“DESPITE the gloom of the national situation, this week at King’s Ely Senior has been a remarkably uplifting week for many reasons.

“1) We were delighted to learn that Eleanor MacGillivray has been selected as one of six mathematicians to represent the UK in the highly prestigious Balkan Mathematical Olympiad. This is a phenomenal achievement.

“2) The 1st XI Hockey girls played their first match of the season against Ely City on Tuesday evening. After a very closely fought game, the match was decided in the last 10 minutes with goals from Rosie Ringer, Paige Newell and Amelia Sangster to secure a 3-0 victory. Well done to all involved and thank you to the ‘boarding bubbles’ who came out on a chilly evening to support.

“3) The final Year 13 Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) presentations were completed with topics ranging from punk fashion to the Amazon Rainforest.

“4) Mr Currie delivered assemblies to all year groups on the subject of statues and the arguments for and against their removal. He challenged pupils to consider their context and to have a full understanding before passing judgement on historical figures.

“5) The Theatre Masterclass on Wednesday with Olwen Davies (co-founder of LaPelle’s Factory Theatre Company).

“6) The enthusiasm and dedication of the swimming squad which was evidenced in the pool on Tuesday during their sponsored ‘Swim to France’. It was a joy to see so many pupils involved in the challenge.

“7) The first meeting of the Model United Nations Club.

“It almost felt normal. Thank you to all the pupils and staff who have done their very best to ensure that school has retained a vibrancy despite the current restrictions.

“All the very best.”

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