Over the past fortnight we have been celebrating our CHARACTER value of ambition which, as we know, can mean different outcomes for all of us. However, the drive, determination and commitment needed to achieve our unique goal is the same.
It is interesting talking to students about their own ambitions and what they feel is needed to get them there. Some want to play professional football, others want to go to university, some look forward to travel, whilst many focus on earning a lot of money! One thing is clear, however; regardless of their end point, they all articulate that in order to achieve their ambition, they will need to work hard.
As adults, we know there is no substitute for hard work and success doesn’t just happen. We have seen first-hand with our own Denefield students that there is a clear link between young people using their time effectively and their results at GCSE/Post 16 studies.
We live and work in a world where standards are constantly being raised and where what was previously more than good enough is no longer. Young people today have to work that much harder than the cohort before and this is not likely to change given the current climate.
If you want something you never had, you have to do something that you’ve never done
It is not unusual for students to find focussing on their ambition difficult, as many are unsure of what educational route they need to take towards their chosen career. This is often because they are unclear what they want to do. As a school, we try to guide them and provide opportunities for them to explore what is out there, hoping to inspire them and give them further focus for their futures.
You will know that on 7 March we held our first ever Careers Day, during which students across all years were able to explore with volunteers how they might access particular job routes. We hope that this gave our students the chance to reflect on the exciting futures that are out there for them, and trust that they know whichever option they eventually choose, it will be hard work.
As part of our Acts of Kindness, our Sixth Form leadership team will be hosting a pop up café in the Sixth Form common room during Year 10 Parents’ Evening. They will be serving hot drinks and cakes to raise money for the house charities, so do bring along some loose change when you attend. The week beginning 27 March will be compliments week. We will be encouraging students and staff to pay one another compliments and we will be recognising many of the unsung heroes of our student body at our inaugural CHARACTER Awards Evening. We would love parents/carers to be involved too, so please do let us know, via email, if you have a compliment you would like to pay. We would be delighted to hear about the positive experiences you are having with the school.
Dates for your diary:
Year 10 Parents’ Evening 23 March 2017
Character Awards 30 March 2017
German Exchange - students and teachers arrive at Denefield 31 March 2017 Headteacher’s Awards 6 April 2017, Period 5 House Celebration Assemblies 7 April 2017
Miss L A Dawe