The Headteacher's Blog - Monday 19 June 2017

There is no denying it is officially flaming June!
Blue skies, sunshine and soaring temperatures. Hot hot hot!

The sunshine is keeping spirits up, but it is important that students ensure they keep hydrated and spend some of break and lunchtime in the shade. I would also remind them as well to remember to come off the field at social times and allow enough time to drink from the water fountains and fill up their water bottles.

It is also worth noting that Lower School students should come to school in their blazers and wear them at AM registration, but they can remove them in lessons and at social times.

This is the last full week of exams and I urge all our students to keep going – it’s not long now! The last GCSE exam is a week today (26 June 2017) and following that the last A Level exam will be the flowing Thursday (29 June 2017).

Final preparations are now underway for this evening’s annual Art and Fashion Show. As I write this afternoon, the beat of the music has been shaking the building as the models rehearse in some of the most fabulous-looking outfits. One of the designers has cleverly created living layers of a fish – from flesh to fish bone. Stunning!

Well done to our designers of the future: London – Paris – Milan – Cheddar!

The evening starts at 7pm when students, parents and friends of Kings will have opportunity to browse the artwork and at 8pm the models will be strutting down the catwalk for the Fashion Show. Tickets are £3 for adults and £2 for students from Reception.

Thank you to the Art Department for all their work and inspiration – and I am sure they will be feeling inspired tonight!

Apropos, the PTA have kindly contributed some money to Art and Textiles for them to purchase some professional glue guns and eight tailors mannequins, which I know the students have found useful in preparing for tonight’s show. A big thank you from us all to the PTA for their generous support!

This morning, I was pleased to praise tutor group 9GF, along with Tutor Mrs Egan, for their resilience award for the best attendance for the second half of the Spring Term. I recalled how my own father worked from the age of 14 to 65 and was eternally proud that he never once had a day off. 9GF enjoyed their treaty cake and juice and decided that good attendance allowed them to do more work, made them reliable and was excellent preparation for the world of work.

Last week I attended my final SASH (Somerset Association of Secondary Heads) conference when talking with fellow Heads, it really struck me that I am retiring this summer. I know it is to be expected after nearly 23 years of headship and this is one of my personal life milestones!

Until next time!

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