Chapel was full at break time on the last full day of term to watch live coverage of the launch of Major Tim Peake in the Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station.**

After half an hour of fascinating insights and explanations from Professor Brian Cox and Chris Hadfield, an American astronaut, the school counted down alongside thousands of others across the country and watched as he safely lifted off to space. Space-themed biscuits baked by the Science Department were given out as the pupils left, slightly late but buzzing, to go to their next lesson.

**The Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft carrying the crew of Timothy Peake, Yuri Malenchenko and Timothy Kopra blasted off to the International Space Station (ISS) today, 15th December.  Tim Peake will be the first 100% British professional astronaut to leave the Earth. The 43-year-old from Chichester, West Sussex lifted off at 11.03am (GMT) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan alongside Nasa astronaut Tim Kopra and Russian commander Yuri Malenchenko, the other two crew members manning the Principia mission.