A few members of our community are starting to make and throw snow balls, which is even more captivating for me after living in South East Asia for the past 11 years! My first dose of Christmas came earlier this week as I watched the children at the Dab campus perform a set of lively Xmas songs in their super sparkly and festive clothing. Despite the lack of a parent audience this year, the children confidently guided the small audience through the story of Ralph the Reindeer and Beegu’s adventures around the world. Luckily, the parents will get a copy of the video of all these performances in time for Christmas. I would like to say a big thank you to the teachers and teaching assistants who worked really hard to bring our young children to the stage, and to the parents who rehearsed lines and songs with their children to make this year’s performance spectacular.
Building and maintaining communities during COVID times can be very difficult however, when creative minds get together, then barriers can be crossed and communities can still remain strong. I would like to highlight some of the great meet ups which have happened recently. Firstly, I must thank Dr. Latkowski and the PTA for bringing our first virtual quiz night to the TBS community last Friday night. When planning a traditional event in a very different way, we venture into the unknown. We shouldn’t have been worried however as the superb turnout showed a great willingness to give it a try! The outcome: 12 teams of between 6 and 10 people took part in a really pleasurable evening of Indian food, challenging questions and team banter! The only question I have is, when are we having the next one?
Families may also have tuned into the Geography Department’s sharing of the David Attenborough film, ‘A life on our Planet’. We had approximately 100 people from our community who viewed the film yesterday evening, many of whom stayed to discuss environmental issues after the showing. I also know how much our primary families have enjoyed the community cookery sessions over the past 3 weeks. I must admit, the gingerbread, pizzas and Ancient Roman dishes have looked incredibly tasty and the feedback we have had has been so positive. And, what is the festive season without a pantomime? This afternoon, the Primary team are also engaging our community in a viewing of a traditional pantomime version of Aladdin. I hope many of you snuggle down and enjoy!
Next week, we have a number of festive events including our virtual Christmas Fair which will lead us all to a well-deserved Christmas holidays. This term has been challenging in a number of different ways but I would like to say thank you to our community of teachers and teaching assistants who have used their incredible skills to deliver a varied programme of quality learning for our children. In addition, a big thank you to our parents who have worked closely in partnership with us and have kept spirits high through positive feedback.
Lastly, I must congratulate the PTA on their organisation of the Christmas Giving Tree. I am delighted to say that our community have been successful in reaching the target of 40,000 zl and as a consequence many children will benefit this Christmas. The first delivery of gifts was made last weekend and the gifts will be presented to the children, by the organisation on Christmas Eve.
I wish you all a lovely festive holiday.