Friday 2 December
It is a time of the year when there is a tremendous amount going on at St Birinus.
The Didcot Sixth Form College Open Evening on Wednesday was an excellent event which provided Year 11 students at both St Birinus and Didcot Girls’ School with invaluable insights and
information. DSFC is frequently described as “the jewel in the crown” of the two schools’ provision; academic standards have always been very high and the quality of enrichment now on offer is
second to none and demonstrates our commitment to developing high achieving, well-rounded young adults who have had the benefit of an all-round education. Mr Willett, Director of DSFC, is as ever on hand during the coming months to provide support and answer any queries parents or
students may have about their choices moving forward; please do get in touch with him if you need to.
Another highlight of the week was the visit to the school of our new Sky Sports Living for Sport
Ambassador, Paralympian Ian Rose. The assembly Ian delivered to Year 9 on Wednesday was
nothing short of inspiring – as you will read later in this edition of The Saint. We look forward to working even more closely with Ian in the New Year.
We were also very proud of our students’ contribution to the inaugural Didcot Food Festival last week. The opportunity to work with professional chefs was irresistible and they did themselves and the school proud. We must particularly thank Christine Wallace for inviting St Birinus students to participate.
There are, as ever, a great many trips and visits going on. In the last week groups of students have visited Twickenham to watch England beat Argentina, entered a very successful weightlifting
competition in Oxford and attended a concert by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. In addition, an excellent touring production of “A Christmas Carol” visited us on Thursday. Football and rugby fixtures continue apace across the year groups despite the frost – and usually we are winning!
John Marston, Headteacher
9 December, Non-school uniform day - students are asked to bring a £1 donation as part of our support for the Play2Give charity