As we begin the festive season, our Principal Jacqueline Hughes-Williams, reviews some of the events of the past term.
It has been an action packed start to our sixtieth year. From the outset the theme has been that of change. Few people get the opportunity to influence or change the world on a grand scale but we all have the capacity to do small things. Once again this term we have seen how days filled with well-chosen small acts can have an amazing cumulative impact.
Some brief highlights from our news blog and twitter feed include: the huge efforts made by our students to raise money for chosen charities, workshops by successful authors, educational field trips, our second visit to CERN, myriad sporting achievements, the launch of Duke of Edinburgh Gold, a range of superb student led assemblies, a brilliant festive concert, our new Alumni site, visits to galleries and university libraries, meetings with high court judges, successful completion of end of term assessments, mock examinations and our own production of The School of Rock!
To continue the musical theme, we have also been successful in our application to the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Partnership Schools Programme. There was a strong field of applications from across the region, however, it was felt that our school demonstrated a deep commitment to music and the arts. Only ten schools have been selected and Heart of England is the only school representing Solihull. This is an amazing opportunity for all our students.
All Different, All Equal
The theme of this year’s anti-bullying week, All Different, All Equal, connects to the messages we share relating to our own culture and core values. We want our students to be happy and feel valued as they work towards gaining the best set of qualifications possible. Assemblies this term have focused on the small ways we can all make a difference to the lives of others and remain safe in both the physical and virtual worlds.
Finally, a very big thank you to all our hard working staff and governors and to you for your support and kindness in 2017. There is much in the world that is far from ideal, however, I was moved by a grandparent’s comment as they left the hall on the closing night of The School of Rock, “there is hope for the world yet!” All that remains is for me to wish you a hopeful holiday and a brave new year.