Welcome to Secondary News!

Well, it’s been a busy week in Secondary. We started on Saturday with a lovely Year 13 Ribbon Ceremony which is always a fabulous celebration, this year in a new venue, The Marble Hall in the Military Museum. This worked a treat as a venue with lots of room for the dancing. I’m fairly sure we’ll be booking it again for next year. Miss Betty had spent months getting the students to performance standard for their dance and it was a beautifully elegant piece by the end; I’ve been watching it for weeks and sometimes with my head in my hands but they worked very hard and it was a triumph on the night. I need to thank a few people here – Ms. Viki, Year 13 tutor, who was the driving force behind the whole event, assisted latterly by Mr. Roberts, our Head of Key Stage 5. Miss Betty of course for her dedication with the dancers and Year 12 students who were a real support, particularly in preparing the room and clearing up afterwards. It was the first official duty for our recently anointed Head Girl and Head Boy, Aniek Jacobs and Dorian Hajdini who hosted the event with aplomb. They will be formally introduced to the students next week alongside our new prefects.

Monday saw a great music assembly organised and presented by Mrs. Haigh-McGarry. We had an eclectic mix of music, from classical to reggae and most genres in between. It was a really joyous occasion and I’m sure everyone enjoyed it as much as I did, so many thanks to all staff and students who made it happen.

Yesterday, Mr. Turnbull had organised to take 50 of our KS3 sports stars Ice Skating for the afternoon and, no surprises here, they had a fabulous time regardless of their level of skill or experience. I was grateful that nobody took the opportunity to send me flying, sadly the same can’t be said for Mr. Roberts who annoyed Mr. Turnbull who then took his revenge! Again, thanks to all staff who braved the cold to ensure the students had fun!

One or two reminders about things coming up:

  • On the 18th December reports will be coming home for Years 7, 8 & 9. The Years 10-13 reports will come out in January.
  • 18th December at 9:00 I will be running a workshop for parents in case you’d like some further explanation about the new reports.
  • Brilliant Britannica takes place on Friday 20th December and students will leave at 2:45 prompt.
  • The Year 11 and Year 13 students will have mock exams from 13th – 17th January. Y10 & Y12 will have internal assessments.

Have a lovely weekend!

Concerns & Queries

KS3 Coordinator – Years 7-8 Peter Sprawson p.sprawson@britannicaschool.hu

KS4 Coordinator – Years 9-11 Laura Peters l.peters@britannicaschool.hu

KS4 Coordinator – Years 12-13 Richard Roberts r.roberts@britannicaschool.hu

Please continue to contact your child’s form teacher in the first instance. You can find all email addresses under the teacher’s picture on the school website:

Britannica Staff

I am happy to meet with you if you have any major concerns, or even if you’d just like a chat about school in general! My email address is g.barker@britannicaschool.hu

Next week will be:

Week A

Thank you,

Greg Barker

Head of Secondary