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December 2019 Principal's round-up

Christmas at Manor School is a time for community. There have been a number of brilliant events that have made us so proud of how students, staff and community have all come together at this festive period.

We had a wonderful shared event hosted by our superb COPE students as part of their studies. We welcomed our friends from the local branches of the Royal British Legion to a musical festive celebration. The second part of the event saw the awarding of our first Going for Gold and School Colours awards to the students who had gained most points by demonstrating our school REACH values. I was delighted that so many parents and carers could join us in celebration. Congratulations to all the winners and our musicians – we are very proud of you all.

The COPE students also organised our Christmas hampers with contributions from all tutor groups. I’d like to thank our school community for being so generous and the Raunds Food Bank were delighted to distribute our multiple hampers.

Christmas Jumper/Christmas Dinner Day

One of my favourite days of the year is our Christmas Jumper/Christmas Dinner day as it demonstrates so much that is good about our school! We support the Save the Children Christmas Jumper day each year and it was great to see so many students generously supporting this important cause that highlights the plight of so many children living in poverty in this country and around the world. Alongside this, our brilliant catering team produced an excellent Christmas dinner which enabled students and staff to come together and celebrate this wonderful time of year.

Music Goes from Strength to Strength

This has been a year of transition for the performing arts department. A new name, a new leader and new staff – but what has been consistent and maintained is the incredible talent and dedication of our staff and students. The Christmas Concert was superb. Ms Baron and Ms Bishop (ably supported by many other staff) managed to put together a programme of outstanding performances from both groups and individual students across all year groups. I’d like to thank NMPAT peripatetic teachers for their continued support as well as Cllr Richard Levell, Mayor of Raunds, who attended alongside parents, members of the community, and Trustees from Nene Education Trust.

Our musicians have also been busily helping our community get festive by supporting events in and around the town including the Civic Schools Carol Service.

Sixth Form Open Evening and Mock Results

The mock examination period is complete and our teaching staff are busily marking these ready for the results assembly on Friday 10 January 2020. We have all been impressed by the way the students in Year 11 and the Sixth Form have approached their revision and studies. This is now the beginning of the run-in to the final examination period and we look forward to the support of parents and carers during this time.

This year we are hugely excited by our Sixth Form Open Evening on Tuesday 14 January where we welcome our current and external Year 11 students to visit us and see how we can facilitate their future studies. This will give us the opportunity to showcase all of the investments we have made in our post-16 provision including curriculum, facility and resource provision.

Merry Christmas and End & Beginning of Term Arrangements

The last day of term is Friday 20 December 2019 with school finishing, as usual, at 3:15 pm. School reopens for all students on Monday 6 January 2020.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and I look forward to working with you all in 2020.

Jay Davenport