As Headteacher, and like many of my colleagues, I am privileged to observe on a daily basis, how well students treat and work with one another. More success on the football field proves how ‘team work, makes the dream work’, as Denefield U14 boys triumphed 4-1 in the cup against Cox Green last Tuesday evening. Congratulations all!
More specifically, through the support network and ‘family’ ethos of the vertical tutor group, I hope that students feel there is always someone to turn to, whether a fellow student or an adult, someone who will always be ready to listen to their struggles, which in time each one of them may face.
One struggle that no child wants to experience is bullying, something that we take extremely seriously at school. As a school which bases its ethos on the CHARACTER values, I expect every individual without exception to treat others with respect.
Blowing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter.
Our School Council and House Council have sought to endorse our values and, as part of our work on anti-bullying last year, you may recall from my blog that a competition was launched to design a mural for our newly landscaped area outside of the school canteen. I am extremely excited to inform you that the mural is reaching completion and will be up for all to see just after half term. I would like to extend my thanks to our Sixth Form art students who have given up several hours to paint the enlarged design. Well done to you all. A photo of the mural will be available on the website shortly.
The title of this blog is ‘Tolerance’ and although this is a value that should be encouraged in young people, sometimes they have to be guided to notice when to ‘tolerate’ is not something they should do. Parents/carers of students in Year 10 and more recently Year 7, will have been given a flyer at Parents’ Evening which highlights the risks associated with online profiles. In the truly digital world in which we live, it is vital that we are all aware of how to appropriately share information and only talk to those that we actually know online. The guidance already shared at the Parents’ Evenings is available on our website by clicking the ‘Parents’ tab and scrolling down to ‘Keeping children safe online’. Here you will find guidance for a number of online apps as well as websites to support you in educating your child to keep safe when using social media. These help further reinforce the messages given to students in school through their CHARACTER sessions, tutor times and assemblies.
Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.
This blog opened with how pleased I am with the open culture at Denefield, where young people use the school systems to share worries, fears and concerns. However, it is our collective ambition to ensure that all young people feel that they can speak openly with someone in a time of need, so that their voice can be heard. This, therefore, makes our partnership with you, particularly on issues such as safety online, vital to their confidence and happiness.
With regards to collaborative working with you, I have in the past heard reports of some parents/carers raising their anxieties on Facebook, which I am sure you will agree is not conducive to ‘partnership’ working. I am always keen for parents/carers to communicate directly with us should any queries or concerns about any aspect of school life occur, so that we can resolve things promptly for you. I appreciate your continued support with this.
Finally as our Acts of Kindness continue, tutor groups will be saying a sad farewell to Year 11 over the next week, recognising their official school leaving date by giving them small gifts. Immediately after half term, our health and social students will be involved in providing afternoon tea for the elderly, so watch this space for how it went!
Dates for your diary
Year 5 MFL Experience Days 22 – 24 May 2017
7y Parents’ Evening 25 May 2017
Year 11 study leave begins 26 May 2017
Year 8, 9, & 10 Greece Sports Tour 31 May – 4 June 2017
Miss L A Dawe
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