The final blog of this term concludes yet another busy school period.
Last week, our Year 11 GCSE Art students completed their PPEs (pre-public examinations). I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate students on the quality of the work that was produced, no surprise considering the high levels of engagement and commitment witnessed from all over the two days. Hard work and preparation is the key to success and I advise all Year 11, 12 and 13 students to ensure that their revision programmes are fully in place over the winter break. It is important that they enjoy the rest and build in time to relax, but that they are in a strong position to be able to maximise their success in their PPEs in January.
‘Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.’
Many of you will have joined us for our first ever German Christmas Market and Carols on Wednesday 2 December. The evening for me demonstrated a true community spirit, encapsulating the type of school that I wish to lead. Many of our local neighbours attended. They enjoyed a mince pie with us, toured the new building and engaged in conversation with our students and staff. Many have been kind enough to write to me to compliment the staff and students, particularly noting the great CHARACTER shown by our students. I very much look forward to welcoming all visitors back in the near future; I would like to thank everyone for their valuable contributions and I am very much looking forward to planning the next community event.
‘Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.’
On Thursday 10 December our annual presentation evening took place. It is always a great pleasure to welcome back past students to congratulate them on their exam successes and to catch up with how their lives have progressed since leaving us. We were delighted that Alok Sharma, MP for Reading West, accepted our invitation to be our guest speaker at such a busy time for parliament. His address was motivational and encouraging, recognising that young people in today’s education system are having to work harder as the examinations become more and more challenging. He stated that the focus of an individual, their determination and the support that they have around them (parents/carers and teachers) are what will make the difference between success and disappointment.
‘Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.’
Although we are very close to the end of term, there are still many exciting events taking place during the final week and some key assessments to prepare for at the beginning of the New Year.
Dates for your diary:
Christmas lunch in the canteen 16 December 2015
Headteacher’s Awards 17 December 2015
Festive Jumper Day 18 December 2015
House activities and celebration assemblies 18 December 2015
Year 12 and 13 PPEs 4-15 January 2016
Year 11 PPEs 18-22 January 2016
May I take this opportunity to wish all staff, students, parents, carers and our local community a very happy winter break and thank each and every one of you for your continued support of Denefield School. I have no doubt that with continued collaboration and through expecting the very best of one another, 2016 will be yet another successful year for all.
I shall look forward to welcoming all students back to school at 8.30am on Tuesday 5 January 2016.
Miss L A Dawe