This week, the teachers have been finalising their overseas orders. It is a very big task. Whilst there are opportunities to add to our resources for the children throughout the year, this is the major chance to order learning resources and equipment that is shipped from the UK. They have already been researching, completing audits and asking the children what they enjoy or would like for a number of weeks, before submitting their orders. It is always an exciting time before the new academic year when these arrive and we further enhance the learning experiences of your children. Much of what we are using now in the Primary and EYFS buildings was ordered this time last year. As a school, we have to plan well in advance and strategically make any changes we deem necessary with all decisions based around what supports and improves the experiences and learning of your children. Of course, your children are at the centre of any decisions we make.
Food is another aspect of school where we need to pay careful attention and listen to the feedback from children, staff and parents. Before Christmas, all the children completed a simple survey on aspects of catering and the dining hall that they liked or thought could be improved. Mr. Sayer reported back on these in an earlier article. We are now in the process of building upon this and over the coming weeks we will be completing two activities to help us understand the children’s choices more.
We will be surveying and taking comments from all Key Stage 2 children to see which meal options on the menu they like, which they think are OK and those they really don’t like. We will collate this information and Mr. Sayer will inform you of these in the near future. The second activity will be a ‘taste test’ organised for later this month, with parent and student representatives, to taste current menu choices and be offered some new ones that, if popular, will go on the menu. We are working hard to further improve the service, including decoration of the canteen space, to make the dining experience enjoyable for all. We will never satisfy every child on every day as we all have different tastes. This is why when we go to restaurants with our families we generally all order something different, we have to try and give enjoyment and nutrition to over 300 diners per day; we will do it.
We always try and enhance the learning experiences of the children and this week Year 3 were visited by a member of the Vietnam National Coast Guard, Mr. Ngo Van Nam. He was here to answer the children’s questions and then as part of their literacy topic, they will be writing letters to him and his crew, hoping to receive a reply. In last week’s assembly, we were also entertained by Mr. Barney and the members of his Ukelele ECA. He was a accompanied by Dieu Anh, a Year 10 student who was completing part of her Duke of Edinburgh service. Mr. Barney has written more about this here