The term is now in full flow and I hope that as you logged on to read this blog, you were impressed with the work that has been taking place to develop our new school website.
Over the past two weeks, I have tasked staff and students with demonstrating ‘confidence’, so that the CHARACTER values that form the basis of our ethos, begin to embed themselves in school life. Staff are required to nominate fellow colleagues who they believe are instilling confidence in young people, as well as nominating individual students for a Headteacher’s handshake, where confidence has been seen.
Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend that you do and, at some point you will
On Wednesday 24 February the music and drama departments combined to host our annual production, which this year enabled a large number of students to showcase their talents as they sang a song from a musical. The evening was very well attended by parents, carers, relatives, friends and many members of our school community and what a treat it was! The talent on display during the evening was astounding and watching students from Year 7 right through to Year 13 share the stage continued to emphasise for me the sense of community that we are building at Denefield. I was personally impressed with the confidence demonstrated by the entire cast and how brave they all were performing on stage; in response I have awarded a ‘Headteacher’s handshake’ to each of them. I would like to publicly thank Mr Shaw for his excellent organisation and for providing the young people with this opportunity.
In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take
As you will all know, the marathon looms ever closer and my training continues. No training session is easy, but at least the days are getting longer and I will soon be able to run in the evenings after work. I remain motivated, particularly when I receive so much support. The Sixth Form leadership team has been key in supporting me raise additional funds through their organisation of a quiz night on Thursday 3 March, where teams of staff and Sixth Form students competed for the ultimate prize! As I say though, participation is what counts! Thank you to all who attended and in particular our Sixth Form chief organisers! We raised £197 for the Samaritans which all goes to the final total and £3,000 minimum target!
Students have been observing small changes to the canteen area as our contractors Knowles and Son continue to progress the project. To enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of the timeline for the extension and what students should expect on completion, Mr Boys and Mrs Doctor (Finance & Business Director) held assemblies a couple of weeks ago. Students have now been asked to contribute to internal design ideas so that they feel some degree of involvement in the development of the canteen. We hope that they will, through their tutors and their house council, take advantage of this.
Don’t just be another brick in the wall
The GCSE Art examination took place this week and I would like to congratulate our Year 11 artists for their exemplary attitude and focus over what I am sure was an anxious and challenging two days for them. I am sure that the preparation and commitment over the past few months has paid off. Those who haven’t been involved in the recent examination will be planning their time currently to ensure that they are consolidating their learning to achieve well in their GCSEs.
Don’t count the days. Make the days count
Year 8 needed to demonstrate both commitment and confidence, the titles of my recent two blogs, when they experienced the bridge construction workshops on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 March. We were delighted to welcome a civil engineering company in to school, to work with students to open their eyes to the careers that the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects might offer. The Year 8 students reported that the experience was valuable and that they would happily entertain the chance to participate in activities like these again. My thanks to the students for their impeccable attitudes to the sessions and to Miss Stewart who organised the event.
Dates for your diary:
British Science and Engineering week 14-18 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 - non uniform day 12.00pm Thursday 24 March 2016
Miss L A Dawe