As the term draws to a close there is a great deal to celebrate and look forward to.
The final week of term is always special, as Heads of House prepare for the celebration assemblies and reward the students for their commitment to school, primarily but not exclusively focussing on how they demonstrate the good CHARACTER that we expect at Denefield.
Linked to the end of term celebrations is one of my favourite events: the Headteacher’s Awards. Seven students in each house, one from each year group, are nominated by the house teams for standing out amongst their peers by having achieved something, or behaved in such a way, that displays several of our CHARACTER values.
I have also recently celebrated with students who have received two Headteacher’s handshakes this term. As is now the expectation, I served them their cake and personally cleaned up after them! They are very deserving of these moments and should be proud of their individual achievements. Well done to all!
Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal.
As I reference goals, I cannot fail to mention the fabulous work of our student ambassadors at the Christmas Fayre on Tuesday 5 December. Over 120 student ambassadors took part, with a fantastic range of stalls on offer, including decorate your own gingerbread man, home-made sweets, hot chocolate and home-made cakes, teddy tombola, face painting, glitter tattoos and Santa selfies to name a few. Their hard work and commitment resulted in over £800 being raised which will go to the house charities. This year these include Cancer Research, Partner West Africa and Launch Pad (local food bank). Year on year it is a pleasure to see so many students getting involved in these types of events and wanting to give something back to their community; I am very proud of them all.
Our Christmas Concert last night was a further example of the confidence and ambition shown by students at Denefield. It was a pleasure to see so many young people bravely in the spotlight performing to a large audience after a few weeks of rehearsals. May I thank staff and students for their hard work and for showcasing so many different types of music, making it a truly enjoyable evening. It certainly put the Christmas spirit into me!
A meaningful life is not about being rich, being popular, being highly educated or being perfect…it is about being real, being humble, being strong and being able to share ourselves and touch the lives of others.
Celebration, as we all know, comes after an achievement and this only arrives as a result of hard work and commitment. This is exactly what students in Year 11 and Year 13 are going to need to do as they consolidate their preparations for PPEs in January 2018 through a clear revision programme. Good luck to you all.
You don’t want to look back and know you could’ve done better.
May I take this opportunity, albeit a few days before we break up, to thank you for your continued support of all that we do at Denefield and to wish everyone a very enjoyable winter break filled with happiness.
I shall look forward to welcoming students back at 8.30am on Wednesday 3 January for a prompt start to the new year.
Dates for your diary:
Ghana visit returns 19 December 2017 Headteacher’s Awards Period 5 19 December 2017
Festive Jumper Day and end of term 20 December 2017
Students return to school 3 January 2018
Year 11 PPEs 4 – 12 January 2018
KS4 Options Evening for Year 8 11 January 2018
Mrs L Hillyard
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