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    Headteacher’s News

    This week: Book Fair, Romeo and Juliet, Winter Concert.

     

     

    The two weeks before the Christmas holidays were far busier than usual as the school celebrated, raised money, and put on a number of performances in the approach to the festivities.

     

    Book Fair

    Thank you to CASCA for planning and running this year's Book Fair, and to Gail Rebuck for her generous donation of brand new books for us to sell.

    The event was a real success and very enjoyable.  The team created a welcoming atmosphere and made book purchasing a pleasure for our customers. The total raised so far is a very pleasing £2,000 (and still counting!)

    None of this is possible without parents’ generosity with their time and skills. Many thanks to all who helped and who came along to make purchases.

     

    Romeo and Juliet

    ‘It is 1993. Rival corporate bosses, Capulet and Montague, are absent parents‘ hoping for the best’. They believe money will keep their children safer than love. Their progeny have become subcultural and gender rivals.

    The Capulet girls, led by Tybalt, are riot girls with a hardcore attitude. They reject social norms, mainstream culture and the values of the older generation.

    The Montague boys are moneyed party boys: societal rules afford them a sense of entitlement and safety in the hierarchical order.’

     

    These are the programme notes for the brilliant sixth form production of Romeo and Juliet, performed over two evenings in the run-up to Christmas. It was a fabulous production, with the actors conveying powerful emotion; hope, despair, anger and passion with real confidence and skill. Many thanks to the performers and production team, to the audience and especially to Ms Silver and Ms Cohen for making it happen.

     

    Winter Concert

    The Y7 Winter Concert had a travel theme, with songs about trains, boats and planes. We heard beautiful renditions of Last Train to Clarksville, Leaving on a Jet Plane and The Locomotion from all our Y7 students, who performed with great enjoyment and charm. Many thanks to all parents who came along to support the event and to the Music Department for planning and organising the performance.

     

    Christmas Lunch, two assemblies and some Hanukkah Doughnuts!

    Christmas lunch was hugely popular this year with so many staff and students signing up for it that we needed two sittings. The sixth form put on a hilarious pantomime, ‘Where’s Jon Snow?’ and were then delighted when Jon came along to their assembly to talk to them about his experience as a journalist and current news stories. Main school students remembered the Christmas story and enjoyed some fabulous performances by students and staff on their final day, and we all enjoyed eating delicious doughnuts at breaktime to mark the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.

     

    Elizabeth Kitcatt
    Headteacher