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Our incredible iMedia students spent Wednesday at the studios of WISH FM as part of the Brightsparks programme, earning a lovely mention on the breakfast show on Thursday morning! Accompanied by the Head Boy and Head Girl, they worked on radio programming and as a result have produced an advert for our forthcoming Sixth Form Open Evening on October 26th which will be aired on WISH FM. I was delighted to be able to join a lesson and listen to some of the work they produced; seeing first hand why Mrs Blackhurst and Mr Goodier are so proud of them.

The Parent Forum event on Wednesday was a positive opportunity to reflect on: our key school priorities, school PE and sport and our revised approach to homework. Thank you to those parents who attended and gave such helpful feedback. We were also delighted that parents joined us for the Year 7 evening, meeting with Progress Tutors on Thursday.  More parent support is on hand through the FOOS group, who are organising a ‘Frog Hop’ fund raising event on Friday November 10th from 7.30pm in the Main Hall. You are all warmly invited.

I have enjoyed some of the school production rehearsals that I have been able to see this week. I am always impressed by the talent, enthusiasm and commitment of the students and staff involved. This year we are presenting Macbeth, with performances taking place next week. Details about the production, dates of the performances and how to get tickets are all available on our website.

On Tuesday the School Parliament met for its first session of the academic year. Parliament welcomed visitors from the Safer Travel Team as well as the Lancashire MIND project. They reviewed potential project developments and undertook to play a key role in the review of the school’s rewards systems. School MPs will now take some of the key issues back to College Parliaments for further review and discussion.

As part of our response to World Mental Health Day on Tuesday, our brilliant SHINE team organised a ‘Shine and Dine at Breakfast Time’ event which was attended by staff and Governors. As ever, the event was superbly organised and it was excellent to see the big smiles on the faces of all those enjoying such a positive, esteem building start to the day.

As a school, we place a great deal of importance on self-esteem and I conclude this week’s Blog with the words of Louise Hart: “Self-esteem is as important to our well-being as legs are to a table. It is essential for physical and mental health and for happiness.”

Best wishes

Mr Kerridge.

Dates for your diary

Wednesday, 6th December
Whole School Christmas Dinner
Thursday, 7th December
Year 11 Parents Evening 1
Monday, 11th December
6th Form Enrichment Music Concert
Monday, 11th December
Duke of Edinburgh Presentation Evening
Wednesday, 13th December
Winter Warmers Concert
Thursday, 14th December
Year 8 Parents Evening
Monday, 18th December
Senior Presentation Evening
Tuesday, 19th December
Carol Service
Wednesday, 20th December
Year 7 Disco
Friday, 22nd December
INSET Day (Disaggregated)
Monday, 25th December
Bank Holiday: Christmas Day
Monday, 25th December
Christmas Holiday