Head Teacher's Blog

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

It was very exciting to see everyone back at school this morning and hear the shared feeling on the playground that it felt good to shed the pyjamas and get back into school uniform and routine.

In assembly this morning I enjoyed hearing about how Year 1 and 2 had celebrated the New Year. Lots of children then talked confidently about their New Year resolution. We understood a resolution was something we might want to change, start or stop. From learning to ride a bike without stabilisers, making their bed every morning and walking their dog the children shared their thoughts about how 2020 will be a great year for them.

Evie in Year 2 talked about 2020 being the year she moves to the Junior School, Zach told us about his plans to move house, Torr is looking forward to celebrating his Grandmas 70th birthday and Sofia shared her political intentions.

We left assembly feeling very positive and definitely looking forward to the year ahead. I hope you too had a break away from school and I wish you all the best for a healthy and happy 2020.

What a very Generous Christmas!

If you are coming to watch a Christmas performance in the coming days you will not fail to notice the dazzling Christmas Tree in the hall. This year we invited children to make a decoration for the tree and have been very impressed with their creativity! Some Year 2 children told me a bit more about their decorations:

Caleb: It was a snowman and it had ice skates on and it was squashy and fuzzy.

Freya: I made a Christmas elf out of green paper and I decorated it and I cut lots of shapes out, especially big ones.

Eleanor: I made a Scandinavian and Danish star out of red paper, it had flowers on it and it was a small one. I shared these with people at Global Families.

Our Christmas tree is not only exceptionally well decorated but is also bulging with presents thanks to the huge generosity of the parents and carers at Bernards Heath. For the last few years we have collected gifts to donate to families who may struggle to find the extra money for presents at Christmas. By asking for donations from our school community we have been able to make a our most significant contribution to the Vineyard Church yet. These presents will be given out in conjunction with their Feed food bank project supporting anyone who needs it. It is always good to remember that many families find the pressures at Christmas overwhelming and that so many people are just one or two months wages away from life changing financial circumstances. I would like to thank everyone who has donated a gift and also remind you that you can visit the Vineyard Church website to find out how to access support for yourself or make a donation.