Headteacher’s Blog: 20th February 2017

Talent was much in evidence from both older and younger students in the run up to half-term.

Year 13 Drama

We were treated to excellent performances by the Year 13 Drama students whose devised pieces were filmed as part of the A Level examination.  Firstly, there was “Imagine” based on an interview with Mark David Chapman, the man who murdered John Lennon. This play explored vulnerability and mental health issues charting the perilous line between fact and fiction when illness goes unrecognised and untreated. There was also “Like Water Meets Water” an adaptation of “The Light Between Oceans” in which a childless couple, Tom and Isobel, choose to keep a child who is washed up close to their lighthouse.  The morality of their decision is challenged when, years later, the child’s mother meets them by chance.  The final performance of the night, “The Second Best Bed” was inspired by Shakespeare, or, more accurately, the women in Shakespeare’s life. Based on a poem by Carol Ann Duffy, the play explored the lives of Shakespeare’s wife and daughters communicating their strength and wisdom.

Students demonstrated great imagination and sensitivity in their pieces along with technical skill and a very mature stage presence.  The audience of family, friends and staff was spellbound and students should be very proud of their achievements.  Congratulations go to:

“Imagine” – Aiden Barrett, George Sundalskliev, William Thurston, Joseph Marsh and Amelia Ling

“Like Water Meets Water” – Thomas Lane, Lauren Lowings, Euan Stocker, Megan Thomas and Imogen Whomes

“The Second Best Bed” – Georgina Bird, Imogen Flack and Dana Sarfas

Student Achievement

Isaac Moore 8RPIn Year 8, Isaac Moore has been continuing his fantastic karate achievements outside school. He recently won silver at the England Karate Federation Championships, a national invitation-only event in Sheffield. He also won two bronze medals (one individual, one team) at a recent ‘Tokyo Dreams’ competition in Stevenage.  Well done, Isaac!

And finally, not to be outdone, the Year 7 Boys’ Rugby Team beat Thurston CC with the impressive score line of: 35-5.  Mr Broom reports that it was a great team performance and with excellent rugby played. This augurs extremely well for the West Suffolk Competition which begins immediately after half-term.

Mrs KD Grimes, Headteacher

School Closure and Severe Weather Information

Information for School Closure due to Severe Weather or other Unforeseen Difficulty

In the event of school closure, an announcement will be made via Parentmail, on the school’s website, on Suffolk County Council’s website and on local radio stations.

Any decision to close the school is based on the following factors:

  • Safety of the school site
  • Transport arrangements
  • Ability to staff the school adequately
  • Weather forecast for the day

Parents are reminded that if a school bus fails to arrive, students should wait 30 minutes and then return home. If this occurs we would be grateful if the school could be contacted.

Website and Radio Station Details

Suffolk County Council     http://schoolclosures.suffolk.gov.uk

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