Enduring the pursuit of enjoyment
“If you accomplish something good with hard work, the labour passes quickly, but the good endures. If you do something shameful in pursuit of pleasure, the pleasure passes quickly but the shame endures.”
Gaius Musonius Rufus
On Wednesday we welcomed our newest cohort of year seven followed by the rest of the school later in the day. My assembly message to all our learners on their first day was themed around balancing the ability to endure, with the pursuit of enjoyment. Through my own personal story about the summer holiday, I highlighted the importance of overcoming difficulties and things that are less than pleasant in order to achieve a greater fulfilment. Probably the most memorable part of the assembly was when I enthusiastically recalled my experience of taking my family deep sea fishing in the Atlantic – sea legs I most definitely do not have. For each of our learners at every stage of the school, the road ahead will contain some barriers. At times their individual journeys will be hard. At times they will have to overcome difficulties.
At Honywood, we continue to place relationships at the heart of learning. By understanding our learners as individuals we are able to support them when things get tough so that when they reach the end of the journey and they look back on all they have enjoyed, as well as endured, they are truly happy and successful with their achievements.
I am really looking forward to the next year. We have entered this term on the back of an improved set of exam results that have validated the improvement work we have been doing over the last year. I would like to share a few key areas that we have improved upon this year:
Respect Code and Uniform
I would like to thank all our learners and families for such a great start to the term. Uniform and behaviour has been excellent. When I sent out letters regarding our dress code and revised policy regarding phones prior to the summer I was overwhelmed by the amount of positive emails I received in support of our changes. I would like to thank parents and learners that have embraced these expectations. Learners looked incredibly smart as they arrived for school this week
and teachers commented to me about there being an atmosphere of purposeful learning. This response has made for a smooth start to the term which has allowed teachers to get on with the job of teaching.
Saffron Academy Trust
I am very pleased to tell you that we have completed our merger with the Saffron Academy Trust. You will recall that we consulted last year and met with families to discuss areas of concern. The consultation went well and did not throw up any concerns or major objections. As such we have been able to smoothly complete the process and signed off on the 31st August as members of the Saffron Academy Trust. What will this mean for the school? Very little. It is business as usual for Honywood. Over the coming term we will begin to benefit from the additional support and resources that the Trust has to offer so that the momentum of our positive improvement journey may continue.
We welcomed our school photographers in today. I had a preview of the work they have been doing and the quality of the images is very good. In the next couple of weeks a proof card with login details will be sent home with your child. By logging into the Stanley Baker website, you will be able to order a copy of your child’s photo if desired. As I hope you take the time to view your child’s photo and are pleased with the results. If, for any reason you do not receive the slip with login details from your child today, please contact Mrs Frogley at the school who will be able to help.