25 November 2015
It was a delight on Monday to welcome the Mayor of Meylan – Didcot’s twin town near Grenoble in France – to St Birinus. Sat around the table in my office between the Mayors of Didcot and Meylan, the spirit of collaboration and friendship was clear; there may have been a few words lost in translation but the commitment to build relationships for the ultimate benefit of the children of the two towns was deep and felt by all. We look forward to welcoming students from Meylan to St Birinus in the near future and for our students to visit a particularly beautiful area of France, expanding their experiences and understanding of the world.
People sometimes wonder why modern foreign languages are important. They are important because they provide us with the opportunity to engage with other peoples and their cultures, recognising and celebrating differences but also promoting the tolerance and understanding which we cherish in this country. As schools we are encouraged to promote British values and tolerance, respect and mutual understanding lie at the heart of these values and everything which is positive and important to our society.
Well done to all those boys involved in the Schools’ National Swimming Championships on Saturday. It must be quite an experience to swim in the same Olympic pool that Michael Phelps swam in and for many of the boys it was for the second year running. They are swimming at a very high standard indeed and this requires an outstanding level of commitment – not least from their parents and club coaches who get them to the pool and coach them on very early mornings and late evenings, both in the dark at this time of the year!
It is a busy time of the year. Any Year 11 students considering Didcot Sixth Form College for next year should attend the D6 Open Evening at Didcot Girls’ School on Wednesday from 6pm to 8.30pm. On Saturday evening one of the highlights of the school calendar takes place with the Annual Choral Concert at 7.30pm. Tickets are still available and if you can be there you will experience a wonderful evening of music
John Marston, Acting Headteacher
Wed 25 November, 6-8.30pm, Didcot Girls' School, Manor Crescent, Didcot
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