Issue 188 - 13 March 2020

Welcome from Mr White

Dear Parents and Students,

The first three weeks after half term have been very exciting for the school as we have opened the new English, Music and Drama block.  Some rooms are not yet operational, but these will be occupied by Humanities as we get all of the logistics in place.  We are going to renumber all of the school rooms and will start this process in the new block, which is known as the D Block.  Eventually the school will have blocks A-G with rooms numbered within each block.  

Students are enjoying their new facilities and it has helped to ease some of our space issues.  We have been able to reclaim the school hall with more seating available at breaktime and lunchtime for students.  There are still some external building works going on with the new build, but these should be finished relatively soon.  The compound will then be removed and we will have more external space back in use.  

On Thursday 12th March we held our Leavers Concert.  This event gave our Year 11 Music students the opportunity to showcase their talents as they come to the end of their GCSE course.  The solo performances were superb and made me reflect on how much the students have changed over the past five years. It was great to see the mutual support and encouragement that exists between our Music students.  Thank you to all involved for providing those who came to support with such an enjoyable evening.   

From 25th-27th February we had three evening performances of ‘The Addams Family’.  Our annual school production is always a highlight of the year.  I attended on the Thursday evening and felt this was the best school show I had seen in my time at Leventhorpe.  It was hilarious and the quality of acting and comic timing was superb; with brilliant costumes, choreography and casting.  The musical score was incredibly difficult, but the performances of our musicians were stunning.  I would like to thank all the staff and students who worked so hard to put the show together.  I am always impressed by the way staff and students take responsibility and leadership in our productions.  Students provided fantastic support with costumes, make-up, choreography and sound, as well as the stage performances which we were fortunate to witness.  Thank you to Miss Reeve for your direction and leadership in bringing everything together.  

Before half term we ran a very successful Business trip to Disneyland Paris and during half term we had our largest ever ski trip, visiting Davos.  I always wonder about the potential for injury when we run a skiing trip and this year it was interesting to note that the students all came back all fit and healthy; but three of the staff had picked up injuries!  I’m pleased to say, nothing major and everyone is fine.  Thanks to Mr Dann and the rest of the team for organising and running such a successful trip.  

Earlier today we issued our latest letter regarding Coronavirus (COVID 19).  The situation is very fluid and the Government are issuing advice and updates on a daily basis.  The statement from Boris Johnson yesterday (12th March) marked a significant development.  We have planned contingencies to manage our response and any potential escalation.  I am aware that there is a balance between keeping parents updated and the potential for information overload.  I will inform you of any further significant changes as we respond to guidance and direction from the Government or other public bodies.  If you want to check the latest information from the Government please use this link; 
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Finally, I would like to remind all students and parents of our zero-tolerance approach to drugs.  There is an on-going concern regarding the availability and use of drugs by young people in our local area.  If students are in possession, dealing or using drugs whilst under our duty of care; which includes their journey to and from school, I will permanently exclude students involved.  Parents should be aware that local parks and other community areas are being used at evenings and weekends to deal and use drugs.  Parents should also be aware that THC (the psychoactive component of cannabis), can be implanted into sweets such as Gummy Bears, Jellies or Chocolate (known as ‘edibles’) as well as vaped.  We are continuing to work closely with the Police and PSCO’s in relation to the drugs issue and other forms of anti-social behaviour in the local community.  The following link is a useful starting point for parents who might be concerned about the use of drugs https://www.talktofrank.com/get-help/worried-about-a-child
 
Malcolm White

Student News

Student Drama Performance

In November, Isaac Wood 8B performed with Harlow Theatre Company for the first time.   He took on the role of William Beech in Goodnight Mr Tom.

    


Feedback at the time was tremendous for the show and for Isaac.  To top it off, Isaac was nominated for his performance and attended the NODA regional awards ceremony on Saturday the 7th of March, where he was presented with the District's 'Best Young Performer' award.
Congratulations Isaac for an outstanding performance!

Drama Team


Bishops Stortford Rotary Club Interschool Quiz

On Monday 2 March a team from Leventhorpe represented the school at the Bishops Stortford Rotary Club Interschool Quiz.  This annual event held at Bishops Stortford College hadn't seen a lot of success for Leventhorpe in recent years and the aim of the all-male team (there's a challenge for the girls next year!) was simply to build upon last year when they had taken an early lead with the very first question before crashing out in the opening round.
In the first round Leventhorpe were drawn against a young Birchwood team and they suffered an early set back going ten points behind before staging a stirring comeback and stacking up 240 points without reply.
The second round saw an even more impressive display. At the half way point of the fifteen minute round they were trailing Hockerill but they didn't panic and showed great composure to come from behind, take the lead and emerge victorious, by 210 points to 140.