I would like to thank the whole Glyn School community, Students, Staff and families, for your contributions in making this, the first and by far the longest term of the academic year, such a success.
One of our core values, Community, has been to the fore recently, notably tinged by the festive spirit. Last Thursday, more than half of the student community came together for their Cucina Christmas Lunch, with many staff and the School Leadership Team helping to serve and wait at tables.
Yesterday morning our Sixth Form students hosted our annual Students’ Christmas Fair. This excellent event raised £2,634, to be shared between two charities: Young Minds (www.youngminds.org.uk) and our key charitable partner this year, CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) (www.c-r-y.org.uk). Young Minds is the UK's leading charity fighting for children’s and young people's mental health. CRY work to prevent young sudden cardiac deaths through awareness, screening and research, as well as supporting affected families. I am very grateful for the energy, commitment and good humour of all our Sixth Formers in organising this popular event which the younger students always remember with fondness. I am also hugely grateful for the ongoing hard work of the many families who support the school’s PSA, for their dedication to, and support of, the school and indeed our chosen good causes.
Yesterday evening saw another key event in the school’s calendar, with our annual prize-giving ceremony, ‘Speech Night’, in which current and former students, their families, Mayor Beckett and the Mayoress, and many former Glyn School colleagues came together to celebrate outstanding student contributions. To open the evening, we were entranced by Leonard 11T’s piano recital of ’Nuvole Bianche’; my sincere thanks to Leonard for a wonderful performance. It was a privilege to welcome back many of those students who left us in the summer, from university, apprenticeships and employment, and over 100 prizes were awarded to students from all year groups. I was delighted to welcome as our Guest Speaker, former Royal Marine, Ben McBean. Ben is a double amputee, having stepped on a Taliban landmine whilst serving in Afghanistan with the Royal Marines in 2008. His incredible recovery, both mentally and physically, saw him running the London Marathon twice within two years of losing his limbs. Ben’s inspirational address served as a testament to the importance of focusing on what can be achieved in the face of adversity, through commitment, resilience and positivity.
Keeping to the theme of reflecting upon and celebrating our collective successes, I am grateful to my colleagues, Mr Hayter and Mr Ward, the Student Leadership Team, Mr Cooke and Glyn’s Sixth Form Vocal Group, for joining me this morning in the traditional End of Term Whole School Assembly; although perhaps not everyone will have left this assembly celebrating the staff musical number!
In a staff body as large as ours, it is not unusual for each term to mark the departure of some colleagues as they relocate or take on new challenges. Leaving us this term will be Ms Smith, our Head of RS since September 2018, and Mr Hamilton, who began teaching Science here last April. We are enormously grateful for their contribution to the school and support that they have offered our students. Perhaps less well known to students, but whom staff will no less miss, is our Premises Manager, Terry Bailey, who retired this week. Mr Bailey’s contribution to the school cannot be underestimated and we are delighted he has agreed to continue to support students at Glyn through his outstanding coaching of our Table Tennis team.
I would like to extend my best wishes to all our students and families in the hope of a wonderful and restful Christmas break. I am confident that our Year 13 students will strike the appropriate balance between festivities and revision for their Pre-Public Examinations early in the new term, reflecting upon their prior experience of such exams and knowing already the importance of commitment and resilience.
Matt Duffield, Headteacher