Putting others first

Putting others first.

Winter has arrived!! Regardless, our students and staff continue to amaze me every day. They are hugely committed to the values of the school and ensuring others come first at every opportunity.

Our entire school community gathered in the atrium and the surrounding balconies to mark Remembrance Day. A silence descended on Beckfoot as the Last Post was played and approximately 2000 people remained silent as a poem was read by Haider in Year 10, to remember those who gave their lives for our liberty. Our students’ response was impeccable.

The Martin House Hospice charity concert was a huge success. Our BSL charity group organised everything including marketing, tickets, acts and refreshments. The hall was full on the evening with over £1200 raised for Martin House, who enrich the lives of very ill children and their families.

The next day was Children in Need, although our fundraising events took place all week. Our students came to school in non-uniform and they looked great. They considered those less fortunate and how their contributions would make a difference. We raised over £1600 and that, combined with the Martin House monies, meant we raised almost £3000 for children’s charities. I want to say a huge thanks to our Year 8 student leaders for coordinating the Children in Need fundraising. It is humbling that we have so many of our students determined to make a difference for others.

I feel I must mention the success of our Year 9 parents evening. I am so grateful that you attended with such interest in both your children and our school. 99% of students attended with their families or carers and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Of course, we still have much work to do to but that is the magic of Beckfoot. We are determined never to stand still and always seek out the learning in everything we do.

Tuesday witnessed a first for Beckfoot. We transformed our Hall into an Operating Theatre for the day and over 80 students from across the Trust with an interest in a medical career attended. They scrubbed up, wore medical uniforms and listened to the experiences of a medical practitioner. They spent the day dissecting organs to get a better understanding of how they work. It was a fantastic and memorable day. If nothing else the smell will never be forgotten! I’m convinced that more than a few of their futures lie in this area and that is what the magic of education can inspire.

Thursday was an incredible day. I spoke to several Year 13 students as they delivered their EPQ (Extended Professional Qualification) presentations. They were unbelievable, demonstrating their passion, ability to engage the audience and deliver with such confidence. I really believe that this is because they are Beckfoot students and they are part of a community that cares about them, that invests in them and believes in them. It was a joy to be a part of it.

On Thursday night we had our Post 16 Information Evening and, once again, our students were the stars. They were involved in our presentations to parents and led the way with information across all faculties. They brought our school to life with their presence. We spoke to over 600 people about our Sixth Form and the wealth of opportunity afforded to those who chose to study with us in Years 12 and 13. I want to thank Dr. Wright, Mrs Marklew and all the staff for their time, energy and commitment to making it a great event. I love the Sixth Form and all it brings to our school. It is full of very special young people who make a difference to our school every day.

Thanks for reading.
Simon

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