Blog week ending 18th December

Posted on: 18/12/2020

Screen shot 2020 07 17 at 085005As we come to the end of this term, I am grateful for all the kindness shown to staff and students, it brings home just what a special community our school is, I have received messages this week from students and parents asking me to thank the staff for all their work.  I have been told of secret Santa gifts being left on teachers’ desks to thank them with positive messages, including one at my door with a lovely message for Christmas.  All of your kindness and support leaves us humbled by the care shown and the understanding of the challenges that have been overcome.  In one of the cards I received this year I had a small gift, a moto card which simply said, ‘Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t’.  What a timely reminder for us as we head towards this most unusual of Christmases.

Each of our schools across the Trust has contributed a special Christmas reading, musical interlude or carol to our Endeavour MAT Christmas virtual service.  I, together with the Head Teachers at Stone Lodge School and Wilmington Grammar Schools for Boys recorded a special Christmas message for our shared school community.  Sadly, students were not together in person, but definitely united in Christmas wishes and message!  To watch the full service please click the link here;

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What a pleasure it was to see so many of our students receive recognition certificates for exceptional work ethic and achievement.  We held a virtual Celebration Assembly to award the certificates and congratulate students across each year group. All students have made an exceptional commitment to their studies, adapting to remote learning and demonstrating great resilience and motivation throughout the term – well done to you all.

Pictured, Y10 students receiving their certificates and special Head of Year Award from Mr Biggenden.

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The Christmas Hampers are currently being distributed across the local area.  Revd Carl Chambers, our local Vicar has sent the below messages from recipients to share with our students and their families.  I am more than proud of the students and all that they have done, and so grateful to our staff too for their help in organising and coordinating the hampers.

“I took a box to someone living in a refuge.  She said it made her year, because of the terrible time she'd had these past few months.  She has a baby of about 12 months - who immediately saw that the hamper I delivered had "Frozen" stickers on the top, which were the baby's favourite.

Several elderly folk have been deeply touched that people might think of them.

A single dad and his son (Year 4) were overwhelmed and so excited to be given Christmas presents:   this hamper had several wrapped presents inside.

I just wanted to let you know I had a lovely call from a lady who received one of our hampers. She was chuffed to bits and was so thankful she was one of our recipients. She said it looked beautiful and she didn’t want to open it as she would ruin the presentation.  She wanted to thank all the staff and students for making such an effort.

Sincerest thanks for the kindness of the hampers made up so caringly by your pupils, in sharing with my neighbouring Anglican colleague, there are eighteen parcels that have been shared for this community with many marginalised and struggling households that will be a very great source of help and blessing as they're delivered tomorrow and across the weekend...

Please convey our thanks to your pupils,

With our thankfulness on behalf of those who will receive...”

Revd Carl Chambers

House Update.  In a normal year we would have enjoyed a whole host of inter-house competitions and celebrations.  Whilst we have had to defer our group events, our students have certainly been working hard in lessons and making contributions to the school that earn recognition for themselves and valuable points for their House.

Congratulations to all of those in Hepworth who have clearly put in a sterling effort to accrue an impressive 380 House Points so far this academic year!   Hopefully, it will be possible to return to group events in the coming months, but in the meantime, keep up the good work, those House points are making a difference!

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Nominations are now open for the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards 2021!  The Kent Messenger Charity Team are calling for nominations for school staff for next year’s awards.  Naturally, we will be canvassing our students for any potential nominations, but if you think that someone at our school deserves recognition and plaudits for the positive impact they have on the school and it’s students over this ‘difficult’ year .. please read the below supplied by the Kent Messenger, and importantly, nominate them!

“This has been a difficult year to say the least but out of this situation we have seen heroes come to the fore, staff of the NHS and care workers have quite rightly received the accolades and publicity they deserve for their amazing efforts but there are many other heroes that have gone unnoticed.

You and your colleagues in the education sector, working tirelessly to ensure our children have been taught, fed, inspired and motivated, are among those heroes and deserve the recognition for everything you and they have done.

We at the KM Charity Team deliver the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards and we would love your help in spreading the word to everyone in your school and community to nominate a member of your school community. 

This is not a popularity contest, it’s not measured on the number of votes, it’s judged by a panel of judges who read the content of every entry and then have the difficult task of selecting the winners.

Anyone can nominate and it’s not just teachers who are recognised – these awards celebrate every role in schools from school secretaries to caretakers, heads and volunteers. Not everyone can win but all nominees receive notification of their nomination and that in itself goes a long way to them knowing how appreciated they are”

To nominate is simple:

Go to www.kmcharityteam.co.uk/awards/toty/  and complete the online nomination form.

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This year has presented challenges and difficult issues for us all, so if during the holiday, you would like some further support or helpful advice on mental wellbeing there are a number of organisations who are offering round the clock services over the Christmas period, including;

The Children’s Society have lots of useful hints and tips on mental resilience and some useful well-being activities or you could sign up to Kooth or Young Minds for further support

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Best wishes,

Michelle Lawson

Head Teacher

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