As January draws to a close, and we have welcomed more than double the number of prospective pupils, I reflect on a busy month in which so much has been achieved.
The snow has impacted perhaps our ability to plan, but with temperatures above zero today we can be confident of travel in relative safety.
Two parts of this week have been particularly enjoyable for me. The confirmation service on Thursday at which we welcomed the families and friends of E Ward, F Arduino, B Kerr and R Landgrebe together with Bishop Simon Burton-Jones was a very special occasion. Bishop Simon encouraged us to contemplate the vastness of the universe and the light of the sun travelling 93,000,000 miles to warm us and nourish us here and talked about the impact that we can have through our example on others in our behaviour choices being like a light for others. We hold these four young people in our prayers as they begin to think about how they wish to shine their light more strongly.
One small group of pupils today acted as a light for others in their excellent Internet Safety assembly, explaining how our data is stored by the various companies we use daily in apps. Google has a record of everywhere we have ever been if our GPS is enabled. So we do need to look at terms and conditions, request consent to post and keep children safe through well understood online behaviours. The digital leaders finished their assembly with a brilliant song reminding us of what those behaviours are, which was witty, original, absolutely on message and well-executed in both lyrics, performance, filming and music, all of which the children have done themselves in a collaborative project with the music department. It was fantastic.
I’d like to thank Ian Smith and his estates team for the excellent work they’ve done this week which has required different start and finish times and working after hours. I’m sure you appreciate all that they do and will thank them as well when you see them.
A number of parents have expressed through the reps’ meetings that they believe the staff should park on the gravel car park. Whilst this is an interesting idea, I would like to clarify that we have no plan to enforce this and indeed when work on the Astro starts that car park will no longer be in use for cars. I am sorry if that is disappointing to many of you.
I hope that this weekend you can enjoy the winter wonderland and one another’s company and I look forward to all that will happen next week at St Michael’s