Autumn Half Term

Autumn Half Term

Now, in our second full year, all children have this half term been reintroduced to and reminded of our Learning Powers – Curiosity, Resilience, Cooperation, Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness. Children in Form 2 have been curious to find out about the mini-beasts living in the school garden, children in Form 5 showed great resilience as they rose to the challenges and excitement of their residential visit to the Isle of Wight a few weeks ago. Similarly, the whole school came together in cooperation as we went ‘Gold for Deacon’ and children have been cooperating in learning challenges in lessons. Children in Foundation Stage have been resourceful in their practical learning tasks just as Form 6 children have been resourceful in finding the best way to approach higher order thinking tasks. We came together this week for our Harvest celebrations to reflect on God’s goodness to us through the food we have to eat and in reflecting to think of and provide food for those in our town who do not have enough to eat. These are just some of the ways in which the children are using their learning powers, not just for their academic studies but also to help them develop as confident, independent and well-rounded and well-grounded individuals.

On the subject of Harvest, I would like to extend my thanks to everyone for your amazing generosity once again in support of our charitable activities. The stage was almost groaning with the weight of harvest produce on Wednesday morning; this has all been donated to the Southend-based homeless charity, HARP and will be used in their night shelter and in making up emergency food parcels.

With the half-term holiday upon us, I encourage the children to get out and about and experience all that the colourful season of autumn brings to us. Let’s hope that we get a good week of weather! As the seasons change and we head into cooler and darker days the children’s safety on their journeys to and from school is increasingly important. For this reason, I remind all parents and carers once again to park in such a way that is considerate and safe for all concerned; this includes all families in school and those living in the homes around school. As far as is possible, I encourage all families to park slightly further away from school and have a 5 minute walk thereby reducing the pressure of traffic near the school and getting some exercise at the same time. Along with every school in the country, parking around the school is a perennial issue. I would like us all though to think about what we would like parking around school and journeys to school to look like…in an ideal world!

Wishing everyone an enjoyable half term.