Headteacher’s Blog 2 – July 2017
That’s it then – the curtain comes down on the academic year 2016-17. An ‘interesting’ year is how I would sum this past year up as being…..
Looking forward, I am really excited about 2017-18. Early signs are really positive with a dramatic surge of late applications to the school, across all year groups, in readiness for the new school year. I would like to take this opportunity to publicly congratulate James Harrington who has been confirmed as the school’s Deputy Headteacher. I have worked closely with James over the past 9 years and believe that his promotion is very well deserved.
It has been an action packed past two weeks, as is always the case at the end of the summer term – check our website out for all the up to date news. A headteacher’s life is certainly far from dull….with numerous social engagements ranging from taking part in ‘soak the teacher’ at The Chase Summer Fair to Bhangra dancing at the Year 7 multicultural day. I managed to avoid the staff relay on Sports Day which was a relief – maybe next year, after I have done some training for it!
There were two highlights during this period which especially stand out for me. Firstly – I was delighted to be invited to attend the Malvern Hills District Sports Awards with a number of our PE staff and young sports leaders. It was an inspirational evening which was rounded off with The Chase winning Sports School of the Year 2017. A great accolade – especially considering we were up against local schools including Malvern College who were runners up. This award is a very timely and well deserved acknowledgement of our outstanding PE Faculty. All of our Chase PE staff are unsung heroes – dedicating many hours of their own time into running sporting fixtures and extracurricular clubs outside of normal working hours, including weekends. Well done to Gwyn Thomas and his team.
The second event which I wanted to mention was the Year 9 Commendations. The Headteacher’s commendations is a regular event on the school calendar, in which I meet with selected students and their parents, in order to acknowledge and reward the students for their focus, attitude and commitment during the year. The Year 9 students in question, who had been nominated by their form tutors, were all fantastic examples of the type of student we have at The Chase. I was particularly struck about how modest they all were and in some cases, actually somewhat embarrassed about being praised in this public manner. I really want to try and develop a far more reward based culture at The Chase in which everybody openly celebrates and embraces success. One thing which will be re-established is the annual Speech Day, rebadged as the Awards Evening which has been scheduled in the calendar for Monday 18th December 2017. This will allow us to celebrate the examination results from this summer (fingers crossed!).
Can I finally use this as an opportunity to thank everybody for the tremendous support you have offered me and my colleagues, and the unwavering loyalty and commitment you have shown towards the school during this past year. Please have a restful and recuperative summer, in preparation for 2017-18.