On Thursday 22 March, we held our second CHARACTER Awards Evening, where students across all year groups were invited to accept public recognition for their commitment to learning and their development of CHARACTER.
It is no secret that we live and work in a world where expected standards of performance are constantly being raised. The bar just gets higher and higher and what might previously have been more than good enough, sadly is no longer.
This blog is appropriately titled ‘Happiness’, not simply because the school community has just returned from the half term break refreshed and ready for hard work, but more in terms of the elation of what we have collectively achieved over the past three years.
It has been impossible to avoid the news of late, which has shone a light on the impact of social media on children. Although many would argue that social media has its place in society, others would state that it is a major contributor to mental health issues in young people.
Welcome to the first blog of 2018. I hope that the winter break enabled you to have a good rest and some time with the family before the excitement and anticipation of the New Year.
Not everyone is a fan of New Year, but I, like many I am sure, see it as an opportunity to review the decisions made the year before, aiming to repeat what went well and learn from where things didn’t quite go as planned!
As the term draws to a close there is a great deal to celebrate and look forward to.
The final week of term is always special, as Heads of House prepare for the celebration assemblies and reward the students for their commitment to school, primarily but not exclusively focussing on how they demonstrate the good CHARACTER that we expect at Denefield.
The CHARACTER values that we adhere to at Denefield are, as you know, as important to us as academic qualifications. Our aim is that all of our students leave the school as confident, happy, articulate, resilient, ambitious, courageous, tolerant, empathetic and respectful individuals.
On return to school after the autumn break, the Year 7, Year 9 and Year 11 boys rugby teams once again found themselves competing in the league finals, a real achievement to have even made it this far.
As we reach the end of the first term there is much to report on.
Another two weeks have passed and the atmosphere within the school continues to be one of mutual respect and focussed learning.