As the examination season draws to a close, the celebrations begin. Our Year 11, 12 and 13 students have been working extremely hard over the past few months and now all of them are looking forward to a restful summer break.
The fun for Year 11 began on Wednesday evening at the Prom. Again this year it was held at Trunkwell Mansion House, a beautiful venue, fit for the smartest of attire!
Once more, the students looked amazing. Many of them had been planning their outfits, transport and chosen travel companions for months and in some cases from very early on in their Denefield lives. I am sure, now it is over, they will look back and be pleased that it was worth all the effort. All of our students looked fabulous and as they ate ice cream and danced the night away following some formal presentations, it was a pleasure to be part of their final time together as a year group.
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened
With Year 11 and 13 as good as departed, the school has seemed a little more empty than usual, though this has assisted with the changes to catering provision since half term. As you will be aware, the contractors are currently working inside of the old canteen and therefore we have organised a temporary dining area in the Da Vinci space. I am very happy with the alternative arrangements and students have responded in their usual mature manner, with great flexibility, working with us to ensure service is efficient and that the dining area is respected.
The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists
The completion of the canteen is on schedule for just after we break up for the school holidays. Looking at the development so far, it is evident that students will really benefit next year from the increased space available. The Sixth Form will also be able to enjoy their own new ‘coffee shop style’ area next to the floor to ceiling windows. We are currently identifying suitable furniture as well as making considerations regarding the landscaping of the surrounding area. We hope to provide more extensive seating areas for students to eat outside at lunchtime as well as inside the canteen and we are therefore trying to raise sufficient funds for us to do this.
The Denefield Summer Fayre is fast approaching and many different activities and attractions have been confirmed. Our first Summer Fayre, we hope, will raise money, to support the internal and external canteen developments. Mrs Emerson has been busy organising the event, with the support of parents, staff and students. We can currently confirm that some of things to look forward to for a small fee are: the Rock and Roll gladiator joust, bungee run, bouncy castle, animal roadshow, ice cream van, BBQ, Pimms tent and so much more. As I said in my last blog, if you would like to get involved in any way at all, Mrs Emerson would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please try and make the time to join us for an hour or so on Friday 15 July anytime between 5.00pm - 8.00pm.
As we move closer to a new academic year it is time to start preparations to ensure a positive return for all after the holidays. May I take this opportunity to highlight our expectations regarding uniform from September so that the entire community is aware. Please be aware of key information from our uniform policy:
Plain black, full length to cover ankles, suitable for business wear.
Jeans, flares, tight trousers or leggings are not allowed: see the school website for acceptable examples.
Denefield tartan skirt, no more than 8cm above or below the knee: this is the only acceptable school skirt.
Plain black with minimal decoration, firm-soled and water resistant. Heels should be of a sensible height to ensure safety when moving around the school. Doctors have recommended no more than 4cm.
Boots, including ankle boots (eg Kicker boots or any other brand), are not allowed. Trainers, trainer-like shoes, pumps and other casual footwear are also not acceptable uniform.
An outdoor coat in a plain, medium to dark colour would be most appropriate. ‘Hoodies’, denim, leather or fur jackets are not acceptable as an alternative to a coat and must not be worn to school.
Please ensure that when making new purchases, you take note of the uniform list as students will be challenged and sanctioned should they not conform. I would like to thank you all for supporting us to secure the highest possible standards of appearance for all.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much
Finally, I would like to extend an invitation to all parents/carers to our Da Vinci exhibition which takes place on 28 June 2016 from 6.00pm. At this event, for those of you that have not attended before, you will be exposed to the high quality art, photography and design and technology work produced at Post-16 level over the past academic year. It really is a treat and an opportunity to appreciate the extensive talent that we have here at Denefield School.
The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without the work
Dates for your diary:
Year 8 Moselle Valley visit 20-24 June 2016
Year 11 Prom 22 June 2016
Sixth Form Summer Ball 24 June 2016
German Exchange to Augsburg, Bavaria 27 June – 4 July 2016
Da Vinci Exhibition 28 June 2016
Year 10 Parents’ Evening 30 June 2016
Denefield School Race for Life and non-uniform day 1 July 2016
KS3 Awards 7 July 2016
Character Week and Year 7 visit to Crickhowell 11-15 July 2016
Denefield School Summer Fayre ‘CHANGE OF DATE’ 15 July 5.00pm-8.00pm
Uniform Sales Event 18 July 2016 4.00-7.00pm
Year 6 Induction Evening 18 July 2016 7.00pm
Miss L A Dawe
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