Another half term has raced by, and what a fantastic term it has been so far. As the weather has warmed up it has been delightful to see the numbers of students outside my office windows enjoying the sunshine and tranquillity of our wonderful setting. I have been mindful, of course, of the Year 11 and 13 students who, you will be pleased to hear, have not been lounging around too much as they have exams on at the moment! I do hope they have a restful and productive half term.
I was delighted this week to attend the Early Years production of The Gingerbread Man. It was a thoroughly entertaining show and we all enjoyed seeing future stars of the stage.
The last week has seen two events focused on our Knoydart project: one was an information evening for parents, and the other was a sponsored bike ride to Portsmouth involving staff and students. Well done to all involved. Our Year 9s embark on their Knoydart adventure after half term, and I am sure there is a mixture of excitement and trepidation building. I believe the experiential learning our students will gain from this trip will be invaluable, and I am looking forward to the flying visit I am making to see everyone in action!
For those looking for some interesting half term reading, I came across the following article online, and it struck a chord with me: esther-wojcocki-how-to-raise-successful-people-book
Whether we define success solely by the type of job our children end up doing, I do think some of the points she makes are worth considering, especially the notion of trust. In a school that does trust students (certainly more so than in other schools I have worked in), I absolutely agree with Esther that believing in children is the best way to help them believe in themselves. That is exactly what an effective education should be doing. Her views on risk and failure echo a message I have delivered to the students this year – push yourself out of your comfort zone, take risks and keep learning.
I do hope you all have a wonderful half term.
With best wishes