Half term has whizzed by and the summer exams are starting to appear over the horizon. I continue to be very proud of the determination of our young people to do their best and achieve the highest grades. This is true across the school, but is particularly evident in the Year 11 and 13 students. As well as being really focused on their studies, the students at La Retraite continue to impress with their sporting, debating and musical talents. The football teams, athletics squad and netball teams are currently on fire and regularly bring trophies home – we now have the challenge of finding a place for a bigger cabinet to store all the trophies! Kezia Ousu-Attuahene deserves particular notice as she received an `Honourable Mention’ in an international essay completion for the Trust for Sustainable Living.
This year we have been considering how we live out the Beatitudes, and this term, in particular, we have focused on Blessed are the Meek, as they shall inherit the earth. Our aim is to be meek, to be strong people, but to use our strength for others. The students have really risen to the challenge and they have been many examples of them putting others before themselves. A number of students have given up their free time to regularly run primary school sports events and students in Year 7 raised money for the Shooting Stars charity, organising their own Bake Sale.
After half term, we will be marking the start of Lent with a number of Ash Wednesday services on the 1st March and opportunities for Reconciliation, details of which will be on the website in the next few weeks and we look forward to seeing you at one of the events.
I hope that you have a relaxing half term and we look forward to seeing you all on the 20th February at 8:30am – prompt!
Dominic Malins, Headteacher