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Weekly Words from Mrs Rogers

Every week the Bulletin newsletter is sent home from the School Office highlighting important forthcoming dates and events, along with a round-up by Mrs Rogers and the team about the week gone by.  Read below recent messages from the Head's desk.

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  • Mrs Rogers' Words Lent Week 9

    Published 17/03/22, by Catherine Corrigan

    ‘Don’t tell me how talented you are, tell me how hard you work.’ (Arthur Rubinstein). I would add it’s not just about working hard, but working ‘smart’ or effectively too.

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  • Mrs Rogers' Words Lent Week 8

    Published 10/03/22, by Catherine Corrigan

    ‘Can we support the families of Ukraine in some way?’ This was the first matter on the student’s agenda at my weekly meeting with our Heads and Deputy Heads of School on Monday.

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  • Mrs Rogers' words Lent week 7

    Published 04/03/22, by Catherine Corrigan

    Whenever we measure ourselves against any kind of benchmark in life we learn so much from the experience and from the resulting feedback.

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  • Mrs Rogers' words Lent week 6

    Published 18/02/22, by Hayley Johnston

    It is easier to plug gaps in competence than it is to plug gaps in character. Sixth Form subject teachers are experts in their fields and are highly skilled at imparting the knowledge, understanding and application strategies students need, not just to succeed in exams but also to succeed in life. Integrity, humility, kindness, resilience and generosity are difficult qualities to teach but the Sixth Form Team are adept at engineering situations and opportunities in which students can build these and other essential characteristics.

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  • Mrs Rogers' words Lent week 5

    Published 11/02/22, by Hayley Johnston

    ‘Superb. Excellent. Brilliant. Amazing. Clear and direct. Really engaging. Very professional. Easy to understand. What an awesome lady! Very good. Very entertaining. Great balance of seriousness and humour. Marilyn knows about life and is not judgemental.’ These are student comments following an engaging and accessible presentation on healthy vs toxic relationships, delivered by founder and CEO of ‘Freedom from Abuse’, Marilyn Hawes, pictured below with Charlie and James. An important part of our work with students is to empower them, to highlight how and why they should be the best version of themselves and to signpost help and support when it is needed, and Marilyn made an invaluable contribution to this on Monday. Another student said the talk was ‘hard-hitting but it needed to be - we are teenagers! 

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  • Mrs Rogers' words Lent week 4

    Published 04/02/22, by Hayley Johnston

    ‘Always remember you matter, you’re important and you are loved, and you bring to this world things no one else can.’ Charlie Mackesey has the knack of conveying deep, profound messages in such simple words and the students are very aware of my affinity to this and other optimistic yet realistic sentiments of his.

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  • Mrs Rogers' words Lent week 3

    Published 28/01/22, by Hayley Johnston

    The UCAS deadline has come and gone and I am delighted (and somewhat relieved!) that all Year 13 students targeting university have now submitted their applications. Some students have been asked to provide additional subject specific personal statements and others have attended interviews and auditions and, as always, there is lots of excited chatter about offers. Following their reflections on the feedback in their reports, the students are focused on implementing the strategies they should to ensure results day in August is a celebration.

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  • Mrs Rogers' words Lent week 2

    Published 21/01/22, by Hayley Johnston

    Two of our own students, Reni and Ciara, started the year with big ambitions in successfully applying to join the Taking the World Forward Fellowship. They have been handpicked from more than 450 inquisitive, bright young minds from across the world, to identify, brainstorm, and solve some of the biggest challenges of today and tomorrow under the watchful guidance of illustrious Ivy League mentors from Harvard and MIT.

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  • Mrs Rogers' words Lent week 1

    Published 14/01/22, by Hayley Johnston

    Celebrations are complete with Christmas and New Year festivities now firmly in the rear view mirror. Or so I thought - but six of my finest students have had me celebrating all over again this week!

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  • Mrs Rogers' words Autumn week 12

    Published 10/12/21, by Hayley Johnston

    Former Head Girl, Lauren, included many of our Year 12 students in her university research this week. She was looking at whether adolescents have the skills to spot fake and ‘fake-ish' news. Fake news is pervasive and damaging in multiple ways but we are more often confronted with ‘fake-ish' news, i.e. news items that are not intentionally false, but inaccurate, incomplete, and/or oversimplified (e.g. “Red wine is good for you” - which I intend to maintain over the festive period!). Her focus was to investigate how adolescents (16-18yrs) search for evidence on-line to assess the validity of these statements, and link their performance with a number of individual differences measures. She examined whether a short intervention could  improve critical reading of headlines and I await the results of her research. Taking part in this study gave students an opportunity to be involved in university research, which is both useful for their personal statements and CVs . 

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  • Mrs Rogers' words Autumn week 11

    Published 02/12/21, by Hayley Johnston

    Our students have heard informative and important presentations from Breast Cancer Awareness and The Oddballs Foundation this week. Oddballs highlighted the importance of male health issues, and are delivering over 500 talks and educating 50,000 people this academic year on Testicular Cancer Awareness. Iyna Butt spoke from personal experience; as a young woman she dealt with a breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment.  Her message was to encourage her audience to spend just a couple of minutes per month checking for any physical changes.

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  • Mrs Rogers' words Autumn week 10

    Published 26/11/21, by Hayley Johnston

    Jane Marshall, Independent University Consultant, outlined the overarching features of a successful interview to Y13 this morning in her trademark, highly entertaining style. Thorough preparation, 'name dropping' (authors, researchers, academics, artists, composers etc), 'bigging yourself up' (highlighting academic skills, competencies and talents) as well as checking the logistics of travel means and timings are all essential. Arriving late, stressed and sweaty for such an important meeting should be avoided at all costs!

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