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Dear Students, Families, Staff and Governors

I have only had one family contact me to say they enjoy receiving a weekly newsletter so I will aim for fortnightly as a compromise, typically since the reduction we have had so much happening at school so I am sure that this newsletter will be packed with exciting news and reports on events.

On Monday, we had some unexpected visitors – the IW & Hampshire Air Ambulance landed on the field during our lunch break as they were called to a medical emergency in our local community. Our students were very sensible and we were able to clear the field quickly to enable a swift landing. Whilst the crew were attending to the patient, the pilot very kindly let some of our students look inside the cockpit and passenger area of the helicopter. He then got the ok to take off and meet the crew and patient at St Mary’s Hospital. This meant that
our students were able to watch the helicopter take off from a safe distance, which was very exciting and noisy. We wish the person involved a speedy recovery.

We have a clothes bank on site, which raises money for the Air Ambulance so please do use this if possible.

Our students have also been busy representing St George’s in a range of events. As the Head Teacher, I feel privileged to be able to go along to events and I am always incredibly proud. I have been to both the resilience challenge as part of the Digital Twin project and to Dance Live in Portsmouth; Students have taken part in Tag Rugby matches where we have played against, and beaten our rivals St Catherine’s! The students work extremely hard in these events to achieve their full potential. I wanted to also acknowledge the dedication and hard work that staff put into supporting our young people, without their commitment, our students would not be able to experience such a range of opportunities. I am sure you will enjoy reading some more thorough reports from the staff involved in this newsletter.

One of our PE teachers is looking to gain further qualifications and needs to complete a six-week placement in a different secondary setting. This means that Mark will be teaching PE at the Island Learning Centre for the next half term. He will still be on site on Friday afternoons, I am sure that both Mark and St George’s will benefit from this placement. I can assure you that we are working hard to cover Mark’s lessons at school during his absence. We wish Mark the best for his new challenge over the coming weeks.

I hope that you all have a good half term and I look forward to seeing all students back at school on Monday 19th February.

Steff Gleeson
Head teacher