The students in all year groups had a very busy month in May. Students in Years 7 to 9 had internal assessments followed by their Activities Week. The Year 10 students have been on Project Trident. Year 11 have been busy revising for and sitting the GCSE exams. Each of these creates a huge amount of organisation and administration for the staff in our school, so I would like to start with a massive thank you to the staff for their dedication and professionalism; ensuring these events all run as smoothly as possible.

On Thursday 10th May, Mr Watkins took six teams of students to the Maths Challenge against all other secondary schools in Jersey and Guernsey. The students were an absolute credit to the school. Mr Watkins received many comments about the outstanding conduct of the students. Mr Watkins feels he may have let the school down somewhat by cheering a bit too loudly, but he was hugely proud of their achievements. The students had around 20  teams in each age category.

Year 7 came 1st and 8th overall.
Year 8 came 5th and 13th overall.
Year 9 came 3rd and 6th overall.

This exceptional result was due to Matt Baratths, Amelia Le Cornu, Charlie Yau and Phoebe Davies in Year 7, Rebecca Hodgson, Henrique Pires, Harry Elston and Christopher Franco in Year 8 and Diana Casegas, Edith Brown, Bob Nash and Liam Fernandes​ in Year 9. These students were, understandably, the Team of the Week for the week commencing 14th May. Student of the Week went to Shannon-Maria Tattan who found an iPhone which had been left on a bench outside school. It was promptly returned to the owner, much their relief!

On Thursday 17th May we celebrated the achievements of our Year 11 students who had their Graduation Evening. The speech by Mr Webster brought a tear to more than one eye, my own included. It was fabulous to have Mr Slater join us to congratulate the students and to have a few photographs taken. I hope the students will cherish the photographs they had taken in the future. It was a very special event and I’d like to thank Mr Webster and his team, again, for their hard work with the year group. I wish the students the best of luck in their exams. They are already half way through the exams and are still smiling!

Student of the Week for the week commencing 21st May was Jak Thompson. He successfully completed the recruit course for the Royal Marine Cadets and had his passoff parade on 23rd May. Sergeant Peel, the training instructor, said that Jak had done extremely well and I believe they are going to be great addition to the Royal Marine Cadet family.

I couldn’t hope to summarise the events of Activities Week. The students have had a fantastic time and they have been incredibly busy with their escapades, both on and off Island. I do hope you have managed to keep up with our Facebook page as this has been inundated with pictures and posts from our event leaders. The posts are still there so please have a look if you haven’t had a chance already.  Our Facebook link. There were trips to France, Spain and London, as well as those on-Island trips for surfing, horse riding, sporting activities, baking, walking, cycling and coasteering. We hope this has sparked a few new hobbies for the future. Year 7 took part in a carousel of activities that included Art on the Beach. I have received numerous comments and phone calls from members of the public commending the behaviour and engagement of our Year 7 students. For this reason I would like to award the Team of the Week for the week commencing 4th June. Student of the Week also goes to a student from this activity. Jayleigh Shales in Year 9 was nominated by Miss O’Haire for displaying great maturity when working with the Year 7 students and the staff were very grateful for her assistance.

Project Trident has been a huge success this year, so much so that the staff have asked me to award an additional category of rewards at our Whole School Awards on 12th July. We had a bumper crop of job offers to the students; both as Saturday jobs following the Tridents period and as apprentices when the students leave their schooling. This was so pleasing to hear and made me very proud. I’d like to thank the students first and foremost for their hard work. I hope they had a chance to squeeze in some revision for their mock exams coming up over the coming fortnight! I’d also like to thank Mrs Lappin and her team for their excellent coordination of Project Trident. They spent the week travelling across the Island to ensure all students were happy in their placements and working hard.

I hope that you and your families have had a relaxing half term and that our staff have managed to recharge their batteries in the sprint to the summer holidays. The following fortnight, as mentioned earlier, is Year 10 mock exams, followed by a Science Activity Day on 20th June. The 20th June is also our Sports Day for all Year 7-9 students so stock up on the suncream. This is followed by our Prom on 21st June, so remember that the school will be closed from 12.20 onwards that day. I would encourage everybody in our community to come to see the Class of 2018 arrive at their Prom between 6 and 7pm. It should be a memorable evening. I’ll be bringing a box of tissues for Mr Webster and his tutor team!

Sam Baglin.
Acting Head Teacher.