Principals Blog – 1st December 2017 Growing Character


The blog this week is written by Mrs McKenzie who is the Director of the Character Faculty. Mrs McKenzie also has responsibility for developing student voice and the house system. I hope that it gives you an insight into a few more activities and approaches that make Hazeley such a special place.

Growing Character

We believe students should have a wide range of opportunities to develop their leadership skills to prepare them for life beyond school. Many of the activities students take part in focus on improving the quality of learning and teaching in the classroom, embracing problem solving and supporting the whole school aim to build character, confidence and creativity.

Miss Lord has implemented the Sixth Form Peer Mentoring programme with our year 12 and year 13 students who have examined a range of different leadership skills including communication, motivation, positivity, trustworthiness, responsibility and delegating. The Peer Mentoring scheme gives full training and brings together students from different year groups, which benefits the mentees by working with students who are a few steps ahead in their academic career and the mentors as they develop transferable skills, meet new young people and gain valuable experience for their CV.

Thanks go to our Student Council, UNICEF Ambassador students who worked hard on a range of fundraising activities for Children in Need. Students valued receiving additional House Points for all the extra effort and commitment they showed. There are lots of ways in school in which students can achieve extra points for their Houses including inter-House competitions.

We are currently running competitions in the Business Department ‘The Mind of the Entrepreneur’ and for the Creativity faculty with a designing your own Christmas tree decoration.

Our Hazeley Debate Club attended the MK Big Debate where they shared ideas and prepared speeches on a range of life skills with other schools from Milton Keynes including Denbigh, Radcliffe and Stantonbury.

MP Iain Stewart, Mayor David Hopkins and other dignitaries gave feedback to the students on their presentations and then made pledges including from the Mayor “My pledge as Mayor is to pass on what I have learnt today to others in Milton Keynes, the Council and beyond. The city is in safe hands with you.” Councillor Sam Crook discussed with the debate students the argument that young people should get the vote at age 16 and is going to be presenting ideas in school to our year 12 during Drop Down Day in January.

Mrs McKenzie
Director of Character