It is a real honour to be given the opportunity to write this week’s Newsletter introduction, especially as it is the first of the New Year.
January is always a time when we as a staff come together to refocus upon our priorities. It is also a time to consider how best to support students in the push towards our School Values of ‘Excellence and Respect’ over the weeks and months ahead, especially towards the external exam periods.
This has led me to consider our opportunities for ‘New Starts and New Beginnings’. As with every new year comes a blank new chapter for us to write our own story.
I often use the following sayings with our staff and students:
- Every day is a GOOD day
- Flip the coin to the shiny side
I genuinely believe, no matter how difficult, challenging or tough a day may seem there will always be some good to be found, because there is always a shiny side we can allow ourselves to look towards. Even if your day has been tough, you have a whole opportunity for a brand-new day tomorrow, when you wake it will be a new day and ‘every day is a good day’.
January allows us the chance to consider and as we begin to move through the month, we have stopped to consider our collective new starts and new beginnings, both professionally and personally.
At school this week, we have started 2022 by reviewing some of our systems and practices and we are now utilising changes to our ClassCharts system and responding to feedback to make this system more suited for our current needs. Mr Thirkill is making a new beginning with our Year 11 students in relation to their revision strategies and the PE Department have made a great new start with some fantastic results in our new year fixtures programme.
The whole staff are making new beginnings with our Learning and Teaching strategies in relation to key priorities across the school, every one of our Year 7 cohort are making a new beginning in their new Faculty class sets and all students at The Beacon School have the chance for a new start in every lesson in each of their subject areas.
Over the last few days I have asked many of our staff what are their aims and goals for 2022, what are their opportunities for new starts and new beginnings, so as to make sure that every day is a good day.
I have had some great responses, below are just a few:
- To learn mosaic crochet
- To gain a grading in my Kendo lessons
- To go for longer walks with the family dog
- To get outdoors more to become stronger and fitter for those bike rides
- To reconnect in person with my family and friends
I have had the same aim for every new year since I was about 12 years old, and this is to make ‘The New Year ahead, better than the old year gone by’. I have an old Kilner Jar at home with a note pad sat next to it. It begins the year empty on January 1st and as we go through the year, I write statements or accomplishments to put in the jar. Then on Hogmanay of each year, I open the old jar and look through the notes from the year which prove to me that every day really is a good day.
What will we write this year to go into our Kilner Jar, what are your aims and goals for 2022, what are we all going to do to ensure that ‘every day is a good day’?
Let’s make a brilliant ‘New Start and New Beginning’ in everything we do in The Beacon School Community in 2022!
Take care of yourselves, and each other.
Whole School Learning & Teaching Lead Practitioner