Generations – Past, Present and Future

This week seems to have flown by, and although Thursday was dominated by budget review and setting for next year, I have managed to get out and see quite a few key stage 3 lessons this week, as well as help Year 10 get in to good habits doing their exams. I have to say, and with the utmost respect to the Trust’s excellent finance department, I will always prefer interacting with students to trawling through the individual lines of the budget. In that regard, it was great to be able to pop out after the budget meetings to watch 15 minutes of the Year 8 Cricket versus Harris Rainham; it was really close match, although we ultimately came up 10 runs short, so let’s hope the Year 7s can redress the balance tonight in their fixture.

It was lovely to welcome the new Year 7’s parents in to school last night to reassure them about transition next week, and the plans for September. The most lovely moment, and a good reminder of what a community school we are, was when I was introduced to a young man who was about to become the 4th generation of his family to attend the school…and yes, I did allow his dad to reminisce and have a wander around after the evening.

As many of you are aware, we are currently trying to raise money through the Friends of Marshalls Park for a new minibus; next Friday, we are hosting a BBQ for families, especially targeting the new Year 7 students and their families, so please feel free to join us in the quad (tickets available through the office). Additionally, next week a group of staff are attempting the 3 Peaks Challenge in 24 hours, plus we have the golf day in September. Please do get involved and support events, or make a contribution to our Just Giving page (the one for the 3 Peaks is live now @ ). We believe it is really important to improve, and ideally expand, our minibus pool to ensure that we can still provide as many extra-curricular activities for the future generation of students, including next year the expansion of our DoE programme to include the Silver Award.

Have a lovely weekend

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