I was delighted to be presenting our former Year 11 students with their GCSE certificates last week – our GCSE Celebration Evening is a lovely event, celebrating our students’ successes. We also awarded some special prizes each year to students who have been outstanding in their studies and efforts.
The GCSEs and special awards achieved by our students represent many hours of hard work, commitment and revision, both on the part of the students and the staff supporting them through their journey to the exam room.
I think this poem written by Year 8 student, Jason Castillo, is fitting to share here, as it sums up the ethos of the Academy and how we put it into practice each day.
The Six Keys of Positivity
Being great’s not always easy,
Especially for me.
I’ve learned some things help me out’
Resilience is key.
Discriminating gets us nowhere,
Neither you nor me.
Treat each other respectfully,
Equality is key.
Without trust you’re all alone,
And how sad that would be.
Be honest, listen, take advice,
Trust is key.
You give respect to get respect,
It’s obvious you see.
Positive attitudes, friendships made,
Respect is key.
Aiming high and working hard,
Be the best that you can be.
“Good enough” isn’t good enough!
Excellence is key.
Do all these things and you’ll be proud,
It’s right, don’t you agree?
Show off the skills that you have got,
Pride is key!