We have been incredibly moved this week as we have been part of some truly moving Holy Week reflections presented to us by each of our classes. On Monday, Pendle class portrayed The Last Supper. They reminded us how Jesus served His disciples as He washed their aching feet. We constantly reinforce the need to serve others in our kind acts. Parlick led assembly on the events which took place in The Garden of Gethsemane. It amazes me how even our youngest children rise to any challenge in such a mature way. When the music stopped, the children continued to sing with confidence and rhythm. Fairsnape class used a range of media to convey the Stations of the Cross. It left us all speechless. I would urge all of you to visit Fairsnape Web page to fully appreciate this. Today, the children in Beacon class lifted our spirits with their ‘Newsround’ interpretation of Christ’s Resurrection and it was a perfect end to our school week. The children inspire me and all of our staff. It is the constant search for enriching their time with us that we continue to teach with incredible flare and come together as our community. Happiness can be underestimated or forgotten about but I strongly believe that we need happiness to perform to the best of our abilities. We have so many abilities that we have to foster in our children for them to thrive in the world. Self belief is everything. This, alongside our thoughtfulness for each other and the world in which we live, surely means that we can only make our world a better place. Care for our common home and care for each other.
I like to be ‘outside of the box’ when it comes to education and delivering education to children. When I see the children in Year 6 working so very hard in preparation for new SATS tests, I wonder- if we spent more time asking them what they think and, as parents,asking them how they feel in genuine heart- to-heart conversations, their voice would paint a picture that we would probably not put up on a wall. At least we always strive to strike a balance with this and I ask you all to remember that these are children with thoughts, feelings and great knowledge. We must be sensitive to the mind of a child and always remember to listen to what they have to say. By listening, I always mean hearing.
I have sent an Easter newsletter home and I thank you all for your great support at the end of our second term together.
Wishing you all a safe, blessed and Holy Easter in the most sacred week in our year. Stations of the cross (created by the classes) are now in church for you to reflect upon and admire. They will spend a short period in church and then be put up in our school entrance area.