End of Autumn Term

End of Autumn Term

As we get to the end of the Autumn Term we would once again like to thank our staff, students, parents and carers for their hard work, support, and dedication.

We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the students over these past four months and look forward to continuing our journey at The Newbridge School following the Christmas break.

This term has been a long and busy term and has provided our students with a number of fantastic activities and experiences. These have ranged from raising money for local charities, a large number of sporting fixtures and events, rehearsals for our Pantomime which will take place in January, visits and talks by different providers and experts within their career, student leadership, donating gifts to the Christmas shoebox appeal, our annual Christmas dinner, and a number of school competitions and events.

As we approach the end of 2021, it is only natural to reflect on what has been a challenging year.

2021 started with schools once again partially closing, students had to

re-adjust to online learning during another lockdown and then returned to school in ‘bubbles.’ We have been extremely impressed with the values and attitudes of the students as they returned in September to a more ‘normal’ school experience and have risen to challenges and high expectations we have set as a school.

These past few weeks however have somewhat felt like history repeating itself with the rising cases of the omicron variant.

Returning to mask wearing was never going to be easy for students to revert to, and on the whole we have been pleased with the vast majority of students who have managed to get this right. We do have a number of students who consistently forget to bring their own mask and whilst we do have a supply of masks in school, stocks have been running low over the last week. We politely ask that parents remind their children to bring their own mask in the new year, particularly if they travel to school on public transport.

Additionally, you will know that we have also been instructed to perform on site testing when students return after the Christmas break and information has been shared regarding this (this can be found on the Letters and Forms section of our website).

The Autumn term is always the longest term, and the Christmas break is hopefully a time to relax and spend time with family and loved ones. We would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a successful new year and we hope that 2022 proves to be a little easier for everyone. Whatever the next year holds, what this year has shown us is that even in the midst of crisis, when staff, students and families work together, we can accomplish anything.

Please stay safe, and we look forward to welcoming our students back to school from Wednesday 5th January 2022.