To lead others is not always an easy task and can at times prove challenging, however it is a gift to take that responsibility and serve with gentleness, just as Jesus did. Over the last two weeks our Year 6 children have already taken hold of this responsibility and have been quietly leading us all with humility. On Monday they presented their speeches to the rest of the school, outlining why they would make successful House Captains. For some children, speaking to a large audience is a tremendous challenge and well done to those who bravely spoke up and overcame their fears. I have to say that all the children spoke with such eloquence and heartfelt honesty; one or two had to overcome technical difficulties, courageously changing their speeches at the last moment and even having the resilience to repeat sections when things went wrong! I'm so glad I didn't have to vote as I think I would have had to abstain, so difficult would it have been to make those choices!
After Mrs Gregan and I counted and verified the votes and after much discussion and thought, on Thursday, all positions of responsibility were allocated and our Board of Responsibilities in the Hall will shortly be informing everyone of the decisions made as the importance of service in school comes to life. It was inspiring to watch our Year 6 children congratulate each other as they each returned to their seats; such a great reflection of the class team they have formed.
Each class has also been busy voting for two members in their year group to represent them at our new Student Council. Classes have been running their own elections and again the children demonstrated great confidence as they made their voices heard. They too were presented with their badges; next week our Reception Councillors will be chosen.
As part of this whole process we always remind the children that all roles are important and in Mother Teresa's words: 'In this life we can only do small things with great love'.
At the other end of the school our new Reception children have entered the classroom with huge smiles and a great sense of fun. Miss Bassett and Ms Neves have fallen in love with every single child; what a beautiful class they are going to make, such characters! Miss Bassett has really enjoyed chatting with all parents and would like to thank you for giving up your time and sharing all of your anecdotes and information about your children - it's so clear how well loved and cherished they are and we love being entrusted with their care. You could not pay us a higher compliment than bringing your children to us and allowing us to teach them in partnership with you, their parents.
Of course as one new class arrives in school, a class at the top end leaves to begin a new journey and we have been delighted to hear that the Year Six leavers have settled in well at high school and indeed to have seen some of our former pupils looking very smart in their new uniforms
Thank you so much for taking time out of your evening to meet the KS2 staff in your child's new classroom and talk about expectations and plans for the year. We hope you found these sessions useful and informative and you were able to ask those questions! We know how important consistency is for every individual child and therefore clear communication between home and school is essential. Please keep asking those questions, share any positive thoughts and problem solve any concerns with us. We would ask that all forms are returned ASAP to enable us to put our systems in place and most importantly put photographs of your children actively learning onto the website! Please look out for these forms if you were unable to make the meeting. Next week (Wednesday 18th September) we will be welcoming parents from our Reception, Year 1 and 2 classes. Please do try and join us, again the meetings begin at 6pm
Thank you to everyone for returning dinner forms etc… and for being so understanding about the need to suspend dinner accounts if they reach £11.50 debit. We’re spending so much time chasing payment with debts mounting up so our Finance Officer advised that we should take this course; evidently many schools have zero tolerance and won’t give dinners to anyone whose account has no credit. We’ve suspended quite a few staff accounts too - no teachers are yet wasting away we’re pleased to report!
Job Vacancy Breakfast & After School Club
St Thomas’ Breakfast & After School Club are looking for a new member of staff to join them at the club, if you are interested or know of anyone who may be suitable for this role please contact Mrs Sayer on 07757 360397 or pop into the club for a chat.
Well done to everyone who has come back to school with enthusiasm and been bouncing into class bright and early ready for a good full day of learning and fun! Attendance figures have been good - Reception Class children are in for the full day as from Monday so we shall be adding their percentage in too next week- so far it is 100% for the morning children and 100% for the afternoon children but as it’s just for the half day, we didn’t count that in this week! Well done to Y4 with 99.6% since we came back on 3rd September.
It is lovely to be back at school with your children, I know we are going to share a happy and successful year together and as we keep telling the children, we all need to make the most of every moment! Please do keep an eye on the date section to avoid missing any events and remember that the parents section is full of useful information. There are also lots of things always going on in the parish so don’t forget to take a look at the Parish Newsletter too.
Wishing you all a restful weekend.