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WEEK 12 - Friday 3 December 2021

What makes a great team player? 

Teamwork is involved in many aspects of the school day. When partaking in group tasks are your children aware of what makes you a good team player? 

How can you help your child develop their team work skills? 

First, highlight the reasons why you enjoy doing teamwork, and the benefits you see as a result of it. This is a great way to showcase your passion and enthusiasm for being collaborative. Working together can help teams complete tasks faster and with more efficiency, while also having fun! Working with others can be an enjoyable and social aspect of the work environment. New friendships can be made when you work collaboratively with new people. Forming positive relationships with other students can help the day go by faster and their school work seems more fun. 

Leadership Skills

Every team needs a good leader.  Think about a time when you encountered a good leader in your life. Take into consideration what they did that made them so good at managing a team. I have been fortunate enough to work closely with many excellent leaders in my personal and private life. I remember vividly my football coaches, my tennis coaches and my teachers who had amazing communication skills that created an environment where I could flourish and grow. I've also been fortunate to have been mentored by many magnificent leaders in my professional life. This has allowed me to become better equipped to lead others in my year group during such difficult times. 

While being a team leader is an admirable goal to work towards, it is equally important to be able to work under the direction of someone else. This can involve collaborating with other students who think differently than them. Speak to your child about developing their ability to listen to other perspectives and apply them to the task at hand. Talk to them about their ability to combine the ideas of other students to create an even better solution. Compromising with other students is a great way to be a good team player. By developing all of these personal attributes it will help our students deal with the many challenges that they face in their educational journey. 

As Christmas draws closer, we have some great activities taking place over the next two weeks. These include supporting the 999 Cenotaph fundraiser to support our NHS heroes. We will also be supporting the Teachers versus Year 11 students charity football event on the final day of term. This is always a fantastic event that is supported by the whole school community. I may even dust the boots down and make another appearance!!!

Have a great week 

If you have any concerns or questions please contact me at 

Mr Leckenby

Head of Year 9

Mrs Newman

Assistant Head of Year 9