Welcome to the first blog of this half term. I hope that you enjoyed the recent bank holiday and, prior to that, the Easter break.
In spite of the fact that students have only been at school for eight school days, lots of exciting things have happened. On the sporting front, I am delighted to announce that three boys’ football teams from Year 7, Year 9 and Year 11, courageously fought their way to a place in the schools’ finals over the last two weeks. The fantastic talent was there to see and was simply testament to the hard work and commitment shown by both students and our PE staff. Many parents/carers joined us to watch the games, anxious about the outcome yet proud of the achievement thus far. Our Year 7 boys semi-final and final took place at Denefield on 25 April and featured Little Heath, Maiden Erlegh Reading and Prospect. In the semi-final Denefield took on Little Heath and, after a well contested match, came away as 1-0 winners, giving them a place in the final against Maiden Erlegh Reading. The final was very tight for most of the game, but two great goals from Denefield secured a 2-0 victory in what was an intense match played with great team spirit. Well done boys and thank you to Mr Gibbs who has trained and coached them throughout the season.
On Tuesday 2 May it was Year 9 who had to compete for the league title against Prospect and playing at the Ibis meant that no team was on home turf! After a very tight first half Denefield began to demonstrate how team work and communication can make the difference and went on to claim the title with a 4-1 victory. A fabulous performance and well done to all players and their coach Mr Fuller.
Finally, on Thursday 4 May it was time for the U16 team to show their ability against John Madejski Academy which was an absolute thriller, end to end action throughout, concluding with the score 4-4 at full time. Extra time loomed and was played as competitively as the rest of the game, however a late goal stole the victory for JMA. Well done to the entire squad and to Mr Webster for coaching them all season.
We are not a team because we work together. We are a team because we respect, trust and care for each other.
Many of you will remember that at this time of year, Year 5 parents/carers are starting to think about which secondary school might be the most appropriate for their child. You may recall a visit from us at your child’s primary school, or you visiting us to hear about the many different opportunities available at Denefield which, we hope, supported you in making the right decision for your child. Over the last couple of weeks, senior staff and our Year 7 transition team, have been leading our annual roadshows at Downsway, Long Lane and Westwood Farm Juniors as well as here at Denefield. Some of you may have been present to hear how well the students on the transition team articulated themselves. The courage and confidence demonstrated as they addressed each audience was fabulous and demonstrated how our CHARACTER values are indeed the bedrock of success for every child at the school. Well done to all and my thanks to Mrs Jackson for working with the team to enable them to present as well as they have.
What good are wings without the courage to fly?
As we continue to celebrate our 40th year, students were given a 40th birthday badge to wear on their jumpers or polo shirts throughout the summer term and beyond. As students worked together to make 40th birthday cakes and birthday bunting at the end of term house celebration in April, it was a real delight to witness how the family unit has developed through the success of vertical tutor groups. Our Act of Kindness this week has focussed on teacher appreciation week, where students have been encouraged to recognise a member of staff who has supported them so far during their time at Denefield. Next week, through our non-uniform day on Friday 12 May, we will be raising funds for Partner West Africa, a charity which aims to reduce child poverty and improve access to education for underprivileged children.
Dates for your diary:
Year 8 visit to Madrid 8 – 12 May 2017
Ghana/Partnership West Africa non-uniform day 12 May 2017
GCSE/GCE exams start 15 May 2017
7x Parents’ Evening 18 May 2017
DofE Silver Award practice expedition 19 – 21 May 2017
DofE Bronze Award practice expedition 20 – 21 May 2017
7y Parents’ Evening 25 May 2017
Miss L A Dawe