Shiny black shoes, smiles and some nervousness greeted me yesterday aplenty. The admissions team masterminded a fantastic transition into St Michael’s yesterday for all our new pupils whom we very much look forward to getting to know better, along with their families. We are delighted to be working alongside such a fantastic new team of staff who are extremely well qualified and incredibly good at what they do.
The school is looking fabulous. It’s been gorgeous weather so we can enjoy the great outside facilities that we have and the organisation this year has surpassed all previous years. I thank every member of my team for the work they’ve done to prepare for this year, welcome new colleagues and children and for the work they will do with your children and you.
I hope you received or extracted from your child’s bag on Thursday or today the envelope containing the handbooks for parents in Early Years, Pre-Prep and Prep.
There is so much information in these booklets, which are re-published each year, and we really hope that we still have everything you need to know. Children in Prep and Pre-Prep receive one handbook per family (two if they have a child in each part of the school). Children in the Early Years receive both the Early Years handbook and the Pre-Prep one. The oldest child is the one who is given the book(s).
Alongside this newsletter this week is a separate document for those who are new to the school to introduce all the staff who are also new.
Today you will be receiving a letter to explain our new online homework system which will be using the SIMS parent app. I’m sure there will be a few teething problems but nothing we can’t sort. Homework starts next week for the whole school and, from Monday, if you download the app and follow the instructions you are given over the weekend, you will be able to log in and see homework that has been set and know when it is due and if it is late. We are excited about how this will streamline communications between us and enable parents to support their children in their organisation.
Technical support will be given by Emily Aisher and the letter goes out today to explain everything you need to know.
Please remember that group emails are sent from a program which does not receive replies. If you press reply no one will look at it! Please do communicate with the normal full email of the person you need to contact.
From next week we will be starting our welcome evenings for different year groups and coffee mornings in Pre-Prep. If you’re a parent of a child in year three we very much look forward to seeing you on Thursday evening at 7 pm. Please read the letter from Mrs Bridges and Mrs Dodd about this which is coming out today. We hope that we will see as many of you as possible and that you will feel encouraged and confident of what a special place you and your children are part of.
The Year 7s are getting excited ahead of their camp out tonight. It’s a wonderful evening of fun and bonding and adventure. It’s going to be a glorious evening and I’m looking forward to joining them later on.
Clubs and activities and music lessons start next week and interventions and support groups the week after that.
Year 8 are off next week for their three day residential geography trip to the Olympic Park and Bore Place. We don’t stand still at St Michael’s!
I hope for parents, with the 11+ out of the way and just two days of school belongings to manage, that this week has been a happy and productive start to the Michaelmas term.
Children in Prep and Pre-prep have been thinking about ways to behave and things to say that make people feel good so I do hope they’ll be practising on you this weekend!
Have a good one.