When the new build is up, it will present us with a lovely modern building built to a high standard. What it will not give us is new equipment to go in it, or any additional features for students outside of the building. So up step Year 9, to start the fundraising process with their Row to Norwich Challenge, held in Stowmarket Town centre with the support of the Town Council. On a beautifully bright day, our Year 9 students, under the excellent leadership of Mr Forde and Miss Cook rowed and rowed and rowed, whilst others politely waved donation buckets at passers-by, raising nearly £400 in one day.
Other staff turned up to support, as did our local constabulary, who put in a shift on the rowing machines. It was a lovely spectacle and I was so proud. Proud of my school, of my leaders and their ambition, of the students and their determination to succeed, and of the town for supporting us so generously. More events will follow, as we turn the vast majority of our traditional fund raising to this cause for the next couple of years.
On Friday evening our Under 16 Girls football team held their County Cup Final at the splendid Newmarket ground, against East Bergholt High School. On this occasion our opposition proved too strong, and we lost 5-0. A large contingent of staff and students turned up to support the girls, and we were all so proud of them and what they have achieved this year. Well done to Livvi Plant, Milly Carter, Abbie Hurn, Hannah Cobbold, Amy Dunn, Imogen Stride, Lucy Patterson, Lucy Wilding, Molly Stevenson, Molly Mitchell, Hollie Elmer, Imke Buger, Lucy Martin, Hannah Corcoran and Bali Walters.
A very busy week of examinations for Year 13, 11 and 8 – I wish them all every success.
I hope you all have a lovely week, and then get a chance for a much deserved week break.