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Message From The Headteacher



It has been a long and busy term, and everyone has worked really hard. There have been some amazing achievements and many highlights. 

This year, we have been focussing on aspects of our Mission Statement; in particular, the quote from the Prophet Micah, ‘To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God’. The students have really taken this to heart, and I have almost lost count of the number of times a student has asked me, “Can I raise some money for charity by...?”

9Hope set the bar high in terms of charity work at the beginning of the year with a splendid bake sale, pictured top right, raising an impressive £429 for Macmillan Cancer Support. It makes us immensely proud of them.

Emma Mendes and Donna Kebede, two very articulate Year 11 students, were invited to the very exclusive Ivy Restaurant to demonstrate their debating skills in front of an audience of business people, pictured bottom left. They wowed the audience, and both epitomise the confidence, maturity, and leadership skills of our students, to be able to cope with any situation they are thrown into.

This was further evidences by the school’s Sports Leaders who ran a very successful five-a-side competition for Primary schools, with the support of Chelsea Football Club, and hope to do so again in the summer. The standards of football were very high, and St Bernadette emerged as winners. Congratulations to all the schools who participated and for the excellent way they conducted themselves.

The Music and Drama departments continue to thrive, with the latter launching the La Retraite Theatre Company with a thought-provoking take on the Nativity. The Gospel Choirs are gearing themselves up for some big performances in the New Year, and the Junior Chorus will be performing with the Academy of Ancient Music during Christmas, a great honour.

Year 11 and Year 13 students need a special mention at the moment, as they approach the crunch-time of their Mock Exams, and then the count down to the real thing. They have coped with the stress with a great attitude of perseverance and hard work, a real ‘can do’ approach. We have been really impressed by them.

Dominic MALINS, Headteacher  



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