Christmas Letter to Parents

Dear Parents and Carers,

Today marks the end of an extremely busy term. It has been fantastic to see so many parts of ‘normal’ college life return and some new ones introduced. The resilience and determination shown by staff and students has allowed so many different activities to go ahead. All of our Year 7 tutor groups went on residential, most of the competitive teams have restarted their fixtures and the amazing college production, ‘High School Musical’. This is in addition to the many extra-curricular clubs that our students attend whilst working hard in their lessons every day. The ongoing pandemic continues to present itself with challenges, yet the staff at the college are committed to ensuring that our young people are still able to take part in as many opportunities as possible.

I hope that earlier today you will have received my letter outlining the changes to the start of next term. You will probably be aware from the ongoing media coverage that there is growing concern around the spread of the new COVID 19 variant, Omicron. It is possible that, over the Christmas holiday, schools will be sent amended guidance and I will write to you if necessary to update you if there is any further action we need to take. We have been overwhelmed by your support for the regular asymptomatic testing and this is key to reducing the spread in college. This in turn helps us to protect the face to face education that we have been able to provide without interruption this term. For further details about lateral flow testing please do contact Mrs Jewell via email (ajewell@bidefordcollege.org).

As well as the work going on within the college building, we are also proud of the contribution our young people have made to the wider community. This term our students made a significant contribution to the local food bank, performed at the opening of the North Devon markets and at Exeter cathedral. The thoughtfulness of so many of our students is also evident on the college Christmas tree where students have hung their ‘Wish for Christmas’. It is very refreshing to read these with little reference to material gifts. Thank you to 7NM and Mr Morgan for organising this for us.

Finally, a big well done to all our students for their hard work and contribution to college life. An enormous number of House points have been awarded this term. Congratulations to Brunel for gaining the House cup this term!

On behalf of all the staff and governors of Bideford College, I wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Best wishes,

Dr Ankers


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