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WEEK 22 - Friday 4 March 2022

Just before the half term break I delivered an assembly to the Year 7 students based on one of our school values; Aspiration. 

Aspiration - we aim high; we have ambitious expectations of ourselves and others. We believe that we can make a difference to our local community.

I showed the students an animated clip about a young girl named Amani who felt like she lived a very dull life, repeating the same thing day in and day out. She dreamt of a life with possibilities, changes and a different future. She was then given a very important role to inspire others, to make others see their possibilities and take on challenges. 

I do often wonder how many of our students have aspirations, how many of the Year 7 students have even thought about their future and what they want to achieve. But how can we set ourselves the challenge of being the best we can be if we don't set ourselves goals? 

Researchers suggest that there are two types of aspiration:

Intrinsic aspirations - those that enhance our individual well-being, making us feel good and satisfied.

Extrinsic aspirations - those focused on an outcome such as becoming rich or maybe even famous.

As someone working in education I want all of the students to achieve their academic potential thus resulting in them being successful in whatever career they choose. Some may even become rich or indeed famous if that is what they genuinely aspire to be. However I believe it is important at this stage to help our students to have the intrinsic aspirations that will help them feel good and enhance their well being. This of course is very individual and requires us to really get to know the young people in our lives.

As always, If you have any concerns or queries please get in touch; hoyyear7@hessleacademy.com

Take care

Miss Pinkney

Head of Year 7

Mrs Briggs

Assistant Head of Year 7