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    Headteacher’s News

    This week: Twelfth Night, Year Seven Concert and Year Eleven mock examinations

    Twelfth Night
    Congratulations to all the actors, dancers, musicians and stage staff involved in the extraordinary production of Twelfth Night at the end of the Autumn Term. The two performances were funny, moving, original and visually splendid, and the cast were incredibly well-rehearsed. Their delivery of their lines was clear and expressive, and the audience responded with huge enthusiasm to their wit and energy. As always with Shakespeare, the plot is complex, features a wealth of different characters, disguise, mistaken identity and gender confusion. All of this was handled brilliantly, and the performance was much appreciated by all who came along. Looking at the programme, it is especially impressive to see students taking charge of music direction and arrangements, choreography, sound, stage management, costumes and make-up - all of which added enormously to the impact of the play.

    Warmest congratulations go to Justine Cohen and Laura Steel, who made this production happen as directors, producers, designers and inspirational teachers - and made it all run so smoothly.

    Year Seven Concert
    Our Year Seven concert on 19th December was a great success. All the Year Seven students participated, having worked on their performances during music lessons in the Autumn Term. As always, the programme was very varied, featuring ‘The King of Rock and Roll’ (Paddy McAloon), the Overture from Music for the Royal Fireworks (Handel), ‘Don’t Stop me Now’ (Mercury) and many other enjoyable and challenging pieces. The Year Sevens were joined by several older students, including the Wind, String and Brass Groups, performing pieces that reflected this year’s theme - A Right Royal Christmas.

    Drinks and mince pies were provided to enhance the festive atmosphere and we were delighted to welcome so many parents and friends along as an audience.

    Many thanks to all in the music department for such an enjoyable evening.

    Year Eleven Mock Examinations
    We have had positive feedback from our Year Eleven students about their experience of the mock examinations. They rose to the challenge of these practice papers by revising thoroughly, arriving punctually and well-prepared for the day. They also behaved responsibly before and after exams, recognising that other students were still in lessons and respecting their need for quiet.

    Year Elevens will receive their results next week, and will benefit from finding out which areas are strengths for them and where they need to do some more work and revision.

    Elizabeth Kitcatt
    Headteacher