Head Teacher's Blog 15th July 2018

Welcome to my first Sunday Blog - I know this is not my usual Blog day but there is a purpose behind the late blogging!

We have had such an amazing week this week, and yesterday (Saturday) was a real highlight. More of that later.

So, what have we been up to this week? It might be getting towards the end of the school year but you can rest assured that we are not winding down just yet!! Monday and Tuesday saw Sports Day events taking place - Mr Wheeler did an fantastic job of organising and co-ordinating the events. Medals were awarded to Years 9 and 10 on Friday and will be given to years 7 and 8 on Monday. Final results will be given out at the Celebration Assemblies which take place in the coming week in the afternoons.

Wednesday was Super Learning Day and every student that I saw said what a fantastic day they had. Year 7 all went down into Long Sutton and spent time at the church - huge thanks to Father Jonathan for hosting them all. The other years were all based at school, with a variety of activities and experiences available to them. The Army were in, doing physical training on the field and we also had Medical Mavericks in with their ultrasound machines, infra-red vein mapping devices and their practice arm so we could all have a go at taking blood - amazing experience! I particularly enjoyed the 'Cake Off, Bake Off' as I was one of the judges - a real privilege and the cakes were delicious - the decorations were very professional - I think we may have some Stars Bakers of the future among us!

Friday brought the Year 11 Prom - and the staff really pulled out all the stops to produce a 'Night in Paris' to remember for our students. Sadly not all of them were able to behave in a respectful manner which did spoil the evening for some. I would like to thank the Friends of The Peele for supporting and catering the event, and the following staff for making it possible by giving up their Friday evening for the students: Mr Clay, Mr Sargeant, Mr Docherty, Mr Meehan, Mrs Stinton, Miss Bates, Mrs Bridger, Miss Papworth (for decorating the chairs), Mrs Reddy-Devlin, Mr Penn, Miss Miller, Miss Mombourquette, Mr Morrow, Mr Gilman and Mr Harpham. The Site team were amazing, directing traffic and clearing up. Very special thanks go to Mrs King and Miss Sherwood - they spent all day Friday setting up the Prom, creating the centre-pieces for the tables and organising the awards - then they stayed until the end to clear up after all of the students had left.

Saturday was the 60th Anniversary Reunion Celebration - and what a day! Beautiful weather and so many people came to join us. I spoke to several who had been there on the very first day that The Peele opened it's doors and it was really interesting to hear their stories of how the school has changed. We must have had well over 100 people through the doors and they all said how much they had enjoyed meeting up with old friends and visiting old haunts - so many memories! Several students gave up their Saturday to come into school and act as tour guides, chatting to the ex students (and some ex-staff too) - they were a real credit and some even kept their blazers on, despite the heat. The students who helped out were Troy Croxford, Eloise Palmer, Mackenzie Taylor, Alfie Beech, Jodie Rhodes, Lucas Gellert, Grace Housden and Ben Fox - huge thanks to you all for being such great ambassadors for The Peele.

During the day we planted a commemorative tree - a beautiful Acer, kindly donated by Richard and Joanne King, parents of Billy. Then Jodie and I buried the time capsule - this time it has a concrete plaque above, with Jodie's and my hand-prints and initials in - so it should be a bit easier to find! I would like to say special thanks to Maxine Wilson and Betty Boor who co-ordinated the whole event - especially Maxine for publicising it and getting people back to Peele from as far away as Australia - she really is a social media whizz!!

So we move into the final week of this academic year - work continues as usual here for staff and students until we break up on 20th July. I wish you all a fruitful week.