It was lovely to visit Freeman Primary School last Saturday for their School Fair and the official unveiling of a mural painted by Phoebe Neil (GCSE Art, 2017). Phoebe and others worked during the summer holiday to provide a really colourful entrance to the Early Years area and the mural is clearly very much appreciated. PPG sponsored the painting and they are keen to support colourful projects in all schools, so food for thought as we approach the first meeting of the School Council…

On Wednesday 27th September, we held our annual Open Evening for prospective students. This was a wonderful opportunity to showcase students’ work and we really enjoyed welcoming so many visitors into the school. Many thanks to all our helpers, particularly the sixth form mentors and to Charlotte Salmon (Year 7) and Ruby Hunter (Year 13) for speaking at the presentations. Tea and Tour events begin on Tuesday 3rd October and the 2017 deadline for applications is 31st October.

Also, it has been a very good week for sport. There was a record turnout for the first gathering of the cross-country club and training is underway for the Suffolk Schools Cross country to be held on 12th October at RHS Holbrook and we expect to take a record breaking team of 50 students to this event. The Year 7 and Year 8 netballers also played their first league games against Stowmarket. Although Stowmarket won both games, player of the match was awarded to Georgia Moore in Year 8 for some good interceptions and in Year 7, Miss Wardley commended Maisie Mills in her debut role as captain of the team. In football, the Year 9 team returned triumphant from their match against Sybil Andrews. A half-time score of 3-1 in favour of Sybil Andrews was transformed into a 3-7 victory for the Year 9s! Mr Canfer (team manager) was delighted and congratulations go to goal scorers: Bobby Bell (3), Edward Whittaker (2) and Joe Sims (2)

And finally, a reminder that the Year 8 enterprise project is drawing to a close. Students have been given thirty days to raise thirty pounds and ideas to date have included: a film show with refreshments, cakes galore, guess the number of sweets in the jar, badges and creative bracelets. The challenge ends at 3.45pm on Friday 6th October, so there is still time to take advantage of everything on offer!

Mrs K Grimes

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