Secondary Update – Start of Academic Year 2018/19

September 3, 2018

The Secondary phase at Bromsgrove has gone from strength to strength this academic year and has been packed full of inspirational learning opportunities and innovative and holistic opportunities for students to embrace the wider enrichment of education.

The first term in Secondary has been filled with exciting events, inspiring trips and motivating learning opportunities. We have been lucky to have external companies visit us and work with our students, who, as ever, were an absolute credit to the school. The Handlebards Drama day and the Oxford Union Debating events were a highlight of the first term and allowed our students to experience a different style of learning outside a standard classroom. Students have also attended the Service conference and will plan our third Bromsgrove Service week which will take place at the end of April. The International Award was relaunched this year and 15 students have taken part in a practice Adventurous Journey to Kanchanaburi. This trip really took them outside of their comfort zone and developed their independence – congratulations to all students who completed it!

Secondary House Spirit is alive and well with weekly House Sport competitions taking place as well as events such House Debate. This is the second year where House Debate has taken place and students have demonstrated an immense enthusiasm for contesting topics such as “Video Games should be banned” in the heats before the final in the auditorium took place. From the heats and the final, it is clear that Bromsgrove students know how to make a strong argument!

Our Secondary Christmas Assembly combined festive music from students across the year groups and a review of the events of the term across the different academic faculties. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to look back, reflect and celebrate all the achievements of our students and Bromsgrove community in term 1. We followed our Assembly with our Christmas Fayre which had stalls that were organised and run by our Secondary tutor groups to raise money for our chosen House Charities.

We ended our term with our annual Big House Christmas Quiz and yet again, it was wonderful to see all students taking part in a fun and fact-filled general knowledge Kahoot quiz in the auditorium. Students were also treated to a real surprise in the form of Project X – a staff pantomime!

I would like to say an enormous thank you to the teachers and support staff whose unwavering dedication and enthusiasm makes everyday at Bromsgrove inspiring and enjoyable for the students. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish them all a restful Winter holiday! In addition, thank you to you, the parents, for your support and I look forward to seeing you in January 2019.

Wishing you a happy holiday,
 

Ruth Young
Secondary Principal