February round-up from the Principal
It has been unseasonably warm in the first week back since the half term break, and it has been great to see the students and staff return well-rested and in a buoyant and positive mood.
Year 11 Half Term Sessions and Intervention
A number of subject areas held sessions during half term and it was great to see so many students attending with a positive mindset and focused attitude towards their studies. After-school sessions continue this term with a deliberate return to the core subject areas of English, maths and science.
I was delighted to see the first publication of the Sixth Form newsletter which can be found in the sixth form section of the website. This is an initiative that has been led predominantly by the post-16 students themselves and they should be proud of the high quality and informative outcome that they have produced. I would encourage you to seek this out to provide an insight into the Sixth Form at Manor School.
Skiing – Folgaria, Italy
The ski trip is an important part of the rich cultural capital experiences that are offered at Manor School. This year saw students and 8 staff visit Folgaria, Italy during the half term break. Many of the students have reported how “awesome” the experience was, despite the long delay on the trip home! As ever, I would like to register my thanks to Mr Hill for organising and the other 7 staff who spent their half term break helping our students create memories and have experiences they will never forget.
Last year when we attended the Big Bang at Silverstone circuit it was snowing – this year it was 20 degrees! The Big Bang is facilitated by the University of Northampton and our students got to experience workshops and shows giving them a fully interactive experience of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics).
During half term, I was delighted to support our dancers from across a range of year groups by attending the N: Dance 2019 finals at the Corby Cube. The standard of performance was incredibly high from a number of school and private dance groups being represented. The audience was in raptures throughout and particularly so during the Manor School performance. Thank you to Mrs Ciesielski for facilitating our dancers to such a high standard and well done girls – you smashed it!
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There is a lot to look forward to in March. Our Year 9 students will be completing their preferences for their Key Stage 4 studies and some of the practical GCSE examinations will be taking place. In addition, over the coming weeks and months we will be introducing our revised and updated processes in relation to behaviour and attitudes. We will keep all students, parents and carers fully informed of developments so I encourage you to watch this space.