I write this blog following a very ‘happy’ week. Why has it been so happy? Well many of you will have experienced the same happiness if you came to see the school show, Fame, this week.
Year on year the drama and music departments combine to show off the talents of our students. Each time we are privileged to witness exceptional vocal range, acting prowess and dance ability with some individuals showcasing one of these creative characteristics, whilst others are equipped with them all.
The production this year was phenomenal, but to achieve performances of this quality takes months and months of organisation, commitment and drive. From when the auditions took place in October, I am sure all those involved thought March 2017 was a long way away. However, since the cast was selected there have been hours upon hours of rehearsals both after school and at weekends. The students involved are not only to be commended for their commitment to the show, and ultimately their fabulous performances, but also for their ability to juggle this with their studies.
I continue to emphasise the need for us to build CHARACTER in the students at Denefield and it is my belief that participating in activities outside the classroom such as this, supports the development of characteristics such as empathy, confidence, happiness, courage, resilience and respect for each other.
One of the most pleasing aspects of a school show is how students across all year groups come together. They work as a team, supporting and guiding one another to ensure that the performances are the very best that they can be, and they do this through applying the values. I am always delighted to see how new friendships are formed and how these continue to flourish long after the curtain has come down.
The great thing about new friends is that they bring new energy to your soul
I would like to extend my thanks particularly to Mr and Mrs Shaw for their commitment to the extensive rehearsal and performance schedule which, given the success of the show, I am sure they would agree was well worth it. Brilliant!
Thanks also go to our fantastic music staff Mrs Bridger, Mrs Idowu and Mrs Williams as well as the art teachers and staff for all their hard work with the set. A real team effort!
There were many smiles from both staff and students on Thursday 2 March for World Book Day, as staff dressed up as characters from books to promote the love of reading. My thanks to all colleagues who participated in this event. Well done!
Our Acts of Kindness for the next two weeks will continue to spread happiness in the local community. Next week we will be collecting donations of toiletries for Berkshire Women’s Aid which provides safe emergency accommodation for women and children. In the following week, a group of our students will be performing songs for seniors at a local residential care home. I am sure that will put a smile on many a face.
Dates for your diary:
Careers’ Day (all years) 7 March 2017
CCF Field Day at Pangbourne College 9 March 2017
Year 8 Paris visit 13 -17 March 2017
Year 10 Parents’ Evening 23 March 2017
Miss L A Dawe