Rewarding

​ This has been a wonderful week in school from my point of view, beginning with Y5 taking over the Hall on Monday for their Viking Experience. The children looked brilliant in their outfits, though being Monday morning, quite a few could have benefitted from a shave (you decide whether that was the boys or girls). On Tuesday, we were treated to a ...
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Isn't sport wonderful

Wow! What an afternoon that was! I do hope you managed to watch this afternoon...tennis, cricket, cycling or the grand prix. I was watching both the tennis and the cricket, flicking between the two while messaging other staff with great excitement. The tennis provided one of the best finals I've ever heard of with neither Federer or Djoko...
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Almost there...

Ahead of what is our final full week, there is a wonderful weekend of sport which is causing a dilemma: what will you be watching on Sunday? The Cricket World Cup, which is the first time England have made this stage since 1992 or the Men's Wimbledon final, which at the time of writing will be Djokovic versus either Federer or Nadal? Before that th...
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Absence

For me, this is a very difficult space to fill as I have had the privilege of being with the Y6 children in France on their residential so haven't been around in school. I could go on and on about the trip but I won't; if you're interested, maybe have look at the Blog that was written while we were out there. All I will say is that I am immensely p...
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Music to my ears

​ It has been refreshing to walk around the school over the last few days to see and hear children in many classes preparing for their CD recording. The manner in which the children, and I must say, staff as well, have embraced this has been both heart-warming and inspirational. If you haven't already ordered a copy of the CD, I would recommend doi...
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More than lunches

​ This week, I am sure you will think that all I have done is work on the lunch system and it is  true that I have spent quite some time on this but this is because I feel it needs a lot of  attention to get things correct. We are not there yet but have taken more steps in the right  direction as well as a few points to learn from. P...
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A change is as good as a break

​ That's how the saying goes but is it really true? This first week back after a half-term break has been as busy as any other beginning with Assembly on Monday where the Y2 children arrived in their wonderful Victorian costumes – the boys dutifully took off their caps as all good Victorian children would have done when they were indoors. I believe...
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One more trial…

​ Do I mean trail as in a path or trial as in question? Hopefully by the end of this you will be clearer. The weather has been magnificent this week; it's been such a long time in coming but now hopefully it is here to stay. If it does, then when we return it might be the time to start talking to your children about sun-safety; wearing a hat, apply...
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With a little help from my friends

​ There are so many people to thank this week; I hope I don't miss anyone out. It's also difficult to know where to start. Mrs Ford deserves credit as she has again stepped up this week to help during some absences and busier times in the office, always meeting and greeting with a smile but also this week, has been on hand to help out with the coll...
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Now it’s over to them…

For our Year 6 pupils, next week is such a vital one. They have spent this term preparing to show the very best of themselves in their SATs tests and following reports from both Mr Bird and Mrs Lockhart, they are absolutely ready. My gratitude to the staff for teaching them so well while also maintaining the sense of perspective that is so importan...
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A slight delay

Yes, it's true...many of us don't have to go to work on Monday so next week starts a little later and then it will soon be the next weekend. How exciting is that? Between now and then, we are hosting a Transition Event for our feeder nursery schools, Y5 are undertaking some road safety work, Y1 & Y2 have their Cross Country event, on Thursday w...
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Teething Troubles

The new Catering Manager has begun this week, and as to be expected, things haven't gone perfectly smoothly. I need to take responsibility for part of this as it was my decision to temporarily remove the option of baguettes so that Mr Cunningham could get to know the kitchen, the staff and the menus. The result of this decision is that there have b...
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Did you spot them?

​ Last week, in my haste to put my thoughts down on paper, I neglected to share the first draft with my trusty proof readers and therefore a few errors went undetected. A few of my colleagues kindly believed that these were purposeful but sadly, this was not the case. I hope that if you did see these errors, you felt either they were deliberate too...
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Taking responsibly

What can any one of us control? I choose what to write here, trying to inform, engage and even entertain; how successful I am will depend on your response to each piece. However, I always share these musings with various colleagues before publishing. Occasionally they question a section or line but I make the decision on what to do with their sugge...
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Celebrating STEM

This week, although I have had many meetings to attend, I have also had a few opportunities across the week to visit some classes to see what Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths activities they have been engaging with. This began for me on Monday afternoon when Y6 were given the challenge of building the tallest possible tower out of simply ...
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Wild Wednesday

A first… a mid-week Musing but this one can't wait for a number of reasons. Firstly, the title would be wasted, secondly there is a staff member who could do with a bit of cheering up and thirdly, a huge thank you is deserved to a parent and other staff. Before I get to the main point of this musing, a little mention about the wind. Wow! It wa...
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Stories to tell...

While last week was one of unexpected events, this one has gone more to plan yet that hasn't meant there has been any lull. While Monday and Tuesday will have had their own highlights for individuals and classes, the only thing of note more generally was the cancellation of the Fire Brigade talk to Y3; this is being re-arranged. The fun began in ea...
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A crazy week

I can barely remember a week like this; we began with glorious sunshine that saw the children out on the field from Monday through Wednesday enjoying themselves during break times like it was high Summer. I guess this was enhanced by our memories of last year when we were all bracing ourselves against the "Beast from the East". Then suddenly on Thu...
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Goodbye / Welcome back

That is the end of the first half of the year, well, technically we passed that a while ago as this is the end of week 21 out of 39 but who's counting. The weather too seems to have begun to turn a corner; after some frosty mornings the afternoons have been glorious and I sincerely hope it continues into next week so that we can enjoy some time out...
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Mini-marvels

I've had the pleasure with working with some of our younger children this week and am thrilled to have seen how engaging, keen and independent they are. At first, I spent a couple of days in Y2 where I saw in one class, the children tackle pictograms and tally charts confidently and then in the other class, they began writing limericks. How pleased...
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