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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:NOVEMBER/DECEMBER CROWDED HOUSE ~ COCKERMOUTH SCHOOL NEWS ~


There is no doubt that winter is definitely coming (to paraphrase a famous television show) and the recent weather conditions that we have experienced have laid to rest any fond memories of summer. With Hurricane Ophelia and Storm Brian both battering our community, the weather has been in all of our minds. Thankfully, we escaped relatively lightly, although I know that many members of the community had their hearts in their mouths, as the risk of flooding and storm damage swept across our area. One of the scariest aspects of severe weather, is the fact that it leaves us feeling powerless; in this age of smartphones, where we can find anything online in a matter of seconds, weather is something we still can’t control.


Or can we? Even though we can’t control the physical weather, we can control our local climate. By that, I mean the climate we work in. Vic Goddard, Principal of Passmores Academy (the school featured in Channel 4 Educating Essex), has a saying about the role of the Headteacher: “We make the weather in our schools.” Personally, I think it’s broader than that; every member of our school community shapes and influences the atmosphere of our school. From the way visitors are greeted at Reception to the intangible ‘feel’ as you walk around the corridors, our school is a happy school. I’ve said this before but it bears repeating; if I’m getting bogged down in meetings and budgets, a quick walk around school, popping into lessons, soon puts a smile back on my face. You’ll have probably noticed that at the start of every school day, there are a number of senior staff out at the front of the school. I try and get out several times a week to greet our students as they arrive; the simple act of saying hello to students (and I’m always amazed by how polite they are in return), catching up on what’s been going on, or finding out about their day ahead is invaluable and it also sets the tone for the day. It says a lot about the ethos of our school: how we talk to each other, that we’re interested in each other and that we care. What the students may not realise is that this simple act starts my day off in a really positive way too!


Dr. Rob Petrie, Headteacher


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16 NOVEMBER 2017 ISSUE 420 PAGE 17


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