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Friday 22nd May
A wonderful day at school.
My school day started today with a premises meeting at 7.30. Representing the school GB were Louise Groves and Stephen Perugi, school staff were represented by myself, Ben our site manager and Liz, clerk to the GB. We were joined by 3 gentlemen from the team who are designing our new buildings to cater for the expansion to a Primary School. We looked at the latest plans, discussed possible adjustments and time scales, and discussed parent involvement in the process. The public consultation on the change of school type has gone through with no objections, and the next hurdle will be the planning consultation. I think the plans will be ready for you to see by mid -June – we will publicise the meeting as soon as we know a final date.
It was interesting to see the plans, and to have the chance to ask for some changes and improvements to lay- out and design. The school team are very excited by the changes ahead!
The meeting finished at 10.15, and I thought it was time to see some children instead of just discussing their needs in the abstract. It was rather a surprise when in the first 3 year 1 classes I visited, I was greeted with cries saying “Mrs Carr – you were the giraffe!” I must admit I was totally mystified, until it was explained that there was a giraffe on the playground this morning encouraging families to walk to school. Even some of the parents told me they liked my giraffe costume at pick-up time today.
In Opal class, Carol Shiels was busy teaching the children about being a scientist, and so I was greeted by a skeleton standing sentry in the corner of the room. The children have learned so much from these visits, and I would like to encourage any other parents who have got skills or knowledge to share from their world of work to let their class teachers know. We would love more sessions like this, and it is so inspiring for the children.
In Jet class, the children were involved in some peer massage training from our visiting peer massage teacher. I walked in at just the right moment, and was invited to be the adult massaged in the demonstration. I must admit I found the experience very relaxing and also energising – I can understand why the children love it so much. It is lovely to watch the respect and consideration they show for each other during their sessions.
Year 2’s Forest adventures are going very well. Last week, Opal class had a go at lighting a fire by making a spark:
Tyler persevered until he lit the fire. He then showed Amili how to use the steel sticks.
Ollie Gowe took his time: 'I want to watch and learn. I want to go last so I know the most.'
Amili said 'It's quite hard isn't it.'
Leon persevered with the steel stick. He came back at the end to try again. He kept trying until he did it. 'I found it really hard.'
They made necklaces out of elder twig:
Lola was very helpful - 'Mariah, I found if you lick the string it works better.'
Anna, 'The pith needs to be quite big inside the elder then it's easier to thread.'
Emily, 'It smells lovely.' Axel, 'Mine can be lots of things. A lute, or a hanger or a fire torch.'
My favourite comment comes from Herb: 'This is the best day of my life.'