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Mrs King's Words Autumn 10

Winter has well and truly arrived this week! On Tuesday I arrived at school to see everything looking all sparkly and white, it made me feel very festive...but it’s still November so I won’t mention Christmas yet! Yesterday was ‘World Hello Day’. This day is all about encouraging resolution of conflict through talking to each other. We all know the first step in resolving something is to talk about it. With ITV’s mental wellness campaign ‘Get Britain Talking’, I thought it was a good opportunity to talk to the girls about the importance of taking time to talk to others. In assembly I challenged the girls to strike up a conversation with someone they don’t usually talk to. I’ll check in next week to see how they’re getting on.

Many thanks to those of you who braved a cold, dark Tuesday night to join us for our first Parental Workshops of the year. With Internet safety and responsibility, reading and spelling skills, and health and hygiene all on offer there certainly was a lot of information and tips shared. The parents attending the reading and spelling workshop were even treated to a somewhat challenging spelling test! All of the sessions were a huge success and the information shared was very useful. Thanks for the positive feedback! We will plan another one in the Lent Term where we would like to repeat the Internet safety and responsibility as well as covering some maths skills as requested. If you have children that access the Internet in various ways through apps, games and social media, it really is worth going along to see how we can keep children safe and teach them how to be responsible online.

Wednesday was a busy day for trips. Year 2 spent the morning at the National Archives learning about The Great Fire of London. Their knowledge of the events of 1666 was impressive and the staff at the National Archives commented on how much they knew! Well done Year 2. Also on Wednesday, Year 6 visited The Royal Courts of Justice. Security there is extremely tight and Mrs Ericson was stopped on the way in because she had a knife in her bag. Don’t be alarmed, it was for her salad for lunch. The girls in Year 6 all became part of a mock trial of a Suffragette charged with malicious damage to a painting in The National Gallery. They fulfilled their roles of the accused, the defence, the prosecution and the witnesses exceptionally well and I got to write my favourite reason for being awarded a merit certificate ever. Being abrupt, sarcastic and patronising isn’t something I ever thought I’d reward but it was perfect for the defence barrister in this case!

Finally, today has been our NSPCC fundraising day. It has been fantastic to see all of the girls in their sports kit and chatting to them about the types of sports they’re interested in. We’ve had footballers, dancers, golf pros and cricketers, to name a few. The hall is all set up and they girls are looking forward to tackling the obstacle course. Thanks to Miss Hudson for organising!

Mrs King

Merit Certificates: Ava (Reception), Emily (Year 1), Aanya (Year 2), Tiana (Year 3), Kim (Year 4), Isabella (Year 5) Charlotte & Dara (Year 6) 

Bunny Awards: Lola (Reception) for always being a kind friend and Isla (Year 6) for being a supportive and patient friend.

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