The end of 2018 is approaching and at this time of year we look back at the successes of the last term and then look forward to the new term. There has been a lot happening since my last blog and we have been so busy doing we do not always get a chance to stop, reflect and write about it. However, I would like to finish 2018 as I wish to start 2019, celebrating success.
This term has seen the extensive work from the whole community in completing our Remembrance installation. Over 1300 hand made poppies from our students, staff and from our feeder primary schools alongside members of the Royal Marines contributing to the work. A huge thank you to the Technology department for their extensive organisation and vision for what has been a hugely positive experience for the whole community.
This year our year 7 started the Chantry Community Champions scheme, which is rapidly spreading to other years. Our community champions use their own time to make a positive contribution to the school. This includes supporting supervisors at lunch, clearing the refectory and acting as buddies to other students. Their activity fits with our VALUED ethos and contributes their completion of the Chantry VALUED award. Well done to all those involved.
I probably should also mention the outcome of our recent full Ofsted inspection. Whilst the report has been out for a number of weeks, I have been blown away by the tide of positivity which has headed our way following the outcome. I did not realise the importance that the community placed on the grading and how this has impacted on the increased pride within Chantry. Over the last 4 years as a community we have worked tirelessly to ensure that this school is one in which the whole community can be proud. I would like to thank you all for your continued support, your patience, your trust and finally your belief in the staff and students.
Christmas is in full swing and as we continue to work up to the end of term we have had a few lighter moments so that we can share the yuletide spirit. Last Friday we had the Christmas jumper day to raise awareness for the charity Save the Children. This followed a festive filled day as we collectively enjoyed a meal together. Thank you to our kitchen staff and caterers as they prepared a stunning meal which was fit for not just a king, but our students.
In the evening we had the opportunity to share the festivities with the community as we had our Carol service at St Mary at Stoke. It was amazing to hear our students and the wider community celebrating together. There was dancing, singing, readings, reflection and the Felixstowe Salvation Army brass band. Thank you to Rev. Rob Hindsley and Ant our Chaplain for organising such a positive event.
Sticking with the Christmas theme, the technology department came up trumps again as they supported the local community Christmas meal. A real community effort as the turkey was supplied by the local butchers, the vegetables by the Co-op, prepared by our students and served at the Chantry library. The feedback has been tremendous and as always the students have made us proud.
Next term looks like it’s going to be a cracker. The highlight set to be the performance of Legally Blonde. I have had a chance to watch the rehearsals and they are looking slick and enthusiastic. Oh My God!!! (apparently that is what they say…a lot)
Finally I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year from all at Chantry academy.