It has been quite a week in the life of Christ the King College as those parents who have been involved with our numerous events will know. Whilst last week ended with all the mixed emotions of the wonderful Sixth Form Leavers’ Ball, this week is ending with the excitement of having our new cohort of Year 7 students with us for two days. I cannot begin to share with you the atmosphere of the College at the moment, except to say thank you to all of our parents for providing us with such wonderful young people!
By the end of the first day with us, happy, confident and enthusiastic Year 6 students were being led by staff in House Choir competitions, supported by our sixth form students who are totally committed to making sure their young successors enjoy and achieve at College in the way that they have done and continue to do. Indeed, those of you who read the County Press will have seen the array of achievements that we are currently celebrating.
This week also saw staff, students and visitors enjoying our annual Creative Arts and Technology Show, this year commencing with the Music Concert on Monday evening and including the Baroque Evening last night at St Catherine’s Church, Ventnor. I know how much parents appreciate the hard work and commitment that go into such occasions and events.
You may have seen in the County Press and within the body of this week's bulletin that we have been recognised by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust as being within the top 20% of schools nationally for the progress of our students. This comes at a time where national press highlights the future of education and the focus on progress and provides the confidence that, as a College, we are ensuring that every child has the opportunity to succeed. Perhaps it is quite fitting, on the back of a week so enriched by the art, design, drama and music departments, that we remind ourselves that an outstanding education is not simply about the academic achievement of the children.
At Christ the King College, we pride ourselves on the holistic approach to education, including the enrichment through the arts, the breadth and diversity of subjects and the pastoral care of our young people. These along with our College ethos, based on gospel values, we hope will provide the confident, caring individuals that will go on to achieve wonderful things throughout their lives. Evidence of this has been seen this week when our community stood together in support of Joe Ellis during the purple and blue day, a day that provided time for reflection as well as providing support for a good cause close to our hearts.
Today, our community reflects on the sad events of last week in Tunisia with the minute's silence at midday. Our prayers are with the family and friends of the victims and also with the local community where lives have been devastated by this event. In addition, we remember the actions of the many within that community in the stories of courage and altruistic actions in order to protect people during those moments.
It is through tolerance of others, understanding, love and faith that we prepare our young people for the future. The richness and diversity provided by the arts, the knowledge from lessons and the gospel values, we hope will provide a basis for this. Within these, the true holistic nature of education lies.