I taught on Tuesday afternoon, and Wednesday afternoon, and on Thursday afternoon I had the great pleasure of taking Y5 and 6 to the Netball Tournament. 5 schools, 8 teams, and by-far the best match was where our A team took on our B team. Again, photos are in the news section of the school website. This week I worked with a small group of children who have volunteered for something rather special at the Christmas Carol Service - but I can't say what just yet... "Spoilers!" as the Doctor might say!
This week I also observed another great lesson, this time on Maths. The children here are very well served by the teachers and support staff, with imaginative and interesting lessons, and super behaviour management. No wonder progress is good!
On Friday we hosted a visit by Pre-school and Nursery to watch the youngest children perform their Nativity. What a delight, and inspiring to see how those who, just 2 years ago, arrived as anxious Reception children, dance and sing solos in front of a packed hall. Well done, children, and also the staff that help them to get there!
On Friday a valiant team of parents prepared the school for the FONNS Christmas Fayre - the first time in a while that the main school building had hosted the event. Once again, photos are in the news section of the school website.
A special word of thanks is needed for the wonderful help given by so many to tidy up the school afterwards. There was a lot to do but the school is 'ship-shape' and ready for learning on Monday. As a result of their 'hands-on' experience of cleaning the school, there was significant support for replacing our aging vacuum cleaners! Thank you if you came and spent money! You were supporting a very good cause!
As well as end-of-term reports for the Local Authority, and the school finances to balance at the end of term, there was increasing pressure to replace the broken Computer Server (now on order) and place the advert for the new Teaching Assistant we hope to appoint in the Spring Term. All these events are deadline-driven. School has to be ready, or miss out. So what happens is a growing pile of non-urgent, but then increasingly-urgent paperwork. It's really tempting to promise myself I'll get round to it during the Christmas holidays, but sadly there are already some major jobs put aside for then.