Well done to one and all for making it through the first half term and the darkest of winter days to the half term holiday!
I was delighted to see our Literacy Leaders taking the initiative and holding their fundraising cake sale this week. I understand that one student held a bake-off at her house to produce some of their delicious wares, great job! In these times of social media and gaming, it is lovely to know that students are still doing practical things, and so successfully.
Another student has demonstrated excellent practical skills in Design and Technology Club and made his own skateboard – top class work.
Practical work, baking, sports and other non-electronic activities are a great way to keep healthy, with both physical and mental health benefits. Doing tasks that require concentration and manual dexterity, or the physical effort required for sports offer a sense of satisfaction and achievement, and possibly the opportunity to interact directly with other people, all things that are known to promote health and wellbeing.
Gaming and social media can be isolating, as they insulate players from the outside world and from reality. I would like to encourage every student to try a pastime that doesn’t involve technology over the break – every hour spent gaming, snap-chatting and instagramming are hours that could be enjoyed so much more, and with so much more personal benefit, doing real things. Time spent gaming and on social media is all time NOT spent on homework, volunteering, hobbies, sports and revision.
I was delighted to see a record turn-out at this week’s Aspire to Be session, which was given by the Royal Navy. A fantastic show of commitment from all the students who gave up their lunch break to attend.
I wish students and staff and rejuvenating break, and look forward to welcoming you all back next half term.
Remember Year 11, there are 42 school days until your first exam, so EAT, SLEEP, REVISE, REPEAT!
Mr Green, Principal