The big event this coming week is the Infants Shakespeare Festival, which is the culmination of many hours of work by teachers, children and of course wonderfully helpful parents. Everyone is very excited, and the dress rehearsals put on for the Primary School, went very well. The Primary children were delighted. The venue, despite early reservations, has proved to be excellent for an Infants performance, being contained and somewhat intimate, and the young voices were more easily heard. Teachers have voted to keep the “Secret Service” practice going for another while, as it has been so very successful, and they have noticed an increase of kindness amongst the children.
The gods were definitely on our side on sports day and everyone was commenting on the benign weather which helped to make the day such a pleasant and successful one. Another aspect that contributed to the success of the event was the attitude of the children. At Assembly on Monday the Headmaster asked the children about good sportsmanship and many of them spoke of courage, honouring each other’s performance, cheering each other’s houses and giving full support to those children who are not quite so sporty. The event is an end in itself and can be enjoyed by all, winners, losers and spectators. This is an ethos which will hold the children in good stead as they get older and it should be totally encouraged. An enormous amount of work goes into the organisation of this and a “technological first” should be noted – Mrs Layton recorded results directly onto the computer! Many thanks to Mrs Dunn and Mrs Layton. The next major event is the Infant’s Shakespeare festival beginning this week with full dress rehearsals staged for the Primary.
Last Monday in Assembly the children were asked how the secret service was going. They gave many observations of kindness and generosity to their fellow class mates, and others. It’s very encouraging to see the children look after and care for each other. We will continue this practice for another week or two because the children are enjoying it, and it obviously makes them happy.
Teachers’ Day Assembly was beautiful and the usual abundance of flowers demonstrated the parents’ generosity and gratitude. In the assembly the Headmaster pointed out that everyone has teachers, even the teachers themselves! We can all learn from each other and it’s very good to acknowledge this.
We trust that the “Secret Service” is going well, but as it’s a secret we really don’t know! However, we can surmise from the general atmosphere in the classrooms and the kindness and helpfulness of the children that it is going well.
By Mrs Donald – Infants Mistress; Mrs McKendrick – Primary Mistress The school precinct is benefiting from the children’s “Secret Service” which involves not only performing small acts of kindness and consideration towards each other and teachers, but also keeping their classrooms tidy and spaces outside their classrooms free from clutter and rubbish. Congratulations to all! We are encouraging the children to practise this at home also! We will keep this service as a focus for the next week or two.