It was a pleasure this week to meet with our amazing Year 13 ambassadors Niamh and Honor, who have undertaken an exceptional project with the Holocaust Memorial Trust. The students have visited Auschwitz, attended seminars and had the very powerful and moving experience of meeting with a survivor and hearing his personal testimony. They are now translating their experience into supporting Year 9 History lessons.
This half-term has got off to a creative start, with a theatre group in school on Monday to perform ‘A Christmas Carol’ for Year 10 and 11 students and then another nationally recognised theatre company in on Thursday leading a workshop with Year 11 and 12 students as part of the preparation for their practical exam.
On Friday we were delighted to welcome Piers Shepperd, Technical Director of Wonder Works Limited, in to school as part of the ‘Speakers for Schools’ programme. Wonder Works are a technical production company who have worked on all sorts of exciting projects and live events, including all of the Olympic Games since 2004. Piers gave an excellent talk about his career and the challenges involved in such an exciting role.
Our Twitter feed shows elements of the fantastic time had by all of those who went to Andalucia over the half-term; with trips, language challenges and salsa dancing lessons! I was especially proud to be advised that all of the students had been exemplary throughout the trip, earning praise from Spanish residents at the hotel for being such wonderful students.
The SHINE team have worked some of their ‘well-being magic’ on the new staff room, creating a very positive, welcoming and relaxing environment. We are all very grateful to them for their efforts.
Having had speakers and visitors in school this week and reflecting on the idea of sharing expert experiences and seeking to encourage those who are learning, I was struck by the Helen Hayes quote, with which I conclude this week’s Blog: “The expert in anything was once a beginner.” It reminds us all of the potential that exists within each person if they apply themselves.