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Message from Primary - 20th January

Dear Parents,

This has been a busy week in Primary as we have welcomed you, the parents, into our school for Academic Review Evenings (ARE). Teachers always look forward to having face to face time with parents so we can discuss both the academic and social development of the children we teach. Despite the success and great feedback we have about our communication with parents using Email, Class Dojo, WeChat, Facebook and our weekly newsletter, the opportunity to sit and talk to you about your child is key to creating a strong teacher/parent relationship. As I talked to both children and parents during Tuesday and Thursday evening, I was struck by how proud the children were to have their parents in school to talk about their achievements in their learning and beyond.

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Last weekend saw a large group of our swimmers travel to Nanjing to compete in an invitational competition. The children were very successful with a range of personal best times, placings and events being won. The staff who supervised the trip commented on how well the students represented the school both in and outside the pool. Well done to our swimming Tigers!

During my assembly this week, I discussed with the children about Bill Maris. Bill, who worked for Google,  believes that humans will be able to live to 500 years old in the future due to advances in medicine, technology and research. I tried to get the children to think about what the world would be like in 500 years and all the types of technology that will no longer be around. The iPhone is 10 years old, and look at how much that has changed how we live our lives, but also how it has removed the need for other technology. Bill also has stated that jobs in the future will be less about doing the same things over and over, but more about innovation and the ability to think.  As a whole school we have developed our partnership with MIT and have developed opportunities for the children to be creative and innovative through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) themed days. As a school we have just opened our own Maker Space, a place for lessons to be taught around STEAM and for children to be creative and experiment. I highlighted that we as a Primary school want to prepare our students to be the thinkers of the future and maybe the innovators of technology that might make life in the future limitless. Quite a lot to think about!

I wish you a good weekend and hope that many of you are able to make it to our Temple Fair on Sunday, from 11am to 3pm.

 

Best wishes,

 

Barrie Scrymgeour

Deputy Head of Primary

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