Headteacher's Blog

Archive: June 2012

  • 18Jun


    I am due before the end of the Summer Term to entertain those students in Years 7 and 8 who have achieved more than 120 credits to ‘Tea with the Headteacher’. Whilst not quite a Buckingham Palace Garden Party, it is my opportunity to congratulate and give cake to some of our most successful students.

    The Sedgwick Service on 29th June 2012 is a similar occasion when 15 medals are presented to members of this year’s Year 11 in memory of Harry Sedgwick, a past benefactor of the School and Hackney in general. This ceremony dates back to 1820 and is one of the oldest school awards in the country.

    Why do we arrange these events and organise rewards like postcards of praise, make presentations each week to staff member of the week and students of the week? It is because we all enjoy being recognised when we have done something well. My family still have photographs of me with the only trophy I have ever won – The Endeavour Cup given to me at primary school.

    HM the Queen also rewards those in our society who make outstanding contributions to the success of this country. I would like to congratulate two exceptional individuals who featured in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Robert Glossop MBE founded the March Foundation, a Charity which supports the School by enabling ASDAN students in Year 10 to go on residential visits and is now organising some day trips for Literacy students in Year 9.

    Maggie Alphonsi is the leading female Rugby player in the world and has also been awarded an MBE. When I was at Salisbury School in Edmonton, Maggie was a student. I remember her breaking the School record for, I think, the Shot Put. Her website says that she was inspired to take up Rugby by her PE teacher. It also says: "as a teenage girl Maggie struggled to concentrate at school and tended to play up to the teachers". This almost certainly means I sometimes told her off though I don’t actually remember doing so! Maggie definitely becomes the first student I have taught to be honoured by the Queen.

    I hope you are motivated by the rewards the School offers and inspired by the example of others.

    Best wishes

    Richard Brown

    Posted by Richard Brown @ 10:45