Wishing all our pupils, staff and parents a very happy and restful Christmas. Thank you to you all for your hard work and support this term, we look forward to seeing you all again in 2021!
Ms Sharrock Mrs Millichamp
Headteacher Head of Prep
Tales from Town Walls
When Ms Sharrock wrote to parents at the start of this term with news of our junior and senior pupils reuniting on one site from September 2021, she wrote of wanting us to “be more truly one school and deliver consistent excellence for pupils of all ages…with great value in having the youngest through to the oldest pupils on one site, learning and working together”. Over the past weeks, we have been given a wonderful taste of how this looks and sounds, and feels, as our junior and senior pupils rehearsed and performed together in our beautiful Old Hall ahead of our autumn concert and carol service. Our younger pupils were truly inspired performing alongside our experienced Senior ensembles and Sixth Form choir. Our senior students have, in turn, been uplifted by the energy and excitement that our junior pupils bring with them to every event. Seeing Mr Bunn, Mrs Styles, Mr Deakin and Mr Neville working together, sharing ideas and ambitions, and bringing the best out of every individual singer and musician has been exciting to watch. What makes it all the more exciting is the thought of this collaboration and shared excellence taking place across every department in the school with excellent and innovative junior and senior teachers working closely together to bring new opportunities to our pupils across the whole school from sport and art to science and drama.
The sense of family, belonging, and pride, when our students were performing together over these last few weeks really did give us all a glimpse of the possibilities that lie ahead for our school.
Carol Concert 2020
This Tuesday we had the pleasure of watching a fabulous carol concert with pieces performed by pupils from both the Prep and Senior School. Even though we couldn’t all be together in St Chad’s as we usually would be, it was lovely to join together as a school community virtually to watch our school’s musicians perform. We would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Deakin, Mr Neville, Mr Bunn and Mrs Styles for helping to make this virtual concert happen, as well as a huge congratulations to all of our pupils that performed in the concert. You can find a link to all of the videos included in the concert here for you to enjoy at home over this festive period.
Father Christmas paid us a visit!
Our Pre-Prep children had the most wonderful surprise yesterday when Father Christmas visited us at school! He asked us what our Christmas wishes were and told us all about Rudolph and the reindeers. A wonderful Christmas surprise! We hope our parents enjoyed our Pre-Prep Nativity this year, well done to all our children for performing so brilliantly! We were very excited when our Mary and Angel Gabriel were interviewed by Radio Shropshire earlier this week. Keep your ears peeled on the Radio Shropshire breakfast show on Monday morning at 8.45am to her them talking all about the production!
Scribble – senior Literary Magazine
The latest edition of ‘Scribble’ is now available as a digital version via this link. Sixth Form English Literature students have worked hard to pull an edition together ahead of Christmas and it includes articles on diverse topics, including the value of Young Adult fiction, writers of colour, ‘Maurice’, ‘Candide’, music inspired by literature and the significance of endings, among others. A great read by the Christmas fireside!
A polite request/reminder to all our parents to please park considerately when dropping off and collecting your children. We have received complaints about dangerous parking particularly on Crescent Lane, Butler Road and Kennedy Road.
D of E expedition
Everybody started the weekend eager and excited for the challenge ahead. After all, as a result of COVID-19 safety restrictions, we did not have to camp overnight! On Friday afternoon we split into two groups and started our journey from school along the River Severn; after discovering our route for the afternoon by using a map and a compass, we picked up the pace in hopes of arriving at our destination before dark. Thankfully we did, with about 15 minutes to spare. After miles of walking, it was important for us to refuel; even the wet weather could not stop us from eating! At 5:30pm we were able to go home in order to get a good night’s sleep ready for the busy day ahead.
Saturday morning was full of challenges – mostly in the form of steep hills of which we were required to cycle. We split into pairs and alternated navigation duties for the whole journey; after a while we had arrived at our activity for part of the day – abseiling in Nesscliffe. Although everyone had differing opinions on how they felt about abseiling, it is safe to say that it was an incredible experience that placed a lot of people in the group outside of their comfort zones. It was difficult to start cycling again after a long rest, but everyone was eager to warm up from the cold December weather, and so we were off to reach our destination. Cycling on our Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was an exciting challenge as it was something that we did not experience during the Bronze or Silver expeditions. However, for day three it was back to the traditional walking.
