It seems ironic that in my previous blog I began by saying how the new term started with good weather and now as I write there are howling gales all around. I hope there will be some improvement next week so that staff and students can enjoy a much deserved break. It has been a hectic term so far and students have coped exceptionally well with the very poor weather of recent weeks. We are fortunate in having excellent social spaces around the school but it is to the students’ credit they have been used so well during the many wet breaks and lunchtimes we have experienced.
Many of the staff and students will be very busy over half-term; Year 11 students will be in school for three days as part of their preparations for exams whilst the cast of Oliver will be busy rehearsing throughout the week.
For more details and a sneak preview of some of our rehearsals, click on the link opposite.
Careers guidance has been a major focus this term as Year 9 make their Key Stage 4 option choices. We were delighted that over 90% of Year 9 parents attended a very successful Options Evening and Careers Fair. In developing our provision for Careers guidance Mr A. Jeavons is very busy forging strong links with local businesses and employers.
In January, the school hosted its first business link event for a local Wolverhampton employer. PayCare Ltd used the school’s facilities to hold its company marketing strategy meeting and Highfields’ BTEC Catering students provided them with a buffet lunch whilst two of our A Level Business students were invited to participate in the actual marketing strategy meeting.
Although the opportunities for sporting fixtures have been much reduced by the weather, students continue to enjoy a range of provision. Our gymnasts competed in a regional competition in Stoke and four Year 8 students competed in the Black Country Table Tennis Championships. Our Sports Leaders hosted a successful multi-skills event for local primary schools this week and the 4th March will see former World Snooker Champion, Steve Davies, in school as part of a national coaching programme introduced to Highfields by Mr T. Rowley.
After half-term we plan to launch a new section, ‘Student Enrichment’ on the website which will give detailed updates on the many activities undertaken by students beyond the classroom. The intention is that students will help to keep this section updated and provide more detailed insights on life at Highfields.
In the meantime, enjoy half-term. Let’s hope it stops raining soon!