Year 8 Leader
Mr M Willoughby
Welcome back - I hope you all had an enjoyable and fun packed summer!
Year 8…………..wow where did the last year go!
I must start by saying how excited I am about leading the year group and, following lots of conversations with Mr Rescorle, I could not be more positive about what we can achieve together this year.
Before I chat about the year ahead I would like you to take a moment to reflect on your first year at Manor………………………………………..Your experiences make you the person that you are and will play an important part in your success as we move into year 8 and beyond.
Year 8 is a bit of a landmark year for a number reasons and I urge you start as you mean to go on. Not only are you not the youngest in the school but more importantly this is the year that you begin to make choices about your education and begin to shape the rest of your young lives.
We don’t always get things right first time and there will be instances this year where things do not go as planned or as well as you hoped. I believe it says a lot about a person by the way that they respond when faced with a challenge and I often draw inspiration from the world of sport in these situations. Many of you will have watched the Rio Olympics during the summer and will have witnessed Mo Farah winning the 10,000m, repeating the feat of London 2012 - however this time it did not go as he had planned. Mo had not planned to be accidently tripped by his training partner with 16 laps to leave him well down the field. At this stage he could have given up and even admitted after the race that he thought ‘his Olympic dream was over’ but he didn’t panic and gradually got himself back into the race ‘I tried to be tough, and that is what I did’ – a true champion.
‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts’ – Winston Churchill
Have a great year!