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The Executive Headteacher Reports:

Neil Gallagher, PrincipalWell, the first week of lessons for 2019 is done and dusted, as they say! It is strange, but even after a prolonged couple of weeks of the fun and festivities, students and staff alike quickly settle back into school life; teaching and learning, straight to business as usual!

Life in school seems to be dominated by two main things at the moment, examinations and Les Miserables preparations. The year 10s are involved in mock exams this week, BTEC exams are dotted throughout the week, revision sessions are up and running. For year 11, revision timetables were issued to students at their Parents’ Evening on 20th December and we saw the launch of their ‘Passport to the Prom’. We urge all of our students to take advantage of the help and support available from their subject teachers.
For those involved in the Les Miserable musical, the live performances are just a couple of weeks away; 7th to 9th February. Preparations are going well and the excitement is building. There is a real buzz of anticipation around the school, as there is whenever we are reaching the pinnacle of weeks and months of hard work and practising. This week, staff and students begin building and painting the sets, and the costumes will be being ‘stitched and tweaked’. I would like to thank all the staff involved for giving up so much of their free time to ensure our students can participate and perform in shows like this. Believe me, it is not easy, they are an amazing group of colleagues. Good luck to everyone in the last couple of weeks of preparations. For tickets, please see the Les Misérables advert on the right - there is a link to each performance date and time.
This week, I received a letter from our local MP, he had received a communication from a concerned local resident about students cycling to and from school. This time, it was not so much about the cycling proficiency of our students, but more about how difficult it was for drivers to see the cyclists on the dark and gloomy mornings and evenings that we experience at this time of year. I feel that he has raised a very important point, clothing and coats worn by the students are generally of a dark colour.
For parents of those students who do cycle to school, please can I ask you to ensure that all bikes have front and rear lights and wherever possible reflectors are added to equipment and clothing. It may also be worth considering a place for your child on the next Bikeability course organised by Mr Blanes, in conjunction with Essex County Council, which takes place on 15th February.
Details of this course can be found within this week’s edition of Parent News alongside other articles, in particular, information on our new online school trips management system, EVOLVE. There are also some important key dates for the forthcoming spring term detailed, please add to your calendars where appropriate.
Neil Gallagher, Executive Headteacher

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