Term 2 ended today with two wonderful assemblies in which we reflected on the achievements and learning of everyone during these past few months. As an entire community we faced numerous covid related challenges but through incredible perseverance and teamwork we not only overcame them but we achieved and in many ways flourished.
Sharing the story of learning highlights with the students in assembly today made me realise how much we have achieved.
For our youngest students across Preschool, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, the opportunities to learn through play both in the classroom and outdoors have been instrumental in supporting the prime areas of learning including personal, social development, language and physical development. Play has allowed the children to build friendships and enjoy being around one another again; creating, problem solving, negotiating and learning from one another. We have seen our youngest students grow so much and bring an infectious enthusiasm and love of learning to our campus.
The term has been equally successful for students in Years 3,4,5 and 6. These students have had some memorable learning experiences through a wide range of cross curricular units which have included learning about volcanoes, the human heart, forces, Ancient Egypt and many more.
I have been particularly impressed by the interest and curiosity shown by our Year 3 students these last few weeks as they have been learning about nurses from history; focusing on Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. It was also incredibly uplifting for everyone present to watch our Year 5 and 6 students perform at the end of the ‘Band Project’ unit last week. Adding to this of course has been the learning taking place within specialist subjects including composing in Music, ceramics and printmaking in Art, designing and coding in Computing, vocabulary extension and speaking within Languages and a range of transferable skills within PE and Swimming.
The success of this term would not have been possible without the unwavering commitment from our amazing staff. Our staff continue to care deeply for each and every student and their levels of dedication are genuinely inspirational. I must also thank our parents for continuing to support us. The many positive messages we received this term have been greatly appreciated.
Wishing everyone a very happy holiday.