As the Autumn Term draws to a close and the Christmas holidays rapidly approach, I think we can be pleased with
another term’s work in the school. We have enjoyed a wide range of sporting successes, ranging from horse show-jumping through trail running, gymnastics, football, rugby, hockey and cross-country running. We’ve seen dance shows and drama events, musical performances, art displays and cookery competitions. We also held the second of our ‘new-style’ Prize Days with a VIP guest from the world of TV – Hollyoaks.
We finish term with our school pantomime on Wednesday 11th, Friday 13th and Saturday 14th December, carol concerts in St Andrew’s Parish Church on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th December and, of course, our own school carol services in the Methodist Church on the last day of term – Wednesday 18th December 2013.
At the end of this long, busy and highly productive term, I feel very proud of what our staff and students have achieved. All students in Years 9 and 11 have completed formal examinations and await results early in the New Year. The pupils’ approach to all examinations has been exemplary.
Attendance in the school continues to show a very positive upward trend. Comparisons with the same period last year
shows an overall increase of 0.5% to 94.9%.
There will be some staff changes at the beginning of next term. Mrs Jane Reardon leaves us after 6 years teaching in
the Drama Department. We wish her every happiness in her life after UCC.
Arrangements for the final day of term (Wednesday 18 December) will be as follows: buses will leave school at 3.15
p.m. – after the afternoon carol service – and the school day will end at 3.15p.m. Students who live in town can go home directly after the afternoon carol service. Students who catch the Patterdale bus service will attend the morning
carol service and will be able to catch their bus at lunchtime. Those students who catch the service bus to Shap will not be able to leave school at 3.15 p.m as the bus will be running at its normal time of 4.00 p.m. These students will
be supervised in the Cumberland Hall if necessary, or parents can make their own arrangements to collect them. Please note that the bus companies have raised their level of scrutiny of bus passes recently. All pupils should ensure that they carry and present their bus pass on each journey.
Finally, let me thank all of you – students, parents, staff and governors – for your hard work and support over the last 12 months and wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a productive New Year.
The new term (for all pupils and staff) starts on Monday 6th January 2014.