Head's weekly message and letters
28th June 2019 | Head's Weekly Message |

Dear Parents and Carers

It has been a fantastic week for School events. I am very grateful to the staff who have organised these, those that attended in support, and for the students involved in the way they conducted themselves and represented the School in a public setting.

The Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award expedition to Wales last weekend was a great success, and I am pleased to say all returned successful and, of course, safe.

On Monday we had the Schools Sports Partnership presentation evening, which recognised and celebrated student success across the local primary and secondary schools, with Ellie Harber collecting the top award for KS3-5 Exceptional Performer, to reflect her outstanding international achievements in Muay Thai.

On Tuesday at Shendish Manor Hotel we celebrated the end of two years of Sixth Form study with our Year 13 students. It was also nice to see so many Year 12s there in attendance as that helps create a community spirit to the Sixth Form. Then on Thursday we had the Year 11 Prom at Watford FC. The students at both events looked incredibly smart and there was very nice atmosphere which reflects the positive relationships the students build with each other but also their teachers. The teachers did take to the dance floor at both events just to demonstrate the skills and talents from years ago are not lost! Music was better in those days!

On Thursday we had our KS3 House Dance Competition with some excellent performances by our KS3 students. It also particularly impressive to see the encouraging support from their peers in the audience wishing them to do well.

And finally, we have the return of our magnificent Ricky Oscars event, but as this does not take place until after my Head’s weekly, I will report back on this in more detail next week.

Next week we are holding our annual Song and Dance shows on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 July; tickets are available at https://www.trybooking.co.uk/LAX and are £6 Adult / £4 Concession / £3 Student. If you have not been before, I encourage you to come along with your son/daughter to watch – they are always fun events showcasing the best performing talents of both our students and teachers!

The Drama Department took the GCSE & A Level students to see SIX, ‘the most uplifting piece of new British musical theatre’ (✭✭✭✭✭ The Evening Standard) is the phenomenon everyone is losing their head over! The six wives of Henry VIII finally make fun of tell their tale. This is on at The Arts Theatre in Covent Garden until January 2020.

We are also on the final push for our Summer Grand Draw – if you have sold tickets and have yet to return the stubs and payment, I encourage you to return them as soon as possible. The draw takes place during the Summer Concert on Tuesday 9 July.

Tickets for our Summer Concert on Tuesday 9 July are already on sale at https://www.trybooking.co.uk/LAY - £5 Adults, £3 Concessions, £2 Students.

I wish you a very sunny, warm and relaxing weekend – it has been a great week of events which promotes the School in the best light. Thank you to the students and staff for enabling this to happen.

Yours sincerely

Paul Thompson

Acting Headteacher  

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