Last Friday, we met with our first group of students for our weekly #HotChocFri.
Hot Chocolate Friday is a national initiative that aims to celebrate student attitudes and success. The idea of Hot Chocolate Friday is for the Head of the school to invite students who have displayed the school’s core values to share a hot drink and a chat together. It’s an opportunity to spend time with members of the school who have made specific achievements, have demonstrated our character values, or who get on quietly but don’t always get the recognition they deserve.
‘Hot Chocolate Friday is a ripple of recognition in your school. It highlights pupils who have gone ‘over and above’, celebrates pupils and delivers pride not pounds,’ Paul Dix says.
Since its launch in September 2016, #HotChocFri has taken Twitter by storm. Every Friday, schools all around the UK spend 15 minutes recognising the over and above behaviour of their fantastic students, and we are pleased to introduce this here at The Newbridge School.
We have been extremely impressed with our students, and how they have returned to school ready to learn and succeed. Even though it has only been four days, it has been a busy week here at The Newbridge School. We are both visiting lessons each day, and it has been an absolute privilege to see some excellent learning taking place. We’ve especially enjoyed seeing our Year 10 students studying An Inspector Calls in English, Year 8s completing a life drawing study in Art, our Year 10 linguists beginning their after school French GCSE, and our Year 11s starting their GCSE portfolios in Art.
It has also been fantastic to see some of our extra-curricular activities starting again, this week some of our sporting teams have started training, and Thursday saw auditions for our school pantomime. We are both huge advocates for students getting involved in extra-curricular activities, and believe that they can help to boost young people’s confidence; extend their social networks; and provide them with new skills and abilities. Above all, they offer an important space to have fun and relax away from the pressures of school work. We are looking forward to seeing more of our students taking advantage of the different activities we will be offering throughout the year.
Mr Gamble and Mr Rowbottom