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    Headteacher’s News

    This week: Kitchen Garden, Carnegie, Founder’s Day

    Kitchen garden
    Many thanks to Ms Toman and our group of student gardeners for the work they are doing on our kitchen garden, just behind the DT area. They are growing carrots, beetroot, onion and garlic, and learning about planting, feeding and nurturing crops that we hope to be able to eat in due course!

    Ms Green, our librarian, has launched the annual Carnegie nominations reading challenge with Year Seven. The titles this year are (roughly in order of difficulty):

    1. Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds
    2. The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson
    3. Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk
    4. The Girl Who became a Tree by Joseph Coelho
    5. On Midnight Beach by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
    6. Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann
    7. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
    8. Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

    The 8 books on the shortlist are as diverse as usual.  By chance, they all contain strong female characters. 3 are written in blank verse, a form of writing that is currently very fashionable in books for teenagers. 

    I'm delighted that a group of students will have the chance to read these books and discuss them, giving their views about who should win!


    Founder's Day
    Founder's Day was a wonderful occasion, as always, despite being experienced in bubbles for the first time ever! The atmosphere was celebratory, as always, and everything stopped when the bell went and we all watched our virtual commemoration of Frances Mary Buss, our founder.
    Please follow the link below to see photos of the day and the virtual Founder's Day celebration:

    Elizabeth Kitcatt