Happy New Year to all!
I am so proud of the way that the children have settled back into school after the holidays. They are motivated, excited about their learning and continue to be an inspiration to us all. School really is an amazing place to be at the moment. The atmosphere is calm and purposeful, children are kind, generous and working together to achieve the best that they can. I often get the opportunity to give new, or prospective parents tours of the school; this is a great chance for me to look at the school through new eyes and see it from a different perspective. If you already have children in school, and you have few minutes to spare, please catch me and ask for a tour; I would love to show you around and let you see why I'm so proud of your children. I'm obviously biased but I'm completely confident that you'll be blown away by what you see.
This term, our focus value is generosity and we have some exciting projects lined up for the children. More details will follow when we have confirmed details and dates.
We've had an amazing start to the year! Behaviour in school has been exemplary and the children have made fantastic progress across the curriculum. In English and maths, we even have some children who have already made the amount of progress we would expect in a whole year. The school values of Kindness, Learning Together, Enquiring Minds, Excitement and Generosity are running through everything that we do; next term we will be focusing on Generosity as our key value. Last week our Foundation Stage children delighted us all with their Christmas sing-along show; yesterday, the Friends of Hollybush did a great job of running the Christmas fair and this week we have our Year 1 to 3 production, Christingle and Christmas parties to look forward to.
Everyone in school is excited for the big day - and hopefully a visit from Santa himself. At this time of year we bring lots of new technology into our homes which is great fun but not without its risks. Please be really careful about what your children are doing online over the holidays. You can get great online safety advice from: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Everyone at Hollybush wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Have fun and stay safe.
Every year, I have a rule in school which is that Christmas begins on the 1st of December and not a day sooner. On the whole, people are pretty good at sticking to this rule but there is a definite sense of excitement building way before the first door on the advent calendar is opened. Children (and their teachers!) have been sneaking into the hall to practise Christmas songs, Christmas tree decorations have been appearing out of nowhere and display boards have taken on some suspiciously festive themes.
The fact is that Christmas in school in brilliant fun. It brightens up the dark December days and gives us something to look forward to besides coughs and colds, mushy leaves in the playground and sleet. As an adult, it's sometimes difficult to get back that 'Christmassy' feeling that we remember from childhood; but when you are surrounded by children every day, it gets a little bit easier. So, Christmas doesn't sneak in early because the adults are excited, it sneaks in early because we can't wait to see the children excited. It lifts all our spirits and a little bit of glitter trodden into the carpets in late November is a price worth paying.
You will notice that I have titled this page of the website as my 'blog'. The inverted commas are very deliberate. I have never written a blog before and don't have much of an idea about what it will be about or how it will develop over time. I suppose what '...' says here is 'Don't expect too much of me.' 'Don't blame me if it's wrong.' It might be blog-like but it won't be perfect.
The other confession that I have to make is that I promised the staff I would begin this 'blog' ages ago. it's taken me about 6 months to pluck up the courage to write anything at all. It's quite scary to express my personal thoughts and put them out there in cyberspace. Parents might get together in the playground and say 'Have you read her 'blog'? Isn't it rubbish!' Children might be disappointed by my incredibly unsophisticated use of technology. It's all a bit of a risk.
Ultimately though, isn't that what we ask the children to do every day? We ask them to come into school and expose their vulnerability. We ask them to do new things all the time, to step out of their comfort zone over and over again. And, do you know what, they rise to the challenge. Day after day, week after week, they astound us with their determination - and ability - to master their learning even when it's difficult or scary. So, I'm not going to put it off anymore, this is my BLOG. It won't be perfect but I'm doing my best and that's OK with me.