Head Teacher's Christmas Blog

Ho Ho Ho, hello and welcome to the last Blog of 2018.

What a fortnight we have had!! I will start by saying a huge thank you and well done to all of the performers in our production of High School Musical Junior. Miss Shaw worked her magic (she has been rehearsing since May!!) and we had 3 inspiring performances, each one was even better than the one before. We had tears of joy (and exhaustion!) on Saturday and all who came along had a great time. Thanks also to Miss Sharples, Miss English, Mr Murfet and Miss Thompson along with all the staff who helped with setting up, clearing down, sound, props, stage, lighting, make-up, tissues, and giving their time to be part of the event. Mrs Boor and her JLT ran the 'front of house', selling programmes and tickets (and sweets!). The Friends of The Peele provided refreshments and a raffle and lots of money was raised which will all go to providing resources - we are thinking a new mixing desk is the first thing we will be investing in.

Then on Tuesday this week we had our annual Christmas Concert at St Mary's Church in Long Sutton. Father Jonathan and the team welcomed us all and lots of parents and friends joined us for some beautiful singing, piano and guitar. We had solo performances, students who had written their own pieces, a Year 7 choir and the Peele Community College Choir as well. It was inspiring, as always, to see the talent, passion and confidence of our students. Well done to all who took part, especially Jodie (who accompanied everyone on the piano and played a solo piece), Libby and Grace (who sang together - a song written by Grace), Kyra for her solo singing - a particularly good rendition of 'Step into Christmas', Joe (amazing guitar skills), Sophie (singing solo for the first time), Rhianna, Paige and Kiera - our year 7s who sang as a trio, Molly (first time in front of an audience) and Beatriz - who sang in English and Portuguese! The Year 7 choir sang a medley from Polar Express and included Dominic, Paige, Ruby, Luke, Henry, Bethany, Lexie, Katie, Kiera, Rhianna, Skye and Elizabeth. They were brilliant, and I particularly liked the festive hats and headgear!

On a more serious note, I would like to thank all of the students and staff for their thoughtfulness. We recently had a drive to raise awareness of families who are struggling at this time of year and for whom Christmas is not really joyful because they can't afford the extravagance that so many of us fall into. Christmas can be difficult and stressful, so we had a collection for the local Food Bank. Yesterday we donated 412 items in 30 packages to a local Food Bank - they will make sure that the donations go where they are needed and spread a bit of Christmas cheer.

So, another year draws to a close. Thank you for your continuing support. I hope you have a lovely Christmas and wish everyone the very best for 2019. See you next year!