Welcome to my first blog of this academic year.
We are now at the end of our third week of term and I am delighted with the attitude and positivity of students as they begin a fresh year of learning. Our new Year 7s are now able to navigate their way successfully around the site and do so with great enthusiasm. I have already had the pleasure of awarding Headteacher’s handshakes to six students and look forward to celebrating success with many others.
Our students in other year groups have continued to demonstrate our CHARACTER values, with students actively demonstrating confidence in themselves by participating in class discussions and through attending extra-curricular sports trials, auditioning for the school show and so much more.
On top of our pleasing summer results which I recently shared in my correspondence with parents and carers, we received notification that 11 students across Years 7-10 secured MENSA membership, demonstrating in the test that they have IQs in the top 2%, and, in some cases top 1%, of the country. A further nine students didn’t quite make the threshold despite coming very close, but are keen to show their resilience and have another attempt next year. Well done to all on a fantastic achievement!
Following Mrs West’s letter to parents/carers and her assemblies to students, everyone will now be aware that this year is Denefield’s 40th birthday. To celebrate, we are carrying out 40 Acts of Kindness, one for every school week of the academic year to acknowledge Denefield’s milestone. Week 1 focussed on the whole school supporting our new Year 7 students, week 2 on donations of old school uniform and week 3 addressed the need to support hunger in our local community. Over the past week, Denefield families have been helping us to gather food items to donate to West Berks Foodbank which aims to provide three days nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. May I thank everyone who has contributed to this fantastic local cause. If anyone reading this blog can help further, please contact the school as we are happy to take any further donations.
As we enter week 4, our Act of Kindness focusses on ‘being kind’ and therefore we have aptly named it ‘Kindness Week’. I shall look forward to receiving nominations from colleagues for Headteacher’s handshakes to acknowledge where our students have demonstrated kindness to others and gone the extra mile.
I will report in future blogs on forthcoming Acts of Kindness.
Dates for your diary:
Denefield Bake Off Week 26-30 September 2016
Head Boy/Head Girl Campaign Week 26-30 September 2016
Year 10 Information Evening 29 September 2016 from 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Year 11 Parents’ Evening 6 October 2016
Miss L Dawe