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It has been an active and eventful last week of this half term and as we bathe in the sunshine I know that we are all hoping the fine weather continues for the Bank Holiday and the half term break next week.
On Monday this week, I was out and about on the Year 10 Geography fieldtrip. The last one of my career!
I really enjoyed the time with the students out of the office in the fresh air at the Holford River using my skills as a Teacher of Geography. The students were bright and curious and enjoyed their river investigations in this beautiful location in the Quantocks. We are certainly based in a wonderful part of the world here.
I was, of course, deeply shocked and saddened by the bomb attack that evening in Manchester at the pop concert where many of the young people killed, wounded and traumatised were the same age as our students here at Kings. I walked round the Academy the following day and felt so dismayed how an individual can bring such heartache and devastation. But I have been touched how the people of Manchester have come together with true warmth, love and compassion.
Indeed, we observed a minute’s silence in school today at 11am to remember the victims, their family and friends and all those affected by this horrific and inhumane attack on our civilisation and we will continue to remember them in our thoughts and prayers.
We also remembered them today in our Ascension Day service at St Andrew’s Church where we observed the minute’s silence and remembered Jesus’s teachings of love, kindness compassion, forgiveness and tolerance. I hope this strong message will overcome the hatred of the few.
The tradition of Ascension Day is a lovely part of life at Kings brought to Cheddar by Reverend James Coleman of Oriel College Oxford and one I have been proud to lead. Sometimes a forgotten celebration in the Christian calendar, Ascension Day follows 40 days after Easter, and Years 9 and 13 were in church for the very moving service. I thank Christian Leader Elizabeth Alden for organising the service and Reverend Stuart Burns for leading proceedings and his thoughtful reflections. Thank you also to the Year 13 students for their enactment of Jesus’s ascension to heaven after the final meeting with his disciples and the musicians for their lovely rendition of the delightful song, “The Call.”
In keeping with the tradition, after the service, the Year 9 students enjoyed a sticky bun in the vicarage garden, which in Victorian times would have been a veritable treat; whilst the intrepid Year 13’s climbed the tour, symbolic of their next journey in life. Down in the vicarage garden we could hear the musicians playing “Hail the Day that sees him rise,” which I know would have been heard around Cheddar. A trumpet call to us all to journey on in life!
Tomorrow, we say farewell to our Year 13 students at their special leavers’ assembly followed by BBQ on the field. I know this will be another moving experience for them. But they have our every blessing and I hope they will cherish happy memoires of their time at Kings where we have strived to give them the best education and support for life. Bon courage for the remainder of your exams!
See the reports to follow for Ascension Day and Year 13’s celebration assembly in the news section on the website.
Meanwhile, exams are well underway and students are getting into a good routine. At the end of this week, Year 11 will be officially on study leave and dare I say it again with the approach of the holidays – revise, revise, revise! They have their own celebrations afoot soon – so watch this space! We wish them every deserved success too.
With Friday on the horizon, I will wish you all now a sunny, lovely and purposeful half term break with your loved ones. Cherish them.
Until next time!