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Message from Primary

26 October 2018

Dear Parents


This week has seen me finish one of my favorite responsibilities at Head of Primary; every term I formally watch every teacher teach a lesson to their class. This fulfils two functions for me, firstly I am able to see our fantastic students in actions. I am always so impressed with how academically, personally and socially ambitious our students are and how they make our school such a hive of learning. Watching a teacher teach also enables me to support our teachers to be the best. I am very lucky to have staff that is lifelong learners themselves and are always wanting to challenge and refine their craft. Over the last three weeks, I have seen every class from Pre-Nursery to Year 6 and I can reassure every parent that we have amazing students and teachers who impress me every day with the learning taking place within the Primary school. Just this week I have seen great reading and storytelling in reception; inference and drama in Year 6; practical science in Year 5 and quality Maths using subtraction in Year 1 and 3. It is great to see my high expectations in place in the classroom and the children reaping the rewards.

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Next week we see our Year 6 students and staff heading off to Shaolin for Project Week. We obviously wish them a safe and enjoyable trip but this experience is about more than just travelling to a new part of China. The students will be moved out of their comfort zone, without parents and home routines and they will develop their independence and teamwork to cope with the week. They will have a fantastic time with activities, trips and the opportunity challenge themselves to get the most out of the week.


For the rest of the school, we have a week that has two important things to remember. Firstly, due to the Secondary and Year 6 staff being away, there will be no CCAs (only Ebbe Sands will take place). Wednesday is Halloween dress up day, which I know students are already excited about.  Mr. Lowery led a very interactive assembly on Thursday about the origins of Halloween, where students attempted the traditional game of apple bobbing. Please see our school’s Facebook page for photos, and indeed do check Facebook for regular updates from across the Primary school. Next week there will be photos of 4A’s class assembly which is the first one of the school year, but rest assured every class from Year 1 to 6 will be inviting parents in to have the opportunity to see their class on stage.


The day after Halloween sees the beginning of November and this is our day for Winter uniform to be in place. As I said last week, please do use the change in uniform to dress the children in cardigans and jumpers rather than under layers, as this will ensure that the children do not get too hot when the temperature can fluctuate. For girls, tights and socks should be black. I would also like to point out that school shoes are the best footwear for school, they can deal with different weathers and are safest for around the school building.


Wednesday saw parents attend our Non-Native Mandarin coffee morning and the feedback was very positive. Thank you to Ms. Huang and Mr. Boother for leading the morning and I know that they have communicated the way that we are looking to continue the improvement in our Mandarin Curriculum.


Please do have a good weekend



Mr. Scrymgeour