As we come to the end of this academic year I do want to publicly thank all the school’s staff who have worked in so many different and unusual ways this academic year to ensure the school has continued to operate. It is good that we have been able to be physically in school for longer than last academic year, though I fully understand and appreciate the frustrations we have all faced when students have had to be at home self-isolating or during lockdown.
We have been able to continue with those events that make MGGS so special. House Arts and RAG Week continued in a virtual form. We are already planning for House Arts 2021, and time will tell whether this will be physical, virtual or a combination of both. I have every confidence in our current House Leaders to lead a very successful House Arts given the evidence of how they organised and managed Sports Day.
Sports Day was most certainly the highlight of the school year. Never before has it felt so good to have all the school together, participating in the same activity and students clearly working together to support each other. There were differences, students sat in houses within year groups, and these were significantly spaced around the edge of the track.
September will bring more adaptations to how we work in school. I would remind you of the letters that have gone out via ParentMail outlining the plans for September as far as we are aware at present. These will be followed with further guidance for students just before the start of term in September.
As we move to the end of this year we are saying goodbye to a few colleagues:
Mrs Gordan-Shellam, Attendance Officer has gained promotion to another local school and we wish her success in her new role.
Miss Greenwood and Dr Doyle are moving on to teach in other schools in Kent and we wish Mrs Jenkins-Baldock every success as she starts her training as a social worker.
Mrs Gooding is retiring at the end of this year. Many students have benefited from the time she has given to support them in their understanding of mathematics and she will be missed. We wish her the very best for the future and trust she will keep in touch with the school.
Finally, can I wish you all a restful, safe and healthy summer. We are looking forward to seeing all our students back at school in September.
Miss Deborah Stanley, Headteacher