Wednesday 11th January
I arrived at the Pioneer Centre to find the children already engaged in their first group activity. I joined Mr Warner’s group who were busily engaged in Initiative Games, including ones which involved mathematical reasoning. Cooperative working, sharing ideas and listening to others were very evident as the group worked enthusiastically to solve practical problems (including “Bomb” Disposal!).
We then headed for the High Ropes where I joined the children in facing a personal challenge- how high were we going to be able to go? The children had already tried a physical challenge at height earlier in the week and so some were feeling confident of reaching the top and others keen to improve on things they found challenging. We all set ourselves goals and it was lovely to see the group supporting, encouraging and praising each other as they reached or exceeded their goals.
It was lovely to sit down over a hearty lunch and talk with the children about their Pioneer experiences. All the feedback was very positive. During the break we returned to the lodge and I was very impressed with how tidy the children’s rooms were.
The afternoon consisted of trust games on the low ropes and archery challenges before sitting down to enjoy a dinner of roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli followed by sponge and custard!
After dinner it was time for the children to visit the shop and take a shower. I said my farewells at 7pm as the children and staff left for the evening disco entertainment! I really enjoyed my day with the year 6 children and it was a privilege to be part of their residential experience. I look forward to hearing how the rest of their week goes and looking through the hundreds of photos that will come back with them!!
Thank you for all those who attended the meeting. It started with a useful and informative session led by Charlotte Iddon from Community Dental Services. Charlotte has offered advice and training to the school , and now parents, on how to keep our children’s teeth healthy. This has been invaluable in supporting the school in writing a new whole school food policy which promotes healthy choices for the life long health and well being of our children.
At the meeting Miss Phillips also spoke about the changes to the way we support the teaching and learning of reading and the introduction of a Growth Mindset culture.
For those who were unable to attend the Power Point presentation is available here meet-the-teacher-evening-12-09-16
Parent blog notes on the growth mindset are available on the curriculum page of our website.
The new whole school food policy is available on the policies page.
Well done to all the children who took part today in our Sports Day. The morning was packed with races and followed by a family barbeque/ picnic lunch. The weather was threatening at lunch time and in the afternoon it started to rain. Whilst initially I thought it might be best to cancel the proposed afternoon activities Miss Copping was able to alter them slightly to accommodate the change in weather and ensure the activities were safe for the weather. We shortened the running time and went for it! Fortunately we did not get fully rained off but it was a case of persevering through the raindrops!
The children worked well in their teams and seem to have enjoyed the day despite the weather “being too cold for ice lollies!” The children supported each other throughout the day with friendship and respect by recognising and celebrating individual and team successes. The final scores were very close:
CONGRATULATIONS to RED team who gained the highest score.
I am afraid there has been a technical hitch with Parent Pay and the letter referred to in the newsletter regarding staffing for September 2016 has not been sent out. Please see a copy of the letter here Letter re staffing for Sept 16
Apologies for this delay. We shall try to resend the letter via Parent Pay on Monday.