This week the children in Years 4, 5 and 6 took their learning outside of the classroom as they embarked on their residential trips.
On Monday both Year 5 and Year 6 set off on their two night, three day residential trips to Ba Vi and Mai Chau respectively and on Tuesday, Year 4 ventured off to La Ferme Du Colvert for their one night residential. These trips provide the children with an invaluable opportunity not only to learn about the curriculum they study in class first hand, but also to learn a lot about themselves when they are learning and living in an environment away from school and home. Other than the educational and social benefits, research has proven that school residentials have a positive effect on children’s self-esteem and confidence levels, thereby improving their emotional health and wellbeing. Taking responsibility, relaxing and playing with friends, claiming their independence, making their own decisions and building new friendships are just a few of the opportunities the children have. Many of these were evident to me as I greeted the children on their return to school; children come back from trips a little different, more mature and confident, ready to fly in their final term of the year. Many thanks to all the staff that supported these trips and made them such a success and such memorable experiences for the children.
The week was concluded with our EYFS and prize giving assembly. In the past I have sat in these assemblies and observed with pride the talent and achievements of our children. This term however, I was the one standing at the front and leading this. Your children never cease to amaze me, I delight in the pride and joy they experience when awarded a special prize and the musical and dance performances which showcase such a breadth of talent. I would like to thank Miss Emily (Primary Music) and Miss Kaye (Primary Art and Dance) for their passion and commitment to the teaching of their subjects. The standard and progress of the children in both Music and Dance is phenomenal.
Finally, I wish the best of luck to our Primary sports team who fly off to Thanyapura, for the FOBISIA Friendly Games on the 1st May and look forward to welcoming them back to school on Monday 7th May and hearing of their adventures. My sincere thanks go to Mr Brookfield, Mr Potts and Ms Nguyet who have worked tirelessly to prepare the children for this trip and who will be accompanying them. Me, I shall be flying off to Shanghai to see Mr West and look forward to some travelling and exploring of our new future home.
I wish you all a very safe and restful holiday.