Dear Parents/ Carers
As we near the end of the second Spring term, it is a good opportunity to reflect on many of the positive experiences of this term and inform you of the details of the first day back in Term 5.
It was good to see so many of you at our Annual Easter Egg Run event, and it was a spectacular sight to see around 490 bikers arrive at the school!
As usual we have been enjoying some fantastic and creative learning opportunities: Our Drama department had an in-house workshop with delegates from the RSC, The Marlowe Theatre and Canterbury Academy. Our Drama Subject Leader Miss Creaser also successfully ran a 6 week after-school drama club for pupils from KS2 /3 culminating in an evening performance at The Marlowe Theatre in Scene 2 of Midsummer’s Night Dream on Monday 7th March, where I understand it all went smoothly!
Our Primary Department held a Fairtrade Breakfast on Friday 11th March to raise awareness which was very well received. Also on 11th March we had the opportunity of a free taster session of American Football by an AFD Limited coach during credit choice which the pupils really enjoyed. On Monday 14th March our Year 10 and 11 pupils held a football match against St Nicholas school, which we won 14 – 2.
This term we have had a boxing coach Lee Owen from Olympia Boxing working with Years 6 and 7 developing their fitness and basic boxing skills. Some Year 9 pupils have helped him to coach the younger pupils. Further to this a small Gifted and Talented group will be chosen from KS3 to receive a session in a boxing gym.
On Friday 18th March pupils raised money for Sport Relief by paying £1 to wear their own clothes and taking part in the ‘Orchatathlon’. We raised £40 for this worthy cause. A cake sale and raffle tickets also raised a donation of £136 for a Cambodian school that one of our tutors, Miss Jones, will visit during the Easter break.
To remind you that this term will end on Thursday 24th March, and pupils will start back on Monday 11th April at the normal time. Could I please remind you to support us in enforcing correct school uniform, and remind the children that hoodies are not permitted and trainers should be plain black. Phones and mobile devices are also not permitted, and we would ask that you encourage your child to leave them at home or hand them into staff at school.
Finally, Libby Sanderson has decided to leave The Orchard School for personal reasons and will not be returning to work. We wish her all the very best wishes in her future career.
We would like to thank you for your continued support, and wish you all a pleasant and relaxing Easter break.
Mrs A Lilley