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    Headteacher’s News

    This week: Tribute to Donika, As You Like It, Christmas Concert, Christmas Assemblies


    Donika Barbatovci (9th May 1975 - 20th December 2018)

    It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the death of Donika Barbatovci, our Examinations Officer.

    Donika joined the school in 2007 as Examinations Assistant. She quickly established herself as a very approachable, friendly, efficient and capable member of staff, and she became Examinations Officer in 2013.

    Donika’s work affected all our students. She ran all the tests and exams our students take, from the banding assessment right through to GCSEs and A levels. She made sure students were comfortable, well-informed, calm and well-supported at the times in their lives when their future success was at stake.

    Donika was a well-liked colleague; optimistic, energetic, kind and thoughtful. She had been unwell for some time, and had undergone a lengthy treatment process, about which she was always positive. She will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.



    As You Like It
    The sixth form production of William Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ was a superb mixture of fine acting, inventive use of space, witty choices of music and sharp comic timing. There were outstanding performances all round from a cast that had really explored the nuances of relationships, power imbalances, gender complexities and Shakespeare’s language.

    The production team did a superb job with sound, costume, make-up, props and stage management that enhanced the experience for the audience and made the play really memorable.

    Many thanks to all the students who gave their time to keep us so fully entertained and special thanks to Ms Cohen and Ms Silver for their brilliant direction and inspired interpretation.


    Christmas Concert
    Congratulations to all of Year 7 who made the December Christmas concert such a success. Every student in Year 7 had been working on their contribution during the Autumn Term and they performed exceptionally well on the night. This was their first opportunity to show their teachers, families and friends what they had learnt and they rose to the occasion brilliantly.

    Many thanks to CASCA and the parents who came along to help us run the bar and mince pies refreshments area, and to Mary Kavanagh for her seasonal gifts stall. Finally, many thanks to the many parents who came along to support the production.


    Christmas Assemblies
    We finished the term and the year with our traditional two assemblies; the first explores the importance of seasonal messages of goodwill, care for others and the spirit of giving, and the second is a celebration of excellent attendance, punctuality, classroom decoration and tidiness as well as being an opportunity to enjoy excellent performances from staff and students.


    Elizabeth Kitcatt