Monthly Archives: March 2018
23rd March 2018
Last week I was kindly invited to help judge a debating competition held at Great Malvern Primary School involving Year 4 and 5 pupils from 8 local primary schools. I was most impressed by the way in which these youngsters publicly spoke so confidently, articulately and enthusiastically about a range of topical issues. If only they could maintain these skills through their secondary school years. What happens to the teenage mind-set and psyche which hinders this from happening? It made me reflect on how we must aim to harness this self-belief in our children and further develop these skills rather than seeing them eroded away as the youngsters reach adolescence. A fundamental belief I have which must be at the heart of everything we do at The Chase is to develop our students’ self-belief, self-esteem and self-confidence so that they are armed with a strong unwavering belief in themselves when they enter the wider world beyond our school gates.
Confidence and self-esteem are not the same thing, although they are often linked. Confidence is the term we use to describe how we feel about our ability to perform roles, functions and tasks. This is something we can focus upon in school, within our curriculum, in order to help develop this skill. Positive thinking, practice, training, knowledge and talking to other people are all useful ways to help improve or boost a person’s confidence levels.
Self-esteem is how we feel about ourselves, the way we look, the way we think – whether or not we feel worthy or valued. We are working hard to help support our students in this area through our pastoral care and support which I believe as significantly developed during the past year. This is clearly in evidence through our recently launched new CARE section to our website (http://www.chase.worcs.sch.uk/about-us/care/) which clearly signposts the help and support we can provide our students and parents.
We will strive to do our utmost in supporting our students in the development of these ‘life skills’. There are many opportunities available within our rich curriculum and extra-curricular activities in which our students can demonstrate their self-confidence, strength of character and sense of inner belief. Many of these events are captured on the news section of the school’s website. I would urge all of our students to grasp the opportunities offered to them in order to further develop themselves….
And finally, British Summer Time starts this weekend, so don’t forget to put your clocks forward.
M J Fieldhouse
9th March 2018
Who would have thought we would be forced to close the school in March due to snow and poor weather! I dread to think what the school’s heating bill will be like for this winter- fingers crossed that spring is just round the corner.
With 2018 being the centenary of the Women’s right to vote in the UK- I thought that it would be worthwhile and fitting that we celebrated International Women’s Day this year in order to raise the profile of gender equality. Having three daughters….how could I possibly ignore it??
Today is therefore a non-uniform day- with students donating at least £1 for the right not to wear their uniform. All money collected will be going to a very worthy and relevant charity called West Mercia Women’s Aid. This charity supports women and children affected by domestic abuse across our region. The charity’s work is focused on providing support and promoting independence, choice and empowerment for women who have suffered from domestic abuse.
I believe that The Chase bucks the national trend when we look at gender equality in school. The number of our girls who study the STEM subjects at GCSE and A Level (Science, Technology, Computer Science & Maths) far exceeds the national average, with many of them going on to further their studies in these disciplines at university. Girls generally outperform the boys in most areas of the school curriculum, though our highest performers still tend to be boys. Our aim is to empower our young women, to give them the confidence to succeed in areas which are still dominated by men in society.
Next week in school, we are having a ‘Safeguarding’ themed week which coincides with the launch of the new safeguarding section of the school’s website. This section will provide information, advice and guidance on a wide range of safeguarding related issues which are prevalent in all schools today. As well as a number of information stands and visitors in school during the week, our local MP Harriet Baldwin will also be visiting the school during the next few weeks in order to add gravitas to this important part of our pastoral support and care.