Headteachers Blog 14 – 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