We were faced with hills throughout the day as we tackled the Stiperstones and Earl’s Hill, but it was all worth it to see even the slightest sight of snow at the very top. A useful skill that we learned was how to treat a member of our group should they develop hypothermia – we even acted it out! By lunchtime we were all ready to eat some hot food, so we took out the trangias and began cooking. After a very satisfying meal we were taught how to use bearings in order to obtain the best navigational outcome, before facing the dreaded Earl’s Hill. We finally made it to the top, and then (after a few tumbles on the way down) we were close to our final destination.
Although it was not the typical Duke of Edinburgh expedition, it still had its challenges and it was a very valuable experience for all involved. Thanks to Ms Atkins, Mrs Cook, Miss Hale, Mrs Pardoe and Becci, Jo and Matt from Gateway Outdoors.
-Lucy Humphries, Year 12
Lunch rota for start of half term Jan 2021 & Co-Curricular Clubs list
We will be trialling a new lunch rota for the start of next half term with slightly amended sittings. Please note that Year 11-13 will be on the first sitting to accommodate their assessments. Clubs will not be impacted, but students may need to book packed lunches for ordering and collection. Mr Duckett will be sending out the menus around 30th December. For clubs, please do check the timings of the rota included as students may need to order packed lunches to collect at break time. The 2020-2021 club timetable can be found here.
Year 11 Christmas Festivities
Year 11 were off timetable on Tuesday afternoon with Miss Shenton and their tutors for their Christmas celebration. In Teams, the girls were challenged to make gingerbread houses as they enjoyed hot chocolate (with marshmallows), chocolate tiffins and all whilst listening to Christmas tunes. At the end of the afternoon, our very own Head Chef, Mr Duckett, judged their final efforts. A big well done to our winners: Simran Jassel, Amelia Hall and Emily Hollins. Mr Duckett was impressed with the sturdiness of the house, the attention to detail and the realistic icicles. Close runners up were Phoebe Pryce Boutwood, Francesca Hartland, Abi Marsh and Kirsten Rysdale. Needless to say, the houses did not last long after judging as they were demolished rather quickly!
Year 4 Carols on the Doorstep
Mr Bunn and Year 4 entertained us all with some wonderful Carols on the Prep School Doorstep with everything from Away in a Manger to Jingle Bell Rock!!
Year 7 French Christmas Crafts & Christmas card winners!
This week, Year 7 French students got in the Christmas mood by making ‘papillottes’, a chocolate with a message or proverb hidden inside traditionally given at Christmas. This was a well deserved treat after how hard they have worked in their French lessons this term, Year 7 wishes everyone a Joyeux Noël!
Here are the winners of the MFL Christmas Card competition, organised by the MFL prefects Lily Ockendon and Eli Scanlon. All cards had messages of goodwill for Christmas in French, German and Spanish. Well done and thank you to all who entered. Joyeux Noël, Frohe Weihnachten, Feliz Navidad to all!
Safeguarding and Pastoral spotlight for December
Over the Christmas period, students may well be spending more time on devices and therefore we try to stay up to date on our online safety and awareness. Students have recently had an online safety assembly with Mr. Petford as a refresher on privacy settings and what to do to stay safe online. For parents, we would like to flag two apps which have been shared as potential safeguarding concerns – Discord and Cunch Life. We have therefore attached parent guides to this newsletter from The Safeguarding Alliance for your information. In addition, please also see the Guide to Current Trending Apps, with suggested age restrictions.
If you have any concerns about online safety, please do contact Mrs Owen Davies or Mr Blenkinsop directly.
Shropshire Safeguarding Partnership and Shropshire Council have shared a number of resources with local schools for support over the Christmas period and into the New Year. Please see with this newsletter links to services and support available for bereavement, for “Step Up Shropshire” links for Mental Health and their new initiative, Togetherall, offering self-support courses and resources for Shropshire families. In addition, our wellbeing links are also here. Our safeguarding email address will be suspended over the holidays, and will start up again in January 2021.
You can read December’s Wellbeing Bulletin here: Wellbeing Bulletin December.
Art and Ceramics workshops for our A Level artists
Last Friday (3rd December) we were excited to welcome back our former Head of Art, Mark Warner, to give our A Level artists a painting workshop. As well as this, on Tuesday (8th December) our Sixth Form artists were given the opportunity of taking a ceramics workshop with our Art Technician, Paul Coope. During both sessions the girls created fabulous works of art, including gorgeous landscape paintings, and intricate vases crafted on our school pottery wheels.