Chair of Governors Update
Chair’s Update January 2019
The first half of this academic year is already nearly over and, as always, much has been happening.
Last term was very busy with visiting speakers, sporting fixtures, drama productions and a plethora of other events and activities. For those of you who saw “Les Miserables”, I am sure you would agree with me that it was an absolutely superb production. The quality of acting, singing and music was fantastic and, as ever, it only happened because of an enormous amount of hard work from the staff and students involved, who had been rehearsing since May of last year. Equally, the Rotary Concert in November once again show cased the musical talents of many of our students and was a really entertaining evening. For all of these events I am always struck by the enthusiasm and sheer joy that the students get from taking part and the positive experience that comes from being part of a team.
We have also had cause to celebrate a number of sporting successes in recent months. You may well have heard that our boys U14 tennis team won the national championships against 600 other schools. This is an incredible achievement and as well as being covered on local television was also picked up by the national press. At the same time the girls U14 team got to the finals in the South West and came third. Two of our Year 10 boys; Charlie Passmore and Jack Ballett have both been selected for the Exeter Chiefs Academy squad, whilst Finn Musgrove has played his first match for U16 Devon County Rugby squad. We also have girls trying out for the Devon U15 team. Two students; one from year 7, Connor McCann, and one from year 11, Tom Humphy competed in the Devon Cross country finals whilst the ECC curling team have made the finals of the Devon ability games. Last term alone the sports department had 70 different sporting fixtures. We are very fortunate to have so many staff in the PE department who commit a great deal of time to support all the additional sporting opportunities that the College provides.
In November, two students from year 10, Bartek Golonko and Kerri Browning, took part in the Area Heat of the Rotary Young Chef Competition. They both did extremely well in an outstanding field of Young Chefs from other colleges and Bartek won the heat and will now progress onto the Regional Final at Cornwall College in Camborne on 2nd February.
At this time of year GCSEs, BTECs and A levels start to loom very large for our Year 11 and Year 13 students, all of whom have taken mock exams in recent weeks. Past experience has shown that having the opportunity to sit exams in the same conditions that they will experience in the summer, really helps to prepare our students well.
In my last update I referred to the College’s new website: www.exmouthcollege..co.uk; Facebook: @officialexmouthcollege; Instagram: @exmouthcommunitycollege; and Twitter: @ExmouthCollege accounts. I hope that you have found these a useful source of information about all College activities. They also provide details on how to contact the College if you need to do so. The College wants to keep parents well informed and to be open and accessible if you need to get in touch. Last term the Principal held the third of the parents’ forums which he set up last year. Over 60 parents attended and all of the Senior Leadership team were there, as were a number of Governors. It was a really good opportunity to discuss a wide variety of issues relating to College life. Parents’ evenings for all year groups take place throughout the year and this is your opportunity to meet your children’s teachers and discuss their progress. There is always a Governors’ table at these evenings, usually in the main hall, and there is no need to book an appointment with us, just come and find us if you want a chat or to discuss anything.
Plans to redevelop the lower part of the Green Close site are now well underway. It seems a while now since we knew that the funding had been agreed, but inevitably build projects of this magnitude need significant time to be spent on the planning to ensure that we get the building we need. However, we are optimistic that the building work will commence towards the end of this year.
Finally, I want to mention an exciting new initiative the College will be launching in the next few weeks called the Citizenship Reward scheme. The idea is that members of the community can post to Exmouth Community UK Facebook page telling the community about a student or group of students who have performed a random act of kindness/selflessness in the community and tag our Facebook page. This will automatically nominate them to receive a reward for them and their families. Our students are the core of young people who live in Exmouth and many of them act kindly and generously to others on a daily basis without anyone ever knowing or being able to thank them. We hope that this scheme will enable us all to recognise those students who contribute positively to our community.
Chair of Governors