We have just a week left until the first of this year’s Enrichment weeks where every year group will be engaging in enriching experiences and opportunities. C7’s will be getting creative through panto. C8’s will be getting scientific at the Natural History and Science Museum. C9’s will be paying it forward for their community. C10’s will be taking care of their own wellbeing. C11’s will be taking on the challenge of the Monopoly Run – a cultural challenge that takes them across London. I am looking forward to reporting back on the week in early December.
However, it is not just our Enrichment weeks that contribute to the building of cultural, social and knowledge capital in our learners, we have a whole host of opportunities embedded into our curriculum. This week has highlighted a few.

First up, The Brilliant Club. I have spoken about this fantastic knowledge capital building opportunity before. I popped my head into one of the seminars this week and was impressed to see the level of focus as the learners continued their exploration of bees and pollination with Dr Rosaline their PhD tutor. My next port of call was the GCSE Drama performance of Hard to Swallow; a mature piece that tackles an issue that is so often kept in the shadows – Anorexia Nervosa. I can’t stress just how impressive our learners were at delivering this mature piece about the story of Catherine Dunbar. Next up, was the Lead Learner and Lead House Captain leadership workshop day. This day was great – a perfect example of the professional capital enhancing opportunities that we offer our learners. The day saw our current lead learners taking charge of fifty-five C10 hopefuls. They lead from the front, running a series of workshops on writing an application, interview techniques, self evaluation, public speaking and management scenarios. The C10’s then spent some time thinking about how they could have a positive impact on the school community. The quality of the C10’s was excellent. I am really looking forward to seeing who ends up taking on these key leadership roles in school. And then yesterday I received the news that our C10 football team are through to the District final after beating Ramsay 2-1 in the semi.

It is so enjoyable to see the impact that these supra curricular opportunities has on our learners. In each of the examples I have given this week I have seen learners at their very best and I have no doubt that these experiences are helping to shape the kind of learners they are when in class.

Finally, I would like to encourage you to come and support our Namibia learners this weekend by visiting their Winter Wonderland event at our community building on Saturday 11am – 2pm. A great way to kick off that festive feeling – you will even get the chance to talk to Santa.

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