This week, we have been delighted to welcome back the majority of our pupils to Sedbergh. It has been 82 long days since our community were all together and pupils were walking the corridors, as we celebrated the end of the Michaelmas Term with our traditional House Christmas dinners.
Pupils arrived throughout the day on Sunday, completing their test at our testing unit within the Hirst Centre . The operation of carrying out close to 1000 tests was overseen by a large number of staff, not to mention the incredible work and dedication shown by those volunteers who have supported throughout the last 12 months. We would like to extend our thanks to all staff and volunteers, but to our parents and pupils as well. Your patience, understanding and organisation played a huge role in the smoothness of the entire process.
From the first bell on Monday morning, it has been business as usual. Pupils have been proactive and organised in getting back into their school day routine. We recently announced our new partnership with Ivy House London who are providing leadership-style training to our Year 13 pupils as part of their ‘Ivy House Award’ programme. Although the majority of these sessions are still taking place online, pupils are able to sit together in their Houses to go through the work and support one another. We are very much looking forward to sharing the progress of our pupils as they carry out this unique and inspiring training course.
This week has also seen the opening of our brand new sixth form centre. Originally due to open back in January, our Year 12 and 13 pupils have now been able to make use of this modern and interactive workspace. With state of the art classrooms, collaboration rooms for project work and also individual work booths in the designated ‘Quiet Carriage’, there is space to accommodate our oldest pupils as they continue their independent learning development.
As always, pupils are excited for the ‘Summer’ timetable – games are moved to later in the day as we have more daylight to make use of. We have taken great joy in seeing all of our pupils make the most of the space we have here at Sedbergh, getting involved in the wide array of extra-curricular activities we have on offer everyday.