Head Teacher's Blog

Nov 23

Week Commencing 26th November 2018

As I write I can hear strains of the Christmas song being practised by our musicians in Prep 6; some different sounds this year with Mr Smith on his electric guitar - this is certainly encouraging our young people to participate and engage. It is great to see the enthusiasm and to hear some powerful singing.

The choir continues to have some very good voices and as ever, they too are busy practising for our Christmas Carol Service on Tuesday 18th December, 7pm, at Holy Trinity Church.

This week I am pleased to welcome Miss Farnley to join the Teaching Assistant Team. Miss Farnley will also be part of the Joes Club staff, so I am sure that many of you will soon get to know her.

On Monday we have the New Vic Theatre in to work with Prep 3 and 4 as part of our work on Wind in the Willows.

Tom Murray is in school on Tuesday afternoon working with the Edmund rice Award children.

On Wednesday we are pleased to welcome two children into school for a Taster Day.

Miss Farnley begins her Paediatric First Aid Training which is a three-day course, and will ensure that we have another Paediatric first aider in school.
Swimming as usual on Thursday.

Mrs Parrish will be covering Nature Club this week as I am out in Altrincham in my role as Governor at St Ambrose Prep School.

On Friday I am very much looking forward to accompanying the children to the New Vic for this year’s production - ‘Wind in the Willows’; as you know this is a theme we have followed over the last term in school. We have had great fun exploring various aspects of the story in all curriculum areas. I have been particularly impressed with the children’s responses to our theme on ‘Awe and Wonder’ based on the Chapter ‘Piper at the Gates of Dawn.’

I would suggest that a ‘stocking filler’ this year could be a copy of the book or DVD of ‘Wind in the Willows’ - a lovely book to keep as the language is exquisite

Mr Smith is continuing his work around International schools.

Please can I remind you that we are collecting items of dried /tinned food for the ‘Open Doors’Project and would be very grateful of your contributions. You should have received a message about our ‘Reverse Advent’ and the various types of food suggested to be brought into school each day. Mrs Pickford will be sending texts to remind you as we go through Advent.

Remember – Every day is an Open Day - please encourage friends to view our school; as one visitor exclaimed ‘Your school is a hidden gem’.

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