Welcome to my first blog of 2016 in which I would like to begin by wishing everyone a very happy and healthy new year.
When thinking about the year ahead, I found a short quote, which for me summarised the opportunities that exist for us all:
‘365 new days, 365 new chances’
The end of last term was packed full of celebration, which is an important aspect of school life. Young people at Denefield work hard each day and it is vital that they get the recognition they truly deserve at regular formal events. At the end of last term alone we held a Headteacher’s handshake tea, the Headteacher’s Awards and our end of term celebration assemblies. Well done to Norcot House for winning both the attendance and House point trophies.
At my second Headteacher’s handshake tea, I had the pleasure of entertaining six students from a range of year groups. Chocolate cake at the request of the group was once again on the menu, along with hot chocolate, juice and festive biscuits. There were lots of happy faces as the tea progressed and no doubt very full stomachs by the end! I relish the opportunity to talk to the students about ‘life outside of the school gates’ and really begin to understand what engages them, the experiences that they have had and the common interests they share regardless of their age.
Life is not a competition. Life is about helping and inspiring others so we can each reach our potential
As is our common practice, the Headteacher’s Awards, which occur three times a year, took place on the penultimate day of term. Students are nominated for a Headteacher’s Award by their House teams and may be awarded for showing great CHARACTER, outstanding engagement and hard work, contribution to the school community, or any other deserving reason. Another first for me, this event was held in our newly refurbished library and 28 students joined me and colleagues from the House teams to celebrate their respective achievements this year so far. I would further like to congratulate each individual and thank them all for their contribution to this school. It is hard work, ambition and determination that brings about success, and these students are good examples of this.
A river cuts through a rock, not because of its power, but its persistence
I mentioned in my blog at the end of term how engaging Alok Sharma was at our annual Presentation Evening. Following the event, I was pleased to see that Alok had published on his website his own views of the evening which were very complimentary to the school and most importantly to the students who received awards on the evening. He was particularly impressed by the address given by our Deputy Head Girl Kate McKim who promoted ‘CoGen’ a student led social enterprise company that has been set up to raise awareness of the widespread issue of child sexual exploitation.
If you haven’t had the chance to read Alok’s review, please go to:
www.Aloksharma.co.uk and you can find the review in the ‘news’ drop down menu.
The PPE (pre-public) examinations are now taking place for students in Years 11, 12 and 13. We hope that the preparation by students and staff in recent months will result in positive outcomes for all. PPE examinations are a good benchmark for students to assess successes to date and further improvements that need to be made in advance of the formal external summer examinations.
I would like to wish all students the very best of luck over the next fortnight.
Finally, it is with pleasure that I can report Denefield students raised over £1,000 in December, £723.51 at the German Christmas market and £375 on the last day at the bauble challenge. Thank you and congratulations to all.
Dates for your diary:
Year 12 and 13 PPEs 4-15 January 2016
KS4 Information Evening (Year 9) 14 January 2016
Year 9 Parents’ Evening 21 January 2016
Year 11 PPEs 18-22 January 2016
Miss L A Dawe