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Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 30th November, 2018

Nov 30, 2018


30 November 2018

 

Dear Parents

6P Assembly
Thank you 6P for your assembly about aspirations. Your assembly took place on St. Andrew’s Day, the Patron Saint of Scotland, and we enjoyed learning all about St Andrew and why he is special to Scotland. We also really enjoyed hearing about your aspirations and what you hope to achieve in your lives. These were really interesting, ranging from authors to architects to professional footballers. I am sure that if you keep ‘Aiming High’ you will accomplish your goals. 6P finished by telling the story of a tiny caterpillar and the hard work he had to put in to achieve his true potential. We were very interested in the variety of topics you covered in this assembly and the important underlying message. Thank you 6P and Mrs Prince for organising the assembly.

Winter Fayre
Thank you to everyone who supported the Winter Fayre today. It was lovely to see all the children making gifts to sell and contributing towards raising funds for the school. Thank you to all the staff, parents and especially Ms Eccles for organising this event. There will be a full report in next week’s newsletter.

Christmas Season
We are now starting our busy run-up to Christmas. Carol Service and Nativity rehearsals have started and the Christmas decorations are going up on Monday.
Dates for the Diary:
Tuesday 11th Nativity 2pm
Wednesday 12th Nativity 6pm
Thursday 13th Carol Service 6pm.
Wednesday 19th End of Term 3.30pm.

HPPTA News
The Halloween disco raised a fantastic £399.56 for PTA funds. Thank you to all who helped organise, run and support the event. Ms Eccles

Out and About with our Student Council
Our Student Council meets each Wednesday morning with representatives from every class from Year 1 upwards. The children discuss upcoming events, issues around school and ideas for the future. Its work has led to many changes across the school over the years and I think it is very important that we listen to the children as they often see things in a different light or issues that the staff may not have considered. This has been a particularly busy term for the Student Council with the selection of the school charity for this year. This whole process starts with the children discussing the charities, followed by our charities assembly and the final vote which is undertaken by Year 6. This was quickly followed by Children In Need with the children once again choosing what they wanted to do and relaying that information through the Student Council. Other topics of discussion this term have been playground equipment, suggestions to bring back a few of their favourite recipes in the dining room and movement in and out of the cloakrooms. This week Frank and James were first to arrive at the meeting with notebooks in hand and raring to go. They were quickly followed by Lyla and some of the older pupils. After we rounded up the Infants, the meeting began. We initially discussed upcoming events, the Nativity and the Carol Service, and reminded the children to make sure that their class knew the dates and the arrangements for these events. The children then brought up any issues and concerns raised by their class Ayesha said that Mr Drake and Miss Macklam had spoken to their classes about the cloakroom and the children were being much more courteous towards each other, taking turns and helping each other. The children were then very keen to tell me what their class was making for the Winter Fayre. Aadi told me that his class had decorated different pegs which could be used as note or calendar holders; Lyla said that they had been making Christmas Puddings; Frank and James said that they had been decorating plant pots with reindeer and snowmen and Raj and Esme were very keen to tell me that they had decorated plastic cups which were going to be used to serve hot chocolate. The children were all very excited and were very pleased to be playing a central part in this year’s Winter Fayre. The meeting concluded with children saying that they only had three meetings left before the Christmas break and chattering away about all the upcoming events.

Merit Awards
RB: Haya RH: Yusef 1D: Monty 1W: Penny 2E: Lola
3J: Diya 3M: Hayden 4D: Talia 4S: Reya 5M: Martha 6H: Natasha 6P: The Whole Class
Monitor of the week: Aishah
High 5 Award: Manavi

Thought for the Week
‘You have to dream before your dreams can come true’ A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Yours sincerely

 


J M Duke
Headmaster

 

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

Aristotle

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