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I'm still musing on Awards Evening last Thursday. What a fantastic way to start the new term!
As you'll know, it was my first Awards Evening and I knew it was special and that it was going to be big. And it was! It really was wonderful to see the Sports Hall packed with friends of Kings, teachers, parents with younger children watching in impressed awe as their big sister, or brother's name was read out and they proudly strode up onto the stage to receive their award. Sitting all around the student award winners there were also Governors, fellow Headteachers from our other Cheddar Valley Schools, local councillors and also our MP James Heappey. I'm so grateful to them too for being with us and making this such a celebratory evening of students’ achievements for many different reasons.
I wish we could give everyone an award; but I hope these shining students will radiate to the rest of school to inspire other young people to excel in their exams, to be the best tutee they can possibly be and to enjoy and be a super ambassador on their work experience - and more!
There were lots of appreciative smiles and clapping from the audience and we laughed when Year 11 Aiden Malik student was presented with the Jill James Cup for Enthusiasm. Aiden's weighted-down blazer lapels testify to his enthusiastic involvement in so many different clubs and Star Awards for his exceptional contribution and aptitude - so much so that by his own admission, he could be described as "too enthusiastic!" Far from it - I can see that Aiden has an exciting future on the horizon.
These big events involve lots of people behind the scenes and I'm very grateful to everyone who helped to make the evening so enjoyable and so successful. From the administration of the awards, to building the stage and seating and music rehearsals. I could go on... Thank you for the team effort!
You can read more about the evening and see some photos in the news section. Well done everyone!
Back to our normal day business. I'm looking forward to viewing some of the Year 13's EPQ presentations that brings this process to its conclusion this week. After project managing their own carefully crafted project title, our bright and creative students will be showing off their reflective research and hard work on Wednesday and I know staff and students will be stirred by their enquiring minds and findings. As Einstein said: "Never lose a holy curiosity." One of my real joys and mantras of education.
This week we will be going to St Andrew's Church for the Harvest services. I like this time of year and even though saying farewell to the summer is tinged with some nostalgia for the sunnier (!) summer days and lighter nights and impending winter; with the changing seasons, we know that life is at it should be and I look forward to reflecting on this time of year in the Christian calendar.
Another week is underway and I wish everyone a happy and purposeful week.
Believe and Succeed !