It has been a very busy year for Year 7 with lots to celebrate. We started with the team building visits to Lea Green Activity Centre in Derbyshire. Over the four wettest days in October, two Year 7 tutor groups per day defied the torrential rain to successfully tackle an outdoor assault course, outdoor den building and scaling the cave. The tutors and I were thrilled to see the camaraderie and goodwill shown by all pupils to their peers; their behaviour and conduct was impeccable. Sadly the same could not be said for their mud entrenched clothing at the end of each day!
Our Welcome Concert at the end of October was a huge success. A special mention needs to go to our fourteen fabulous soloists who braved the bright lights and gave an excellent performance; Lucy Roadknight, Daniel Maughan, Rachel Feinstein, Luca Marshall, Haniah Raza, Bethany Buah, Filip Trenkic, Mia Coss, Anna Sosin, Grace Campbell, Luke Pike, Zack Schofield, Katherine Liu and Anton Stoger.
Tutor groups 7E & 7F gave a wonderful performance of Vois Sur Ton Chemin under the guidance of Mr Mills and Mr Dyer and also need to be commended for their extra special performance. The year group as a whole sang beautifully. Clearly, we have an exceptionally talented year group and this bodes very well for our talent show next year.
Our chosen year group charity was Children in Need and we were delighted to have collected nearly £300 at the end of the Welcome Concert evening towards this very worthwhile cause. Non uniform day in November was our next chance to shine. Year 7 advertised this event to the whole school in a week of assemblies and asked for everyone to wear something spotty on the day in support of Children in Need. Our break time cake sale was huge; Mrs Clarke’s office was jammed with cakes donated by Year 7. The total amount raised on non-uniform day was £1800, a truly phenomenal amount of money! We ran competitions and sold wrist bands to maximise our fundraising – it was a real team effort.
We ended the winter term with our first Celebration Assembly of the year. Olympic Gold Medallist Etienne Stott was our guest speaker and gave a very inspiring speech to the year group about trying your best and working towards achieving your potential. The focus of our assembly was a celebration of effort; awards were given to those who had made an exceptional start to their time here at West Bridgford School by trying their best and going above and beyond what is expected of them.
In January we had our first ever Parent’s Evening, this was a tremendous success. Lots of happy parents and guardians received excellent feedback about their children. In February we hosted the Talent Show on the last day before half term. Mrs Clarke and I were overwhelmed by the volume and quality of auditions from all sorts of talented people in the year group. The final list of ten acts was very carefully considered and quite difficult to narrow down. A special mention needs to go to Yuvraj Rathor in 7A who ended the show by playing the Harmonium whilst singing a song in Punjabi; he brought the house down.
We have also had phenomenal sporting success in the year group. In March, our Year 7 girls received gold medals after their triumphant win in the Central Venue Netball Tournament. Hot on the heels of this success, the Year 7 boy’s football team reached the National Quarter Finals. Their final game against Thomas Telford School was played at home and we had fantastic support from the year group and family members on the side lines.
In April, we had a small group of talented individuals who passed an extensive round of auditions to be part of Bridgstock; our annual whole school music show which is run by students in Years 12 & 13. Well done to Lukasz Bialeck in 7D, Jacob Careless in 7D, Charlotte Hoyle in 7D and Zack Schofield in 7F for two nights of fabulous performances to a sold out crowd in the Theatre.
As a year group we have been raising lots of money for charity. Each of the eight tutor groups chose a charity to fundraise for during the course of their time in Year 7. 7C got going with this quite early on in the year with a very clever idea of collecting loose change from pupils in the year group. The other tutor groups have kept themselves busy with hosting assemblies and various fundraising events for their individual charities.
We finished the year with our Celebration Assembly. This time the focus was on academic achievement and there were a whole host of prizes for pupils who have gone that extra mile in terms of both academic work and getting involved in year group activities. We invited a fireman to come in as our guest speaker. Unfortunately for us, duty called and it was up to Ms Masterson to step in with some words of wisdom. As an English teacher, the only fires I have fought have been metaphorical – not quite as impressive!
I am very proud of the new Year 8; they have had an excellent first year at secondary school. Mrs Clarke and I are very much looking forward to welcoming the new year group in September and doing it all again.