That was a busy week! Year 8 showed Year 7 how we do exams in their first ever full week of assessments in the Main Hall. Exam desks were out and full exam conditions were in play and the Year 8s showed us what a determined and resilient group they are sitting between 3 and 4 exams a day and behaving brilliantly all week. One of the reasons we decided to run exams more formally this year was to see how the students would react and also to 'stress test' the building for future exams. As with every pilot, we learnt a lot and we will have to plan carefully for the real ones in three years time but the success of the week was the students and how focused they were in every exam. I am sure they will see some progress from their starting points when the results are in. This week it's the turn of Year 7 who will follow a similar timetable: no lessons, revision to start the day every day, 3 exams, and PE to finish the day and unwind. We felt this structure worked really well for Year 8 and I'm sure it will work for Year 7 too.
To mark almost the beginning of the festive season, we took the whole of Year 7 to Kings School Ely to see a production of 'A Christmas Carol'. It was a fantastic show from start to finish with a script that stayed true to Dickens' words throughout. We thoroughly enjoyed the production and the students, again, showed what polite, well mannered people they are. Thank you to Ashley Radcliffe (English) for organising the trip and thanks to all at Kings who made us so welcome. This trip marked the first step in a partnership we will grow with Kings Ely and we will be returning an invite to their students whenever occasion arises. The next time we see them will be in December when they will be bringing some of their best boys singers to perform in assembly for us.
On the sports courts and pitches we had some mixed results but some really competitive games. The standout performance, however, was from the Year 7 boys on the rugby field, brushing aside Witchford in a game that saw some flying running tries from Wesley and Ellis. In the Netball, both Year 7 and 8 teams lost but the games were tight and the Year 7s game was lost by a single goal. Well played all - the progress from the first game is clear to see and you are all growing as teams every time you play
This week, for those who have signed up to the ski-trip, there is an information evening on Thursday at 6.30pm. Mr Hughes and Mr Tatham will be there to answer all of your questions and tell you more about the details of the trip - another first for LECA. Please do come along if you are going.
Finally - good luck to Year 7 this week. You will be great and remember what we said in assembly: a journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step. This is the first step of progress you will make at LECA. It doesn't have to be huge; just a little step in the right direction.
Head of School, LECA