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22/05/20 – Good News from Croydon High

Selsdon Meals

We were delighted to receive more wonderful feedback from someone in our community enjoying our weekly meals. We were even more delighted to discover that this recipient helped build the current Croydon High school site! We hope to welcome him and his wife at the school when this is all over.

“My wife and I are delighted with the meals we have received, delivered by the Fire Officers, made by the kitchen staff of the High School, and would like to place on record our sincere thanks for all the kindness shown in preparing and cooking them.

I have a long association with Croydon High School, having been the Project Manager responsible for its construction from day one to the completion and handover to the Public Day School Trust, so I regard it as part of our involvement in the history of Selsdon.”

GDSTvision Song Contest

We were excited to take part in the first ever GDSTvision Song Contest yesterday! 25 GDST schools competed and it was broadcast live to GDST girls around the country.

Our own submission saw pupils and staff join together to perform ‘Let It Be’ by The Beatles. Wonderful singers, a string section, and even a drummer all combined to create a truly magical performance. United in song and spirit, no matter the distance!

The winners were Bromley High for the Creative Award and Blackheath High for the People’s Choice Award. Congratulations!

Thank A Teacher Day

It was national ‘Thank A Teacher’ day on Wednesday. We have been truly humbled by all the messages we have received from parents and pupils since we began our guided home learning programme – they have made it feel as if every day is national ‘Thank A Teacher’ day! And Wednesday was no exception. We have been regularly sharing your messages on social media; they are simply too lovely to keep to ourselves. Here are a few examples.

Croydon High Virtual Open Evening

This year’s Open Evening was unlike no other – we invited prospective parents and pupils to experience Croydon High online! We were determined to showcase our school in any way possible, despite these unusual circumstances, and we are so proud of the final result. The way staff and pupils came together (online!) to arrange this open evening is yet another shining testament to the wonderful spirit of our school community.

Pre-recorded messages from Mrs Pattison, various Heads of Departments, and, of course, our own pupils were made available to view on our website, providing an opportunity for visitors to (virtually!) experience Croydon High. We are so grateful to every single person involved in making this possible and would like to thank them for bringing our wonderful school to life, despite the restrictions.

World Bee Day

May 20th was World Bee Day! This year, there was lots of good news to celebrate.

In Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, its three bee colonies miraculously survived the 2019 fire and are thriving. In the UK, The Backyard Campaign distributed wildflower seed balls to families through branches of Iceland supermarket and other locations, in the hopes that millions of wildflowers will be planted across the nation, boosting bee populations.

And finally, a wonderful, new innovation will allow people everywhere to rescue bees struggling to survive in urban areas. Have you ever stumbled across a dying bee on the pavement, exhausted in its search for nectar? Social enterprise Bee Saviour Behaviour have dreamed up a solution: they are transforming unused loyalty cards into ‘bee saviour sugar cards’! The cards are embossed with three short wells that contain a sugar solution to revive ailing bees. They easily fit into wallets and can be sent back to Bee Saviour Behaviour to be refilled!

Positive News

Mental Health Awareness Week

There have been some wonderful things happening as part of Mental Health Awareness Week – we loved these two GDST articles: ‘Kindness Matters’ and ‘Kindness Costs Nothing’. Both discuss the way acts of kindness can improve our mental wellbeing. Well worth the read!

Kindness Matters

Kindness Costs Nothing

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