Only in rare moments can one can sit back and appreciate the power of hard work, enthusiasm and pure commitment, leading to the achievement of a seemingly impossible dream. This happens to be one of those moments! Over the past two years, a group of girls have attended netball club where they've practised and practised, made mistakes and learned from them and developed a determination to keep going, even when it seemed like victory was unattainable. In reaching for the moon, they've found the stars and, for the first time in the school’s history, they've successfully achieved the double! We are now proud owners of both the Netball League and Tournament trophies, which will grace our cabinet over the next year. Well done girls, we're all so proud of you; not only are you great ambassadors for the school but also a great example of perseverance and resilience.
My goodness time is simply flying by! We've had a lovely few weeks back at school with so many exciting learning opportunities and watching the children strive to reach their targets has been inspiring. Our Year 6 children are challenging themselves with great confidence and determination as they prepare for their assessments in two weeks time; we are all so proud of them. They are working so hard and the focus is incredible; it's a joy to see them working industriously in class and then going outside and being playful and having fun! Our Year 2 children have also been completing some little assessment tasks which they have taken in their stride. These are helping Miss Brisco to plan targeted learning for the remainder of the year. Amidst all this, our Year 5 children have been exploring Shakespeare with those three witches concocting a great spell: ‘Eye of newt, toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of dog'...spooky! They created such an atmosphere in the hall, dramatically exploring the scene whilst the rest of us tiptoed past in trepidation, so scary were those witches!
The new area of school is now fully functional and we are all enjoying the open feel to every space; our create, read, think, and discuss rooms each offer a different experience; it really has had such a positive impact on learning. It's hard to describe how light, bright and welcoming the whole area feels now. In conversation with a group of children, they joyfully exclaimed: 'It’s like a real school now Miss Hornby!' We are absolutely delighted with the finished work and with the extra learning opportunities it affords to our children and hope that you will all have the opportunity to see it when you visit us.
I hope you've all enjoyed a lovely Easter with your families; all the staff had a well-deserved rest arriving back at school, ready for the new term. On Monday we were joined by Governors to participate in training, delivered by Professor Barry Hymer from University of Cumbria, which delved further into Growth Mindset. The whole day was completely inspirational and has provided much ‘food for thought’. Staff are clamouring for further reading and there are fantastic debates and discussions going on around the building, sometimes with children, sometimes just adults as we recalibrate our thinking towards positive ways of moving forward in our learning. We hope to share this with you over the next three terms. It’s always interesting to stop, think and reflect as we evolve together as a learning community. Following this, on Tuesday we turned to Safeguarding and updated our training for all staff and Governors; such an important process to ensure that the school is a safe environment for all.
As we begin the journey we make together through Holy Week we are all reminded of the steps Jesus took during His final days on earth, approaching the agony of the Passion and then the joy for all of His Resurrection. This is always such a special time in school when the children and staff contemplate the sacrifice Jesus made: "No greater love has any man than to lay down his life for his friends".
All classes have been busy preparing for their assemblies which commenced today with our Year 2 children sharing their depiction of Palm Sunday. The children illustrated the events with great understanding and spoke out so beautifully; thank you Year 2. On Monday our Year 3 children will be celebrating the Last Supper and on Tuesday our Year 4 children will be sharing the turmoil of the Garden of Gethsemane. The week will then continue with Year 5 depicting the despair of the crucifixion and Year 6 will finally share God's promise for eternal life with us all. You are all most welcome to join us.
Exciting news on the book front! Our Scholastic Book Fair arrives in town tomorrow and we will be running it in the Hall from 3:30 onwards.
Hopefully there will be something for everyone and we will be giving out World Book Day tokens tomorrow for children to use. Also, we're having a raffle on Friday at Assembly, children visiting the Fair can write their name on a special ticket and five lucky people will have their name drawn out of a hat on Friday and win a special Scholastic £5 voucher to be used at the Fair.
We're running the Fair on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday, straight after school and will be there until 4 o'clockish, depending on demand. Now that we are getting the library up and running again, we would love to make some commission at the Fair which could be spent on books to add to the library shelves.
Next term, we're working on a Book Aid scheme whereby we create a wish list of all the books class teachers and assistants feel would be of benefit to the children in the hope that when old pupils, visitors and friends wanted to make a gift to school, they might choose a book on the list, buy it and donate to school and we'd insert a bookplate with the donor's name on. We so want to make our library a really inviting place with a great selection of exciting, inspiring books - the love of reading is a priceless, lifelong gift and it can change lives!