And finally ...

I hope you all have a very restful and enjoyable half-term holiday. Halloween and Bonfire Night are two of our biggest cultural festivals with lots of fun and community events taking place. One of the best things about these festivals is the amazing firework displays that we go to watch. It is great to hear a crowd “Oooh!” and “Ahhhh!” their way through the pyrotechnics. It gives us a strong sense of belonging and community to watch the night sky light up with exploding stars.

Sadly, every year, the fire and ambulance services have to attend unplanned fires that have become unmanageable, or to deal with injuries caused by people behaving dangerously with fireworks. Some of the consequences of this can be horrendous.

Homes can be destroyed and children disfigured for life. The fire service have been in school in the last few weeks delivering assemblies to all of our students reminding them of their responsibilities towards others this autumn, showing them some of the less pleasant consequences of „having a laugh‟.

Please enjoy your holiday and the festivities that are a fundamental part of this season –they are an important part of our culture. However, please be sensible so that we all return to school in November safe and well with only our memories to remind us of bonfires and firework displays.

Simon Lennox

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