The day we have been all working towards for well over a year finally arrived when the students began their first day at Palma College! It was wonderful to hear the building filled with young voices and to meet them with their enthusiasm and optimism. I hadn’t realised how much I missed actually being in the company of younger people!
All the students threw themselves wholeheartedly into the morning’s activities which including memory games; a photography session and a time management induction. After lunch lessons began in earnest and the students and staff settled into what I hope becomes a focused pattern of teaching and learning. One member of staff even commented that they had overheard laughter in another teacher’s lesson – twice!
And so we begin our journey with these young people leading them through the demanding courses that will give them access to Higher Education if that is where they wish to go. We also have some exciting Enrichment Activities planned for this half of term which will challenge them in all manner of ways. We are hosting a welcome evening for all parents this week and I know that, already, the students feel confident enough to take their parents round the building and show off their rooms.
We look forward to welcoming any interested students and parents at our next Open Morning on 9th November, but are always happy to see people through an appointment.