Heads Weekly update 10th November 2017

Heads Weekly update 10th November 2017

Head of School
I have been fortunate to spend today at the ISA Autumn Study Conference (sharing best practice amongst Headteachers and educational developments) before attending the ISA Awards Ceremony later today with the rest of the school leadership team from Arnold Lodge. Earlier this year, we were nominated and then shortlisted for the ISA Award for Excellence and Innovation in Pupil’s Mental Health and Well Being. We will find out if we have been successful in winning the award this evening. Whether we’re successful or not (fingers crossed for us!), I am immensely proud of what we do at Arnold Lodge and the way that supports academic outcomes for children. Happiness – and children’s relationships with their teachers – are, after all, crucial to learning. When we find out the result, we’ll update social media to keep you informed.
 
This week, our mantra comes from Dedicas:
“Be ready to put in the work that isn’t seen.” This mantra stems from the idea that it’s easy to put in work that gives immediate gratification or reward but it’s much harder to put effort in over the long haul. Getting your head down to revise in December on a Sunday afternoon when examinations aren’t until the summer is hugely beneficial but the reward isn’t instant. Reading for an hour an evening to improve comprehension, pushing yourself to get out and exercise after a day in work (the one I keep striving for!) or the early part of learning a new skill or language…it’s the hard work today – without immediate reward or glory – that gives real long term success. For many people, it’s the extra effort they put in away from the spotlight that resulted in their success.
 
For this academic year, we are trialing holding all of our trips in the same week to minimize the disruption that sometimes comes with teachers being out of school. Our trip week will be during the week commencing Monday 18th June (this date falls after the last A Level / GCSE examination for the June 2018 series). Years 3 and 4 will be joining Mr Smart on a short residential, Years 5 and 6 will join Mr James on a PGL trip, Years 7 and 8 will join Ms Walker on a French trip and Years 9 and 10 will join me on a trip visit the Battlefields in Flanders. A very exciting set of residential trips for our pupils to look forward to! On the topic of trips, please find a letter sent out to Years 9 and 10 today for the Battlefields Trip here.
 
On Monday, we’re having a “spotty day” in school where children should bring in £1 to donate to charity and they can then replace a single item of their uniform for something spotty (a spotty tie, spotty socks, a spotty shirt). We have a wonderful track record of supporting charity and I look forward to continuing that on Monday. Later in the week, Year 11 will be out on a Geography field trip with Mrs Maynard and Year 13 are heading to Warwick University for an ‘economics in action’ session.
 
I hope that you have a relaxing weekend (unless, like me, you’ll be nervously watching the Autumn Internationals!).

David Preston