Mrs Bickersteth’s Week in Review 26th May 2017

The Junior Production of “Alice in Wonderland” took place this week. The performances were fantastic on both evenings. The singing was of a high standard, the acting was entertaining and the staging was excellent. Even the interval refreshments had been themed by Mrs Bramall as a tea party. Mrs Bramall and Miss Door, the directors of the play, have worked incredibly hard this term, both in their after school production club, and working with the year 3 and 4 children. Thank you to Mrs Sillett and Mrs Romero- Fernandez, for their support with the musical side of the production. Years 3 and 4 have been fully involved in the Junior Production this year, focusing on singing in their music lessons. This has extended the opportunities for children to take part in a full scale production. The children had been excited about taking part and it was so good to see a packed hall on both evenings, with family and friends of the children in the audience. This gave the performers a real boost and they were very proud of themselves. I would also like to thank the CHSA for their support of the Junior Production. The production has been a real team effort this year, with staff supporting the production. A strength of the Lower School is the way in which staff will put in the extra effort and time to support the children in so many ways, and also to support each other in providing these enrichment opportunities for the children. Please click here for photos.

On Wednesday morning 6J and 6H presented their assembly to parents and the Junior pupils. The theme was “Shakespeare”, with a focus on Macbeth, which the pupils have been studying as part of their English curriculum. It was an excellent assembly and I know from having dropped into their lessons that they have been engaging with the Shakespearean text with great interest.

This week Nursery children enjoyed their Forest Schools visit to Highwoods Country Park. This addition to the Early Years extended curriculum has been extremely positive for the Nursery and Reception children this year. Please click here for photos.

During the week I have attended the  Safeguarding Governance Committee Meeting at school, with the school’s safeguarding team. This meeting is led by the independent chair who also spent some of her time in school speaking with members of staff and pupils about the safeguarding in school. There is a strong focus on safeguarding at CHS and throughout the year staff have training. The pupil’s perspective is also heard in different ways, including pastoral interviews and pupil surveys.

Susan Sydenham led the Lower School Assembly this week, in which she talked about the recent prayer space week in the Lower School and  about valuing and looking after ourselves in different ways, linking this to the school motto, “God First, Others Second, Self Last”  and that “self last” does not mean self is not important.  The meaning of resilience, and this can help us in difficult times was considered too and children had time to reflect.

Earlier in the week the CHSA had provided raffles and break time activities on a “Teddy Bear’s picnic theme as their latest fundraiser. Many children had brought in their teddies and other soft animals for this day which they enjoyed. The CHSA meeting took place at the end of the week and it is clear that active support of the CHSA is the way to ensure that they can continue all their good work for the school community.

I wish you all a lovely half- term break.