Well, what a hectic term!
Thank you all for your patience and support with the snow days. Hopefully they are all behind us for the remainder of this year and we will have a smooth, uninterrupted Term 5. I would like to extend a huge thank you to the site team who worked flat out ensuring the site was salted and gritted and, therefore, safe.
I must recognise all the staff who gave up their time so freely during the Easter break to support our young people with their GCSE revisión. We had record numbers of students attending and record numbers of staff supporting. As ever PCSA goes ‘the extra mile’ wherever they can.
We continue to develop the site so that it is the best it can possibly be. As students return from the Easter break they will notice building works to the restaurant and the old science block. As our numbers grow to 1500 we are improving the restaurant facilities to accomodtae our growth and refurbishing the old science block into a shiny new Languages and Global Understanding (LGU) Faculty. We hope this will all be ready at the start of the next academic year. We will be having celebrations to mark the opening of the new LGU faculty so watch this space!
I always like to share some good news stories with you all. I would like to say a huge congratulation to hundreds of PCSA students who are thrilled after receiving pen pal letters from their partnership school in Malawi.
Some 200 Year 8 Priory Community School students wrote to children in Mnjiri Secondary School in Mzimba, northern Malawi earlier this year as part of their culture and identity module in English Now they have been excitingly reading their letters written by children in the nation – which is the third most poverty stricken in the world.
We must also wish our Year 8s good luck in their end of year exams. It will be their first taste of sitting GCSE style exams in the main hall. Hopefully by Year 11 it will reduce the stress as they will be used to the process.
Max Corrigan, aged 15, has been doing YouTube videos on Call of Duty by giving a commentary to gamers and he now has nearly 1000 subscribers. Max wants to do it as a full-time career and to study media after he leaves school. He has already secured himself an apprenticeship in this competitive field and has shown that anything is possible if you want something and are prepared to work hard enough to make your dreams a reality. Max really is the epitome of hard work, big dreams and positive thinking!
Finally, Term 5 is our Upper School Charity Term. Please do encourage your children to get their thinking hats on and come up with some really creative fund-raisers. Let’s make it a record year for our Charity of the Year, Ataxia UK.
Very best wishes,