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Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 8

The half term break has flown past for many of the Senior Girls who have crammed a huge amount of learning and activity into each day. They have ventured to many countries with too many highlights to list them all here. I should,  however, like to give a huge vote of thanks to all of my colleagues for leading and accompanying our youngsters and enabling them to have so many wonderful experiences.

This has been a week when we have been reflecting on how we can ensure that we support, rather than hinder, each other and the importance of the way that we speak to and treat each other. So the assembly this week was on ‘Kindness’ and next week running alongside our Anti Bullying Week we are celebrating a week of kindness acts within the school. Kindness is a virtue that Claires Court holds very dear and not only is it the ethos of a happy school society but it is one of the best ways to achieve individual well-being too. As Dr O’Grady, an expert in neuroscience and education, reports: “Kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by feeling it so that they can reproduce it”.

Reading occupies my thoughts this week and I cannot emphasis enough the importance of regular reading and our Accelerated Reader Scheme, with its aim to encourage more and wider reading. The Library Team are always on the lookout for even more ways to get girls reading, so please encourage them to make regular visits to the library so they can browse without being under the gaze of teachers and parents.

One of the features of Claires Court has been the incredibly strong interest in sport which is evident across the piste from G7 to G11. So it was an absolute pleasure this week to be invited to present medals at the Inter House Swimming Competition and to watch the G10 pupils in action officiating and encouraging their fellow House members in their races all afternoon.

On Thursday this week the Year 8 girls received their first ‘Girls on Board’ session with Mr Richards.

Year 9 have also been out at the Black Country Museum  this week experiencing life in 1900 to enhance their studies of life during the Industrial Revolution. They had a beautiful but cold day and saw inside a range of houses and shops from the time and went into the mine to find out about work underground.

I do hope that you will be able to join us at ‘The Unforgettables’ our senior musical show at the Desborough Suite; tables are set in cabaret style with food and refreshments served by our own pupil team, and you will find it an excellent night out for the family. You can buy a table of four for £40 for example; for further information please contact the school office.

Wishing you all a restful weekend.

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