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Term 5's Update from our Principal

Warmer weather has finally arrived. The trees planted by our Year 7 in September are blossoming and flourishing, just like the students themselves. For our oldest students, this weather signals the exam season, which will hopefully bring personal success and joy in August. Parents, carers and staff have really nurtured the class of 2018/19, but it is over the course of the exam season that the most intensive learning happens. We wish all our Year 11 the success they deserve but the important thing for me is that we know everyone has given it their best. Part of the celebration of the end of exams is the traditional Fairfield Prom. Tickets remain on sale for this very enjoyable rite of passage event.

This term we have been very lucky to receive a visit from Lord Rooker, who has had a remarkable and impressive political career, serving as a Minister of State in a variety of roles in government from 1997 until 2007 and now influencing politics in the House of Lords. This visit, enabled by Ms Hooke’s links with the House of Parliament, encouraged excellent political dialogue with the School Council and even prompted challenging questions for the Lord, such as “In an ideal world, what would you do to overturn the losing battle over climate change?” The talk illuminated the wide variety of previous careers people sitting in the Lords have had and should encourage others, such as Alice and other members of the City Youth Council, to follow in their footsteps.

Thinking about climate change and responsible action, I am pleased to say we have applied for grant funding to plant our own British wildlife hedge. The extra plants will encourage greater biodiversity on our site and help neutralise our carbon footprint.  

Thinking of a cooler climate leads me to recognise coolness of a different kind. We have some deeply cool students and past students at Fairfield. The recent Bristol Post “Cool Bristol” list features four students who have previously attended Fairfield. They have demonstrated that what they were taught at Fairfield can be used to launch their careers in the world beyond the school gates. These confident, creative individuals represent the beliefs and skills we promote at the school and show the advantage this can give our students in adult life.

I foresee that the recognition for talent at Fairfield will continue far into the future when the excellent digital illustrations from student Shanai Campbell become increasingly well known, just like our excellent swimming successes Nia and Rhiannon. They exemplify that hard work and much practice can lead to well deserved acknowledgement.

On a final note, can I please take this opportunity to remind the school community that students are expected to wear black school shoes. By way of a reminder of what is acceptable, please see details below:

Black smart shoes (which can be polished) only (not made by a sports brand, with a heel no greater than 3cm. Shoes must cover the whole foot or have a strap to secure over the foot in the case of pumps/slipper shoes). When buying new shoes, please also bear in mind the requirement for shoes to have a clearly defined sole and heel.”


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