‘Norbury Hall – Where learning is vibrant’ Tayla Year 6

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.