One of my earliest childhood memories involves my father sitting by my bedside reading a fairy story to myself and my siblings. Whilst he read, we drifted off to sleep and dreamed magical dreams. In the morning we lifted our pillows and found a letter from either Peter Pan or Wendy, thanking us for our visit to Fairyland. We were also delighted to see that we had received a small souvenir (a special feather or another gift) which would remind us of our experience. Each week, we would also visit the local library and independently choose books in preparation for our special Saturday night treat which involved being allowed to keep our bedroom light lit until 9pm in order to read our books. This was always a special evening for us children. Reading was never a chore, it was a pleasure and still to this day whenever I see a book I am filled with excitement. As teachers, we aim to nurture a real passion for books and reading but it is important that our homes are filled with books and pleasurable story time experiences.
This week, during Book Week, we have celebrated the joy which reading can bring to our lives. We held a colourful character parade on Sunday, thank you once again to all the parents who were able to provide a costume and thank you also to those who were able to attend. On Wednesday, we were also privileged to welcome two visitors from Juilliard who used music and the performing arts to not only stimulate the children’s imagination but to conjure up feelings and emotions through the media of music and acting. The children thoroughly enjoyed this session and the following classroom workshops. This week, I also had the opportunity to share one of my favourite books with children in Years 1 to Year 6. My story, ‘Emily’s Legs’ delivered a very important message which I hope your children will be able to share at home. The week ended with a special book-themed assembly led by our Head of English, Colm O’Brien. I would like to thank Colm and all the staff for making this an inspirational week whilst thanking all the parents who visited our classrooms in order to share a book with the children.
Please remember that the teachers will be holding parent consultations next week. This is a valuable opportunity for our staff to share some of your child’s successes and areas for development. If you are unable to attend, it is important that you email the class teacher to organise another appointment.
Following last week’s Class Representatives meeting and the receipt of our Parents’ Survey we are now looking for ways in which we can further improve our partnership between home and school and identify ways in which we can communicate better. In response to requests from parents we will now be sending our weekly learning letter via email and Class Dojo. The school also plans to provide more academic, Year Group specific workshops for parents and to host termly Open Mornings. These will begin in the Autumn term. Thank you once again to all the parents who completed the survey and to our Class Representatives for your thoughts and ideas.
To conclude this week’s message, I would like to leave you with a small but important quote:
‘Children are made readers on the laps of their parents’.
On behalf of our team, I would like to wish you all a wonderful weekend.
Head of Campus, Gharaffa