‘It’s the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom’ – author Michael Morpurgo
One of my favourite events in the school calendar is our annual Prize Day, which took place recently at the Villa Marina.
It is, of course, a time to celebrate our students’ successes, an opportunity to reflect on what the last year has brought, as well as casting my eye ahead to what the next 12 months may bring.
And there is certainly much to celebrate. Students in Key Stage 4 excelled, with many subjects improving upon last year’s strong results. At A-Level, we produced our best ever results, beating last year’s record and being the best on the island.
At Prize Day, I spoke of our recent visit to the University of Oxford, with a group of Year 12 students, who sang in a concert with performers from China, and students from schools in the UK. Our young singers were superb and have received invitations to perform in two other cities, and possibly in China, too.
I believe that great teachers make a great school – as Michael Morpurgo states, it’s teachers who make the difference, in inspiring students, in creating the best environment for young people to learn, and to want to learn.
We are encouraging our students to make the most of the opportunities offered by our teachers by joining one of the many clubs available. (In the ‘Students’ section of the website, click on ‘Extra-Curricular’ and scroll down to the clubs list, underneath the video playlist). Year 7 has over 38 diverse activities from Yoga to Origami via Chess and Skateboard clubs. The other year group clubs are just as varied. It’s a wonderful way to try out new experiences and make new friends.
It is hugely reassuring to see the strong position that the work of our teachers – and indeed everyone within the school – has given Ballakermeen, as we now look ahead to the current school year, and the exciting challenges that await our students.