The boys are well and truly into the Christmas spirit and have been excitedly cutting, sticking, shaping and building their Christmas doors for our competition. It has been amazing to see them working together as a team, taking on their own roles and negotiating troublesome constructions. They have successfully been exhibiting the Falcons learning habits of resilience, curiosity, independence, reflection and creativity.
The Upper School led this week’s assembly with our Head Boy and Deputy Head Boy, Will and Benjy, showcasing to the younger boys all the exciting opportunities and adventures enjoyed this past term. The first term in the Upper School has been filled with new initiatives and activities and all the boys have got involved and taken it in their stride. We have started the new Falcons Challenge which is an exciting opportunity for the boys to learn valuable life skills such as independence, resilience, self-reliance, and dedication. They volunteer in school and outside in their local communities, gain work experience, different exercise opportunities and get involved in life skills days and orienteering challenges. The boys are currently collecting their evidence in their Falcons Award Booklet and will be required to create a project at the end of the academic year in order to win their award.
Last week, Year 7 and 8 visited the local food bank as part of their volunteering element, they were able to see how the process works and just how important their work is to our local communities. Boys took supplies and resources and felt part of the process.
This year we also reintroduced our Reading Rangers to Reception, Year 3 & 4. Whilst the focus is on providing peer support, it goes both ways with one Year 8 saying, ‘Do you know I haven’t ever read that book before until today and we read it together’. We have also started the ‘Star of the Week’ award in which the boys get nominated by staff around the school for acts of kindness, hard work and dedication or by just going above and beyond as a role model. They are awarded with a break time in the common room, a lunch queue jump pass for them and a friend and 5 merits. Nominations have identified boys choosing to use their break time to tidy the library, helping younger boys who are struggling, being polite and helpful towards staff and going out of their way to be kind to others.
We have also seen our boys become budding journalists with their Upper School Corner Articles published weekly in the school’s newsletter. The boys are allowed to pick any topic they wish and write an informative article. Do have a read if you haven’t already! These are also displayed in school and shared weekly in all form rooms. Despite our uncertainty as to how the boys would respond, they have loved this opportunity to share something about themselves and there is a real buzz each week about who has done what.
Next term, we will begin our focus on the work experience section of the Falcons Award. We are starting with the Upper School podcast which will run as an after-school club. For this, we are seeking scriptwriters, directors, producers, hosts and editors. The podcast will be released on our school website and social media channels, so we are really excited to see what the boys come up with. House Captains are also going to have a chance to run a charity breakfast for their house. They will be required to plan the menu, advertise their event and host it. And later in the Summer we will be giving the boys a taste of what it is like to start-up their own business. This will be a very exciting event for our young entrepreneurs and we look forward to telling you more in the Summer Term.
Finally, a special thanks to the PA for their donation of a new TV for the Upper School Common Room, now asides from devices and a table football, the boys can enjoy other entertainment. We are still looking for some gaming devices and other interior decorations, so please get in touch if you have some items going spare after Christmas!
Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting events and news from the Upper School soon!