Update from the Principal
Being Principal at Fairfield frequently brings a smile to my face as I am regularly impressed with the wealth of events and activities that we are able to make happen. Staff, students parents and carers, governors and a whole host of partners have worked tirelessly this term to make some very special events happen, and so I know the winter break will be well deserved.
Talking of bringing a smile, I felt very privileged when I found out that not only had we been nominated as the “Happiest Secondary School 2018” but that we had reached the National Finals at Media City, Manchester. Fairfield’s work on promoting wellbeing has been nationally recognised and highly commended as a result of the award.
One of the many reasons that students and staff are happy at our school is that we are not afraid to tackle issues that some others find too difficult to address. Our anti bullying work was celebrated by the video produced by Fairfield students featuring in the National Anti-bullying Week campaign. Having a safe place to be helps students enjoy school and our anti-bullying approach makes a real difference.
On a similar thread, we have many students that help reduce carbon emissions by cycling to school. This is particularly impressive in winter as it is a particularly risky time of year for cyclists. Please join me in reminding all cyclists to make themselves visible to other road users. Cycling on roads/cycle paths and taking care to slow down around pedestrians also supports everyone’s safety.
Values really matter at our school. We live them day by day. As a result of this staff, students and parents alike are also keen to take a stand against sexism in schools and society more generally. We are one of the few schools nationally to have a student led “Fem Soc” and it is their influence that led us pledging our support in November to White Ribbon Day 2018. This commits those that sign up to call out people that would use violence against women. We intend to take this further by becoming a leading national example of a school that really tackles sexism irrespective of gender. To this end we are very pleased to be working alongside “UK Feminista” so that that the issues are better understood by all and even low level discrimination is challenged especially by empowering the students themselves.
On a more traditional and festive note, we recently witnessed our wonderful Winter Gala. The evening Gala was supported by a range of stalls offering gifts, food and drink. I was privileged to listen to some excellent performers and much thanks goes to all involved in making the evening such a success. The Winter Gala was only one of the ways we raised funds to help others this term. We also took part in Movember and show ongoing support for the charity DEKI. It doesn’t stop there either as we raised hundreds of pounds for CLIC Sargent in the “Young Live against Cancer” campaign.
It is always good when the students at Fairfield have the opportunity to share the experiences they have at the school with others and we were lucky enough this term to welcome Marvin Rees - Mayor of Bristol to hear the views of students. He made it clear to me on a subsequent visit that the students’ questions were of a high standard.
Finally, I would like to wish everyone in our community a very happy holiday. In an increasingly rapidly changing world I truly hope you get to spend a positive and restful time with friends and family in the holidays. It is the strength of our relationships that helps to make the world a better place. We return to school on Monday 7th January ready for the first term of 2019.
Mr Nick Lewis