Today, with no soldier still living who can remember 11th November 1918, we have reflected again on how much we owe to all those who died before their time so that we could have the freedom and opportunities we enjoy today.

Tomorrow as a school we will gather at the memorial cross in Stoke-by-Clare to reflect on the sacrifice of soldiers who lived here, in this village, over 100 years ago, and who did not come home. We will reflect too on the preciousness of peace and how we can each contribute to a better, future world.

This year, our Art teacher, Mr Reeves, has created a symbolic piece which we will also lay at the stone. Its meaning is described in a previous posting, which you can read below on our Facebook page.

In other news, it was our first week back after half term last week so we all had to switch gear rapidly to adjust to the rapid pace of term time once again. Academic life resumed its brisk pace, and we began our sixth form mentoring programme.

This is another innovation as we develop our sixth form. Each student will meet fortnightly with an academic member of staff to discuss their current progress and their future plans for university, college and career. We will regularly discuss with each student their current challenges, clarify thoughts on their future and we will reflect on the best way to work effectively towards their goals. The meetings will help each sixth former increase their independence and resilience.

Many of our senior scientists travelled to London on Thursday to hear talks from a number of leading scientists. The purposes of the day were to give a deeper insight into science as a profession as well as to connect their learning in the classroom to the application of science in the real world.

At the end of November all our Year 11s and Year 12s will travel again to the capital to attend the ‘Skills London’ event. This will complement the focus they have had on careers education in PSHE this term and, judging on the feedback from last year’s trip, should prove a very useful event for giving our students ideas for what their future careers might be.

As we think on the events of the past this week it is apt that we also think on the opportunities for the future that they have given us.

Puffins created their own tribute