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Students must take a chance and join in the dance of life   05/01/2005

Reproduced from the Ross Gazette, No. 6838, Thursday, 6thJanuary 2005

Headteacher Nigel Griffiths quoted from a song made popular by Ronan Keating at the 2004 awards ceremony at the John Kyrle High School .

He said: “Ronan Keating sung the words but, believe me, you wouldn't want to hear me sing them.

“I hope you never fear the mountains in the distance, never settle for the path of least resistance, living might mean taking chances but there worth taking, loving someone might be a mistake, but it's worth making.

“I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean, whenever one door closes, I hope another opens, and when the music plays and you get the choice to sit out the song or to dance, then class of 2003 – 2004 – I hope you dance!”

He singled out one pupil, Helen Boughen as an example of how someone can overcome a bad experience. A year ago during a routine tooth extraction Helen was found to have a large tumour in her face. After a major operation this was removed but Helen also lost part of the left hand side of her face including her eye. Mr Griffiths said: “Her courage, perseverance and fortitude and that of her family has been an example to everyone.”

Helen has returned to school and is studying maths, chemistry and physics. The school was so impressed by Helen that they nominated her for the Princess of Wales Memorial Award for Young People 2004.

And Mr Griffiths was delighted to be able to present Helen with the award.

He then spoke about the school year which he called ‘year of challenge, success and celebration'. He said: “On the sports field, drama and music studios as well as in the classroom and the all-important examination hall the school has excelled,”

At the beginning of the year they set themselves challenges: record results at GCSE and A level and a new extended Sixth Form Centre and then they were informed that it was time for a visit from Ofsted.

Ofsted classed JKHS as a school with good, very good and excellent features, a school with no weaknesses. The commented favourably on all the wide aspects of school life: academic, sporting, musical and drama. They also commended the school for the care given to individual students and the very good partnerships with parents and the wider community.

Overall the inspectors were very impressed with the students and their approach to each other, the school and their work.

Then the school went on to gain record results at GSCE. Mr Griffiths said it was a remarkable achievement which shows how far the school has come and it's thanks to the commitment, skills and hard work of all the staff at John Kyrle.

He added: “This year we celebrate the 25 th anniversary of the school and I want to say congratulations to the students, staff, governors and community of John Kyrle. In the academic year 2003-4 you have continued to promote the strong tradition of an outward looking, successful and outward looking and futures orientated school which genuinely has “people” at its heart.”

The school is currently building a new sixth form centre. They managed to obtain funding of £300,000 from the DFRS and Mr Boyd and Mr Docherty worked with the Learning and Skills Council to get the other £200,000 and building is well under way.







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