22 March 2023
After a record number of fantastic shows last week, I felt that the phenomenal cast and brilliant staff involved in the outstanding show should be mentioned again. The feedback has been simply wonderful and such an event really has brought the Collingwood community together. It was also a privilege to host our VIPs, namely Mr Halls Dickerson, Mrs Griffiths, Mr Oddie and the Mayor, Councillor Helen Whitcroft and a number of our committed governors who all thoroughly enjoyed the show and commended our staff and students for their passion and dedication to the production. Our talented cast have been inspirational especially to prospective students who cannot wait to join us in the future to have a chance to star in our productions on the ‘big stage’!
Academic Review Day (ARD)
ARD is on Thursday 30 March where you are invited to sign up to a 15 minute appointment which can be face to face or a remote meeting using the Parents’ Evening Booking System to discuss your child’s progress with their Form Tutor or Mentor. All work for students will be set on OneNote for them. The booking system is now open!
Red Carpet Event
Yesterday I had the pleasure of hosting our Red Carpet event to celebrate some of our students’ achievements. The achievements included playing and scoring in the North West Surrey District Badminton Championships, representing the College at the inter-school girls’ rugby match, debating qualification, LAMDA success and being selected to train with the England Judo squad. This event always makes me proud as these students (see names further in the newsletter) exemplify our College ethos and values - inclusiveness, perseverance, aspiration, integrity and achievement.
Power up Days
I am delighted to inform you that there will be ‘Power Up Days’ running on Monday 3 April and Tuesday 4 April for GCSE examination classes so for just £1 book now so that you do not miss out on some high-quality revision by specialist teachers. From previous experience, students who have attended these revision sessions make good progress with their exams in the summer. Please refer to the Power Up day programme detailed in the letter sent via email to parents last Wednesday (15 March) (also available to view on Edulink (Noticeboard, Letters Home, March).
More Collingwood debating success at the Cambridge Union at the weekend. There were just under 70 teams, mostly from the UK, but with some from Canada, Ireland and Africa. The standard was extremely high as it is much more difficult to get through the Cambridge regional rounds than it is for any other competition. After a competitive day of debating, Collingwood were placed fourth in the entire competition and second out of all the UK teams. To put this amazing success into context, only St Paul’s Girls school in the entire UK were placed above Collingwood, and we were placed well above Eton, Wellington College and Westminster. A wonderful outcome for our debating team!
Miss Watling - Acting Principal