Busy Summer Term
Whoever said that the summer term was quiet?
Life at SWR is as busy as ever. All students and staff positively enjoyed enrichment week between 2nd and 6th July. Many of our Year 7 students visited Normandy for the week, while our Year 8 students participated in an activities week in the south of France. I also had the immense pleasure of leading our Y9 visit to the battlefields in both Belgium and France. Like all our staff who supervised these trips, I find them incredibly rewarding and a great opportunity to learn with the students outside of the classroom and enjoy shared experiences. The same can be said for all the students and staff who participated in more local visits (including visiting Bristol Zoo, Swindon Town FC and West Midlands Safari Park) and activities like fishing, bush craft, sport, gardening and well being activities. While enrichment week is a tremendous commitment from all staff at SWR, we passionately believe that it is crucial to every students’ wider social development and well being. Please have a look at our Facebook and Twitter pages to see more photographs, videos and stories from our enrichment week!
Year 6 Induction Days
We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting our new Y7 intake for three whole days this week. I have been particularly impressed with how quickly our new intake have settled into the school and how they already show growing confidence across the school. Yesterday, for example, I noticed that our Y6 students were playing football against some boys in Y10. Furthermore, I have already noticed that new friendship groups are beginning to emerge both within the new year group but just as importantly with older students too. With over 100 students joining us again in September, last night’s parents’ information evening filled our main hall and I would like to thank all parents and students for attending….I hope everyone made it back home for the World Cup semi-final? As our Y6 students return to their primary schools tomorrow, I strongly encourage them to enjoy their remaining week at primary school and enjoy a wonderful summer holiday with family and friends, before joining SWR as Y7 students on 4th September.
Mrs Blake, Mr Dorber and I were extremely impressed with the quality of students’ applications and interviews for Head Boy and Head Girl. All students’ are clearly proud of their school and proposed fantastic ideas that would definitely further improve life at school for all students. Ideas ranged from prefects acting as mentors for new Y7 students to further developing our green credentials by reviewing our use of packaging. All wonderful ideas and I look forward to seeing what our Student Council achieves next academic year.
Following a rigorous interview process, I have great pleasure in announcing that the following students have been appointed to these student leadership positions:
Head Girl: Beatrix Herbert
Head Boy: Arthur Bury
Deputy Head Girl: Hattie Nixon
Deputy Head Boy: Hugh Chidley
Senior Prefects: Juliet Cooper & Joshua Frodsham
Thank you to all the students that applied and congratulations to our new student leaders.