This week, as with every year, we commemorate Remembrance Day with a special assembly on Monday morning given by Miss Tavera. Miss Tavera spoke of the victims of war and focused the assembly very much on the First World War and the suffering caused. This was made all the more ‘real’ with short excerpts from the amazing film directed by Peter Jackson, ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’, in which sound and colour has been added to original war footage. Of course, given the content of this assembly and, indeed, this week’s focus on ‘Empathy’ (part of our High Performance Learning strategy) the students were able to consider the lives of those who have lived through conflict and have some appreciation of the hardships they faced. If you get the chance, I would highly recommend viewing the film and also the more recent film ‘1917’, which is based on real events. On Wednesday, we all stopped at 11am and heard the ‘Last Post’ played over the public address system, and observed a minute’s silence to consider all those that have suffered during conflict.
Also this week, pupils have been collecting items for the San Jose orphanage in our annual ‘Shoebox’ collection. Please do continue to bring in items for this worthy cause (see last week’s letter).
Those of you who read ‘La Opinion’ will have noticed our article in the online version of this newspaper, where we talk briefly about hybrid teaching and ensuring all our pupils make excellent progress. If you haven’t seen the article, then please have a look here.
As ever a few notices…..
Uniform and Shop
After a temporary closure, I am pleased to say that the shop will reopen fully on Wednesday 18th November and you can continue to purchase your child’s uniform by booking an appointment as before. To make an appointment please contact Miriam on firstname.lastname@example.org Many thanks for your patience and understanding.
Health and Safety
As you know, the safety of all of our community is our primary concern. With the current restrictions in place, please can I remind you about social distancing. At the end of school, we are aware that there are some parents who await older siblings in the ‘waiting area’. We know this is somewhat unavoidable. However, please can I remind you to maintain distance from others and also be mindful that other year groups will need to pass through. Additionally, please keep an eye on younger children who are waiting with you, as I have had to shepherd young children away from the obvious hazard of moving buses! Many thanks in advance for your cooperation in this matter.
Further to Remembrance mentioned above, our annual Poppy appeal has gone well and we will be sending the collected monies to the Royal Legion later this week.
Also, please do remember to bring in items for the shoebox collection in aid of the San Jose Orphanage (as mentioned above).
A reflective week has now drawn to a close, as some of our older students have also taken their first public examinations. I am sure they have done extremely well and deserve a good rest over the weekend.
Stay safe everyone,