Two guest speakers will address assemblies for pupils in Years 10 and 11 on Thursday 30 November, as part of the school’s ongoing drive to promote wellbeing.  The first speaker is from an organisation which supports young carers.  A young carer is someone aged under 18 who looks after a parent, grandparent or sibling who may have a disability, serious illness, a mental health issue or be dealing with an alcohol, drug or substance problem.  Caring for someone can be demanding at times.  There is less time for school work, friends, hobbies, interests or part-time work.  Young carers may take on extra household chores, administer medications or help someone to wash, to name but a few tasks.  The second speaker, Sergeant Ottih Emmanual, will tell pupils about his involvement in the British Stammering Association. Ottih will describe how he has overcome many personal obstacles to get to where he is today.  He currently serves in the British Army.

Results of elections to the School Council are coming in as I write.   The names of elected members to date are listed below.

School Council - Year 7: Mason Vila, Niamh Birks; Year 8: Alex Franz, Bronte McCann;

Executive School Council - Year 10: Dion Dube, Dominic Laverty, Jessica Hamilton, Jack Burke; Year 11: Christian Tchokogoue, Molly Innes, Molly McWilliams, Lidya Berha.

Kate McDermott, Head Girl, Joseph Grindrod, Head Boy, and their deputies Ruby Joseph and Benjamin Boam are automatically part of the executive team.  Results of the Year 9 count are awaited!

A number of pupils are coming to the year managers asking for paracetamol. It is school policy that staff will only give out paracetamol if the parent has previously brought it into school and we are holding it on the parent’s behalf.  In the interests of safety, unless the parent has brought the medication to school and given express permission for it to be issued, such requests from pupils will be refused.

This term’s book fair is now on. It runs until Thursday 30 November, as part of our continuing drive to encourage pupils to read for pleasure.  Over 200 titles are available including fantasy, thrillers, non-fiction, comedy and lots more.  Prices start from £2.99.  There will be opportunities for parents of Year 7 pupils to buy new books at the Tutor Evening on Tuesday 28 November.  Every pupil who purchases a book will be entered into a prize draw for free books and asked to nominate books they would like to see in the library.  Please support the initiative and encourage your child to read a book for pleasure.

This year’s Christmas shoe box appeal is now underway in school.  Pupils are being invited to support a vulnerable child, teenager or adult in Leeds this Christmas by donating either individual items or even a whole shoebox.  Suggestions for inclusion are toiletry sets, hats, gloves, scarf and toys.  The boxes will be given to vulnerable children, teenagers or adults in Leeds who lack some of the most basic necessities.  Contents requested are toys and items to satisfy basic needs.  Items of school equipment such as pens, pencils, exercise books, paper, sharpeners, erasers and solar calculators are welcome.  Hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, facecloths, hairbrushes and combs are needed.  The boxes may also contain clothing such as scarves, gloves, socks and underwear.   Distribution will be undertaken by the St Vincent de Paul Society.  Please bring items to school before Friday 15 December

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