Dear Parents

Welcome to this week’s Newsletter, the penultimate one of this academic year.

‘Shiver me timbers’

We have all been very excited to see the Pirate Cove area developing over the last two months, culminating in last week’s ‘Project Mural’ community painting of the wall just outside the Auditorium. With the help of all the Primary children and some secondary who volunteered to help during one lunchtime, the wall looks absolutely amazing with many, many different styles of underpants alongside a treasure chest and other Pirate themed articles. The pirate ship and other play items are also now in place.

Step-up Day

The opening of the Pirate’s Cove was timed to coincide with our ‘Step-Up Day’ on Tuesday and I know that all our new children and their parents had a wonderful time at the Teddy Bear’s picnic held in this area. This is always an exciting day for all children who will be moving up into years 1-7 next year. I am sure my colleagues will talk about this in more detail in the Primary and secondary section of the Newsletter but I would like to say a special thank you to all the Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 teachers and leaders who have worked very hard to ensure groups and classes are correct and that the day went as smoothly as possible. From chatting to several of the current year 6 students, I know that they really enjoyed their first taste of secondary lifeand that little bit of extra freedom!

Staffing update

Following on from last week’s introduction of our new Primary staff, we are excited to welcome a number of new staff to the secondary phase of the school for next year. Mr Barker will profile them in his section but one in particular to mention is Grant Wolstenholme, who liked us so much last time he was here as an Economics teacher in 2018, that he wants to come back! We look forward to seeing him again

Next week

Next week marks the last full week of the school year and there are a number of very exciting events to help us finish what has been a great year at Britannica.

Sunday to Friday: Students and staff from our sister schools in Quito and Moscow will be participating in the first Orbital History and Culture Trip to Budapest.

They will be visiting the school on Wednesday afternoon for our Secondary Sports Day.

Also, visiting the school from Wednesday through until Friday is our new Regional Head of Schools, Karl Wilkinson.

Thursday is a busy day with the Year 6 Production and the Secondary House Football Competition both taking place in the afternoon.

Friday sees the award ceremonies for Primary and Secondary and also the ever popular Britannica’s Got Talent show to finish of the year. Please be reminded that school finishes at 2.30 next Friday 21st June

Enjoy the sunshine, have a great weekend

Kind regards

Neil McGarry