Year 8 to Year 9 Transition

Hello Year 8, soon to be 9!

Mrs Stott here, I hope you are all well and have been managing to balance school and home life in these unusual times. Mrs Carter and Mrs Ramsbottom are so proud of you all as a year group and I know that they will really miss working so closely with you. I’m sure you will do them proud as you move into upper school.

I will be on maternity leave for the majority of the time that you are in year 9, during this time you are very lucky to have Mrs Williamson as your Head of Year and Mr Locke as your Assistant Head of Year. I will return as your Head of Year for years 10 and 11. Although this seems like some time away, I am already looking forward to it. Having taught so many of you for part of year 8, I know just exactly what a fantastic year group you are. I have really enjoyed reading your emails over the past couple of months, about the positive things you have been doing over lockdown. I hope your optimistic attitudes continue!

We are really looking forward to getting to know you all better, but in the meantime, we have included some of our favourite things so you can get to know us!

Take care, and I hope to see you soon,
Mrs Stott

Mrs Stott’s favourite things!

Food: Pizza
Movie: Legally Blonde
Song: Pure and simple - Dolly Parton
Place: Hagg Wood or Mexico
Book: Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
Quote: ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that’ - Martin Luther King
Things to do: Spend time with my family and friends
Where you can find me: Heads of Year office or Room 21 teaching RE or PSHE

Hello Year 8!

I am so excited about being your Head of Year 9 next year and I know that your new Form Tutors are excited to get to know you too! Your time in Year 8 is coming to an end in strange circumstances, but we are really looking forward to having you back in school to start a very important year, and the last year before you begin studying for your GCSEs.

We have a lot to look forward to, but the most important thing at the moment will be getting back to some kind of normality in school and being back together with your friends in September. I am sure that the last 14 weeks have been a bit of a rollercoaster (or a 'coronacoaster' as it is now being called). But I am sure it has also been a really valuable time for you to realise what is important and spend time with those people closest to you.

In our next broadcast, we will be setting you a project to complete over these final few weeks and into Summer, to give you a chance to reflect on what you have learnt from this unusual time. We will be in contact with more details in the next broadcast.

See you soon, and look after yourselves,
Mrs Williamson

Mrs Williamson’s favourite things!

Food: Cake! Any flavour!
Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
Song: Anything by Ward Thomas
Place: Colorado (where my sister lives)
Book: The Kite Runner - K. Hosseini
Quote: 'Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.' - Roald Dahl (Matilda)
Things to do: Go on adventures with my two children and husband
Where you can find me: Heads of Year office or Room 23 teaching History

Hi, I'm Mr Locke.

I will be your Head of Year for one day and Assistant Head of Year supporting Mrs Stott and Mrs Williamson for the other four.

I can't wait to meet you in September and look forward to the start of what is a very important year. A year where resilience and adaptability will be crucial to navigate effectively through the ever-changing school environment.
I hope that these experiences of isolation and remote learning away from your teachers, peers and classrooms will serve as a reminder of the importance of our human need for face to face social interaction.

Please stay safe and email us should you need anything at all,
Mr Locke

Mrs Locke’s favourite things!

Food: Steak or Indian - love them both!
Movie: Hack Saw Ridge
Song: I’ll be missing you - Puff Daddy ft. Faith Evans
Place: Courmayeur, Italy
Book: Private Peaceful - Michael Morpurgo
Quote: ‘Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence’ - Vince Lombardi
Things to do: Spend time with the family, play golf, watch sport.
Where you can find me: Heads of Year office or in the PE Department

Form Tutors

As you transition into Year 9 your form tutor changes. Your new form tutor will see you through to the end of Year 11 at St Christopher’s.

Please see the list of form tutors assigned to each form group from September. They can’t wait to get to know you all better:

9A - Mr Smith
9B - Mrs Powell
9C - Mrs Gleave
9D - Mrs Jukes
9H - Mr Robinson
9O - Mr Dickinson
9P - Mr Pountain / Mrs Anderton
9W - Mr Redfearn