Good afternoon everyone. I have been particularly impressed by the way our learners convey their thoughts this week. We most certainly have a school full of talented speakers and I was very impressed when showing a visitor around school this week to hear the conversation between learners. ‘Why don’t we make the ramp higher and shorter?’ asked one Y1 scientist. ‘If we do that’, replied the other, ‘The car will shoot off the end and probably land in the sand tray!’ Wow, I thought, a hypothesis and a conclusion all in a moment’s thought and these children are not yet 6.
To confirm my pride I introduced our new Local Authority Adviser to the children and simply asked the question, ‘What is life like at Norbury Hall?’ It really shouldn’t have been a surprise to hear words like ‘amazing’ and ‘brilliant’ but it was certainly a great affirmation to hear that learning is both challenging and fun at the same time. I have contemplated Tayla’s response – very simply, ‘Learning at Norbury Hall is vibrant.’ May be this should be our new strap line? It conjures up images of learners engaged in stimulating and creative opportunities that tap into all the senses and link skills and knowledge. What a fantastic place to be!
I also feel compelled to thank you on behalf of one of our Y2 learners. Without prompt she set about organising and leading her very own sponsored walk to raise funds to support a friend who is poorly. The money she raised has helped other children who are supported by The Rainbow Trust and Clic Sargent. She raised an incredible £2,205 – I think that underlines how thoughtful our learners at Norbury Hall can be. Brilliant work Charlotte!
And finally… I have to mention the excellent behaviour of our children on their educational visits this term. It is always wonderful to receive positive comments from parent helpers and indeed staff at the venues we visit regarding our children and I have received both from visits to Conwy Castle and The Museum of Liverpool. I rarely get a message from the coach driver and the traffic police but this week I have had both. Following a mechanical breakdown yesterday our Y5 learners had to wait patiently for a new coach and then re start their journey home, getting back very late. I am told the children were an absolute credit to the school and their parents as they were polite, grumble free and extremely well behaved. Although thinking about it I wouldn’t have expected anything less! Thank you to all of Year 5 and the Y5 Team for making what could have been a difficult situation run smoothly!
Have a lovely weekend.
Good morning everyone.
I wanted to highlight to parents that we are working with the support of the PA to develop our very own Christmas cards. Every child in school will be designing their cards in the next couple of weeks and they will be ready to buy ahead of the rush for Christmas post. I thought parents might like to know this in advance of starting the Christmas shopping – even though we are only just into October!
‘Brilliant book art’
Once again school is a hive of activity. Lots going on and plenty of Friday smiles and laughter. I thought you might like a glimpse of that ‘Friday feeling’ for yourselves. A very busy afternoon around school before everyone meets for Circle Time.
‘Sorting things out’
A great big thank you to Y5 for a magnificent Year Group Assembly – our first for Autumn 2013. It was lovely to see the confidence and smiles on so many faces as they presented their learning after only ’18 amazing days’.
I was also thrilled to see so many parents and friends join us for the assembly and the activities in the classrooms afterwards. The children have enjoyed sharing their learning and teaching mums and dads just how to do it!!
Showing off the Activ Table
Sharing Fairy Tales with Snow White.
Another good day was had by all.
Let’s hope that this weekend – we all live happily ever after.
As the weekend is upon us I wanted to remind parents that the PA will be meeting on Wednesday to hold the Annual General Meeting. We will in school from 7pm where there will be wine and cheese and business will start from 7.30pm. The PA at Norbury Hall has been responsible for so many brilliant events and ensures that the children get those little extras that make school life extra brilliant! It would be lovely to welcome some new faces and share some new ideas and it is a great way to get to know the school really well.
Our current project funded partially by the PA is centred around our Outdoor Learning Initiatives. You will most certainly have seen our brilliant allotment project and you may even have tasted some of our market garden herbs and vegetables. We are planning to construct a poly tunnel complete with more vegetable beds, flowers, plants and trees and the PA are helping to make this possible for us. It means that even in rainy weather we can get out there and enjoy a little self sufficiency!
If you can spare an hour or so to join us next Wednesday then please come along. We would be delighted to see the PA grow (just like our vegetables).
Have a great weekend.
School is absolutely buzzing with fun this afternoon as the children embark on their very first – all new Golden Time. I have seen Zumba, tower building, bookmark making, biscuit decorating and origami bookart to name but a few of the fabulous activities in and around school. The rooms are filled with wall to wall smiles and I really can’t think of a better way to start the afternoon for all the children who have continued to work really hard and impress their teachers. As we approach the weekend I can hear the melody of guitars playing outside my office and the chatter of children enthused about their learning. What a brilliant start to our term.
Here’s to a very happy weekend.
I hope you will be able to join me in sharing some of the marvellous learning experiences we have at Norbury Hall by visiting my blog and reading all about what the children have been up to. I hope it will enable me to keep you up to date with events in and around school and give you the opportunity to see pictures and posts from the comfort of home or even the office.
We are very excited about the new year and the learning opportunities ahead. I plan to offer a flavour of what is happening in school for children, parents and visitors to enjoy.