Keller House - Yellow

Why Keller?

Helen Keller was an American writer and speaker. She was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama in 1880. When she was nineteen months old she became sick and lost her eyesight and hearing. The doctor had no idea of the cause, so he called it a "congestion of the stomach and brain." Some people say that it was scarlet fever or meningitis.

House Updates

Our investigations into the power of the human brain are ongoing, although other (bigger) events have taken up our recent assemblies. This has delayed the publication of our findings, and also the essay competition promised in the last newsletter. That said, the (so far incomplete) message has not been lost on our students, and I am seeing some very ambitious, yet well thought out and achievable, suggestions for current and future House projects. These high aspirations are regularly backed up by supreme tenacity and solid achievements elsewhere, and when I hear students talk of their plans I often think it would take a brave or foolish person to bet against their success. I have been particularly impressed by how many students across all year groups have had the self-belief to step up to the plate during debates on SMSC and current affairs during form time. I have heard some very mature arguments put forward on some very divisive, and often difficult, topics, such as road safety and driver attitudes, BREXIT, and FGM to name but a few. Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed my first “long term” looking after Keller House, and I am extremely proud of the collective achievements of our amazing students. I hope you all have an amazing break, and look forward to working with you in what I hope will be an even better year in 2020.
Mr Cepelak
Head of Keller House

Recent Achievements: This term has been a very busy one for our charity reps and their hordes of helpers. No sooner had we finished filling boxes for the Rotary Club Shoe Box Appeal than we found ourselves immersed in plans for Children in Need. A great deal of work and thought went into thinking up games, preparing resources and writing up rules before the big day, and I was pleased to see how many students turned up to help out at our extended lunchtime fayre in the school hall. The school raised well over £2000 for this great cause, which is testimony not just to the incredible work done by so many staff and students, but also to the generosity of EVERYONE who came along to support, pay to play, and generally have some fun. We are now busily decorating and filling hampers for elderly people in the local community.

Who is our National Charity?

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic disease that causes muscle weakness and wasting. DMD almost always affect boys, and they tend to be diagnosed before the age of 5. There are around 2,500 patients in the UK and an estimated 300,000 worldwide. If your son or daughter has been diagnosed with DMD, Duchenne UK are here to support you. You are not alone.

Who is our Local Charity?

Rainbow Charity - Info Pending

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