As you are all no doubt aware throughout October we will celebrate Black History month and the college has a full programme in place to appreciate this. To open this week’s blog and given the fact that we continue to face adversity and uncertainty due to the current climate I would like to draw upon a quote from Frederick Douglass.

Often referred to as the father of the civil rights movement, Frederick Douglass rose through determination, brilliance, and eloquence to shape the American nation. He was an abolitionist, human rights and women’s rights activist, orator, author, journalist, publisher, and social reformer.

His quote “If there is no struggle, there is no progress” is a message to us all and should inspire us to continue to meet the challenges that Covid19 presents.

I am pleased to report that everyone in Team Wright Robinson is facing every challenge with a determination to succeed.

It has been a busy week here at the college as we slowly try to reintroduce more activities in a safe and controlled manner. As always PE & Sport have been a key focus and this week saw the launch of a new extra-curricular sports programme organised by the PE Department.

It was really good to see so many students being physically active once again on the campus here at Wright Robinson. Over two hundred Year 7 students attended on Thursday afternoon and enjoyed taking part in football, netball, basketball and dance activities. It was also great to see Namiuki Aiguobasinwin, a past student at Wright Robinson and now a professional dancer, leading the dance sessions. Next week the college is looking forward to seeing the Year 8 and 11 students enjoying sport after school. Well done to everyone involved.

Unfortunately, at present we have a few ‘Bubbles’ of students self-isolating at home. Obviously, these decisions are always based upon the advice of Public Health England and are taken with a view to keeping everyone safe. I would like to thank all parents, carers and students for your continued support with this matter. The understanding shown by all when the call is made has been both pleasing and reassuring.

I am pleased to report that the college’s ‘remote learning’ provision continues to develop at a pace. I am sure that you will appreciate the ‘new normal’ is very different for students and staff alike, all of whom are having to learn new skills and embrace new technologies.

As a college we are almost at a point where paper work packs should no longer be necessary as students who are isolating at home access all lessons via the Microsoft Teams platform. It is important that we keep an open dialogue on this subject. If students are experiencing any difficulties with accessibility at home due to technological or log in issues or the availability of computers, laptops etc. that the college is informed immediately.

Mr M E Haworth



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