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Headteachers Blog Posted on 29/03/18

Headteachers Blog

Easter Greetings

This term has been a busy one as always with lots of highlights and hard work going on in school. We started 2018 with the annual Ski trip to Torgon in Switzerland and the students on the trip had an amazing time, many skiing for the first time. This trip runs every year and is priced incredibly reasonably at £650 so please see Mrs Geldard-Williams if you would like to go next January 2019.

Two students won a competition to attend the national Centenary battlefield trip and joined a large group of students and staff from across the Midlands to visit the battlefields in Belgium and France. One of the students, Callum Matthews was selected to lay a wreath at the gate and our students were fantastic ambassadors for Brownhills School and their area. Mr Forrester accompanied the trip and he was so proud of Callum and Ellie-May as were all the staff.

Students and staff continue to make Food Bank donations to the Thomas project in Walsall and we are humbled by the generosity of everyone and thank you for your kindness.

A group of hospitality students hosted an Afternoon Tea for the residents of a local care home and the generation gap was soon forgotten as scrumptious cakes and sandwiches were shared.

Staff and students enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day and we learnt a lot about everyone’s favourite books and authors from the varied outfits on display.

We have had lots of Parental engagement sessions involving cooking, baking, crash test dummies and study support sessions. We hope to organise a Quiz event in the summer term and hope parents will sign up-everyone is welcome and it is great to see parents in school taking part in events with their children.

As always throughout the term we have had numerous sports fixtures and events culminating last week in Sport Relief fundraising and we have enjoyed several musical performances especially High School Musical recently. Well done to the cast and crew and staff who took part in some way.

We have also had a number of careers events for students in all year groups and know that they find these motivational and help them realise some of the key reasons for school education-to help prepare us for the world of work and to make sure we find a career that is fulfilling and helps us to reach our potential. As you will see from this edition of the Focus, education and learning is something we can do throughout our life to develop us as people, to expand our career opportunities or simply to develop a new interest. I know there are lots of parents and staff who are studying now and it would be lovely to feature some of you in future editions of Focus as role models for our students.

Happy Easter to everyone. We do hope that the weather will now be kinder to us and that we will all enjoy some family time together during the break.

Helen Keenan

headteacher