Head’s Blog – Charitable Giving at Christmas

Friday 10 December 2021 | By Megan Connor

As we approach the end of the autumn term, it is wonderful to be able to reflect back on all of the fantastic moments from the past four months. From our Family Fireworks Display to the Christmas Market, musical concerts to poignant services, not a week gone by without the THS family spirit shining through.

Just this week I had the great pleasure of spending an hour in the company of some of our highest achieving Year 11 students. After a couple of weeks where we clashed over uniform standards and punctuality, it was only fair that credit was given where it was due. These remarkable young people have finished this first term of Year 11 with all subject areas on target or better. Everything looks very promising for them as we run up to mock examinations in January, and it was only fitting that they were rewarded with hot chocolate with all the trimmings and a generous slice of cake, or two! The afternoon was topped off with a visit from George and cuddles galore. Well done to all those involved and keep up the hard work.

Charitable Giving at Christmas

It has been brilliant to see lots of charitable giving taking place within school this term. We were able to raise a grand total of £1,576.20 for Children in Need! A special shout-out goes to Holly in Year 8 for single-handedly raising £430 for this great cause. We have also been able support our local foodbank at Hebron Church in Stockton for the seventh year running, and send gifts to Mission Christmas, which aims to provide the most disadvantaged people in our local community with Christmas presents. Earlier this half term we also sent 44 shoeboxes to Romania to aid the charity Children in Distress. Thank you to all who donated so generously at this time of the year.

In the wake of increasing restrictions, it has been wonderful to welcome parents back to school for key events such as our Winter Concert and Pre-Prep Nativity. This would not have been possible without your support and cooperation for our Covid-safety measures, for which I am very grateful.

Over the Christmas break I would like to remind everyone to stay safe, but most of all, to have fun, rest and enjoy quality time with family and friends. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and I cannot wait to see what the New Year brings for our pupils.

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Mrs K Mackenzie, Head