Mrs Bickersteth’s Week in Review 16th June 2017

The Prep and Junior Sports days which took place this week are key events of the summer term. All the children took part in their sports day and there were personal triumphs, and some really impressive performances – there are clearly some very talented athletes in the school. Individual children have had particular moments to cherish as they persevered and proved to themselves that they could enjoy running and not give up. The egg and spoon, skipping and sack races were as popular as ever; there were many parent volunteers for the staff/parents /staff relay – congratulations to the parents on their win! Whilst I was at the Junior Sports day, I was unable to attend the Prep sports day as I was at a Cognita conference. However Mrs Bramall the Key Stage One Phase Leader attended the Prep Sports Day and has reported on how well all the children did and how enjoyable it was for everyone. All the staff supported the children so well and I know there were extremely proud parents and family members watching. Mr Dowson will be including more details about sports days in his newsletter. Thank you to Mr Dowson and the PE department for all their work on the sports days.

Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” was the subject of Year 2’s wonderful class assembly this week. I had a sneak preview when I saw their dress rehearsal being performed to Year 5 children earlier in the week, and the performance to parents on Wednesday was excellent. Year 2 children all are so confident and clearly enjoyed performing. I know how hard Miss Door has worked with the children on their literacy linked to “The Tempest” and this assembly was a super way to bring everything together and provide the children with a valuable opportunity to perform to an audience. Getting to grips with Shakespeare from a young age is an excellent way to establish a love of language, understand what makes good story telling and to set high expectations for young children. Shakespearean texts are also used in the curriculum as children move through the Lower School, so there is progression in the children’s learning which builds on prior learning and experiences. Year 5 have been fortunate to work with Senior School pupils this week in a transition event with a focus on modern foreign language skills.   This is one of the ways in which CHS develops leadership skills in older pupils and allows pupils in the Junior School to benefit from being in an all-through school. Next week Year 6 will be working with senior pupils in an English based transition session.

With safeguarding being at the heart of the school, this week I attended a safeguarding training day with members of the school’s safeguarding team , run by the Essex Safeguarding Children’s Board [ESCB]. ESCB have a website which has extremely useful resources and information for parents and carers on all aspects of safeguarding – the website address is: http://www.escb.co.uk. One leaflet that has been produced by ESCB for parents is guidance for parents in choosing activities, clubs or personal tuition for children and young people; with the approach of summer holidays, this is useful when thinking about activities for your children. The leaflet will be included with this week’s newsletter.

Currently, I know that the CHSA is busy preparing for the summer fete, which takes place on the 23rd of June. Lots of children have planned to run stalls and there will be many activities taking place at the fete. I hope that you will be able support this event which is enjoyed immensely by the Lower School pupils. Next week will also see the summer music concert, with the opportunity for young musicians to share their musical achievements, across all ages.

At this time of year transition to the next stage of school, new year groups and starting school for the first time, are a big focus in the whole school. Next week will have the first exciting reception induction day. The Nursery children have already been in Reception classroom so will be most pleased to have half a day as a “reception” pupil. There will also be a mock Eleven Plus offered for year 5 pupils on 21st June – letters have already gone home about this.

I do hope to see many of you at the summer concert and summer fete next week. I wish you a restful weekend.