Year 6 returned to the fold on Saturday afternoon after a busy week in France. While the outward journey had been a bit bumpy, the return ferry crossing was definitely less comfortable. But the children were all cheery and talkative. My thanks to all the staff for supporting this expedition, especially Mr Brett for his meticulous organisation.
We have continued to be treated to brilliant music concerts this week: piano, guitar and singing soloists bringing this series to a close. I have been particularly impressed with the much greater audience numbers than for last term’s concerts; averaging 35+. It is always rewarding for the children to see a large number of their friends in attendance, as well as their parents when possible. But I have noted that more senior pupils are supporting the younger ones as well; House Captains in evidence this week.
Almost all children in the Prep have been completing their CAT tests in the past two weeks, and we will let parents know as soon as results can be accessed. A small portion of Year 6 children have also been subjected to pre-testing for senior schools; the start of ‘the season’! It is such a pity that these assessments come early in a child’s development, but senior schools are in the driving seat.
Food worries. It is a longstanding school rule that children may not bring in to school any food or sweets. However, some parents are sending children in with snacks or items of food that they might consume independently. Of course, if a child has a specific dietary need we usually already know about it, and cater for it. But the current growth of ‘snacking’ is problematic: the biggest issue is that we have no means of ensuring that what is brought in is absolutely nut-free – which it MUST be due to the small number of children with life-threatening allergies. There are other reasons for this rule, that I don’t need to rehearse with parents. If you have a genuine concern about the amount of food your child is consuming in school, or any other worry about food/dietary matters, please contact Susie Patten (firstname.lastname@example.org). It should be possible to sort out any issues this way. Please would parents not provide any food or sweets for children to bring in to school from the re-start after half term. We will be emphasising this to children.
Do you have any unwanted/outgrown children’s sports clothing in good condition? If so, please click on this link, where you will find out how we might help children at a local school.
Finally, our best wishes to those travelling to Spain for the Sports Tour. I’m sure it will be a worthwhile trip, but we’re watching that it doesn’t get ‘too’ interesting with regard to the political situation.
Have a great half term.