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Assembly was led this morning by our sixth form Charity Committee, who will be organising a mufti day on Wednesday in aid of Heads Together Charity. Students will be invited to pay £1 to wear fancy dress (or £1.50 for other casual clothes). There will also be a fancy dress competition (in the hall at lunchtime - £2 per group entry fee) and a bake-off for Year 7 & 8 – lots of lovely prizes on offer! The team caused a stir in assembly when they announced that we would be having Matt, the border terrier therapy dog (try saying that in a hurry!) in school on Wednesday lunchtime, out on the school field. Students please remember to bring some cash to join in with mufti events. Have fun with the fancy dress!

I would like to invite parents to join us for a presentation about our exciting new sixth form and library block and the associated refurbishment of the vacated spaces here in school on Tuesday 7th November at 6pm, during which we will share:
• further plans of the new building and the construction timeline – building commences January 2018;
• how the funding works and our continued need to Make £nds Meet in the short term;
• further details regarding the recent news on education funding.
Further details will be sent in due course but places can be reserved here.

Higher Education and Careers Fair – Wednesday 1 November 2017 @ 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm: Our annual HE and Careers Fair is taking place on the evening of Wednesday 1 November. This year we will be hosting over 40 universities and lots of local and national companies and gap year organisations in the hall, gallery and gym. We hope that parents and students in Y9 and above will be able to join us for what is an important part of the top level Careers and Higher Education advice on offer to our students in order to enable them to make sound judgements and decisions for A levels and beyond. There is no need to book a place, just come along.

Diwali tomorrow! Do join us if you can – doors open at 4pm with stalls, henna and Indian food, and the dancing starts at 5pm. Tickets cost £8 (adult), £3 (student), and £20 (family of 4) and are available here (or on the door).

Music Recital – Tuesday 17th October 6-7.30pm: Pay on the door for this concert - tickets cost £5 (adults) and £3 (students). Although there will be no interval, our PA will be running a pre-concert bar service. Do join us if you can, and wind down ready for half term.

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Participants Meetings:  All participants or those intending to register for DofE this year are required to attend the relevant meeting below to plan for this years expeditions.
Bronze Participant: Lunchtime Thursday 02 November 2017
Silver & Gold Participants: Lunchtime Tuesday 31 October 2017
DofE Silver & Gold: Just a reminder for anyone involved with, or wanting to be involved with the DofE Award: 
Anyone already signed up to complete either Silver or Gold:
1) You are asked to come to the OED office asap with your group list if not already done so.
2) Your group must book onto the first event which will be a Core Skills weekend - there are only two of these events in the calendar, and your group must be on one of these. There's one in November, and one in January - failure to get on one of these will result in your expedition section being halted until late 2018 / start of 2019.
Anyone wishing to sign up to Silver or Gold:
1) You have until the end of term in December to sign up to the award, after this applications will not be accepted.
2) If you sign up to an award you must come to the OED office immediately to get placed into a group (unless you already have a group in mind).
3) With the above information in mind, you then need to sign up to a Core Skills event as a matter of urgency.
Canada meeting - Gold award: There will be a short briefing on the 2019 Canada trip in the OED Dept. November 6th (Monday) lunchtime.
Nepal meeting - Gold award: There will be a short briefing on the 2018 Nepal trip in the OED Dept. November 7th (Tuesday) lunchtime.
Please go to our website to sign up / book onto events:

Glos Police will be putting on FREE safer cyber workshops around the county to help upskill users – during week commencing 16 October. This is suitable for students and parents. Seats can be booked here.

Gloucestershire County Bridge Association are starting a Youth Bridge Club to run at Cheltenham Bridge Club 4 Tivoli Road Cheltenham GL50 2TG on Sunday mornings, starting on 29th October. Try a FREE half-term Taster Session. Timings are 1000-1100 and again 1130-1230 Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday 24th - 26 October. Further information available at

Calendar Update:
• Sat 14 Oct 5-7pm – Diwali Celebration – tickets available here
• Tues 17 Oct – India Trip Parents’ Information Evening 4-5.30pm in Refectory
• Tues 17 Oct – Music Recital 6-7.30pm (tickets on the door @ £5 & £3)
• Wed 18 Oct – School finishes for half term at 3.40pm
• Mon 30 Oct – School restarts
• Wed 1 Nov – Careers & Higher Education Fair (Hall & Gym) + Alumni Networking event for students (Refectory) both 6-7.30pm (drop-in)
• Thur 2 Nov – Y11 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm
• Tues 7 Nov - Parents' Presentation re new Sixth Form Block @ 6pm - please book here

Trips this week:
Yr13 Geography Students (Yr13) A Level Trip to Lake District (25 Students) – 16-18th October 2017
Yr 11/13 China Trip (17 Students) – 16-27th October 2017
Yr13 – Physics Jodrell Bank Trip (49 Students) – 08.00-16.25 – 18th October 2017

We are considering removing the Reval machine (Refectory tokens) later this term, on the basis that few students use it and we try to discourage students from bring cash into school on a regular basis. However, we would like to hear from you if you feel this would be a problem – please email Stephen Locke, Bursar (here) with your feedback. Thank you.

Lost Property will be available for sifting this week: we have large amounts of clothing, shoes and bags which have been handed in and these will be on display before half term. Parents are welcome to come in and browse - please encourage students to check through it as well. All named items will be returned to the owners. Please note that ANY ITEMS NOT COLLECTED WILL BE RECYCLED.

There has been an unprecedented amount of sickness in school this past week with children being quite severe vomiting, so please be aware that, if your child feels unwell and especially if they have a long journey, please don’t risk sending them into school.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a good (and well-earned) half term. Good luck to those students embarking on the China Exchange with Hailiang!

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master