Another week of such a long term has almost drawn to a close! Year 11 have finally completed their mock exams and the school has breathed a sigh of relief now that we have returned to our normal timetable. Visiting lessons it is evident that it is back to work as normal and pupils and staff are working as hard as ever, whilst counting down the days!
Now that we have our tree up and decorated on the main stage Christmas definitely feels within touching distance. Thank you to our Student Council and to Homebase who have kindly donated the tree this year.
Festive celebrations will get well underway next week. Christmas Lunch is served on Wednesday and our annual trip to the Belgrade Pantomime on Thursday is always a great way to end the year (oh yes it is!!).
Yesterday we were gripped by election fever as we saw a record turnout at the Hastings polling station. Our candidates have been busy campaigning over the past couple of weeks and got the chance to have their final say in assemblies this week about what difference they would make should they be elected. There were some spurious claims being made including a mandate to abolish the current school uniform and bring back trainers from the Brexit Party candidate! Well done to all candidates for their hard work, to Mrs Limb and the ‘Cake and Debate’ club for organising the mock elections and to our prefects for keeping order on the day.
Thank you to all of those who have made a donation towards our Christmas hampers this year. Pupils in year 8 will be delivering these next week in the hope that they will make a difference to those who need it within our community. This week we have also received news about a difference Hastings has made in central Uganda working with the Children at Risk Action Network. Over the past couple of years Mr Gallagher has travelled to Uganda during the summer holidays to deliver training for their teachers. Our pupils have also raised money to provide resources to be used to enhance learning in their classrooms. Please watch the video link to find out more about the programme and the massive difference that this programme has already made to young people’s lives. The resources seen in the video are ones that we have provided.