Sunday, October 16, 2016

A tale of edible shoes and conkers...

Just as many parents learn the hard way to retain a healthy wariness of children suddenly going silent whilst playing in the next room...I now know to my cost that inaudible puppies should be treated with similar suspicion.  Pre-occupied with cooking lunch and completing various dull domestic chores I stopped tracking my pet raptor on Saturday morning......only to discover she'd decided to modify the design of one of my shoes. And did she display even a breath of remorse ...... hell no!

Still she has been a loyal companion this week on my morning runs before work. I guess if there is ever an acceptable time for a guy to wear lycra it's probably whilst the world is still cloaked in its sunrise gloom.  It's a good habit we've developed and also allows Yinka a longer 'walk' given that we run. Saturday started a tad more leisurely given it was the weekend.  We found mushrooms in the fields that I brought back and added to the chicken dish we had for lunch.  Chloe spent part of the day rehearsing for an upcoming concert at the Marlowe and is now out with a friend watching The Girl on the Train...I quite fancied going myself but I guess it will become another film I now have to wait to watch on Netflix.


This morning we visited Greenwich....





What threatened to be an event spoilt by the rain, turned out to be a special morning.  

Once I'd mastered the parking meter and gathered handfuls of the fresh conkers I found lying on the ground, a childhood throwback that I can't seem to let go, we spent a couple of blissful hours walking in Greenwich Park.  Delightful company and Yinka had a joyful morning, exploring a new world and meeting a fine vinaigrette of London's cosmopolitan canine mix.  She has a wonderful sense of adventure and whilst not quite sure not where she was, seemed determined to relish every moment.  Her highlight was undoubtably when she interrupted two teenage boys playing football.  She proceeded to entertain us all with an incredible level of ball control...robbing the ball back from them each time and dribbling away.  Great to see two older teenage boys giggling uncontrollably at a strange dog.  It was the sort of experience that just makes you feel good about the world and reassured that we should have a little bit more faith in the next generation than many do.  

And this afternoon we both fell asleep on the sofa watching the footie.....I couldn't have 'adopted' a more well matched beast...

So what of school I hear your roar in your best Lord Melchett voice??


School was good....


I completed the term one round of classroom visits and teaching and learning audits 




and saw so many positive things. Tuesday ended with a very useful Governor session on school improvement planning.  Wednesday featured an open morning for potential Reception parents.  All our visitors seemed very positive and two families decided to immediately transfer their children to our Nursery! Thursday saw two year groups out visiting Kent Life and Friday...?

Well, Friday was a really useful day.  Several members of SLT visited a local school we have been sharing ideas with to see their approach to maths.  It was a fascinating visit and we came back with some great approaches to now interpret and use with our children.  One of the key ways that schools in Medway will improve is through such collaboration.  We have already hosted teachers and staff teams here at Wainscott who have come along to look at our practice and next week we are hosting two further schools.  It's wonderful to see such genuine collaboration taking place and the real benefits it brings to the children.






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