Great to see everyone back, and many senior pupils warm and happy in the new classrooms. It has been quite a Christmas here at St Joseph’s, with Mr Barton and his team working hard to ensure the gym and classrooms were ready for the start of term. My thanks to them all.
Fire crew and ambulance services reacted amazingly well to the school reporting a minor chemical spill in one of the laboratories today. In line with school policy, departmental risk assessment and best practice, this was reported to the appropriate authorities.
The arrival of medical, fire and hazchem crew to the school was very heartening to see, as well as very dramatic for the children, who reacted in typical St Joseph’s fashion, following instructions as given, remaining calm and ensuring that things progressed as smoothly as possible.
The fire and ambulance services were very complimentary over the school’s handling of the situation and all proceedings put in place to manage the incident and looked after the children with expertise before happily discharging them from the school to go home by bus or with their parents.
I would like to express my thanks to staff, students and parents for the calm and supportive manner in which they have addressed what could have been a difficult situation, and for their help this afternoon. There is certainly never a dull moment as Headteacher.
What a lovely positive start to the day with Year 8 assembly. Singing and playing as we entered the hall, inspirational quotations rolling one the screen and then down to business: a great montage of talking heads as staff and pupils from from Year 1 to Year 11 spoke about what makes a good friend. Lovely to see the thought and hard work put into this by Year 8, and my thanks to their tutors Miss Hemingway and Mr Cutts for all their support. It certainly put a smile on my face.
Delighted to see the lights on the school AstroTurf have come into their own this week already. Football, tennis and netball have all benefitted so far, and detailed setting of the lighting means we can allow safe sporting activity without disturbing our neighbours. Fantastic news, and quite a sight from the hill coming down from town I am told. Another step forward for St Joseph’s!