Christmas is an extremely busy time for most schools and Stowmarket High is no different. Our diary has and will continue to be packed with events, some related to the Christmas celebration, and some more operational.
Last week we held our 16+ Information evening at which we combine our promotion of our sixth form with information about some of the other options available to our Year 11’s. This year we had representatives from West Suffolk College, Otley College and Suffolk New College. As well as staff from every subject area we also had Our Inspirational Futures Coordinator, David Wallace available to advise on all routes, and how to have a better chance of choosing the right course. It was a very positive evening, and feedback we received was very supportive, however attendance was lower than we had hoped. The tripod that supports student’s success is when staff, students and home are all working well together. It worries me that so many young people and their families missed out on hearing some excellent advice about the next stage fast approaching. Please get in touch if you were unable to attend but would like some help in understanding the routes available to students once they finish their GCSE’s.
Last week we held our Celebration Breakfast event, at which the students identified by staff as performing exceptionally well were rewarded with a delicious breakfast, along with their parents. On Wednesday we held our Christmas dinner, and both events, which are some of my favourites I was unable to attend, due to running reviews of other schools as part of the Trust work or as part of the Peer to Peer process. It was a real shame to miss the breakfast and the dinner (we are all about the food!) as they are such positive events. Congratulations to the students who were commended at the breakfast - you represent the very best of Stowmarket High.
On Friday we had guests from the Wolsey Theatre in to lead a workshop on stage makeup, specifically special effects make up. The session, entitled Blood, Guts and Gore was extremely popular and the photographs are extraordinarily realistic. This was another brilliant addition to our curriculum courtesy of our Inspirational Futures work, and is another example of how wide and varied employment opportunities are if you have the skill, determination and drive to shape your own future. On Wednesday our year 8s had their maths skills tested by Nik Taylor of Taylors Flooring in Stowmarket. More information on this can be found in our Inspirational Futures Update feature.
This week we will finish on Friday at the normal time, but not until we have held our whole school assembly. We are very lucky to be able to get our whole school together two or three times a year, and I am always a very proud teacher when I see the entirety of our school all in one space. However, before that, we will have judged our annual Christmas Food Hamper competition (please continue to donate food to this essential charity). I say it every year, it is both brilliant how our students respond, but terrible that they have to. I look forward to judging the hampers - the winners will be the ones that have shown some real imagination, wit and skill in their construction.
I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Mr Dave Lee-Allan