Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope this week’s letter finds you well. We have been encouraged this week to read media reports about possible changes to the way in which COVID-19 will be managed in schools after 19th July and in the new academic year. To date nothing has been confirmed, but it is with relief that discussions to end bubbles and long periods of self-isolation are taking place. Our young people have sacrificed so much these last 15 months and the prospect of getting Bideford College running as normal is very exciting for all the staff. We are planning trips, residentials and a range of extra-curricular activities for next year and I look forward to sharing with you our plans shortly.
Our ‘Sports Month’ is well under way, with students competing in a range of Athletic events. Please follow our social media for the latest results and photos. Despite not being able to run our traditional Sports Day event this year, I look forward to awarding the Langford Cup to the successful House later this month. In addition to the sporting achievements of so many of our youngsters, the House point total continues to rise with Hepworth being awarded the most this week.
As the end of term approaches there are a number of dates I would like to remind you of. The first is Friday 9th July, the college INSET day. This will mean that the college will be closed to students as staff prepare for next academic year. In previous years this has marked the end of the existing timetable, however, we have decided this year to carry on with the lessons that students have been following since September. This will mean that teaching staff will be back in their specialist areas when they meet their new classes next term. Can I also remind you that on the last day of term lessons will end early at 1.30pm. Buses will leave at this time too.
This morning our new school dog Orlagh, the Labrador puppy, spent some time on the school gate greeting many students at the start of their day. I look forward to seeing the positive impact having her around college will have on both students and staff as she integrates into college life over the next 12 months.
Thank you, as always, for your ongoing support.