One Kind Word

This week is recognised nationally as Anti-Bullying Week, and this year the theme has been ‘One Kind Word.’

Mr. Schober has been speaking to our students in assembly this week about the ripple effect our words and actions can have on others.

Today we wanted to share some of our kind words.

Since arriving at The Newbridge School, we have been so impressed with our students and the way they display the Apollo Character Values.

Every day we are greeted at the gate by students who are smiling, polite and ask us how we are. In school, the vast majority of students open the door for others, show respect, and display kindness.

This is echoed in classrooms and in the other activities our students experience. Once again this week, it has been fantastic to see students rehearsing for our pantomime, attending GCSE revision sessions, taking part in a scratching competition in music, and attending fixtures and sports leadership sessions.

Last night Mrs. Yates delivered 20 filled Christmas shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child, an organisation that provide Christmas gifts to children around the world who are less fortunate. We would like to thank our students and their parents and carers for their kind donations.

Over the past three days, we have welcomed colleagues to The Newbridge School from a number of other secondary schools across the country. This is part of an organization called Challenge Partners who we work with to help drive standards and improve outcomes.

As our visitors left this afternoon, they reviewed their time here by telling us how fantastic our students are. They told us that their lasting memory of The Newbridge School will be of a school of students who are polite, kind, articulate, mature and proud of their school.

This is high praise for our students, and we are all incredibly proud of them.

In assemblies, Mr. Schober has also explained how every member of staff is a part of our Care & Guidance team, including their form tutors, and any student can talk to any member of staff if they have a concern or something is worrying them.

We know that not all young people are confident, at all times, talking face-to-face when they have a worry.  Because of this, we have set up a new link on our student portal. When students login to the school system, from any internet-enabled device, they will see a button called ‘I Need Help’.  Clicking this will let students report any concerns or worries they have about themselves or a friend, which will be sent directly to the Care & Guidance Team, who will then follow this up and ensure the young person is supported.

We are also launching a student survey next week which will ask students about their experience of school, and where they feel additional, or different, support would be useful for their own well-being and emotions.  Students will have the week to complete the survey, and then we will analyse the results and feedback to parents/carers and students on what the outcomes were and what we, as a school, are implementing.