I wanted to congratulate “Havarole players” with the performance of “Out of Luck”, a play written especially for them by my fellow governor, Jim Mulligan.
The play starred Year 10 students but was a truly intergenerational production with Year 7s and a group of local senior citizens participating. The play was challenging and tackled difficult themes about gangs, violence and the potential deportation of a refugee pupil. Yet as with any well performed art, it produced an emotional response from me at the end – and I could only applaud as our Head, John Dowd congratulated the pupils and added that that he wanted the best for our pupils and indeed for them to change the world – that is indeed what we seek for them all.
The introduction to the play was made by a group of pupils who had recently returned from Sengal where they had helped build a school for local kids. Without exception, they said that this initiative (which Haverstock is the first school outside north America to participate in) had changed their lives.
This comes on top of the school achieving our best ever GCSEs last year. Be it through the arts, global citizenship or academic results, Haverstock is on an upward trend. We know that challenges will always be there but the model of a local authority community school is one that we are proud of. Well done to all the pupils and staff.