WEEK 8 - Friday 5 November 2021
Why is it that we recall bad memories more easily and in greater detail than good ones? Why do we often talk about the negative rather than the positive?
I have made it a big focus to celebrate the positives at the end of each half term and to celebrate the students that have achieved 100% attendance, gained the highest achievement points, followed our uniform policy and shown an excellent attitude to learning. It is clear that celebrations - whether big or small - give us something to look forward to. According to Fred Bryant, a social psychologist and researcher; when we stop to savour the good stuff, we buffer ourselves against the bad and build resilience.
Why is it important to celebrate success?
1. To recognise what’s working well and why, and if there's something you can take from it to inspire or replicate in other actions and goals.
2. Developing a success mindset. Whatever we want to change, achieve or have more of – be it money, health, fitness, romance, happiness – success lies at the heart of it.
3. Motivation, which is also connected to mindset – because we are motivated by our successes.
4. One of the best reasons to celebrate success is simply that it feels good.
5. Happy chemicals. There’s a reason why it feels good when we celebrate success and it’s to do with the neurohappy chemicals in our brain.
6. Celebrating success isn’t necessarily just about you. It might be, but it can also give others the chance to join in with your celebration, be motivated and have a share in your success.
My Head of Year assembly, which takes place on Monday next week, will be focusing on celebrating the achievements of the Year 7 students from the last half term and thanking them for all of their hard work and excellent attitude to learning. This might give parents a great opportunity to talk to their child about their achievements in school.
This week’s Year 7 positive comments from two of their teachers:
Lucy Davison - ‘Lucy displays excellent behaviour and ATL, she always takes an active part within tutor activities and discussions, and recently she was voted one of our tutor representatives.
Within the music lessons she has confidently volunteered to perform a body percussion piece’.
Mrs Webb, Tutor and Music
Lillie Rex - ‘Lillie Rex in 7C1 (from my 7ef1 class) - she is always prepared, on time, fully engaged in the work, her book is beautifully presented and she always tries her absolute best in any task I set! She's great’.
Mr Kay, English
Lastly, Our Year 7 students have taken part in the ‘All about me’ day this week.
All About Me Day is an opportunity for students to really focus on their personal health, safety and wellbeing. External visitors have delivered sessions on Road Safety (pedestrian, cyclist and passenger), Anti-Bullying, Personal Health checking (Breasts and Testicles), Healthy Relationships, to name a few; while our Careers Leader, Miss Lawes, has delivered career sessions and some of our Sixth Form students have talked about Life at Sixth Form. Year 7 students have completed their own individual workbook throughout the day, which they will be able to bring home to talk through with you.
If you have any concerns or queries please get in touch; firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Pinkney, Head of Year 7 and Miss Briggs, Assistant Head of Year 7