HeadLines, Friday 3 March
Book Week has included quizzes, a book sale and younger children joining up with older pupils for a good read. This sparked brilliant conversation with everyone as they gathered round their love of books. Year 8 created their own story books based on our 5 Keys to Success and Happiness and shared these with PrePrep, along with their favourite story books.
Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance. Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. Added to which, the UK government’s Education Research Standards Team tells us, “Evidence suggests that there is a positive relationship between reading frequency, reading enjoyment and attainment.”
Our pupils are busy analysing the non-fiction section of the Library, as our project work has come to life this week, with our continued drive to ‘hands on education’. Ms Lang joined Year 8 who visited Juniper Hall, I joined Year 3 for their trip to RHS Wisley to see plant structures and in particular the glasshouse holding the amazing jungle plants. Pupils got to analyse the structures and then plant their own! More practically, Kindergarten had a trip to Cherry Garden Farm to dig up the kalettes in freezing weather, some Year 6 pupils visited the Eastbourne College Art Department and Year 2 have enjoyed a VR Aboriginal experience as they virtually journeyed through the outback and beyond.
Fairtrade Fortnight was launched by Mrs Wren who has asked us all to take one small step to make a global difference. Fair trade farmers are suffering more than ever as climate change is having a devasting impact on crop yields. Next time you are out food shopping, please look for the blue/black Fairtrade symbol.
Finally, but not least, we are very sad to be saying goodbye to Mrs Clark and Mrs Orridge who both leave us at Easter, after a number of years of dedicated service to the School. I am sure that you’ll join me in wishing them a fond farewell. Mrs Clark is going to support her elderly parents and Mrs Orridge is going to run tours across Scotland. We welcome back Mrs Izzard, who returns to Reception on Monday, fully recovered from her operation.