Headteachers Blog 26 – March 2019

29th March 2019

Today is when we should be leaving the European Union, or as some of my Year 7 students thought- leaving Europe (which as I pointed out is geographically impossible!). As suspected all along, BREXIT has not yet happened and who knows how things will play out. The plot seems to change every day, and as I write this I am not even sure who our Prime Minister will be next week! A great pity that the BREXIT vote three years ago didn’t allow 16-17 year olds to participate, especially as this decision may have far reaching consequences on their futures.


With great irony, I welcomed our French Exchange students to Malvern this morning who I think are somewhat bemused by the whole BREXIT debate. School exchanges are such an important part of helping students to learn a foreign language and I know the huge benefits of these visits. We will continue to support our exchanges to France and Spain, whether or not BREXIT happens, though I guess it may become more difficult to organise if we leave the EU without a deal.


The event which we are all looking forward to is The Chase Community Auction which will open for bidding on Friday 12th April at 12 noon. Teachers, staff, parents, grandparents and other school supporters have offered some fantastic items for the auction and there is something to suit every interest and budget. Bidders can sort out their summer reading by bidding on some of the 50 books signed by their authors such as Bad Dad by David Walliams, The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket or The One Plus One by Jo Jo Moyes. If you are looking for Fathers’ Day gifts, you can bid on a sports car thrill ride experience, 2-ball golf session or a bottle of special gin. If afternoon tea is more your thing, you can bid on tea for two at Whitley Court, The Fold at Bransford or afternoon tea with me at my house!  Learn a new skill like how to crochet a hat, make a lampshade or bid on a three-hour 1:1 road safety session for cyclists.  Speaking of road safety, I am renewing my minibus driving licence in order to offer a chauffeur service for up to 15 students to and from the Y11 Prom at Stanbrook Abbey in a Chase minibus.  Anyone can bid and bidding will remain open until 17th May. All funds raised will go towards the purchase of learning equipment at The Chase. For a more extensive list of the auction lots offered, see the Friends of The Chase section at the end of this Bulletin.


And finally- a reminder that the last school day of this term is Friday 12th April and not the Thursday as is inaccurately published in the students planners. This last day of term will be a non-school uniform day, with the £1 donation required for students to wear their own clothes going to support the community project work planned to be carried out in Madagascar by our World Challenge students this summer.


Mr M Fieldhouse