Last week whilst on a short walk, Kiera came across an injured pigeon. It has clearly been attacked by something given the number of feathers it had lost which were all over the place and it had taken refuge under a nearby bush.
On closer inspection, Kiera found that the bird was still alive but unable to fly and it seemed to be in shock, so Kiera carefully wrapped it up in a coat and brought it home with them. She knew that she couldn’t leave him there as flightless birds will most certainly die in the wild (and likely under very horrible circumstances too)
When they got home, they placed him into a large box with the lid open – allowing him to fly off if able, but unfortunately, the pigeon didn’t move at all (nor make a sound). The bird simply lay there blinking at them. They didn’t want to mess with him too much as they knew he was likely in a lot of pain, so they simply soothed him with gentle strokes to his head, which he seemed to really appreciate. He didn’t try to peck at them or getaway so I think he understood that they were trying to help him.
They knew that he needed more help than the could give, but knowing that a vet would likely just put him to sleep, they didn’t want that to be their first option…so instead, they called around various animal rescue centres to see if they would take him and treat/rehabilitate him. All was looking lost when eventually one centre (Cuan Wildlife Rescue) said they’d take him in.
Kiera and her dad carefully padded the coat and put extra padding around the pigeon (to prevent too much movement on the journey) and then they made the trip to Shropshire with their new feathered friend to help him get the care and medical treatment he needed.
Sadly the pigeon died from his injuries the following day but they did all we could to save him. If nothing else, he was able to see his final hours out in peace and in caring hands instead of scared, alone and in pain.
Despite the outcome not being as they hoped, it wouldn’t stop them doing the same again. Over the years whilst growing up, Kiera has seen her family make other rescues to birds, hedgehogs and bees, but this was HER first active role in a rescue for herself and it meant a lot to her.
Whilst her dad called around the various rescue centres, Kiera stayed with the bird…gently talking to it and soothing it, ensuring it came to no further harm. She then wanted to take the bird to the rescue centre with her dad. It would seem she is a natural in wanting to help! We couldn’t be more proud! 🙂 She is sad the bird didn’t make it, but happy she did all she could to make his last hours more comfortable.
If anyone else should come across any orphaned/injured wildlife and you can’t deal with the situation yourselves, please do consider contacting this centre for help: http://www.cuanwildliferescue.org.uk. They were amazing and they rely solely on donations!
Well done to Kiera for performing this thoughtful act of kindness and to her family for sending in this amazing story!
On Friday 10th July at 10am, the Prime Minister will be giving an address to all school leavers which will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube.
Please tune in if you are in year 11 or year 13. A recording of the address will be available to view on both platforms.
Links to the broadcast:
On Monday 6th July we had the absolute pleasure of receiving a letter from Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School System, Barroness Berridge of the Vale of Catmose!
In the letter the Baroness thanked us for our response to the lockdown following the Covid-19 outbreak. Most satisfying is the specific nature of the recognition; in the letter, which can be found on the link at the bottom of the article, Baroness Berridge commends our online learning platform which has seen hundreds of thousands of student attendance in the past 3 months, you can click here to see our celebratory videos and virtual learning statistics. The Baroness also praised the support we gave to our most vulnerable students, to ensure they have the technology required to access our online platform. There is also a mention for our innovative and comprehensive solution to supporting year 6 children with transition to our schools with our virtual tour and inductions.
The reason we have worked tirelessly during this period is because as Invictus Value One states: Every day, in every way, our students come first, but we do welcome recognition, especially from such a key figure in education.
We certainly feel the praise is well deserved for everyone within the Invictus community, our teachers, support staff, parents, carers and of course students. We are all passionate to continue working collaboratively and effectively in the coming months as we hopefully return to a situation a little more familiar!
Invictus Vision, Mission and Values – Our Culture
What a fantastic start to our Invictus Challenge! Don’t forget to log your walk, run or cycles. Over 170 miles tracked so far….
Terrell Bennett in Year 11 has launched a website for his powerful and moving poems and thoughts (terrell9585.jimdofree.com). You will find his original lockdown poem included on the site. Well done Terrell!
Dear Parents/Carers of Year 10 Students
We very much look forward to welcoming Year 10 students back into school from Monday 15th June. Please see the video to understand how the school will operate.
If you have not received an individual student timetable please let us know by e-mailing the office.
Visit the website below to find out more information on the writing competition
I hope that you guys are well and are staying safe.
This Friday marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day. VE Day marked the end of fighting in Europe during the Second World War – which had lasted nearly 6 years. On 7th May 1945, Winston Churchill made an announcement on the radio that Germany had officially surrendered and he announced that as of the next day, the 8th May, this would be a national (bank) holiday in Britain. People held parties, danced and sang in the streets. Huge crowds gathered in London, both on Whitehall to hear Churchill speak and outside Buckingham Palace where King George VI and the Royal Family appeared on the balcony.
Over the years people have celebrated and remembered this event in many different ways. Miss Read (History teacher at Crestwood) and I have been talking and think that it would be great if you guys could also celebrate this day- we certainly will (albeit in a safe, socially distanced way).
This year I have planned a VE day picnic in my garden and have made a window display out of paper poppies and soldiers. I even attempted to make some bunting using my sewing machine!
We have put together some information on the history of WW2 and VE Day and also some ideas of what you, your family and people at home can be doing/creating/watching/writing/baking/growing to commemorate this event.
Staff have also shared their ideas of VE Day activities and what they’ll be doing on Friday!
All of the History department are planning to have picnics in the garden with their families:
Miss Shelton has been making bunting. You can download instructions from:
Mr Weatherhogg has already created his window display. He has included bunting and pictures that he has downloaded from the internet.
Miss Davies is planning a picnic and video calls with her family. She is also planning to observe the 2 minutes silence from her front door.
There are so many things for you to try at home! Why not have a go and send us your creations and ideas?? We would love to create something from them! Staff will also be sharing their finished products. Feel free to upload any pictures to our Facebook page.
Enjoy VE Day and take care.