On return to school after the autumn break, the Year 7, Year 9 and Year 11 boys rugby teams once again found themselves competing in the league finals, a real achievement to have even made it this far. However, as Denefield students always do, they set off for the finals determined to show what great teams they are. In tightly contested games, the Year 7 and Year 9 boys lost their semi-finals both finishing 3rd in the league overall. Year 11 boys lost their final to Maiden Erlegh in the dying seconds of the game, which ended 15 – 12, to leave them as very creditable runners-up. Well done to all the squad members who have performed to such a high standard this season.
Over the past fortnight, Year 8 have been given the opportunity to explore the various curriculum pathways and new specifications that they might study at KS4, with staff offering sample lessons and sharing the types of learning that students might expect. Although it might seem very early, starting this process now invites students to discuss future career aspirations with their tutor, subject teachers, our external careers advisor, parents/carers and fellow tutees who have already been through this process, well in advance of the KS4 pathways evening in January 2018. This will put them in a good position to make an informed choice when the time comes.
Allow your passion to become your purpose, and it will one day become your profession.
Throughout this week, students across the school have embraced the opportunities that the school provides in the wider curriculum. On Monday a group of Year 10 and Year 11 students enjoyed a taster day at Oxford University; Year 12 visited the Hexagon for the annual Safe Drive, Stay Alive presentation to keep them safe on the roads when they decide to learn to drive; Year 10 peer mentors participated in a West Berkshire conference with students across the authority all of whom want to make a difference in their schools; and Year 10 CCF cohort took part in a filed skills day at Bramley Camp, together with students from Pangbourne College.
The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
On Monday, with Remembrance Sunday this weekend, the school will fall silent for one minute to show respect for the many lives lost in conflict over the years. At this time I am sure that we will all have our own private thoughts and hopes for a future where the world is more tolerant and peaceful.
When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where the power is.
Since the start of the day Year 11 have been highly engaged in their ‘Futures Day’ during which they have participated in sessions with volunteers from a whole host of careers. Many of our volunteers have links with the school, as parents/carers or from our growing Alumni Association. Students took part in a carousel of workshops in which 18 different fields of employment were represented. These included engineering, veterinary care, fashion and footwear, animation, policing and graphic design, amongst others. We are very grateful to all those who gave up their time to provide advice, guidance and inspiration to our Year 11 students.
A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.
For our Year 7 students, this afternoon was the opportunity for parents/carers to meet tutors and find out how their son/daughter has settled in to our school and how they are progressing across the curriculum both inside and outside of the classroom. I am delighted with the attendance at the appointments, which for us simply reinforces the partnership working that we strive to embed.
Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.
Finally thanks to all of you who are attending the PTA Quiz this evening and supporting us to raise funds for the school. It was a super event last year and I am sure tonight will not disappoint. As you are aware from the national news, school budgets are tight and therefore any small amount of fund-raising can be of benefit. I hope you all have a fabulous evening and if you can’t make it this time, perhaps you will be able to attend another event later in the school year.
Dates for your diary:
Sports Awards 14 November 2017
Children in Need non-uniform day 17 November 2017
Year 11 and Sixth Form art visit to Tate Modern 17 November 2017
Year 10 Parents’ Evening 23 November 2017
Exam certificate collection day 29 and 30 November 2017
Christmas Fayre 4.00pm – 6.00pm 5 December 2017
Christmas Concert 14 December 2017
Headteacher’s Awards Period 5 19 December 2017
End of term and Christmas Jumper Day 20 December 2017
Mrs L Hillyard Headteacher
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