Many of you will have joined us for our Christmas market and carols on 1 December. The evening for me, following on from the success of last year, further demonstrated a true community spirit, encapsulating the type of school that I remain proud to lead. Many of our local neighbours attended. They enjoyed a mince pie with us, sampled food from the Bavarian BBQ, admired the space in our new canteen and engaged in conversation with our students and staff. Many have been kind enough to write to me to compliment the staff and students, particularly noting the great CHARACTER shown by our students. I very much look forward to welcoming all visitors back in the near future; I would like to thank everyone for their valuable contributions and I am looking forward to planning the next community event.
On 7 December many of you will have attended the annual Christmas concert hosted by the music department. Following weeks of rehearsals, it is fair to say that the audience couldn’t help but get in to the Christmas spirit! We were treated to all of the old favourites, as students across all years performed as soloists, as part of the band or in the choir. It was clear to see the dedication of both staff and students to music at Denefield School and the exceptional talent we have here. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved, colleagues and students for such a fantastic evening.
For many years, the school has extended its links with many of the primary schools to offer them both academic and sporting opportunities which might differ from their usual experience. On 9 December Miss Murray and a team of colleagues welcomed over 40 Year 4, 5 and 6 students from four of our local primaries. The students had the opportunity to learn new concepts from the world of philosophy, modern foreign languages, art and science. The feedback received from colleagues suggests that the day was not only educational and supported learning, but that students enjoyed the activities immensely. We shall look forward to inviting our primary colleagues and their pupils back for our ‘Champion of Champions’ event in the new year.
Our final Act of Kindness for 2016 focussed students on giving to others, as each tutor group planned their own Secret Santa at minimal cost. Students took great enjoyment from this, feeding back that much of their pleasure came from seeing their fellow tutees’ joy when they were given their parcel, rather than waiting to receive their gifts themselves.
How you make others feel about themselves, says a lot about you
As this is my final blog of 2016, may I take this opportunity to wish all staff, students, parents, carers and our local community a very happy winter break and thank each and every one of you for your continued support of Denefield School. I have no doubt that with continued collaboration and through expecting the very best of one another, 2017 will be yet another successful year for all.
I shall look forward to welcoming all students back to school at 8.30am on Wednesday 4 January 2017.
Dates for your diary:
Headteacher’s Awards 15 December 2016 (Period 5)
Festive jumper day 16 December 2016
Students return to school 4 January 2017
Year 12 & 13 PPEs begin 5 January 2017
GCSE Course Information Evening 12 January 2017
Year 9 Parents’ Evening 19 January 2017
Miss L A Dawe