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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Tuesday 13 March 2018

The CCF Army section entered a team of eight cadets in the 11 Infantry Brigade military skills competition over the weekend 9-11th March.  Each of the 13 stands tested a different area of the cadet syllabus; weapon handling, military knowledge, first aid, obstacle course, map reading, shooting and section attacks. Weather conditions were challenging and the fog, heavy rain and mud added an extra dimension to the competition. The section finished 5th overall, against teams from the ACF and CCF from all over the South East of England. The team now has six weeks to prepare itself for the Cadet Cambrian Patrol, the ultimate Army cadet competition taking place in the Brecon Beacons.
Yesterday I was out of school as I was renewing my emergency first aid qualification.  Every three years I refresh my first aid skills to ensure I have the basic elements just in case I need to attend to an emergency.  I am now good for another three years.
Tonight after school I am leading a presentation to all staff looking at what we have achieved this year, what we still need to do, and what we wish to aspire to achieve over the next few years.  We have achieved a lot already, but there is still work to be done to ensure that all of our students reach their potential.  Tomorrow after school I will be making a very similar presentation to governors at the postponed Full Governors Meeting.
On Friday the entire Senior Leadership Team are away from school to give us time to discuss what our priorities are for the rest of the year and beyond.  These 'away days' are really helpful as they provide undisturbed opportunities to discuss a number of matters.
Saturday the Parents' Association Spring Fair takes place.  It starts at 10.30am and there will be many fair-style stalls to enjoy, music and art, refreshments, raffle draw and much draw.  If you have a few hours on Saturday please do come along.  Thank you to everyone who supported the non-uniform day last Friday which generated many items to the Fair.  It also raised over £800 for the Association, which will ultimately be directed back to school in support of a project.
Congratulations to Sam Ghinn of Barton House who competed in the British Gymnastics Competition at the weekend. won the bronze medal for Floor, was 4th on pommel (missing a medal position by 0.75) and came 7th overall in the U16 age group. Well done Sam.
 And finally, please remember to sponsor the 24 Hour Rowathon which is taking place from next Thursday 22 March for Sport Relief.  Many students and staff and already signed up to do their bit, and thank you to those who have offered to make some food for the rowers.  If you would like to sponsor the rowathon please visit: