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Principal’s Message 12th November 2018

Our week began with a welcome back to the staff and students who took part in the History department’s trip to Berlin to support their GCSE studies. Mr Wayman and Mr Owen reported that the students’ behaviour was exemplary with staff receiving numerous compliments about their conduct and enthusiasm from other visitors to the memorial sites. We were also pleased to read the following feedback from the parents of a student who attended the trip, “We just wanted to say a big ‘thank-you’ to the staff who accompanied the Year 11s on the recent Berlin trip. Our daughter had a fantastic time and didn’t stop talking about it for 2 days! She even visited her grandparents and told them all about it too.”

Year 11 are gearing-up for their mock exams which begin on Monday November 19th. Appreciative, recent feedback has highlighted the support which students and parents have received to date, ‘This week I just wanted to say how very impressed I was by all the staff who delivered the ‘Welcome to Key Stage 4’ evening. It was incredibly well put together, well presented and contained really invaluable information. I was also so grateful for the amount of additional time the teachers put into supporting the students; the clinics are a fantastic resource for the children and I would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff who put in so much of their own free time to these initiatives. Thank you to you and all staff at Longsands for all you are doing for our children.’ On Friday, we wrote home to all parents detailing the advice and guidance students have received as well as providing ‘My Revision Planner’, a document which details all of the subject content which students need to revise for all subjects. This document is also available on Doddle and can be downloaded here.

Year 11 Revision Planner

Promoting British Values is a key feature of the Longsands curriculum and, this week, our focus has very much been on marking the 100th anniversary of Armistice which marks the end of World War One. Mr Owen and Mr Wayman led thought-provoking assemblies all week, including an update on our recent ‘Heritage Lottery Fund’ project which investigated local regiments serving on the Eastern Front in the First World War. The assembly also included readings from students and music performed by our Sixth Form students. In addition, Prefects sold poppies to staff and students with all monies collected going to the local branch of the Royal British Legion. As a community, the whole school paused and reflected on Friday at 11am for a minute silence which was impeccably observed.

In addition, during this week, Mr Merson, Miss Gordon and a number of our Year 11 students participated in performances of ‘Oh, What a Lovely War’ at the Huntingdon Commemoration Hall. Mr Merson reported that the students involved ‘have been doing us proud’! Very well done to Samuel Thwaites and Alfie Lindsey-Gentle, Kayleigh Rhodes-Elson & Nick Barker.

Lastly, my week finished on a humbling and inspiring note when Olivia Longford (Year 8) knocked on my door and presented a Remembrance poem she had been inspired to write after listening to the  Remembrance assembly. Apart from demonstrating impressive personal qualities and the values we promote, the poem was superbly written and will be shared in full via a separate post. I would simply like to end this post with the following extract from Olivia’s work, ‘A sad end, a bright start. Well, my friend, you can sleep now…You will be remembered.’

Martin Paine