Respect permeates all aspects of life and shows itself in many different ways. Respect is one of our CHARACTER values and to me is the most important value to carry through life.
There was great respect demonstrated for the fantastic work at our annual Da Vinci exhibition, held at school on Tuesday 27 June. I hope that you were able to join us but, if you missed the exhibition, it is fair to say that there were many worthy winners possible from the work displayed across the art, design and technology curriculum area. It is evident from the number of students who choose to study these subjects that we have a fabulous team of staff who really do bring out the best in the young people they work with. My thanks to all those who attended, the students who confidently and proudly presented their work, parents/carers for their continued support of the school, and to my colleagues who made this all happen.
Your energy introduces you before you speak.
One way in which Denefield and its local community shows respect to those that have battled, are continuing to battle or have lost battles with cancer, is to host our own Race for Life. As I hope you will be aware, today we held the event for the second year running. Over 400 students took part from Denefield with 50 staff, as well as over 100 students from our local primary schools who completed the 5K route on Friday 23 June. Together they raised money for Cancer Research UK by running, walking or dancing their way round the course; a total of over £11,000 has been raised, with which we are absolutely thrilled. A huge congratulations and thank you must go to Mrs West, Deputy Head, for her fabulous organisation once again this year. Thanks must also go to the PE department for marking out the course and to Waitrose and Harrisons for supplying us with bottled water at no cost. I have no doubt that, with the continued success of this event and our partnerships, this will now be an annual fixture for the school and its community.
Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting.
Whilst the excitement builds for Year 8 and Year 9 students who are about to embark on our second CHARACTER week, for Year 7 the annual visit to Crickhowell is approaching. With canoeing, abseiling, rock climbing, bush tucker trials, hill walking and camp fires to look forward to, I have no doubt that students will return full of CHARACTER, having enhanced their self-confidence. I shall very much look forward to my visit on Thursday 13 July to see how they have settled, participate in some activities with them and observe their personal development. Year on year the trip encourages the formation of new friendships which transfer back in to the school environment, fostering great positivity.
The great thing about new friends is they bring new energy to your soul.
The Year 7 students attending the Crickhowell visit will not be the only students sleeping under canvas during Character Week. Students who are not going to Wales will also have the opportunity to experience a night under the stars in the grounds of Denefield, as they too learn the key skills of confidence, courage and resilience as they pitch tents, eat camp food and enjoy some entertainment with staff and fellow students.
As our Acts of Kindness for 2016/17 begin to draw to a close, the next fortnight will see student ambassadors hosting a nursery sports day, whilst plans will also be made to entertain our local community as the school year concludes.
Dates for your diary:
Year 12 Induction week 3 & 4 July 2017
German Exchange returns 3 July 2017
DofE Silver Award assessed expedition returns 3 July 2017
Sports Day field events 4 July 2017
Year 11 Prom at Trunkwell House 6 July 2017
DofE Bronze Award assessed expedition 8-9 July 2017
Character Week/Year 7 visit to Crickhowell 10-14 July 2017
Sports Day track finals 18 July 2017
Miss L A Dawe