Making the Most of Every Day
I can hardly believe we have reached the midway point of Summer Term already. The expression 'time flies when you’re having fun' certainly rings true. This, in turn, leads me to think about the importance of making the most of each day and investing time in the things that matter, whether that is your work, personal goals or the special people in our lives. Our children have demonstrated this investment in so many ways this term.
This week, Year 6 have shown incredible focus and investment, having been challenged to work together for an exhibition project. They are conducting personal research, and many have asked for extra prep time during play and lunch to carry on with their projects. Sheer dedication!
Today’s Talent Show, too, was an incredible event run by the pupils for the pupils. Children could be spotted rehearsing round every corner as they sought to entertain and impress their peers, and my, what a show it was! We can all be proud of the many and varied talents of our Junior School girls and boys.
Some of the children also took the time to write to their favourite authors and have already been rewarded with replies. Comedian and children’s author David Walliams was amongst those who wrote back, much to the pupils’ delight!
On the theme of reading, some of our talented Year 9 students have designed and created reading ‘swap boxes’ as part of their MYP Community Project. They took the time to think of something that would be of real use and interest to the Junior School children, as well as make a difference to our planet. The boxes have been placed around school and I hope that many children will make use of them by bringing in books to swap from home. Happy reading, and I look forward to hearing about all the new genres and titles discovered through this initiative!
Finally, we welcomed many special visitors at our Grandparents and Relatives Afternoon. The children were incredibly excited and proud to show off their school, leading friends and family round their favourite haunts. As teachers, we know and truly appreciate the time and effort that the children's immediate and extended family and friends commit to ensuring that they are supported and cared for. It makes a tremendous difference to a child's education and wellbeing when those closest to them, take the time to listen and show an active interest in what they are doing.
The Parent Institute, a source of invaluable family involvement information, comments that, 'Investing in regular quality time with your child, especially when your child gets to lead the activities, can result in them generally feeling so much more settled, less stressed, more secure, confident and more cooperative. Creating quality time with each child also tends to greatly minimise sibling rivalry. Children crave quality time with their parents because they have such a deep innate and healthy drive for that attention.' I know that this is not always an easy task with a busy school day, after-school activities, homework and so many other commitments, but quality time invested in the people who matter the most is ever regretted.
With this is mind, I hope that you all have a productive Half Term. Use it well and fill it with time spent on some of the things that matter the most to you.
John Muir Award
JOHN MUIR AWARD | Junior School pupils started the John Muir Award this week, discovering the value of the nearby Eden Estuary and how human activity has changed it, as well as what we can do to alleviate some of the pressures on the area. This week's activities included helping to restore the salt marshes!
Year 4 Assembly
YEAR 4 ASSEMBLY | Year 4 led an engaging and very informative assembly on ‘Healthy Eating’ on Wednesday morning, tying in with their recent PYP Unit of Inquiry into Healthy Lifestyles.
Pupils prepared and delivered sketches giving advice on how to eat healthily and the benefits of this on energy levels, general health and well-being.
Thank you to Year 4P and 4C for leading such a great assembly for parents, staff and pupils!
Year 3 Presentations
YEAR 3 PRESENTATIONS | The Year 3 pupils presented their Unit of Inquiry presentations to their peers on Wednesday this week, having worked very hard on these, producing some lovely posters on snakes, sloths, tigers, orangutans and koalas. The children presented their work by creating PowerPoint presentations, which were amazing. we had polar bears, hedgehogs, red pandas, giant pandas, macaws, rhinoceros, turtles and snow leopards.
The children had worked very hard on these presentations, learning lots of new information about their chosen animals and the struggles they have to survive. A lot of the presentations told us how animal habitats were being destroyed and what we can do to save them.
Well done Year 3, you have made your teacher very proud!
Mrs Beebee, Year 3 Class Teacher
Year 4 Camp Out
YEAR 4 CAMP OUT | The Year 4 pupils set up camp on Fives Court last Friday night, settling down on a warm May evening for hot chocolate and fireside treats, as well as homemade pizza from the Ollerenshaw wood-fired oven, before sleeping under canvas.
On Saturday morning, it was time for bacon rolls all round in the Outdoor Learning Area. We are pleased to report everyone was still smiling, despite the dreich weekend weather!
Fives Court Races
FIVES COURT RACES | The boys and girls in Years 1 & 2 spent a sunny Friday morning taking part in races outside on Fives Court. A brilliant way to round off the first half of Summer Term in PE!
CLAY CREATIONS | Year 2 have done a tremendous job creating their own mini-beast scenes out of clay. The children loved handling this new medium and modelling their insects and leaves into the shapes they wanted. Once the tiles had been baked in the kiln, everyone glazed and painted their works of art.
We think you'll agree, they have all produced inspiring pieces, and they are, rightly, very proud of the end result. Do come in and have a look for yourselves, if you haven't had a chance already - Year 2's tiles are on display outside their classroom!
Mrs Lindsay, Year 2 Class Teacher
TENNIS TOURNAMENT | The U11 and U13 girls welcomed visiting schools for the St Leonards Invitational Tennis Tournament on Thursday afternoon. Two of our Junior School players, Anna (Year 4) and Katie (Year 5) participated as guests for the Strathallan U11 team, winning the competition. The pair relaxed afterwards with the most sought-after prize in tennis - a Jannetta's ice cream!
Well done to all the girls involved.
Year 1-3 Informal Concert
YEAR 1-3 INFORMAL CONCERT | From ABBA to snare drums and Beethoven, this morning's Year 1-3 Informal Concert in the Auditorium was a huge success, and possibly our busiest programme yet! The audience enjoyed performances from the Year 2 String Group, recorder duets, piano solos and a Lower School song at the end. Well done to the following pupils who performed this morning: Amber, Paula, James, Holly, Olivia, Monty, Harris, Mia, Al, Cara, Khan, Ruben, Sofia, Marta, Bella, Ishbel, Jonathan, all our Lower School strings players, and every child in Years 1-3, who took part in 'I've Got a Song' to round off the concert.
Grandparents & Relatives Afternoon
GRANDPARENTS & RELATIVES AFTERNOON | Thank you to all who joined us on Thursday for our Grandparents & Relatives Afternoon. The children were so excited to be able to show their friends and family members their school, and take them round their favourite haunts.
After a superb concert in the Music School Auditorium, everyone headed to the CDR, where a delicious afternoon tea was laid out, complete with white tablecloths, scones with cream and jam, strawberry tarts and finger sandwiches. A wonderful occasion, and we hope you enjoy browsing the photo highlights above.