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Miss Barlow's Weekly Words Autumn 10

First thing's first - Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

This week has been unlike no other: busy! This week has seen Year 6 travel to the Living Rainforest whilst Year 1 took a short minibus ride to the Sounding Arch as part of their learning about sound. From the sporting side of things the girls have competed against The Abbey in hockey and against LVS in netball. Yesterday 10 girls travelled to Aldershot to compete in the London West ISA Swimming competition. 

One of the things I am extremely proud to say we do is give the girls the opportunity to speak in public and let their voice be heard. As part of our Pupil Voice meetings this term, the girls have been creating a proposal for our PTA. On Monday afternoon, the group presented their proposal, a Fairy Garden, and all of the educational benefits it would offer. Our PTA were incredibly impressed and the next step is to look at the detail and pave the way for a new garden project for Junior Girls! As well as this presentation, our Peer Mediators (trained by Mrs Helm last week) took to the floor during assembly on Tuesday to talk to the rest of the school about their role and how they can help at playtimes. 

Over the past few months, the middle and senior leaders at CCJG and CCJB have been trying to establish a new system to reward pupils who go ‘above and beyond’ in their school. While our Bunny awards, House points, Merit Certificates, Maths Badges to name but a few, allow pupils to receive praise and encouragement, our Best Self Awards have always proved more difficult to allocate. This is because of the very nature of subjectivity by which pupils are assessed. It has always been a moment teachers would worry about at the end of every term (as do many of the pupils) because they are being called on to judge their girls on matters that are often hard to describe!

We have therefore devised a system in tandem with the Senior schools - this will be called the Junior Key Values Award. This new structure will hopefully allow our junior pupils to understand more clearly what qualities and characteristics their teachers are looking for when they judge social development and progress. There is a transparent set of criteria which each pupil will get the chance to discuss with their teacher on a 1:1 basis, with a slight adaptation for Key Stage 1. In other words, far more guidance from us and the girls feel they are in control of their own direction and personal development. More information will emerge for parents and pupils on this next week.

Merit Certificates Liliana Cochrane (Reception), Sophia Lyne (Year 1), Layla Badri (Year 2), Ava Lloyd (Year 3), Sophia Harris (Year 4), Emily Terry (Year 5) and Eleanor Dries (Year 6)

Bunny Awards  Anna Lavrova (Year 1) for being consistently kind natured, thoughtful and helpful, and Olivia Maskell (Year 5) for going above and beyond for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

Mathlete of the Week & Class Mathletics Award- awards will be given out next week after our mathletics week has finished!

Sports Results

U9A Hockey vs The Abbey - Lost 5-3 (Player of the match -  Erin Moorby)

U9B Hockey vs The Abbey - Lost 6-0 (Player of the match -  Sophia Vysata)

U10A Netball vs LVS - Won 9-0 (Player of the match -  Mia Rogers)

U10B Netball vs LVS - Won 8-1 (Player of the match -  Katrina O'Brien)

U11A Netball vs LVS - Won 5-3 (Player of the match -  Lily Mae Morrell)

U11B Netball vs LVS - Won 7-1 (Player of the match -  Caitlin Wilson)

London West ISA Swimming Results - 

Year 6 50m Breaststroke - Amelia Dixon 6th in Heat 

Year 5 50m Breaststroke - Rhiannon Thomas 1st Overall 

Year 4 50m Breaststroke - Erin Moorby 4th in Heat 

Year 6 50m Backstroke - Eleanor Dries 2nd in Heat

Year 5 50m Backstroke - Ellie Gillman 6th in Heat 

Year 4 50m Backstroke - Rose Hyde 5th in Heat 

Year 6 50m Freestyle - Lola Constable 8th in Heat 

Year 5 50m Freestyle - Rhiannon Thomas 1st Overall

Year 4 50m Freestyle - Daniella Dixon 6th in Heat 

Year 6 200m Freestyle Relay - 7th Overall

Year 5 200m Freestyle Relay - 5th Overall

Year 4 200m Freestyle Relay - 7th Overall 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Barlow

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