Head Teacher's Blog 29th September

I can't believe it is the end of September already, although considering how much we have done so far this school year it shouldn't really be a surprise!

Another busy week here at The Peele, with the European Day of Languages on Tuesday and Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday. Add to that our ongoing work with local Primary schools, organisation for the first Super Learning Day and the general day-to-day work and the week has flown by.

On Tuesday it was The European Day of Languages and Mrs Briggs treated our students to a selection of European treats, including French brioche, Irish soda bread, Dutch waffles, German ‘stollen’ cake, African plantain chips, Spanish tapas, Greek feta cheese and French lemon tarts. They looked at the origins of these foods and completed a quiz on world languages. The activity really brought languages alive for our students and they enjoyed learning through tasting and competing.

Our Macmillan Coffee Morning was a huge success and I would like to thank everyone who contributed cakes - as well as the dozens of people who came to join us for the actual event. In fact we have so many cakes left over that we will be running cake stalls at break and lunch on Monday to raise more money for Macmillan. Please be assured that we have kept the cakes that were in boxes with a 'Best Before' date, and all the cakes we have saved to be served on Monday are well within their dates. Please remind your youngsters to bring in some cash on Monday to buy cakes. I will update you with the total amount raised next week.

Friends of The Peele met on Wednesday evening to start planning their events for the year -  their AGM will be held on 23rd November, please do come along if you are interested in joining or contributing in any way. They raise a great deal of money for the school and this is always put in to buying extras for the students. They are currently considering items that can be enjoyed by our students during their break and lunch times so I have asked our JLT (Junior Leadership Team) for ideas about what students would like to see. Suggestions so far include more benches and outdoor table tennis tables. The Friends will be running a Bingo Night on 27th November - watch this space for more details nearer to the time. If you have anything that you would be willing to donate as a prize for the Bingo, I know that the Friends would appreciate this.

A bit of advance notice that we have the Year 9 Parents Evening on Thursday 5th October, from 5-7pm. Friends of the Peele will be there serving refreshments in order to raise funds, so please bring along some pennies to donate in return for a cuppa and a biscuit (or two).

Other events next week include our two Open Mornings for Year 6 students and their parents who are considering their options for September 2018. These take place on Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th October so please do come along to see our students and staff in action. We meet in the main Reception area ready to start the tours at 9.30am.

Next week I will include some information about how we are working with local Primary Schools and the events we are planning for the rest of this term. I wish you all a lovely weekend and a productive week.