29 March 2019

Principal's Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

It is always appreciated when we receive positive feedback from members of the public. Recently, a lady contacted the College to say that, whilst travelling on the number 40 bus, she noticed how polite and helpful some SJH students were in offering their seats to those who were standing and how generally well behaved and considerate they were. Thank you to those students on the number 40 bus who presented such a positive picture of our College.

In the last newsletter, I updated you on the successes and activities of our Year 8 students and I thought that this time, I would share with you what Year 10 have been doing. Recently, some of our Year 10 students, who are working towards their Bronze or Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, took part in an evening hike on Dartmoor. This was to help them in preparation for their expedition in May. I know that Mr Whitfield was very impressed with their navigational skills. We have 12 students in Year 10 who have completed their Bronze Award and congratulations go to: Daisy Bone, Gary Chambers, Zack McGugan, Ocean Phillips, Harry McGugan, Liam Smith, Natalie Smith, Megan Smith, Piper Walkling, Jasmine Mulkerrin, Chloe Thomas and James Purdey. Universities and employers alike recognise this fantastic achievement.

Year 10 students who are preparing for their Spanish speaking exams are often found outside Miss Nicholas’ classroom practising; you can hear the cheers when they have achieved their goals and it always pleases me to see how supportive students are of one another, a real class effort!

We have many students in Year 10 who take part in a range of activities, not only in College, but also with local clubs. A particular well done to Lucy German and Nikkole Lawry who dance competitively and are excellent ambassadors for the College. The musical talent of Year 10 was demonstrated at the recent Livewire event where Gary Chambers and Liam Smith performed with Megan Smith and Hermione Graham.

Year 10 are excited about their forthcoming work experience in June and some students have already spent their holiday time volunteering with the Royal Marines. I would like to thank Alfie Wearing for organising this.

Well done to Jack Pinney-Menhenick who has completed a level 1 and level 2 qualification at PCC’s Chefs’ Academy and is working towards his level 3 qualification.

As you can see, we have many students going the extra mile to ensure that they have the best opportunity to be successful in whatever they choose to do in the future.

As always, it is a pleasure to meet and work with parents and, if you have any feedback, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Bevan