The front of school was unusually busy at midnight on Tuesday 10 February, as 42 pupils and parents gathered for the long awaited visit to Paris. In effect, there were two visits in one, as some of the pupils were to carry out research for their Travel and Tourism BTEC coursework, while others were to practise for their GCSE French exam. The trip consisted of a two day access to Disneyland Paris where pupils enjoyed visiting both parks on the site, so there was fun as well as work. There were screams as pupils fell in the Tower of Terror, roared around the Aerosmith coaster and sped through Indiana Jones. They then marvelled at the Disney characters in their parade around the park and took in the atmosphere for what was an exhaustingly exciting day! I cannot explain how rewarding it was to see the level of excitement generated by the rides, the magic of Disney and how much our pupils enjoyed themselves.
January 1st saw the beginning of a new era for the Governing Body at Bishopsgarth School. Under government guidelines, all school governing bodies are required to reconstitute by 1st September 2015, however Bishopsgarth became the first secondary school in Stockton to complete this process a full nine months before the deadline.
The changes saw several long-term members of the Governing Body stepping down and both the school and I would like to thank them all for their support, commitment and loyalty. The position of Chair and Vice-Chair also changed hands, although both Harry Smith (Chair) and Phillipa Burnett (Vice-Chair) will continue to serve the school as Governors. It is my pleasure to welcome Tina Teasdale and Barbara Warren as the new Chair and Vice-Chair respectively.
We have finally made it to the end of a very long and very busy first term!
As well as all the hard work that has taken place in lessons and after-school classes, we have had two successful Flexible Learning Days, several wonderful musical performances, a brilliant Christmas Fayre and two inter-house competitions this term! The most recent competition was a Bishy Bake-Off and I was extremely impressed by the quality of the all the entries in every round. The final took place last night and the four finalists each produced an amazing show-stopper. After some very difficult (but tasty) judging, Jamie Jones (11 GLP) took the crown, Mac Allison (10 SEG) came second, Jennie Hawkes (11AAS) came third and Chloe McManus (8SEK) came fourth. All four should be extremely proud of themselves, but I would like to give a special mention to Chloe for holding her own against much older competitors. She is definitely one to watch for next year’s competition!