Sunday 22nd January

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Welcome from the headteacher

You may remember that in May this year a  few of us visited our link school in Changsha China with a view to exchanging teaching ideas as part of our Continued Professional Development within our Teaching School Alliance. We were therefore really excited to receive some of our Chinese friends back in November when they came to visit not only our school but many of the schools within our Alliance: Winchmore, Wilbury, Highfield, Durants  and Grange Park with an agenda of specifically finding out more about the way we teach English and Maths here. Our guests had especially requested to visit some of our historical landmarks and we thank our wonderful sixth formers and School Governor, Ian Lebeau, for guiding the various visits to places like The British Museum, Cambridge University, Windsor Castle, and with special acknowledgement to the sixth formers’ patience whilst waiting outside the various shops in Oxford Street for quite some time!!

During our visitors’ stay they had also prepared and delivered a bespoke 2-hour lesson on Chinese History for our A’level students responding to their areas of study which we have filmed to keep and share as a valuable revision tool.

Our visitors extended their sincere thanks to all the wonderful classes and students they visited and expressed how impressed they were with our wonderful schools.  We look forward to a continued relationship with Yucai students and staff including the possibility of future visits and exchanges.

A special thank you  to 7OPR and Mrs. Ramnauth for sharing the wonderful morning exercises they do and for letting us film them to share with staff – this is an idea we picked up from our Chinese School ... but deliver during morning registration in British style!

Thank you to Marva, our lovely Catering Manager, for producing some very creative breakfasts for our guests every morning which attracted a hub of hungry student activity in the dining hall! Thank you to Ms. Carr who pulled together a mini ensemble of creative delights before our guests left  and a special thank you to the families who offered their home for evening meals!

Finally, our guests reported that they felt very special and extremely well looked after – they asked me to extend their sincere gratitude for the generous hospitality shown to them wherever they went!

Goodbye to our friends and hope to see you soon.


Caron Fitzgerald

Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school.

Rehearsal Schedule 3 YELLOW

Joseph Poster

All the information regarding rehearsals is on Frog. Students should check this regularly for rehearsal schedules, links to useful videos and the recordings of rehearsals.

After half term we will be launching the competition to design a poster/programme for the production. The winning designer will receive 50 house points and their design will be professionally printed to advertise the production.

A number of students have expressed their interest in helping back stage with the show. If you are one of those students, please make sure you speak to Mrs Carr at the start of next half term as work will begin soon on the set design and construction. Many hands make light work!

As the production is in March this year, tickets will go on sale via Parentpay in the new year. In the meantime, we had better get learning those colours…… “red and yellow and green and brown and scarlet and ….”

Mrs Carr

Applications from external students for a place in the sixth form are now open. Please visit the sixth form website for full detail and the on-line application form. Click on the link in the menu above.

Current Highlands students should complete a full application in January. They should not use the online form.

A number of Year 11 students organised and ran their own Musical Theatre Cabaret on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th December. All money raised contributed to the school’s charity ‘Mind’ and the ‘Butterfly AVM’  charity. The evening was a fabulous journey through a vast array of musicals from the very modern ‘Aladdin’ to the classic ‘Phantom of the Opera’, with stunning dancing, singing and swaying from students from years 8-11.

The event was organised entirely by a group of Year 11 students and was a wonderful example of how motivated, talented and dedicated Highlands students are.



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