Another year comes to an end – it seems to have gone by very quickly. We have achieved a great deal this year and had some wonderful experiences; however, a summary of the year wouldn’t be complete without reflecting upon how shocked and saddened we all were in the Spring when Sarah, one of our colleagues, died after a short illness. We are in the process of creating a peaceful garden area in her memory.
When visitors look around Hazelbeck they comment on how calm the school is, and the way in which our students are all engaged and busy in activities. This is very important to us; the time spent in school is precious and we want our students to learn and to make as much progress as they can during the year.
Students also need to leave the school building in order to learn and apply new skills. This year they have visited places locally as well as taking part in a range of residential visits - a cycling trip in September, a visit to London, an outdoor activities trip to Kielder Water and a trip to Nell Bank. We have already started planning residential trips for next year!
This year we gained Investors in Health status; we believe that it is very important for young people to know how to look after themselves, to get enough exercise and to make healthy meal choices.
The end of year is always bitter-sweet; we have said goodbye to our fantastic group of leavers, many of whom have held key leadership roles in the school. We will miss them greatly; some staff have known a few of them since they were in Reception, so can hardly believe they are leaving us. We have also said good bye to staff, some of whom are moving on to develop their careers further and to Caroline Hodgson who is retiring. We wish them all well and hope that they will come back to visit us.
This week we were lucky enough to watch a fantastic performance of ‘Now that’s what I call Musicals!’ which was a joyful medley of music and dance. We laughed, we cried and we all joined in with this fantastic spectacle. Well done to the Performing Arts group for such a great show.
We also held our sixth form Prom, which was organised by the sixth formers themselves. Once again they looked very smart and had the full red carpet treatment before celebrating the end of the year in style with a disco.
Finally, ahead of Rio, we organised our very own Hazelbeck Olympics week, with a programme of different sports activities to suit everyone’s interests and skillset.
So - a busy end to another busy year. Good luck to students or staff who are leaving, and thank you for your contribution to the life of the school.
Have a great holiday.