We were proud to host our first ‘We are Barr Beacon Day’ on Thursday 23rd November. The theme of the day was our Beacon Value of ‘Equal to Everyone’ which is integral to our beliefs as a school community. Our Beacon Values run like a stick of rock through everything we do. This meant that on Thursday we celebrated the diversity within our school with all Year 7 pupils, learning about the diversity within our school, the culture, heritage and beliefs that are within our student body. Year 7s also took part in a drumming and dancing workshop and performed to their year group at the end of the day. Their confidence and committment was absolutely inspiring and we were very proud of them.
Year 9 and 10 pupils also heard from ex-athlete Daniel Caines and they were inspired by this talk: the key message being “You start whereever you start, but where you finish is up to you.” The empowering message really hit home with our pupils, many already reporting that they wanted to recommit to sports and hobbies that they may have left in the past. Daniel spoke about “dotting the Is and crossing the Ts” and helped pupils understand that the route to success is a pure and dedicated committment to what you are doing. It’s too easy to pass off ‘failure’ as not being good at something, instead of accepting the amount of hard work that is really required to succeed.
The award winning Real Direction team also came to workshop with pupils about the impact that choices can make and to help pupils think about the consequences of their decisions.
Overall the day was a resounding success and we would like to thank all speakers, presenters and staff for providing pupils with a wonderful experience.