which is scheduled for Friday 2nd December.  This is always an important event in the school calendar, and highlights how much work the members of the CHSA put in to making events a success, such that they continue to benefit the school immeasurably.  As well as Santa’s Grotto which is traditionally a firm favourite with attendees, there will be face painting, hot dogs, a craft stall, mulled wine and a plethora of other stalls to which I cannot necessarily do justice, so instead I direct you to the newsletter as more information becomes available – whether you are volunteering to run a stall, or just wishing to browse and enjoy the event, I hope it is something you will be able to support.

Finally, Colchester High School, as with many other local schools, has been alerted to an article published this week regarding an incident in the Highwoods area of Colchester.   See full article here.  It pays to be vigilant.

Best wishes.