This week saw the start of our final extra-curricular activities, ECAs, for this academic year. There are many exciting opportunities that the children have been able to sign-up for. A full range of artistic, creative, sporting and thinking activities so that your children can potentially try something new. To try to find a different interest, to be ambitious and find something to be successful at, is always our philosophy. It does not matter on gender, ability, or age – we can all try new things. Of course, certain activities are often stereo-typed and we do help our children learn the importance to do whatever you want, whoever you are. We are equal and fair. Many schools, in my experience, have to encourage reading for boys. There are often more reluctant male readers than female. However, Mr. Sutton’s library/reading ECA, is oversubscribed with just boys. I think this gives an indication of the love for reading your children have and also breaks some stereotypes people hold.
This week, I was joined by many of the class and year group representatives for one of our twice termly meetings. These are such good occasions to hear and gather feedback on what the majority of you are feeling. This time, we discussed items such as end of year parties for staff and children, that will hopefully be more collaborative, charity choices made by the children and how we can increase Community Service, and we also agreed on a new format for curriculum information to be shared with you. Parents will receive a separate e-mail about this but essentially the concept is designed so you have up-to-date information about what the children are learning in any given week for you to support their learning at home more effectively. We do hope you find this useful.
Have a great long weekend and we look forward to seeing the children next Wednesday, 3rd May.
Mr Nicholas West – Head of Primary