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05 July 2023

Weekly Blog: Five Star Days - DREAM. DARE. ACHIEVE. 

Weekly Blog: Five Star Days - DREAM. DARE. ACHIEVE. 

In today's fast-paced and challenging world, the holistic development of students has become paramount. Schools and educational settings are increasingly recognising the importance of fostering the values that the College actively instils in students - determination, resilience, empowerment, appreciation, motivation, and security (DREAMS) among their students. One event that has proven to be immensely successful in promoting these qualities is Five Star Week. This week-long immersive experience not only enriches students' lives, but also empowers them to embrace their own dreams and thrive in all aspects of their lives. In this blog, we will explore the remarkable success of our Five Star Week in developing determination, resilience, empowerment, appreciation, motivation, and security. 

Determination: Setting the Stage for Achievement 

Five Star Week provides a nurturing environment for students to develop determination. Through a variety of activities such as competitions - SFC Does Wimbledon Competition, creative projects, The Watercolour Challenge, Outdoor Graffiti Art, Book Art, Book Bag Design, and academic challenges and financial workshops, students are encouraged to set goals and work diligently to achieve them. By overcoming obstacles and pushing their limits in activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, students develop a strong sense of determination that stays with them long after the week concludes. 


Resilience: Bouncing Back Stronger 

Resilience is a vital trait that enables students to bounce back from setbacks and face adversity with courage. Five Star Week exposes students to new experiences, unfamiliar environments, and challenging tasks. By pushing their boundaries and stepping outside their comfort zones, students learn to adapt, persevere, and thrive in the face of adversity. The resilience cultivated during this week empowers students to face future challenges head-on. 

Empowerment: Unlocking the Potential Within 

Five Star Week empowers students by providing them with a platform to discover their talents, passions, and strengths. By participating in workshops, leadership activities, and work experience projects, students gain a sense of empowerment and realise their capacity to make a positive difference in the world. This newfound confidence allows students to embrace their unique abilities and contribute meaningfully to their communities. 

Appreciation: Cultivating Gratitude and Compassion 

Five Star Week creates opportunities for students to appreciate the world around them and develop a sense of gratitude. Students in Year 7 visited the Jewish Museum, while students in Year 8 visited Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. One of the on-site activities allowed students to experience Bollywood Dancing and Mehendi Art. Through these cultural experiences, students gain a deeper understanding of the value of empathy, respect, and gratitude. This heightened appreciation for diverse perspectives and experiences fosters a more compassionate and inclusive mind-set. 

Motivation: Fuelling Passion and Purpose 

Five Star Week sparks motivation, by providing students with the chance to explore their interests and passions. By engaging in activities aligned with their talents and aspirations, students find joy and fulfilment. This intrinsic motivation acts as a driving force, inspiring them to pursue their dreams and goals beyond the boundaries of the week. The sense of purpose and motivation instilled during Five Star Week becomes a lifelong guiding light. 

Security: Creating a Supportive Community 

Five Star Week creates a secure and supportive environment for students to thrive. The collaborative nature of the week fosters a sense of belonging and encourages students to support one another. By working together, sharing experiences, and building connections, students develop a support network that nurtures their emotional well-being. This sense of security allows students to take risks, express themselves freely, and explore their true potential. 


Five Star Week has proven to be a resounding success in promoting the values that DREAMS represents. Through diverse activities, collaborative experiences and a supportive environment, this week-long event unlocks the potential within students and equips them with essential life skills. By embracing DREAMS, students are empowered to navigate challenges, cultivate gratitude, find intrinsic motivation, and create positive change in the world. The College is very much looking forward to planning and running Five Star Week in July 2024 and will eagerly seek the feedback of staff and students to plan, what I am sure, will be the best Five Star Week yet! 

Julia Spence 

Deputy Head 

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