After a relatively quiet week, we are about to embark on last two full weeks before the Christmas break and there is lots going. 

On Tuesday we are being visited again by Darryl Garner from the Ely Detachment of the Army Cadets to speak to all of our students. Year 8s are now at the age where they can join the Cadets which of course is great opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and develop leadership. We're looking forward to seeing Darryl again after his thoroughly enjoyable and engaging talk last year.

Mrs Way is out on Tuesday with a group of lucky choir members who, for the second year running have secured tickets to go to the Kings College Carol Service in Cambridge. This event epitomises Christmas in the most traditional way with the awesome sound of the Kings College Choir filling the chapel with carols. We're delighted to be able to take some students again and I'm sure they will have a wonderful time.

Then, on Wednesday, another Kings - Kings School Ely - are visiting us with their boys singers, who will perform in a special assembly for the whole school. The partnership LECA has formed with Kings School is, of course, in its infancy but has already meant that we have shared a performance of A Christmas Carol and followed it up with this. More is planned into the new year and we see this collaboration as something which will benefit us all in equal measure.

On Thursday, it is Year 7 Parents' Evening and we're looking forward to welcoming our new cohort of parents in to see us. Letters have gone home so please do get those back to us to ensure you have a slot that is convenient to you. The first parents' evening of the year is a great chance to ask questions and to clarify what the data means on Go4Schools so please don't hesitate to ask us and if you need any help setting up your Go4Schools account, myself and Mr Tatham will be around to assist.

All through the week, rehearsals will be in full flow for the Christmas Showcase that will follow on Thursday 13th at 6.30pm. It's a packed programme with the choir, Millfield Primary, the LECA drama group and some solos and ensembles to entertain us and get us into the Christmas spirit. Not only this but mince pies and hot chocolate are on offer at the interval as well as the opportunity to win one of the fabulous prizes from our raffle. We're hoping for a packed house so please do come along and join us us for what we're sure will be a great evenings' entertainment.

Finally on Friday it is another first for LECA, organised by the ever-energetic Mrs Emmess (PE). Supporting ex Ely College teacher, Damian Whales, and the Malcolm Whales Foundation, LECA will be taking part in a massive fundraiser called the 12 Hours of Sport. Nearly 40 of our students have signed up to take part in this gruelling sponsored event and we hope to raise a massive amount of money to support the foundation on Friday. Good luck to all of the students involved and above all enjoy it in the knowledge you are supporting a fantastic charity.


Scott Gaskins

Head of School, LECA