The Voice of st leonards junior school

Behind the study door

The latest publication of the IB World Magazine features ten leaders in their field. Each one, pictured below are renowned for achieving extraordinary things. To highlight a few examples, Julie Payette became the first IB graduate in space, whilst Shanta Devarajan has inspired many from his work on poverty reduction at the World Bank. Dr Abiodun Williams is the first president of the Hague Institute for Global Justice and Divya Nag is a high-flying scientist. They have all studied the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme and have gone on to make a significant contribution to the world. Whilst they only represent a very small proportion of people who achieve amazing things, I was immediately struck by what inspiring role models they are for our pupils starting their IB journey. There is no doubt that the skills they developed from a very young age in problem solving, thinking out of the box, taking risks and learning to be compassionate and caring have all stood them in good stead and propelled them to where they are now.

(from top left) Dr Abiodun Williams, Avantika Hari, Divya Nag, Dan Clark, Jessica Misener, Julie Payette, Maya Krishnan, Shanta Devarajan, Darryl Sharpton, Tom Adams

I also have no doubt that they have had to overcome considerable challenges and turned setbacks into springboards.

In my assembly on Monday I asked how many of the children had dreams of what they will achieve later on in life, and almost everyone put their hands up enthusiastically. They should never lose sight of their ambitions and dreams for the future, and overcoming challenges and obstacles will form an essential part of getting there. We all have role models, and in an age where social media has such an influence (sometimes negative) on us, it has never been more important to seek inspiration from incredible people from all walks of life, such as the ten pictured above.

We have catapulted towards Half Term at such a rate, and have come to the end of an immensely busy week. It was great to see so many of you at our parents' evenings this week, and at our two informal concerts latterly. My Half Term letter gives more insight into these events, but I should stress how immensely proud I am of all that the children have achieved in so many areas of school life. It has been an industrious and successful first half of term, and it is good to see St Leonards buzzing.

I wish you all a wonderful Half Term.

William Goldsmith

We would like to extend our thanks to all pupils and parents who supported our Open Day on Saturday. It was incredibly well attended and there was a real buzz around the Junior and Senior School. With many prospective parents, we are absolutely delighted with the response.

Informal Concerts

The Years 4-7 informal concert on Thursday provided a feast of musical performances
Years 1-3 Informal Concert

Our Informal Concerts delighted audiences on Thursday and Friday morning this week, and I would like to congratulate all those who took part. We enjoyed many solo performances, the String Ensemble and Year 2 String players, as well as a wonderfully rousing ending from our Years 1-3.

Standing up in front of an audience is daunting, and I was most impressed by the confidence of our young performers, as well as their playing,

Well done to all those who performed.

Congratulations to all those who took part in the informal concerts this week
Harvest Festival Assembly

Yr5 and Hamish Sneddon’s Bible Unwrapped group presented a fantastic assembly to the Junior School and parents on Wednesday to celebrate the Harvest and to display the foodbank donations collected that will be given to the local Storehouse Foodbank in St Andrews. Around one quarter of children in St Andrews will use/have used the foodbank, and Year 5 have included this action as part of their Unit Of Inquiry, Rights and Responsibilities. A huge thank you to all who have contributed to help others less fortunate.

Our Harvest Festival Assembly, Wednesday, 12 October
Thank you to the whole community for donating so generously to our Harvest appeal

Fun Run

Running for the RNLI, Friday, 14 October 2016

Whole school community events are always wonderful to get everyone together, and my enduring memory of the charity fun run on Friday was seeing so many older children running with our P1s, 2s and 3s. This comradeship defines a special community and I was delighted that everyone threw themselves into the run. With wonderful costumes on display - notably the post box and monopoly board, there were some impressive performances. I would like to particularly congratulate Francis (Year 2) for completing 7 laps. Our charity this year is the RNLI, and I encourage all our children to get sponsorship over Half Term and we ask that money is returned to the school office on Monday, 31 October.

Well done to everyone who took part.

Our Fancy dress costume winners
Parminder Singh, father of Amol in Yr5 came into Year 5 and gave a PowerPoint presentation all about the work of the UN and it's function, accompanied by tasty Pakoras from Mrs Singh!
U12 Girls enjoyed a thrilling 3-3 draw vs. Lathallan on Wednesday
Year 3 enjoyed their 'Pool Party' with Miss Dawson
Year 3 have been busy interviewing parents (and staff) as part of their Unit of Inquiry. Mrs Brown also very kindly showed us her office and a seminar room at the University of St Andrews.
Our Year 1s have had a fantastic first Half of Term and it has been wonderful to see them all grow in confidence

Copy of Year 1s Half Term poster:

"Year 1 are superstars because we have learnt how to play nicely, how to write some sounds, how to spell some words, how to read some words, how to play in mentone, how to use kind hands and work hard, how to write numbers, how to play games nicely, how to be nice, how to stay safe in school, how to paint and draw, and to be respectful. Most of all, we have had lots of fun"

Many Happy Returns to...

We wish the following a very Happy Birthday:Jennifer, Nikolas, Scarlett, Emily, Ollie, Harriet, Scott

Theme for the week

In assembly on Monday, we watched clips featuring two very different people (see below). One is an acclaimed adventurer, whilst the other beat the odds to become the first British Olympic Skier since 1929. What they both have in common is the significant setbacks they have experienced in their pursuit to achieve great things. Bear Grylls broke his back in 3 different places following a sky-diving accident. Whilst Eddie the Eagle (aka Michael Edwards) overcomes a great deal to take part in the Olympic Games, his lifelong ambition. Against the odds, neither give up and Bear climbs Everest, whilst Michael becomes the first British skier since 1929 to reach the Winter Olympics. The theme this week is to see set backs as spring boards to realise your ambition and dreams, and never let these dreams out of your sight.

To quote a famous Chinese proverb: "Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up".

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