Merry Christmas from York High!
2015 seems to have disappeared very quickly and Christmas is almost upon us. It hasn’t been the easiest of my 10 years as a Headteacher but it has none the less been full of many memorable and inspiring moments. These include watching young people from York High perform Shakespeare on the stage in Stratford and as the last performance before the refurbishment of the Theatre Royal, hosting teachers and students from our partner school in Uganda, welcoming Professor Brian Cox to our school and the start of our partnership with the Rugby Football Union.
Only yesterday I was inspired and delighted to read about Sianagh Gallagher who left York High in 2014. Sianagh learned to climb whilst she was at York High and she is now the British Paraclimbing Champion and winning competitions across Europe. Sianagh is a fantastic role model to other young people at York High about what can be achieved by anyone if they are prepared to work hard for their success. This of course doesn’t have to be just in sport. There is a common misunderstanding that success is only about talent. What I see every day is that those young people who are prepared to work hard gain the most success. As a golfer I am reminded of a quote from the great South African golfer, Gary Player, who said, “The more I practise the luckier I become”.
Away from all of these extra experiences, staff and pupils have been working very hard, lesson after lesson since September to ensure that our young people are making the progress that is expected of them. Parents will shortly be receiving progress reports for their children and these will show that many young people have been working very hard in the last three months and Year 11 in particular, who have just completed their mock exams, have had a very busy and intensive term.
As we approach the end of term, we have a Christmas concert to look forward to, our end of term award assemblies and there have been a number of ‘reward events’ for those young people who consistently do the right thing. It has been a very busy term, as I hope you have seen on our new website, Facebook page and Twitter account and I am sure everyone, pupils and staff, are ready for a break.
Thank you for all of your support during 2015. I hope that everyone has a great Christmas and I would like to wish you all the very best wishes for 2016.