Over the past fortnight, we have been working together to demonstrate our CHARACTER value of RESPECT. As we are all well aware, respect can only be shown through the actions that we take. We expect students to show respect at all times through allowing each other to learn, wearing uniform with pride and treating the physical environment with care. It is vital that every individual plays their part in looking after our school and they should not be afraid to raise concerns with staff about anyone not upholding our values and expectations. I would like to thank our students, parents and carers for working with us to uphold the reputation of the school through insisting that students take responsibility for themselves when wearing their school uniform. As students walk or cycle both to and from school, they are representatives of the school and therefore I expect them to present themselves appropriately to observers and conduct themselves positively.
Follow the 3 R’s: respect for self, respect for others and responsibility for all your actions
On the note of walking to and from school, I would like to express my concern regarding safety outside of the school. Many parents/carers drop children off in Long Lane which becomes highly congested at 8.10am-8.30am and 3.00pm-3.15pm. I would appeal to parents/carers not to pull up on the pavement just past the corner of Knowsley Road on Long Lane, nor carry out a U-turn at the junction with Longleat Drive. Over the past term I have witnessed many close encounters between vehicles and young people. Although we are working hard to encourage all students to use the pedestrian crossing on Long Lane opposite the middle gate, we still need the support of parents, carers and the community to secure their safety. The Sixth Form council has delivered a presentation this week in each of the house assemblies focussing on the key safety issues affecting our students as pedestrians and as cyclists. In addition, I have recently engaged West Berkshire Council to identify further measures that might be taken to improve child and adult safety which I will report on as the term progresses.
Students at Denefield continue to celebrate our 40th birthday year through our Acts of Kindness, which can be followed on our school website. Over the next two weeks, as we approach our termly charity week, students will participate in activities to spread kindness through the school community, including writing messages of appreciation to friends, family and teachers. They will also have the opportunity to send a Valentine’s message in return for a donation to the house charities. The Valentine’s messages will be delivered to the lucky recipients by our team of student ambassadors during the last week of this term.
Finally I would like to invite all parents and carers to our Parents’ Forum event on Tuesday 7 February from 7.00pm to 8.00pm where members of my senior team will be on hand to share information and take feedback.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Dates for your diary:
Year 7 & 8 parent/carer book check 30 January – 3 February 2017
Year 9 History visit to Ypres 3 February 2017
Charity week 6 – 10 February 2017
Year 11 PPE results 10 February 2017
Miss L A Dawe