It was a week of reflection, remembrance and thanks at LECA to mark the centenary of the Armistice of World War One.

On Tuesday Mrs Eastham conducted a moving whole school assembly using images from the Great War, music and a thoughtful reminder to our students of the servicemen of Littleport who lost their lives. 25 boys were given poppies on the way into assembly and they were asked to remain standing to represent the proportion of the town gave their lives for their country. It is was truly a poignant moment that mirrored the sacrifices made by soldiers from towns and villages up and down the country.

Then, on Friday, the entire school and staff gathered in the dining room at break where I read a short speech of thanks and some of those famous verses from 'For The Fallen' before we observed a two minute silence. It was quite an incredible sight to see all the staff and students stand as one and I want to thank everyone for paying their respects so perfectly. 

Finally today, 14 of our students joined the Littleport Remembrance Parade, marching through the town and gathering into a packed St George's Church. It is a great privilege to be part of the town parade and LECA is honoured to be able to lay a wreath at the memorial. Well done to Libby who was superb during the service and outside, paying respect on our behalf.

Also last week, the Volunteer It Yourself (ViY) team joined us and many of our Year 8 students enjoyed getting covered in sawdust as they made benches, tables, outdoor bins and even a bird table under the supervision of the ViY mentors. The team visit was as a result of some Opportunity Area funded workshops and it was great to see the DT room being 'christened' and put to good use all week. The team will be back next year for more workshops so we look forward to seeing them again.

This week we start our assessment cycle with Year 8. In a special assembly last Wednesday, Mr Tatham and I handed out exam timetables within a booklet which contained lots of top tips for exam success and effective revision and I'm sure the students will have put it all to good use. The timetable is similar to that which will face them in Year 11, giving them a taste of what will follow in just three years time. To help the students we have built in revision sessions each day and ensured they also get to wind down with 2 extra sessions of PE timetabled. We hope the assessment week is as stress-free as possible and wish our students all the best of luck this week and next.

 

Scott Gaskins

Head of School, LECA