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Principal Weekly Update 13/10/2017 from Mr Mark Sayer

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The school has seen much activity this past week, and is testament to the creativity and thoughtful professionalism of the staff teams.  Both Primary sections have been buzzing with the excitement of learning positive relationships through the Friendship and Antibullying week and you can read more about them this week. 

The Juilliard collaboration has seen Paul Murphy, our curriculum specialist, return to us on Wednesday and Thursday this week and he has been both impressed and encouraged through his visit, seeing a growth in the musical and linguistic expression of the students and the range of teaching methods that are on offer to help even the youngest benefit from the creative curriculum.  Thank you, Paul, very much.  Next week will be the turn of Hilary Easton, a foremost dance choreographer, to do something similar with the Juilliard Dance curriculum and we are so excited to have this connection that brings such an important new dimension to our educational offering. 

Sunday 15th October is a great opportunity for parents to learn more from our seminar programme about safety for all children, enhancing that sense of wonder each one has, and which needs to be protected as long as possible.  The seminar that deals with the important area of abuse, mistreatment or exploitation of young people – something that all too sadly happens in most countries and underlines the vital need of UNICEF to champion the rights of young people.  Do please come.

Following on from that on Monday 16th October is Jonathan Taylor, a renowned expert in the field on online safety, to help explain to all the children from Year 1 to 13 how to be safe online.  Technology has such a great benefit but also has the capacity to ensnare and trap the unwary and Jonathan’s message will help inform parents, staff and students about what is best practice.  He should not be missed.  Mr West heard him at the previous FOBISIA conference and his verdict was that everyone should hear his important messages.

All of these events underline how education is so much more than what is happening in the classroom.  The confidence that grows through understanding, through awareness, is so vital and it is only when it is put into practice and becomes a habit that information of this nature takes on a greater significance.  We do hope to see as many of you there as possible for these events.

Have a very good weekend.

Mr Mark Sayer - Principal

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