Students and staff were welcomed at Holy Trinity church on Friday 6 September for a service to mark the start of this academic year. The service was an opportunity to welcome new members of our school community and also to formally dedicate our year 11 prefects in their service to the school.
Like we did last year, which proved very successful, each student was given a small pebble to place into one of four bowls, each representing our school values - service, compassion, justice and perseverance - as they entered the church. Later in the service these were brought up to the altar, and all students dedicated themselves to focus on their chosen value in the year ahead. Reverend Richard Dormandy, vicar of Holy Trinity, spoke to us about the importance of being part of our community, running the race to reach our goals and seeking God’s help in all that we do.
Headteacher, Beverley Stanislaus reflected and said "our first week has been a great start to the new academic year". She spoke about striving for our goals and persevering what ever the circumstances. She said, God doesn't expect us to succeed, but to try". Our first church service of the year rounded the week off perfectly and has given us a springboard to go forward into the new term.