03 May

I think it’s fair to say that the whole MAT production of The Greatest Show has dominated our week and wow, what a belter it has been!!! My face literally aches from smiling and I’m all cried out after 6 superb shows. Many of our families were able to come and watch and without exception, thought it was amazing. We had 12 children take part overall, playing acrobats and strongmen. My own personal highlight was watching them grow in confidence with each performance. From initially supporting them onto the stage, to the final show where they just oozed showmanship, well what can I say….it was a complete and utter privilege to watch your children in that way.

Our children are often the ones who have never been chosen to take part in plays so we ensured that everyone who wanted to take part, could and did. One child spent rehearsals hiding behind chairs because he was so nervous, yet he took part in every single performance. Another who has never taken part and never had face paint on, just in case she made a mistake or it didn’t remain perfect, trusted our staff and found enough self-belief to lead on the acrobats each time. I could list many examples, but every child from Spring Brook did themselves proud. A massive well done to each of you!

It was also a pleasure to meet pupils from other schools. I must make particular mention of Millie, Declan and James from New Bridge School for looking after us all so well. James ensured we were in the right place at the right time, Declan was a calming influence for our children and Millie was a sheer delight! She noticed the nerves in some of our pupils and made a point of checking in with them at each performance, offering words of encouragement and reassuring hugs – a lovely young lady. We have arranged that she is going to come and visit us in school over the next couple of weeks which she is very excited about. A massive thank you to Mrs Wilson and her performing arts team for putting all of this together and also thanks to the team at Spring Brook for supporting with travel arrangements, getting children home, making props, putting in extra hours at the shows at night – it really is a massive team effort, which despite leaving both children and adults shattered at the end of the week, is most definitely worth it.

The rest of our week has been slightly different due to the show so we’ve had much more practical learning and planned relaxation activities happening. On Monday, we had our first session with Katie from Katie’s Yoga. She spent time with every class and introduced them to some Yoga basics that they can use in school and at home if they are feeling overwhelmed. Every child participated and we have already had children opting to do some Yoga during the rest of the week. Katie will be visiting us each month and this is something we hope to build on and become a weekly event in September. Ask your child to show you the Petal breathing!

Class 2 have been using pastels and chalks to make some stunning landscape artwork as part of their work studying the local area. Mr Cruz demonstrated the technique and they were all able to replicate this. Haven’t they made a fantastic job of them?

Class 4 have been busy improving their fine motor skills and practising their team working, by decorating cakes..

..and making some cress-heads..

They’ve had great fun and hopefully, some of their treats will have made it home for you to sample.

Our younger pupils have had another brilliant week so they celebrated with a joint trip to the park on Friday afternoon with Class 4. With slides, swings, hills and climbing frames, it’s no wonder they look so happy..

It really is lovely having them around school and they are growing in confidence each day. Eric has amazed us with his writing and counting this week, Zane has impressed us all with his multiplication skills and by using the iPads independently and Tyler has been completing literacy activities by himself and had the confidence to say goodbye to his mum at the door without getting upset. We’ve had some great comments and feedback from all of their families saying how lovely it is to see them enjoying school. It’s so rewarding – I really do love my job!

Don’t forget we have a Bank Holiday on Monday, so a nice, long weekend to look forward to. Have a good one and we will see you on Tuesday.

Miss Thomason
Head of School

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