09 Jul

My non-teacher friends always used to assume that schools are on a wind-down in the last half term but nothing could be further from the truth! As well as being busy in school, I’ve also had the added ‘joy’ of visiting universities with my youngest son for most of the last few weekends. It doesn’t seem two minutes since he was at primary school!

Time flies and something that reminds us of this year on year is when we receive visits from ex-pupils. Ryan Brown was with us from Year 3 and moved on to join Failsworth in Year 7. He came to see us last week having finished Year 11 and is now looking forward to attending college. Fortunately, Mrs Fisher had also popped in that day with her new baby Charlotte so Ryan was able to see his old teacher. I lost count of how many ‘How tall are you?!’ comments he got from the staff team. He has grown into a really wonderful young man and we look forward to what he will achieve in the future..

Class 6 is our newly formed group and they are settling in really well. They earned some reward time and decided to see who could make the best robot-style dressing up outfits from the items in class. As you can see from these photos, they certainly have great imaginations!

Rudolf and I spent some time outside rehoming a snail that had found its way indoors! It was so bright, we couldn’t even see the photographs that we were trying to take, so we were really pleased with how they turned out. Rudolf thought carefully about the habitat it might need and provided food and shelter from the sun for it too..

Class 4 seem to attract the sunshine and had another wonderful day at Heaton Park. This photo of their teachers actually looks like it’s been taken abroad!

The children all behaved beautifully as always. I had the pleasure of joining them outside on Thursday afternoon where we had lots of fun. We built rockets and monsters and Lucy couldn’t believe that I knew how to play hopscotch! They are so funny..

Rhys in Year 6 represented our school at Water Polo recently. Another school, Hodge Clough, were a player short so Rhys kindly played for them too. A few days later, he received this Thank You card in the post. He was so thrilled – it really made his day!

Transition visits are well under way for our Year 7s. Miss Rodgers has been to speak to our Year 6 children who are moving to the Upper School and they are really excited about their visits to the site next week. It’s a time of mixed emotions for them and us really, as they are excited to move on but sad to leave everything that is familiar too. Can’t wait to see them all in their new uniforms though!

Well, I’ve got an exciting week ahead. As well as the semi-final of the World Cup (wow!!!) I am heading up to the Lake District on Saturday to take part in a Macmillan Mighty Hike. This involves walking around Ullswater Lake, with a few climbs thrown in, for a total of 26 miles. It’s safe to say I’m feeling nervous now. Having done 17 miles last Sunday in temperatures of nearly 30 degrees, I’m really hoping it cools down a little this week! Macmillan are amazing and we always support them each year with our coffee morning. They helped my family when my Dad was poorly and they’ve also helped a member of our staff team in their fight too. So I will be thinking of them both when I think I can’t walk another step…and if I’m walking like an old woman next week, you know why 🙂

Hope you’ve all had a restful weekend,

Miss Thomason
Head of School

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