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Primary Weekly Update 14/10/16 from Mr Nicholas West

14 October 2016

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A huge thank you to the parents who attended our first Primary Parent Group meeting this week.  As a school, we find this kind of partnership invaluable. One of the parents, a university lecturer, made an extremely poignant remark that really made me think about how we share information and communicate effectively. We provide a lot of information but it may not be answering the parents’ questions or concerns. However, he stated that it is hard to give an answer when the person asking does not fully understand their own question and the answer they seek. In other words, parents are sometimes seeking clarification or evidence but they don’t know what it is supposed to look like. One of the aims of this group is to fully understand the curriculum and the curriculum coverage their children experience. They can then see just how well their children are doing against the expectations in each class and year group. There are, of course, many different topics to discuss and explore and this is just the beginning. We welcome any parent to join this group so if it has sparked an interest please do get in touch.

There has been a plethora of learning activities and events this week, many supported by you and we thank you for joining your children to enjoy their presentations. Attending exit points and experiencing your children’s learning is just one way we communicate with you and I want to thank each of the year groups who held their IPC learning showcases this week. You will be able to read about these and see the many pictures and videos on the class blogs, another of our important communication tools.

We had a real treat on Monday when we welcomed the first Paralympic Gold Medalist for Vietnam, Le Van Cong. He is a true ambassador for the country and the children witnessed a real life example of what perseverance and hard work and practice can achieve. The lessons he gave the children were important ones and we also enjoyed handling his gold medal. It was extremely heavy but also had a special feature of containing a rattling sound, different for each value of medal awarded!

The week finished on a high note with our Primary Music Competition. I will write more about this after the holiday and announce at that time the winners of the three sections. This article is written before the event but I am sure your children have come home excited about how their day ended.

Have a good week and we look forward to seeing the children again on Monday 24th October.

Mr Nicholas West – Head of Primary