Changes to this blog

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You will notice that the title of the blog has changed. Last week, our new Head Boy and Head Girl wrote the Principal’s blog. It was great to read about them and also what they want to do for our College. They mentioned more inter-house competitions, a focus on recycling (going plastic free) and also greater links between Key Stage 5 and the rest of the school. I look forward to seeing these items moved forward in the future.

Welcome back everyone

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We hope you have all had a lovely break, and are ready for the upcoming half term. As your new Head Boy and Girl team we’d like to introduce ourselves as well as our vision for the school.

Wellbeing

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Last week we held several events aimed at helping you with wellbeing. You all know we had Safer Internet Day on Tuesday as well as PSCHE lessons and assemblies with regard to being safe online. You may also have seen on the news that Instagram are rightly going to remove images of self-harm from their platform too, in a strategy to help young people.

Being Safe online

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On Tuesday this week (5 February) is ‘safer internet day.’ I mentioned this in my blog last week, as you will know. We all use the internet at various times throughout the day. It has become an integral part of the way we live our lives. We use the internet to communicate, play games, TV, learn, complete homework, do shopping and to find out information from a variety of sources. It is a fantastic tool, when used appropriately. Assemblies this week will be on internet safety, as will PSCHE lessons.

Remembering the Holocaust

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Last week, Mrs Wallis led assemblies to remind us all of the terrible atrocities that were committed as part of the Holocaust. It is important that we remember this event and the  genocide of the Jews during World War Two. It is a tragedy that similar events have taken place in other countries since then and it is through standing up for each other, being tolerant and respecting one another that we can work together to avoid this kind of horrific event being repeated. 

Lots to celebrate!

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I wanted to start this week by thanking those students who helped a member of our local community last week. As I said in assembly last week, I was incredibly proud and pleased to receive a letter which stated not only that you are well behaved outside of the College, but also that some of you had gone further, helping one of the local residents. This is a great example to all of us and something we can all do.

A very good first week back!

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I’d like to start this blog by thanking you all for a very positive first week back. We have visited several lessons and have seen you working well and making good progress – let’s keep that up, please. I have added a new section in the blog on ‘notices for the week,’ which will contain information on assessments, internals and other events for the week ahead. 

 

Happy New Year!

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A very happy new year to you all – I hope you all had a very good break and are feeling ready for the term and year ahead.

Working hard and doing well

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Last week, we visited several lessons across the College and saw you working hard and doing well. Well done to all - please make sure you keep this up for the last week and a half of this term. I received a message from a member of the local community last week who commented on your good behaviour outside of college too. It is great to have positive feedback from members of the general public. This week we are holding our Christmas carol concerts in our local church. This is an opportunity to bring our college community together and also for you to demonstrate your excellent behaviour as we walk to and from the church.

Our values: respect, happiness and achievement

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You all know our values at MRC – they were chosen by you in 2016 and it is important that we all use them as a guide in our work and interactions with each other. I know we don’t get things all the right all the time – we all make mistakes every day (students and staff), but it is important that we learn from these and try harder next time to get things right. It is also important to remember that when we make mistakes, we don’t it deliberately.

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