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Executive Principal’s Blog – 16.7.21: ‘The Importance of Having a Mind to Be Kind’




Executive Principal’s Blog:

16th July 2021



Bushey Meads News

Executive Principal’s Blog – 16.7.21: ‘The Importance of Having a Mind to Be Kind’

After the highs and lows of last weekend’s sporting events, there have been many discussions throughout the week, not least centred on the appalling racist abuse posted on social media against the black English footballers. As we know this has been a topic of great national importance and the conversations and discussions across our CDC groups and in lessons this week has served once again to emphasise our continued stance against racism.  As we continue to remind all students of the need to stand against any form of discriminatory behaviour, it reinforces our desire to always have a ‘Mind to be Kind’ in everything we do.

At Bushey Meads School we have so many outstanding students, striving for success in all areas of life and demonstrating those important character traits that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives. Earlier this week I was involved in the interviews for Head Boy and Girl and for Head Prefect positions and was inspired by the sheer number and quality of outstanding applications. This year more than ever, the quality of applications and the way the students presented themselves at the interviews, was outstanding.

On Wednesday morning Falconer School Assistant Headteacher Mo Abusef presented his research findings to the Senior Leadership Team and Vice Chair of Governors Carol Raymond, marking the end of his NPQH Placement at Bushey Meads School. I would like to thank all students and parents and carers for taking part in his important study which will help us to plan an even better transition and learning journey in maths and English from Year 6 to Year 9.  I would also like to thank him for his outstanding work throughout the placement and major contribution to our ongoing school improvement journey.

This week’s blog and BMS Newsletter marks the end of a very challenging year in education and I would like to thank all staff, students, parents and carers, Governors, Trustees and Members for their incredible support for all the staff at the school. Without exception, every member of staff has gone the extra mile for the students in our care and in very difficult circumstances. We have, not only maintained the high-quality education at the school, but in many respects continued to improve it and for that I am extremely grateful. Our Sports Days this week perhaps epitomised that spirit of wanting to do the best for the students. We couldn’t be together as a whole school and had to retain the year group bubbles, but it was still a huge success and our thanks go to our exceptional Head of Faculty for PE & Health Mr Cartledge and his superb team. This picture of the Year 9 Tug of War at the end of their Sports Day on Wednesday captures the sense of team, healthy competition, desire to always try your best and to genuinely celebrate each other’s success – that’s all we ask of each other in all we do.

With best wishes for a good weekend and a very safe summer holiday. As usual don’t forget to click on the link to this week’s BMS News.

Jeremy Turner
Executive Principal