Mrs Rogers' words Autumn week 1
‘You can have talent and ability, but you need the right attitude, the right mindset and behaviour - this generates belief, confidence and success.’ (Mark Foster). This sentiment, describing what makes an Olympic athlete successful, is especially pertinent to Year 12 and Year 13 students at the beginning of a new academic year; they have a fresh start, a blank canvas, with so many opportunities to thrive and flourish ahead of them.
Our outgoing Year 13s have set the bar high, achieving top grades with most heading off to university this month. They will be studying courses including medicine, law, engineering, paramedicine, environmental science, business management, philosophy, criminology, history, film making, computer science and sports management to name but a few! Their destinations and chosen undergraduate courses are as individual as the students themselves.
And the current Year 13s have equal ambition regarding their next steps, clear in their minds they need to focus, prioritise and even make sacrifices to achieve their goals. This is such an exciting time for the students as they work towards the next steps in their education. The Year 13 lake day this week was one of the best social events I can remember, with students reconnecting with each other and their teachers, learning (for many) the new skills required to keep dry on a paddleboard! An encouraging team of family, friends and teachers is key to individual student success and mirrors the support team behind each Olympic athlete which was repeated during so many post-event interviews.
Our incoming Year 12s have responded well to the expectations set during Induction Day in July and Registration Day this week, eager to begin their new courses and show their positive attitude, work ethic, growth mindset and drive to succeed. This is going to be a fantastic year!