KAPP (Kindness, Aspiration, Perseverance and Pride) off to a fantastic start
KAPP (Kindness, Aspiration, Perseverance and Pride) at DHS means going beyond your best; seeking out and embracing opportunities to aim high, dream big and dig deep. We believe that by encouraging all of our students to focus on these four key attributes we will create an even more connected, special and unique school culture in which everyone feels part of one amazing team.
Our aim with the KAPP reward programme is to ensure that we celebrate students that are living out these attributes’ day in day out, both inside and outside of school. By celebrating those that are we will also inspire those around them to seek to do the same, therefore creating a culture in which kindness, aspiration, perseverance and pride are central.
Throughout the year, through nominations from staff and parents/carers, students will be awarded badges for showing outstanding kindness, aspiration, perseverance and pride. Students will aim to get bronze, silver and gold badges for all attributes, at which point they will be awarded a seahorse pin badge – the ultimate accolade for KAPP. This structure means students always have something to aim for throughout their time at Durrington which ensures KAPP values are enbedded in school life.
This half term has seen the first of our reward badges being awarded for kindness. Tutors were asked to nominate one member of their form group for showing outstanding kindness over the half term to peers. The nominations came in thick and fast and showed what positive, encouraging relationships we have across the school with our tutors and tutees. Nominations included reasons such as ‘always making an effort to include everyone’, ‘showing respect’ and ‘constant positivity.’ It has been fantastic to see so many happy students receive these badges and wear them with pride.
Parents have also risen admirably to the task of letting us know about their child’s achievements outside of school so we can recognise them. These achievements include raising money for charity, representing their county in a sporting capacity and regularly volunteering. At the beginning of next half term, we will be awarding these students the first badges for pride and aspiration. Our students never fail to impress us with their achievements and their commitment to displaying the values and qualities of KAPP. Every nominee received recognition by way of a well-done postcard if they were not awarded a badge on this occasion.
Outside of the reward system, KAPP continues to underpin our assemblies and tutor periods, allowing students opportunities to work towards achieving their badges, with tutors commenting on the mature, excellent quality of discussions. We have also embraced opportunities to get involved with charity events, such as Race for Life and look forward to the perseverance awards which begin after half term.
KAPP is central to life as part of Team Durrington and we can’t wait to see the impact it makes as we continue through the year and beyond!
Year 7s take on the Stomp challenge
Year 7 have had a fanatic introduction to music lessons at DHS by partaking in a Stomp challenge. Year 7 students have lessons as form groups and so not only have they been developing their musical skills but it has been a great bonding experience for them. Each form group created a piece of music using body percussion and some other everyday objects focusing on team work and developing ensemble skills. After several weeks of working really hard on this project each class was recorded and then, during the final week of half term, the classes listened to each other’s efforts and nominated a favourite. Music teachers also nominated one student per class that had gone above and beyond in the challenge.
The students were inspired by a video message from a former cast member of Stomp in the West End before they began to compose their own pieces. Beth Maughan, music teacher said, ‘The groups have been working so hard on this challenge and many of the ideas and suggestions have been brilliant. What is even more rewarding is seeing their team working skills taking shape and the supportive nature within the forms.’
The students had lots to say about this exciting project, Ruby Fullwood said she enjoyed the challenge because ‘we all worked together as a team and it all came together and sounded good’ Hridansh Kawatra was proud because ‘I was able to perform in time’ and Owen Skeel added he was proud because they ‘recorded it in one take.’
All the pieces were fantastic but the winning form, as voted for by their peers was 7MFo. Congratulations to the following students who were picked out as the student that had gone above and beyond: Callum Cummins, Effie Moore, Bethany Evans, Alfie Lupson, Jasmine Lawrence, James Lanning, Alex Wood, Joseph Waterer, Lewis Yates, Benjamin Casse, Ruby Fullwood, Milena Ramashkevich, Evie Retallick, Aaron Mott and Sienna Perry.
Year 7s learn to become safe digital citizens
In Computer science lessons this half term year 7 students have been learning about being a digital citizen. This has included introducing basic skills such as using email and cloud storage, but primarily it is about educating them in how to stay safe online.
Lessons have been based around the 5 principles of safety from Google; brave, kind, alert, strong & smart. Students have used the Google programme ‘Be an Internet Legend’ to explore these areas and learn important messages about how to ensure they are safe when online. Key messages of being a positive presence online, thinking before you post, protecting your secrets, not assuming that people online will see you the way you think they’ll see you, and respecting other people’s privacy choices, were delivered via a series of games and characters.
During the last week of half term the students tested their knowledge of the key principles by playing the Interland game. This has been a great way for the students to engage with such important messages and there are also many resources available for use at home, if you would like to continue this learning. We would recommend taking the family pledge which can be found here.
Claire Taylor, Head of Computing, IT and Business, said, ‘The learning in this first half term is key for our year 7 students. We live in a world in which the internet plays a central role and so teaching our students to be aware of the potential dangers is critical before we move on to exploring all the fantastic opportunities computer science has to offer.’
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