I hope you have all been able to have a good week.
It’s been lovely to see more activities start to take place as the weeks of this term have moved on. Many of our Year 7 students really enjoyed the visit by our Civil War re-enactment group today and the Battle of Hastings re-enactment group of Wednesday. It was certainly quite a sight to find a cannon and fires in the middle of our playing field! Next week, our Year 7 students and many staff members are really looking forward to visiting PGL in Liddington. I know the raft building will be a real treat!
Well done to our Year 11 students who have now finished their mock exams, they have worked so hard and we have all been impressed with their dedication throughout this period of time.
I hope you were all able to read my update that I sent in the week. Please take note of the additional inset day that we have added into the calendar. This will take place on Friday 21st May.
Following the recent Royal Academy Young Artists' Show here is a small selection of the amazing artwork that some of our students have produced.
IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE
On Friday 21st May there will be an additional Inset day. This means the school will be closed to children. This day is to allow for teachers to moderate and standardise all the Year 11 and Post 16 evidence that is being put forward for their grade submission. We wholeheartedly apologise for the inconvenience, however given the exceptional circumstances and huge task to submit accurate grades for our students we hope you understand.
Every week you will find a new reading recommendation. It will be a mix of new and old books and all recommendations are available in your school library.
Would you like to recommend your favourite book? Pop in to see Mrs Bruton!
Run Rebel by Manjeet Mann
A compelling verse novel in which Amber is trapped – by her abusive father’s rules, by his expectations, by her own fears. She only feels alive when running, but even that is forbidden. Inspired by school lessons about revolution Amber slowly finds the strength to free not only herself, but also her downtrodden mother and her trapped sister from their domestic prison.
Complex and strong, Amber struggles to rebel against many of the expectations made of her. We hear the voice of those that are voiceless and that lack agency in this brilliantly written and powerful verse novel which articulates domestic violence, anger and coercion in ways that feel explosive. Sparse use of language adds to the impact, whilst structure is utilised to drive the narrative. The verse format is employed to its full effect in conveying the emotions of the main characters. Amber is a richly nuanced, believable character, compliant yet rebellious, courageous yet fearful; readers will empathise with her but also passionately dislike her at times. This is an inspiring book that leaves a lasting impression.
Run Rebel has been shortlisted for this year’s Carnegie Medal.