Principal’s Blog, Character, Confidence and Creative writing and The Dad Test, Friday 10th May 2019

There are all sorts of ways to measure what a good lesson looks like, but the most valid and reliable one for me is the dad test, it’s a simple one, would I want my own child to be in this lesson? If it is a yes then it is a good lesson, if at a later point I am talking about the lesson with my children it was a great one.

I am fortunate enough to be in and out of lessons every day at Hazeley, the consistency in which lessons pass the “dad test” is extremely reassuring. Possibly the most consistent area is English, (although due to the competitive nature of our subject leaders I suspect many others would want to argue their case!)

Reading and creative writing seem to be favourites with our students; the opportunity to explore different lives and places from the safety of their own classroom, sharing them with others appears to enrich the experience further.

The teachers come up with all sorts of creative ways to heighten student interest and enjoyment, one of them is entering competitions. Through this a number of Hazeley students recently earned the privilege of having their work published in the young writer publication “Poetry Escape” edited by Jess Giaffreda.

One of my favourites is The Moon and Sea by Marta in Y7

The Moon and Sea

Whilst moon decks herself in Neptunes’ glass,

And ponders her image in the sea,

Her cloudy locks smoothed on her face,

That she may be as bright as beauty be,

It is my wont to sit upon the shore,

And see with what grace she glides,

Her two concurrent paths of azure,

One in the heavens, one in the tides.

Y7 students whose work was also published included:

Emma
Ashelyn
Michelle
Lily
Laia
Zahra
Keira
Grace
Adam
Zenovia
Yaser
Marta
Brandon
Gabriel
Daisy
Stephanie
Mikel
Mohammed
Ashton
Olivia
Keira Lee
Elissa
Rhys
Charlie

A lovely example of a great lesson leading to a very special experience those students remember for the rest of their lives. It certainly passes the dad test.

Mr Nelson