Head’s Blog 15th November Friday 15th November 2019

In today’s world it is not unusual to wake up and be told “you have a memory”. Social media delights in re-sharing something significant from times gone by and I don’t know if you feel, as I do, pleased to be reminded of these largely happy times that we’ve chosen to share but I also think it contributes to a stronger sense of the ways in which the past contributes to the present.

From a well-being point of view of course all our past experiences shape who we are and it is particularly interesting to see how the emotional response to an event can significantly change its impact.

But the memories do, I confess, help me to feel a sense of achievement as well as pleasure and pride. What is also remarkable in being presented with these moments from the past, is the reminder of how quickly children change and how amazing that growth and development is. Every day at school we enjoy being a part of this journey .

Being told to remember is perhaps a new phenomenon. But the act of remembrance both in the church’s year, remembering those who have died, and in the secular, and national life, where we pause to remember service men and women who have given their lives for their country, families who have been bereaved and soldiers whose lives have been irrevocably changed by war, is, I believe, our duty.

We have to teach our children how to remember. I think giving them pointers of what to think about as well as modelling respectful silence creates strong social bonds as well as marking this season of remembering.

I thank all of you who engaged with our act of remembrance on Monday and as we meet and talk about the growth and development of your children in the weeks of parents‘ evenings to come, I hope that we can strengthen the bonds between us that help all children to grow and flourish and make many more memories for the future.

Have a great weekend,

Jill Aisher

Latest News

Some wonderful news for St Michael’s swimmers. A Green (Year 6) , I Pennington Legh (Year 5) and A Ashton (Year 4) have all qualified for the Kent Swimming Championships 2020. A Green has qualified for the 50, 100 and 200 metres breastroke in the boys’ 10-11-year age group. I Pennington Legh has qualified for the 50 metres butterfly in the girls’ 10-11-year age group and A Ashton in the 100 and 200 metres breastroke again in the girls’ 10-11 year age group.

The championships take place at both the London Aquatic Centre and Crystal Palace over the next three weekends. Best of luck to all three of you- we have everything crossed!

Mrs Denton

Congratulations to Year 6 pupil, K Fryer, who has been selected for the Invicta Girls’ U11 Cricket Team.

She has played cricket since she was just five years old, following her older brothers, and plays for Plaxtol Pirates Cricket Club U11s – one of only two girls in the team!

Following the recent district cricket trials, she was delighted to have been selected for the Invicta team – we’re delighted too, well done!

Congratulations to Year 4 pupil, A Ashton, who took part in the Medway swimming gala at the end of last year. Some amazing swimming brought her 1 gold medal in the backstroke event, 2 silver medals, 1 bronze and 2 finalist medals in the U9 age group.

Not only did she come away with this wonderful medal haul, she also achieved three Kent consideration times in the 10/11 age group category.

In addition to these triumphs, A Ashton also took part in the KWSS last chance county qualifier 2020 in Thanet at the beginning  of January. She achieved two 4th places in the 10 year olds’ age group in the 200 metres backstroke and 200 metres breaststroke and a 5th position in the 100 metres breaststroke.

Fantastic!

Mrs Denton

Congratulations to Year 5 pupil, I Sharma, who has won a “Global Child Prodigy Award” in the Yoga category.

He received his award at a ceremony in New Delhi, India at the beginning of January, following his three world Yoga championship titles in Bulgaria, Canada and Nepal.

He said “I am honoured and humbled to be amongst the 100 prodigies in the world. I thank all my supporters for nomination and selecting me among thousands of applicants, and my parents and Gurus for encouraging me to take up Yoga and the almighty for showering his everlasting grace upon me. In the future, I aspire to become a Yoga teacher and an entrepreneur.”

His father added “Yoga has helped his academics in school. Together with his sister, he started an e-petition to the UK government to include yoga in school curriculum and it got more than 20,000 signatures. We would like him to continue to inspire other children and adults to adopt yoga as a lifestyle choice.”

See KentOnline’s article about Ishwar by clicking here.

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