The first two weeks of the summer term have passed and the examination season draws ever closer. My thanks to colleagues who ran additional support sessions for our students over the Easter break, which, from feedback, were well attended and appreciated. This is a highly pressured time for students and, therefore, it is vital that we take care to ensure that they remain calm and focussed so that they are able to reach their potential and beyond.
Anxiety isn’t something that goes away; it’s something you learn to control
I know from our Year 11 students that our recent purchase of GCSE pod has been a welcome addition to their revision programmes. Many students are logging on to podcasts for their specific subjects to study as they travel to and from school, while others are maximising their breaks and lunches in the Year 11 common room! To find out more please see our school website or go to: https://www.gcsepod.com/parents/
Every individual in this school community will have personal goals, some that are set for the short term and some for the longer term. In setting ourselves daily goals, weekly goals and goals that see us a little further into the future, we are all able to feel a sense of achievement.
Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner
As you will all be aware, the school community was in full support of my marathon bid on 24 March when we came together to acknowledge how to take care of ourselves more efficiently through hosting our Emotional wellbeing day. Students participated very effectively and were able to express thoughts and feelings in the security of their tutor rooms. It was fantastic to see the whole school embracing the charity fundraising through opting to donate at least £1.00 to support my chosen charity for the marathon, The Samaritans. Thanks to the efforts of the students and the contributions of parents/carers, I am able to report that we raised £1072.22. At the time of writing this, the total raised stands at just over £4000.00, well over my initial target of £3,000. This would not have been possible without your support so thank you to you all.
I can’t, but we can
The marathon is this Sunday and I think that I am as ready as I can be for something so challenging, one of the biggest physical challenges of my life to date. I have been offered great advice by many, the best though, to enjoy it and take it all in, which is what I shall do. When times get tough on the route, which they undoubtedly will, I will draw on the strength that I have inside and the thought of this community that has supported me on this journey.
Sometimes the strength within you is not a big fiery flame for all to see, it is just a tiny spark that whispers ever so softly ‘You got this. Keep going.’
The strength of character that we all have to show sometimes has really been evident from the work of our Year 7 Transition Team over the past fortnight. So far we have had the pleasure of visiting the parents/carers and Year 5 children of Downsway, Long Lane, Purley and Westwood Farm Schools to share with them what life is like at Denefield. It will not be long before these young people will be making decisions about their futures, setting in their own minds their personal goals and therefore it is important that wherever they choose to apply, that it is right for each of them as individuals. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Jackson and the Transition Team for their preparation and delivery at each of the Roadshows so far, with one remaining for all other primary schools at Denefield on Monday 25 April. It is not easy to stand up and present in the way that these students have done; they each showed great courage and confidence. The investment in the development of CHARACTER and the opportunities this offers is what will provide an advantage to our students as they make future choices.
Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you
I am certain that our U16 girls will not let fear get in their way when they take on Charters School in the Cup Final at Thatcham Town Football Club next week. Kick-off is at 4.00pm on 28 April and many staff and students will be there in full voice, so if you want to come and support the girls then please join us. Wishing you the very best of luck girls: we are all very proud of you for getting this far!
If you can dream it, you can do it
Dates for your diary:
Year 8 Parents’ Evening 5 May 2016
Year 7 Parents’ Evening Kentwood and Langley House 18 May 2016
Year 7 Parents’ Evening Sulham and Norcot House 19 May 2016
Miss L A Dawe