Welcome back! I hope over the half term break students and their families were able to relax a little and spend some quality time with one another. We are now at the end of the first week and as I write this blog, we now have just over three weeks until the Easter break. This is a very short but extremely important term for all students and therefore we need to make it count.
The examination season is slowly creeping up on Year 11 and they will sit their GCSE Art examination on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 11 March, as well as their English Literature PPE on 21 March 2016. To support Year 11 students and parents/carers in this final phase of GCSE examination preparation, we are holding an assembly for all Year 11 students and an information evening for parents/carers on Tuesday 1 March 2016.
We all know that success doesn’t just happen. We recognise that it is a culmination of commitment, hard work and preparation that brings about achievement. Therefore focus and effort are both important.
There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs
I am definitely climbing those stairs at the moment as my preparation for the London marathon intensifies. My training schedule over the half term break was, at times, punishing and breaking the 17 mile mark with two months still to go feels like a real achievement, albeit a painful one! Drive and determination, confidence and courage will really be needed in these next couple of months if I am going to achieve this goal and personal ambition. As the Headteacher of this school, I hope that I can demonstrate to students through this challenge that if you focus on a goal, and you are determined enough, you can achieve it.
Success may not be easy, but it is simple. If you want it you’ll find a way, if you don’t, you’ll find an excuse
This seems an appropriate opportunity to extend my thanks to all parents and carers who have sponsored me. The funds are steadily building and the Samaritans are, no doubt very grateful for every pound raised. For anyone who hasn’t had the opportunity to donate yet, donations can be made at:
Alternatively if you would prefer to donate in any other way, please come in to main school reception where someone will be able to assist you.
As those of you who read the blog in January will be aware, I remain very much committed to raising the awareness of mental health in schools. My choice of charity for the London marathon is testament to this and I am pleased to report that I had a very productive meeting with a Samaritans school liaison representative last month. The Samaritans are keen to work more closely with schools to support young people, offering listening skills workshops, assembly presentations and extensive resources which offer opportunities for young people to talk more openly about their thoughts and feelings. These are all routes that I believe are necessary for us to pursue, so that we enable our students to reach both their academic and social potential.
Fostering a safe environment, where ideas are valued and individuals come together as teams contributes to the aim of enhancing social confidence and development. I was very pleased, therefore, to receive a proposal from our Sixth Form Leadership Team prior to half term requesting permission to coordinate a house pancake race competition, with the purpose of bringing our school community together. Every tutor group was encouraged to participate and the Sixth Form Student Team monitored the teams to make sure they were adhering to the rules throughout the week. Great fun was had by all, but more importantly, the sense of community and mutual respect achieved from all participants, highlighted the success of the event.
Never look down on someone, unless you are helping them up
I mentioned in my blog before half term, that the perimeter fence was being constructed and I am delighted that it has now been completed. The fence provides the school community with much greater security and looks very smart and in keeping with the rest of the school site.
Finally on premises, the canteen extension is now well under way and as my letter dated 29 January 2016 indicated, some of the areas that students are used to occupying at breaks and lunchtimes are no longer available due to the contractors’ work area. In response, we have altered the supervised area to ensure adequate movement around the site and we appreciate all students applying consideration, as they usually do for one another, particularly at this time.
Dates for your diary:
Year 11 exam preparation evening 1 March 2016
Year 11 GCSE Art examination 9 & 11 March 2016
Year 11 English Literature PPE 21 March 2016
KS4 awards evening 22 March 2016
Primary school Easter egg hunt 21-23 March 2016
Headteacher’s awards 23 March 2016
End of term 12 noon - 24 March 2016
Miss L A Dawe