Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Well that took you long enough .........

I really should start with an apology as it's taken me far too long to update this blog.  

Our wonderful Vicar, Sue, has very generously termed it my 'writer's block'....a view I will gracefully accept.

I'm currently typing to the sound of rainfall, so it must be a school holiday then!  Yinka, my less than faithful hound, is busy terrorising the cleaning staff here at school as she scampers from room to room, trying to cajole any unfortunate soul she meets to throw a tennis ball for her.  

So what has been happening on planet Wainscott you ask....well far to much to cover in one blog without generating a beast of War & Peace proportions!  

We recently had perhaps my favourite moment in the school year........when the T-Rex visits.












As you can probably imagine, it's not the sort of experience a primary aged child forgets in a hurry!


In fact, this term despite being quite short does sum up the school's approach to the curriculum quite well.  

It was no accident that during last summer's successful Ofsted visit, the inspectors rightly praised our curriculum and the impact it has on the children's learning.  Even in a potentially bleak month like January we still work hard to ensure that there are exciting first hand experiences to be had.

An undoubted highlight was the visit of the illustrator Korky Paul.  





Many of you will know of Korky for his wonderful illustrations of the Winnie the Witch stories.  Whilst a desired outcome of such visits is to encourage the children's love of books and all things reading, a byproduct is to make the children aware of the wide range of an author/illustrator's work.  We also hope to inspire some to follow suit and develop as writers.  Such was the children's enjoyment of Korky's visit that many a Wainscottian went hope with the ambition of becoming an illustrator established in their heart!

He was an utterly charming man, patient and funny and so generous with his time.






We also had the now annual trip to the O2 Arena where our school choir took part in the Young Voices charity concert.  It is always a long day but another spectacular event for the children lucky enough to attend.




We managed to persuade the Rev Sue to join us this year!
We have also been getting through our Class Assemblies.  These are an opportunity for parents to come in and hear first hand from the children about their learning topics and experiences.  We aim to cover every class during the course of the year and may in time increase their frequency.  







On a personal level I have managed a couple of adventures myself.  With my dog and daughter I visited a rather damp Rochester one weekend.....the highlight being the discovery of an excellent and dog friendly cafe on the High Street.


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In addition this month I visited the BETT Show in London's Dockland.  This is an annual event highlighting IT innovations and practice and useful place to network with suppliers.....you can also blag a few decent freebies if you are lucky!  
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I also managed to squeeze in a visit to The Barbican to see an excellent exhibition of modern art by a guy called Basquiat, a contemporary of Andy Warhol.  





Right, well I shouldn't spoil you should I....time to sign off and I vow to return to my weekly blogging habits now the block has been lifted!

Hugh :)


2 comments:

  1. Welcome back half the block has been lifted ! What an exciting few months it has been for the school with some amazing visitors and fab experiences for our kids ! Look forward to the next instalment !

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  2. Welcome back half the block has been lifted ! What an exciting few months it has been for the school with some amazing visitors and fab experiences for our kids ! Look forward to the next instalment !

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