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  • December 2019 Blog

    Published 07/01/20, by Dan Parkinson
    I have to be honest - after all the rain we experienced in the weeks prior to the break up for the Christmas holidays, I have been so grateful for the few days of sunshine we have had over Christmas and New Year. Certainly here in the south, Christma
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  • November 2019 Blog

    Published 02/12/19, by Dan Parkinson
    This month I would like to start my blog with a special mention to one of our community’s longest-standing and most dedicated members. Vernon Petherick has been a governor of Crookhorn College for 45 years and has just celebrated his 90th birth
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  • October 2019 Blog

    Published 05/11/19, by Dan Parkinson
    A couple of weeks ago I went to a Resilience conference. There is nothing particularly unusual in this. Resilience conferences have been all the buzz for a while, and I have studiously avoided them like the plague. As with all things, and this happen
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  • September 2019 Blog

    Published 02/10/19, by Dan Parkinson
    We have had a focused and purposeful start to our new academic year, which is exactly what I was hoping for. As of the 4th of September, we welcomed our new Year 7 cohort into the College and started them on their intensive SMART start week, whi
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  • July / August 2019 Blog

    Published 19/09/19, by Dan Parkinson
    The three weeks of July always take me by surprise with the sheer amount of activity that takes place in such a short period of time. We started the month with the rollover to our new timetable. This is the second year that we have done this and a
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  • June 2019 Blog

    Published 10/07/19, by Dan Parkinson
    I appreciate that I am a week late with my blog this month and I can assure you there is a very good reason why! To say that June has been intense would be to say the very least. The primary focus for the first three weeks was, of course, the GCSE ex
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  • May 2019 BLOG

    Published 06/06/19, by Dan Parkinson
    The month of May has been focussed almost entirely on exam preparation and the start of the exams themselves. I think we all felt a palpable sense of relief when the main exams actually started; the months of anticipation and build up giving way to t
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  • April 2019 Blog

    Published 13/05/19, by Dan Parkinson
    During the Easter break, I took the opportunity to visit Singapore with my two sons and reacquaint myself with a country that I left 30 years ago to come and live in England. My brother happens to be living and working out in Singapore again now and
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  • March 2019 Blog

    Published 05/04/19, by Dan Parkinson
    This month we were visited by OFSTED. As always and rightly so, their visits come with only a day before warning, so that they can assess the day to day practice of a school as close to reality as possible. I have always maintained that what we do in
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  • February 2019 blog

    Published 05/03/19, by Dan Parkinson
    This month I have focussed on the well-known quote from Henry Ford: “If you say you can and if you say you can’t, you are always likely to be correct” with students across the College. I have also talked about the need to recognise
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  • January 2019 Blog

    Published 11/02/19, by Dan Parkinson
    The leadership team and I have spent most of January looking into boys’ motivation when it comes to academic learning. As with all things, there is no straight route. Some boys are genuinely motivated to learn, and by the time they get to Year
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  • December 2018 Blog

    Published 08/01/19, by Mike Sowersby
    Reflecting on December and our focus as a College, one thing comes to mind straight away and that is how we have managed the feedback from the mock exams for Year 11 and Year 10 for the early entry subjects. James Collins in his Teaching and Learning
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