Update from the Head

Dear Parents/Carers

One of the highlights of the school year is always the Christmas Concert at Holy Trinity Church. This year the concert was simply stunning. The Senior choir just gets better each year and their performance of ‘Carol of the Bells’ and the Junior Choir produced a heart-warming rendition of ‘Somewhere Only we Know’. What impressed me most were the many senior students who performed solos on the evening. You can see a flavour of some of these on our social media platforms. Congratulations to all our students on their fantastic music exam results this term.

Having been cancelled last year due to the snow, the Gym and Dance Display finally happened this term. Over 80 girls performed on the evening including two set piece performances involving trampetting off the stage and then concluding with a series of crossed vaults. In between we were treated to a series of group and individual performances ranging from floor routines, Irish dancing and modern and contemporary dance.

At this time of year we acknowledge the hard work of our senior student leaders. This year our Head Girl Team of Laura, Sophie, Isi, Katie and Ellie have been central to working with governors on the Sixth Form change, they have also helped the school achieve Mental Health Champion Accreditation, developed the role of our Senior Prefects, transformed our RAG week this week as well as representing the school at each and every school event. I cannot write highly enough about them. They are a group of confident young women who have shown the rest of the school how you can change your own community.

The past week has been jam-packed full of festive charity events, RAG week 2018 has not disappointed. Raising one thousand pounds for the RNLI, Mind and Shelter, The Head Girl Team, House Leaders and Prefects put on an excellent series of events. The week started out with Stroud High’s answer to Rob Brydon and Lee Mac hosting SHS ‘Would I Lie to You’, who put the all-star cast of teachers through their paces. Tuesday was the festive Sixth Form Pub Quiz and the Winter Wonderland Fair – both were a roaring success. The best of Stroud High’s talent was unleashed on Wednesday with the popular SHS’s Got Talent, featuring students from Years 7 to 13! And then came Thursday… the one everyone was waiting for, the Teacher Lip Sync! The event where teachers get the chance to unleash their inner diva in front of approximately 500 screaming girls! The show was as good as ever – we had many acts including the East 17 (Miss Wyndow, Miss Kruber, Miss Claydon and Dr Coates), The Spice Girls (the PE dept), Sandy (Mr John) and Danny (Miss Morris), MC Hammer (Mr Green) and the winners Aladdin (Mrs Caselton) and Jasmine (Mr Brewster). So a BIG THANK YOU to all the staff and pupils who have contributed to such a successful week – well done everyone!

Last week our whole school assemblies focused on the issues of food waste. Jennifer, Isobel, Eleanor and Grace told the school about their campaign to limit food waste and put pressure on the Food industry to follow suit. They have organised a petition which you can sign online click here and they met with David Drew last Friday afternoon. This week they have met with Richie our catering manager and they have organised for all monies raised from Sparkle Day to be donated to Stroud Food Bank. What an inspiration they have been!

The new Science Labs are making excellent progress. I updated you back in October about the completion of 3 refurbished laboratories. The two new Labs and the Sixth Form Lab are now being worked on internally and are due for completion in March. We have added some pictures for you to see the progress.

Many congratulations to Georgie Bearder has been fundraising for over 3 and a half years and raised an incredible amount £3351.45 for the South West German Shepherd Rescue charity. Please read the full article on our web news.

Special thanks go to The George Veterinary Clinic in Nailsworth for kindly supporting the costs of Monty’s care and welfare.

It has been a busy term for everyone and I hope you all get time over Christmas to relax and enjoy special time together with friends and family. On behalf of all of the students and staff at the school I would like to wish you all a joyous Christmas and peaceful holiday.

Take care