It has been a somewhat strange week which has seen the City placed on a Tier 2 lockdown. Unfortunately, at the time of writing we appear to be heading towards Tier 3 at which point greater restrictions would be applied across the majority of sectors. Whatever the next few days brings it is imperative that we all continue to follow the government advice and as a college we remain on high alert.
Contrary to trends across the North of England, I am pleased to report that the number of positive cases have decreased within the college community this past week. Let us hope that this is a sign of things to come.
We continue to look at finding ways to make the students’ educational experience here at Wright Robinson as enjoyable as possible despite the restrictions. Our extra-curricular programme has seen large numbers attending and I would like to express my thanks to all of the staff and students involved.
Last week we held what I consider to be one of the most important celebrations of the academic year when we officially presented our prefects with their ties. It is always a proud moment for myself to see so many students receive what I consider to be one of the highest accolades that the college has to offer. A culmination of four years’ work. Well done to all of our prefects and I look forward to working with you throughout the year.
On Thursday, I should have been travelling to Lilleshall with Mr Mason, Mr Anthony and the year 10 Boys football team to play in the belated U14 ESFA National PlayStation Cup Final against Claremont School from East Sussex. Surprisingly after travelling to Shropshire on Monday and winning the small schools cup final, Claremont withdrew from the competition and elected not to travel due to Covid concerns. The decision of the ESFA appears to be that both schools are now considered to be joint champions. I’m not sure as to how this decision has been arrived at. However, I am certain of one thing and that is that the boys are now history makers as the only school ever to be crowned national champions for three years in a row. A massive well done to Mr Mason and the boys. We are all extremely proud of you.
At Wright Robinson we have continued to celebrate Black History month this week with lots of interesting and exciting work taking place across all areas of the college. On Monday and Friday we were visited by the Shey Dance Studio who delivered several Afro Beats Workshops to students in both key stage 3 and 4. Students were taught how the dance originated and the stylistic qualities that are illustrated in the performance. This will now become a regular part of the college’s extra-curricular programme. Well done to all of those involved.
On Sunday evening, the Pride of Gorton Awards will be held virtually via You Tube . It is such a shame that this great event cannot be held in its usual impressive venue, Gorton Monastery. Nevertheless, the Awards will still hold their usual prestige. Good luck to Ms Bending, Mr Dootson and students Alyssa and Dale from year 8 who have all been short-listed for awards.
All that remains is for me to wish you all well. Please stay safe.
Mr M E Haworth