As we reach the end of the first term there is much to report on.
In my last blog I referred to the successful assemblies and campaigns that had taken place for the prestigious role of Head Boy and Head Girl. Following a lengthy interview process on Thursday 10 October, I am delighted to inform you that Joshua Verroken and Naomi Paxford were the two successful candidates, with Harry North and Lucy Maggs being appointed as Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl respectively. Congratulations to them and thank you to all candidates for showing both the courage and ambition to put yourselves forward.
Great people do things before they are ready
Unfortunately, the success of the girls U16 football team didn’t make my last blog; however, on Thursday 5 October the girls were faced with two games to claim the league title. At home to Prospect and Little Heath their strong record was something that they wanted to retain and so the pressure was on. Our girls played Prospect in the first game and secured a hard fought 2-2 draw. It was now down to the last game to win the league. Little Heath scored a fabulous goal very early on and we battled hard to make a breakthrough. Midway through the game we found the equaliser and the contest continued. With eight minutes to play we found the net again, setting up a tense final few minutes of end-to-end play and some great defending from our girls. They held on to win the game 2-1 and ultimately win the league. Congratulations to the entire squad who all played their part and to the PE staff for their continued belief and encouragement.
On Wednesday 12 October we held our first CHARACTER session of this academic year. Students worked in tutor groups to explore the idea of courage, focusing on case studies from Black History and the LGBTQ Community. This was a thought provoking session and the ‘webs of courage’ produced show that students engaged well with this.
After school on the same day we held the final of our Great Denefield Bake Off. The eight finalists were challenged to bake and decorate a cake incorporating one or more of our CHARACTER values. All of the finalists rose to this challenge, producing delicious and beautifully decorated cakes. The winner with her ‘RESPECT’ chocolate and avocado vegan cake was Grace Hagerty while Jack Willis and Connie Linning-Innes were highly commended for their ‘HAPPY’ Jaffa orange brownies and ‘AMBITIOUS’ mountain of success cake. Well done to everyone for having the courage and resilience to take part.
On Monday 16 October our Year 12 students participated in ‘Re-start a Heart’ training. In the session they were taught how to administer CPR and were given the opportunity to practise using the resuscitation dummies. The level of engagement was praised by our visitors and we are very proud that our students will now be in a position to help save a life, should they ever find themselves in this situation.
Help people even when you know they can’t help you back
On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, Year 7 visited Windsor as part of their geography field work and Year 8 boys participated in the Berkshire Rugby Festival. Feedback from staff who led the visits was that our students conducted themselves very positively and members of the public commented as such. I say to students continually, attitude is everything and, therefore, when the Denefield uniform is worn it should be with pride. Every student is an ambassador for the school. On that note I am delighted to report that 150 students have applied for student leadership positions. We look forward to them taking these positions up next term.
You are always responsible for how you act, no matter how you feel
Finally, e-safety is something that remains high priority for many agencies and also for us. All too often students can find themselves in unnecessary situations whether it be through disagreements with friends or through accepting requests from people they do not know in person on their social media accounts. As the October half term holiday begins, may I remind parents/carers of the guidance and support we offer. Please go to the school website, look for the ‘Parents’ tab and scroll 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.
Dates for your diary:
Students return to school 8.30am 30 October 2017
Into Year 12 Evening 2 November 2017
Year 9 geography visit to Rushall Farm 2 November 2017
Year 10 geography visit to Rushall Farm 3 November 2017
GCSE Music visit to the Hexagon 3 November 2017
Year 9 & 10 Oxford University Taster day 6 November 2017
Year 8 & 9 Parents’ Information Evening: GL Assessment 7 November 2017
Year 12 Safe Drive, Stay Alive 7 November 2017
Year 10 Peer Mentoring Conference 8 November 2017
Year 12 & 13 Parents’ Evening 8 November 2017
Year 10 CCF Field Day to Bramley Camp 9 November 2017
Year 11 Futures Day – school will be closing at 1.00pm 10 November 2017
Year 7 Review Afternoon – school will be closing at 1.00pm 10 November 2017
PTA Quiz – start time 6.00pm 10 November 2017
Mrs L Hillyard