Another two weeks have passed and the atmosphere within the school continues to be one of mutual respect and focussed learning.
As parents/carers will know, as part of our ambition to develop rounded individuals at the school we offer extensive extra-curricular opportunities for young people. At this time of year we invite students to apply for one of the many leadership roles: from joining the transition team to work with the primary schools; having their say on their House Council; or choosing to be a subject or CHARACTER ambassador. These roles give students the chance to develop their skills as leaders and give something back to the school community.
Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence
The most prestigious of all leadership opportunities at Denefield are those open to the Sixth Form, and over the past fortnight, applications have come in for the roles of Head Boy and Head Girl. The five applicants have been running their campaigns, generating interest from staff and students, and during the course of this week, they have shared their vision for the school with students in Years 7-11 through the house assemblies. It was fantastic to see all of our applicants ‘courageously’ present why they should be Head Girl or Head Boy to students and staff. They demonstrated many of the CHARACTER values, showing ‘confidence’, ‘articulacy’ and, without question, the ‘ambition’ to drive the school further forward as part of the student leadership body. The interviews will take place next week; in my next blog I will report who our successful candidates are, but may I take this opportunity to congratulate all of them on their efforts to date.
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try
Celebration is very much part of the school’s culture and students enjoy being rewarded for their achievements. Over the past four weeks I have been privileged enough to meet with many young people to reward them with their first Headteacher’s handshake of the term. The handshakes are awarded for outstanding commitment to learning, positive contributions in class, good performance over time or by demonstrating one or more of the CHARACTER values, to name a few. For every two handshakes students are invited to tea and cake with me, where they experience me waiting on them for 20 minutes during their afternoon tutor time! I very much look forward to the first tea of this term before the October holiday!
Dates for your diary:
World Mental Health Day 10 October 2017
CHARACTER Session ‘Courage’ - Focus on Black History month 11 October 2017 - Period 1
Year 11 Parents’ Evening 12 October 2017
Parents’ Forum 17 October 2017 7.00pm-8.00pm
Year 7 visit to Windsor 17/18 October 2017
Year 8 Berkshire Rugby Festival 19 October 2017
KS4 & KS5 Art and photography visit to Florence departs 20 October 2017
INSET day 20 October 2017
Mrs L Hillyard