The final three weeks of this term have been a busy time with numerous events taking place.
The examination season in now under way, with Year 11 students already having completed their GCSE Art final pieces. All 44 students demonstrated great resilience to produce some fabulous work which I am sure will see them achieve their potential when grades are awarded. As well as this, Year 11 have also just completed their English Literature PPE and, immediately after Easter, the MFL orals will take place. It is, without doubt, a highly pressured time for all students who are taking examinations this summer with the increased difficulty of courses. Now, more than ever, students at Denefield need to stay strong and not give up. If they work hard, the results will come, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be times when they feel they can’t get there.
A famous Nelson Mandela quote reminds us all of how it is important to keep going when things are particularly difficult. He said:
‘Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.’
On Thursday 30 March, we held our very first CHARACTER awards ceremony, where students across all year groups were invited to accept public recognition for their commitment to learning and their development of CHARACTER. I was delighted to see so many students receiving awards and how proud parents/carers and staff were in recognising the success of each individual. Our values are extremely important to us and fundamental to enabling young people to fulfil their future goals and ambitions. I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to every student who attended but also to those who unfortunately couldn’t make it on the evening. We are all very proud of you, as you should be of yourselves.
Work hard in silence. Let success be your noise.
During this last week, we have had the pleasure of welcoming students from our German exchange partner school. A number of activities were planned and enjoyed by both students and staff and I am sure that Denefield students will look forward to their return visit to Augsburg in July. My thanks to all staff involved.
A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
Yesterday, I was able to celebrate once more with 28 students across all seven years, who had been nominated by their house teams for a Headteacher’s Award. Many received awards for demonstrating our CHARACTER values, which are becoming integral to our daily lives in school. I always enjoy spending time with students at the Headteacher’s Awards. Praising young people for getting it right day in day out is vitally important, and I would like to further congratulate these individuals for being super ambassadors for this school community. They all deserve the plaudits and I thank them for their excellent contribution to the growth of Denefield.
Throughout this week Mrs Shaw and Miss Molyneux, along with our student ambassadors, have hosted the Primary School Easter egg hunt for the third year running, following last year’s positive feedback from participants. We were delighted to welcome students and staff from Long Lane, Purley Infants and Westwood Farm schools and I hope that each and every one of them enjoyed their time with us. Well done to all of our ambassadors who I know spent a significant amount of time preparing for the event. The community spirit that these young people generate is commendable. Thank you.
One final note on uniform. May I thank parents and carers for maintaining the high standard of uniform that we expect. School shoes, appropriate length skirts, smart trousers (not skinny) and the use of rucksacks, not handbags, all help to maintain the business-like focus and positive image of the school. Please be reminded that tutors complete daily checks and that sanctions will be applied for non-conformists. We believe our insistence on a high standard of uniform is the foundation for all else, so please support us in this.
May I wish you all a very happy and safe Easter holiday and I shall look forward to welcoming students back for the summer term on Tuesday 25 April. Enjoy!
Dates for your diary:
Students return to school 25 April 2017
Year 8y Parents’ Evening 27 April 2017
Year 8x Parents’ Evening 4 May 2017
Year 10 Combined Cadet Force Field Day 4 May 2017
DofE Silver Award practice expedition 5 – 7 May 2017
Year 8 MFL visit to Madrid 8 – 12 May 2017
GCSE/GCE exams start 15 May 2017
Miss L A Dawe