Another busy fortnight has passed. Year 9 were invited to consider participating in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme following their assembly. The D of E is another way that young people can build their CHARACTER, helping them to foster a number of skills and attributes which will give them good grounding for their future. On the theme of CHARACTER, but through a slightly different skill application, Denefield hosted its second annual ‘Bake Off’ heats during the week of 26 September. There were many magnificent entries, not only pleasing to the eye, but Mary and Paul (aka our Heads of House) certainly enjoyed the taste sensations that they experienced! The final took place this week and it was delightful to see and taste the fantastic 40th anniversary birthday cakes made by the seven talented bakers. Well done to all participants, a fabulous effort.
Another opportunity for students to further build CHARACTER is through applying for one of the many leadership roles outlined by Mr Boys in recent assemblies. Students may choose to apply to be a subject ambassador in an area where they feel they have a real love, they may opt to join the transition team (Year 7 only), the common room committee (Year 11 only), or take responsibility for the whole house on the House Council. In addition to these vitally important roles are the Sixth Form leadership roles who ultimately lead the School council. It was fantastic to see three girls and three boys in Year 12 ‘courageously’ present why they should be Head Girl or Head Boy for 2016/17 to students and staff. They demonstrated many of the CHARACTER values, showing ‘confidence’, ‘articulacy’ and without question, the ‘ambition’ to drive the school further forward as part of the student leadership body. Following this part of the process, they each led campaigns to further raise their own profiles with the rest of the students across the school. Each one of them now has the final interview on Monday 10 October when a decision will be made as to who will lead the Sixth Form leadership team for this academic year. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all six students for their commitment and effort to date and wish them all luck for the interviews. Well done all.
You will be aware from my previous blog, as a school community we are carrying out ‘Acts of Kindness’ each week to celebrate our 40th anniversary. During kindness week, students were ‘buddied up’ within their tutor groups and had to spend the week carrying out acts of kindness for their buddy. Helping them with extended learning, being a listening ear, carrying their bags for them were just some of the kind acts carried out. In many respects the week simply continued the kindness that we see every day from student to student. Over the next week as part of our acts of kindness, we are seeking book donations for the Royal Berkshire hospital book trolley. As in previous weeks there will be a donation station in front reception and all donations will be gratefully received.
On Friday 30 September, in line with the rest of the country, Denefield staff and Sixth Form students hosted our own Macmillan coffee morning, raising a combined total of £445. A fantastic achievement for a wonderful cause.
In drawing this second blog to its conclusion, may I take this opportunity to thank all parents and carers for their support in enabling us to further raise standards of uniform and behaviour. Our students continue to represent the school positively, both within and outside of school, but it is only possible through a collaborative network of consistent staff and supportive parents/carers who work in partnership with us.
Dates for your diary:
Peer mentoring conference 10 October 2016
Sixth Form Open Evening 13 October 2016
Parents’ Forum 18 October 2016
Miss L A Dawe