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Kings has a wonderful tradition of celebrating achievements: both in the classroom and beyond.
Today, I had the very real delight of meeting with "The Queens of Wessex": Amelia Ford, Tilly Hallett, Jennifer Hughes and Sarah Moreman to wish them well when they go to London on Sunday for the national finals of the 2017 GCHQ CyberFirst Competition.
It was utterly fascinating to hear how the girls tackled the challenges both individually and as a team, which clearly tested their aptitude and enthusiasm for Computer Science. Such self/team motivation! We wait to hear how they get on in London when they will be attending a dinner and a top secret location (any ideas...?).
This afternoon I attended the celebratory opening of the new extension at Wedmore First School Academy in Wedmore. This has been a major building project and will really make a difference to the space and enhance the learning environment of this popular First School within our Wessex Learning Trust.
Parents and other friends were also in attendance and I praise and thank Headteacher Jackie Hipwell for her leadership, in what I know has been an intricate design and build. The students played their part too. There was a lovely performance by the choir, as well as the Ukulele Group, and the Chairman of the Local Governing Body, Derek Logan, said a few words. But there was huge excitement in the air as the VIP special guest was famous cricketer, Jos Buttler, who officially opened the new building and had the special honour of cutting the celebration cake. A former pupil of Wedmore First School, Mr Buttler spoke fondly of his time at Wedmore. A splendid occasion.
This afternoon some of our Sixth Form students are off to London to watch a performance of their set text "Twelfth Night" at The National Theatre. I know it will bring to life the text and perform the play as Shakespeare intended it to be seen off the page.
Tomorrow evening, the Kings Theatre will be alive with happy music-making as students bring their work from the classroom to the stage in what I know will be an impressive spectacle. Thank you to Subject Leader for Music Ms Righton for her work in preparing our musicians for this musical highlight.
It's also two weeks now until the end of this Spring Term! Teachers are working hard to finish courses and Controlled Assessments so that the focus for GCSE and A Level students is revision so that students understand the work, strengthen it in their memories and feel confident answering the exam questions.
Until next time!