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Today has been another day of bedding down our virus transmission prevention strategies.  The students have been excellent in adopting the need for the focus on handwashing.  Tutor time has been used to teach perfect handwashing.  We have removed all ‘finger food’ from our breaktime menu and required the use of forks and serviettes to hold the food.  Students who bring in pack lunches should also use the serviettes provided to eat their food.

We have received news of further negative tests today.  This means that we now have the results of over two thirds of the tests that have been taken, with of course all of them being negative.

Meanwhile the life of the School continues.  I am very proud of the response of our students and community to the coronavirus situation.  The overall attendance of students throughout  this period has remained very high.  An example of ‘normality’ continuing at the School was 60 of our Year 7 students taking part in a music workshop all day on Monday, which culminated in them performing as an orchestra for parents and teachers at the end of the day.

Thursday is, of course, World Book Day.  In our whole School assembly today we heard from students and teachers on books that had changed their lives.  Our challenge is illustrated by one finding from the National Literacy Trust’s survey, released to mark World Book Day.  It found that 47% of boys, as against 60% of girls were ‘keen’ readers.  This figure, for both genders, declines considerably as they move through their teens.  As a School we look for all of our students to be keen readers and to read widely.   We have a programme of reading during tutor time and all students are required to have a book ‘on the go’, which can be chosen from our well stocked library.

Jamie Brownhill



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