Within the last few weeks we have started to notice that it is beginning to get difficult to fit all of the children into the Hall for whole school assemblies; the reason being that the children are growing!
Growth is an essential characteristic of living things and it is in no small measure at St. Michael’s. Not only are the children growing in stature, they are also growing in knowledge, confidence, independence and maturity. This has been seen in many ways during this term as the children have risen to the challenges set before them by their teachers. As recently as this week, Nursery children have shown their parents how much they have grown in confidence and independence as they took part in their first assembly telling the story of Easter.
Children in Reception, Form 2 and Form 4 have grown their understanding of living creatures through taking part in a Wild Science workshop earlier this month. The children learnt about the life of the animals such as the snowy white chinchilla, hedgehogs, tree frogs, tarantulas, corn snakes and the gecko…many of the children were very eager to touch or hold one of the animals, including the corn snake!
Through assemblies this month the children in the Prep department have been thinking about the importance of ‘balance’ in their lives and considering how this can help promote well-being as they grow.
Children throughout the school are being encouraged to reconsider their approach to learning and how they can grow their ability as a learner by developing a growth mindset. The notion of the growth mindset comes from research conducted by Stanford University Professor Carol Dweck and is becoming a widely used idea in education. Individuals with a growth mindset consider that their intelligence and abilities can grow as they actively seek out challenges that will enable them to learn and they show resilience, creativity and grit when learning situations get tough. Children are being encouraged to challenge themselves in their learning and to consider mistakes as learning opportunities. This approach promotes the value of effort and determination in motivating children to become effective learners - there is nothing like the sense of achievement that comes with overcoming challenges! Look out in the coming months for further updates on how we are promoting the idea of growth mindset with the children.
Miss Tucker and Mrs Findlay certainly set the Senior Orchestra, all three choirs and the ballet groups many challenges in preparing for this term’s Easter concert. All those who attended the concert this week will agree, I am sure, that the children rose magnificently to these challenges to produce a super concert. Well done to all the performers.
Well done to all 160 children who took part in the recent Royal Mail Design a Christmas stamp competition. All of the entries have been submitted and we look forward to hearing if any of the super designs will be chosen. In the meantime, all children who participated in the competition have received a certificate in class today in recognition of their efforts.
Thank you again to Mrs Carr and all her helpers for this year’s Mothering Sunday stalls. As ever, there was an amazing range of beautiful presents for mums, grandmas, aunties and other female carers. The children eagerly cleared the stalls during three morning break times and I am sure that there were many precious moments when packages were opened on Sunday morning.
My thanks, too, to everyone who contributed to this morning’s cookies and cakes stalls which went down a treat with the children.