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December 2016

Principal's blog, December 2016

It’s the end of a hectic and very enjoyable Autumn term at the Academy. I always like to think of it as the “engine room” of the year, when the staff and students really get stuck in to the business of teaching and learning, so the Christmas holidays come as a well-deserved break for all.

As the nights have drawn in, there have been some fabulous examples of our students excelling. November started with two weekends at the Whitemoor Lakes outward bound centre for over 200 of our Y7 students. It was a pleasure to watch them taking on the challenges with such eagerness, whether it be the high ropes, canoeing, or learning a new skills such as archery or fencing. We then moved on to the annual Talent Show and those fortunate enough to attend were entertained with an evening of opera, magic, gymnastics and the once-seen-never-forgotten Rob Taylor Appreciation Society for some surreal comedy.

I always know that Christmas is just around the corner when Y11 hold the Senior Citizens’ Party. This year’s was a magnificent occasion which placed us at the heart of our community – long may it continue! We have held the Carol Concert for local primary schools, and this week saw a packed church at St. John’s for our Carol Service. As I write this, the Sixth Form students are about to round off the year with performances of their pantomime, “A Spoonful of Pixie Dust”, to all students on the Dove Campus.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all connected with The de Ferrers Academy a very good Christmas, and a happy New Year.