It gives us great pleasure to introduce ourselves as the new Co-Heads of The Newbridge School.

At the heart of our vision for the school is a commitment that our students will be the best they can be, and develop as successful learnersconfident individuals and responsible citizens.  We are determined that The Newbridge School will thrive at the heart of the community, and by working together in partnership with you, our families, we will provide an outstanding educational experience to help every student to aim high, achieve more, and realise their ambitions.

Like us, you may have been captivated by the Olympic Games held in Tokyo this summer. The dedication, commitment, and team-work shown by the athletes was inspiring to see, and amongst the successes were some truly inspirational stories.

What was especially noticeable to us, was how throughout the games there was evidence of our Apollo Character Values; independence, resilience, confidence, perseverance, self-control, respect, kindness, and empathy. These are the values that we instill in our students in order to achieve success, in whichever path they choose to take.

Sky Brown demonstrated tremendous resilience and confidence to become the youngest ever Team GB Summer Olympian, and winning a bronze medal following a injury an year ago.

As a country we have seen the perseverance and empathy demonstrated by Tom Daley who, after competing in Beijing aged 14, finally won gold in his fourth Olympic Games.

Adam Peaty wowed us all with his self-control, confidence and perseverance, securing a number of medals in Tokyo and becoming the first Brit to defend an Olympic swimming title.

And finally, Lauren Price’s fantastic win in the women’s middleweight. Lauren Price’s grandad Derek, who raised her, died last November and had the Olympics gone ahead as scheduled a year ago, he would have seen her compete – making for an emotional moment. The independence, empathy, respect, and resilience she has shown is highly commendable.

Our Character Values underpin all that we do here at The Newbridge School, and they thread through both our curriculum and the day to day life of the school. The lessons learnt from the Summer Olympics will be a theme for us this year, and we know that throughout the year we will be celebrating the successes of our students, cumulating in our first ever Year 11 cohort receiving their Key Stage 4 examination grades in August.

We hope that welcoming back our students to school has created some semblance of normality for you and your families.  We are very proud of your daughters/sons, and how they have worked with us to navigate their return to school.

Not only are we welcoming our new Year 7s and our first every Year 11s, but due to the increasing size of the school we have also welcomed a number of new staff.  Our new staff bring a wealth of experience in teaching Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, supporting students with individual needs, and providing high levels of pastoral care. We hope that you will get the opportunity to meet our new staff, and ourselves, at some of the events we have planned over this academic year.

We would like to leave you with a quote from Adam Peaty that we have shared with our students this week; “Belief is one of those things where if you can visualise it, you can achieve it… If you think it, you can do it… You’ll always find a way if you want it enough!”

BBC Sport takes a look back at some of the greatest moments from the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.