A change is as good as a break

​ That's how the saying goes but is it really true? This first week back after a half-term break has been as busy as any other beginning with Assembly on Monday where the Y2 children arrived in their wonderful Victorian costumes – the boys dutifully took off their caps as all good Victorian children would have done when they were indoors. I believe...
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One more trial…

​ Do I mean trail as in a path or trial as in question? Hopefully by the end of this you will be clearer. The weather has been magnificent this week; it's been such a long time in coming but now hopefully it is here to stay. If it does, then when we return it might be the time to start talking to your children about sun-safety; wearing a hat, apply...
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With a little help from my friends

​ There are so many people to thank this week; I hope I don't miss anyone out. It's also difficult to know where to start. Mrs Ford deserves credit as she has again stepped up this week to help during some absences and busier times in the office, always meeting and greeting with a smile but also this week, has been on hand to help out with the coll...
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Now it’s over to them…

For our Year 6 pupils, next week is such a vital one. They have spent this term preparing to show the very best of themselves in their SATs tests and following reports from both Mr Bird and Mrs Lockhart, they are absolutely ready. My gratitude to the staff for teaching them so well while also maintaining the sense of perspective that is so importan...
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A slight delay

Yes, it's true...many of us don't have to go to work on Monday so next week starts a little later and then it will soon be the next weekend. How exciting is that? Between now and then, we are hosting a Transition Event for our feeder nursery schools, Y5 are undertaking some road safety work, Y1 & Y2 have their Cross Country event, on Thursday w...
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Teething Troubles

The new Catering Manager has begun this week, and as to be expected, things haven't gone perfectly smoothly. I need to take responsibility for part of this as it was my decision to temporarily remove the option of baguettes so that Mr Cunningham could get to know the kitchen, the staff and the menus. The result of this decision is that there have b...
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Did you spot them?

​ Last week, in my haste to put my thoughts down on paper, I neglected to share the first draft with my trusty proof readers and therefore a few errors went undetected. A few of my colleagues kindly believed that these were purposeful but sadly, this was not the case. I hope that if you did see these errors, you felt either they were deliberate too...
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Taking responsibly

What can any one of us control? I choose what to write here, trying to inform, engage and even entertain; how successful I am will depend on your response to each piece. However, I always share these musings with various colleagues before publishing. Occasionally they question a section or line but I make the decision on what to do with their sugge...
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Celebrating STEM

This week, although I have had many meetings to attend, I have also had a few opportunities across the week to visit some classes to see what Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths activities they have been engaging with. This began for me on Monday afternoon when Y6 were given the challenge of building the tallest possible tower out of simply ...
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Wild Wednesday

A first… a mid-week Musing but this one can't wait for a number of reasons. Firstly, the title would be wasted, secondly there is a staff member who could do with a bit of cheering up and thirdly, a huge thank you is deserved to a parent and other staff. Before I get to the main point of this musing, a little mention about the wind. Wow! It wa...
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Stories to tell...

While last week was one of unexpected events, this one has gone more to plan yet that hasn't meant there has been any lull. While Monday and Tuesday will have had their own highlights for individuals and classes, the only thing of note more generally was the cancellation of the Fire Brigade talk to Y3; this is being re-arranged. The fun began in ea...
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A crazy week

I can barely remember a week like this; we began with glorious sunshine that saw the children out on the field from Monday through Wednesday enjoying themselves during break times like it was high Summer. I guess this was enhanced by our memories of last year when we were all bracing ourselves against the "Beast from the East". Then suddenly on Thu...
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Goodbye / Welcome back

That is the end of the first half of the year, well, technically we passed that a while ago as this is the end of week 21 out of 39 but who's counting. The weather too seems to have begun to turn a corner; after some frosty mornings the afternoons have been glorious and I sincerely hope it continues into next week so that we can enjoy some time out...
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Mini-marvels

I've had the pleasure with working with some of our younger children this week and am thrilled to have seen how engaging, keen and independent they are. At first, I spent a couple of days in Y2 where I saw in one class, the children tackle pictograms and tally charts confidently and then in the other class, they began writing limericks. How pleased...
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A flurry of …

Ideas; it had to be this as there was no snow! This morning I heard a British lady speaking from Chicago on the news about it being a balmy -27 o C there after ridiculously extreme low temperatures – the final comment in that report was that it takes a lot to make that city shut down. However, I am feeling fairly smug as I gave up on trusting any o...
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Finger on the pulse

This week I seem to have spent a lot of time taking the 'temperature of the school'; this has been through listening, watching and talking to lots of different people – Governors, staff members of all categories, parents and children – as well as walking around with my eyes and mind open. What view do I have? What about other people? Two plans whic...
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Aspire and Inspire

It is fair to say that this week, I have found it difficult to identify what to use as the basis of these musings. That was until this lunchtime's run. While I was doing my laps, I had the chance to think freely and watching those around me, an idea formed as well as the title of this short piece. As Head Teacher, I have to set high expectations of...
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Run, Forest, …

A New Year is often a time to start something new and is frequently linked to giving up on something. The media is full of "Veganuary" and "Dry January" and many people set themselves goals such as joining a gym. This week saw us start our Daily Mile again; it has been nearly 2 whole months since I ran so I was a little cautious and nervous about m...
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Back to reality (Earth) with a bump

Although only two school days into 2019, it has been a memorable start, especially for one class who were treated to a morning of 'Space Exploration' today to inspire their writing. For the rest of us, the sudden drop in temperature will have added something to our morning routines whether that is having to scrape the car or put on a thicker coat. ...
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Brrr

No, not a spelling mistake but a reflection of the turn in the weather this week – I even put a coat on for 10 minutes. If this continues, please do begin, or continue, to provide your children with appropriate outdoor clothing, including on their Games days. I hope like me, you enjoyed the Dance Shows this week and were rightly impressed by the ch...
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