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N Philpott

Last week saw the last of the GCSE exams for most of our Year 11 students. On Friday, following their Statistics exam, most students went to Southwold to spend some time together. On their return, they joined parents, carers, families and staff in a Leavers’ Assembly. This gave us the opportunity to share some of the many positive times they had in school over their five years. Leavers’ Hoodies and Yearbooks were awarded, along with some certificates- that students organised for each other. It was amazing to have so many people in one place and the addition of an ice cream van concluded the
afternoon nicely. I would like to thank Ms Page, Mr Woolven and Ms Bennett for their organisation of the day.

Audrey Pantelis, visited the school on Monday to lead assemblies on diversity for all our students as part of our Diversity Week activities. It was an opportunity to talk about race, equity, discrimination and protected characteristics. Students participated enthusiastically in the sessions. The themes of the session were revisited throughout the week in lessons and an assembly that was led by Mrs Mellor. Audrey is going to
continue to lead sessions for staff and students to raise the profile of equality and equity in our school and community.

As part of Diversity Week, we held a LGBTQ+ lunch for students and wore brightly coloured shirts on Friday to raise money and support members of the LGBTQ+ community. Some of our students also used this as an opportunity to support Armed Forces week by dressing in their uniforms as part of the day.

On Friday we welcomed parents and carers of our Forge students to a celebration morning and Sports Day. It was a pleasure to award certificates and badges to all of our Forge students and to congratulate them on their progress throughout the school year. As the Forge grows next year, I hope there will be more opportunities for students to work together as the House system develops.

This week sees the launch of our House system with Sports Day taking place on Thursday (weather permitting). Mr Palmer and Ms Keith have worked hard to arrange a sports day where students can compete in traditional athletic events alongside a rounders competition. Hopefully the weather will stay kind and students will do their best for their houses – Aqua, Ignis, Ventus and Terra.

I hope everyone has a good week ahead of next week’s Summer Enrichment activities.

Neil Philpott

Head of SET Saxmundham School