A Word from Mrs Aisher
Having met some delightful prospective families this week, I have been reminded about what a special place we work in. Quite apart from the stunning view, there is an energy in lessons and an engagement from pupils that speaks volumes about the imaginative ways they are being taught.
I enjoyed my time in Nursery recently watching paint mixing and painting with balls rolling on paper in trays…concentration faces galore and miraculously, despite total freedom to explore with the paint, not too much mess!
Last Saturday’s P and F Christmas Bazaar was a happy, successful and entertaining occasion. The school was buzzing with excitement and the huge number of former pupils who came back to enjoy a taste of “St Michael’s does Christmas” speaks volumes about the quality of what was on offer. I really wanted to be 10 again because the inflatable bungee run, laser quest and beat the goalie (with speed camera) shoot out area were all very popular, as was the bouncy castle. Of course, when I was 10 none of these things actually existed! Many congratulations to Claire Soper and Sadie West and their amazing team of helpers: Anna Smith, Charlie Parkinson-Bonard, Jules Benjamin, and Tracey Ashton.
The chance to pause and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas was afforded this week at the advent chapel service on Tuesday and the beautiful Christingle service with a great deal of impressive pupil participation.
Today in Prep we have been bringing a cuddly animal to school and raising money for the RSPCA, chosen by the School Council for our charity day. I was happy that my cuddly puffin from the RSPB arrived in time for the assembly, and that’s a whole other story…
The Nursery Nativity showcased a great deal of talent in singing and jigging about and almost achieved uniformity of contributions in the jangly rendition of Jingle Bells. It always warms my heart to see the children embracing the Christmas story in song and action and, although I’m not sure all of the action was in the script, this is one of the many pleasures of being surrounded by young learners and inspiring colleagues.
Our cake and carols with Year 2 was a joyful occasion. I often reflect on the very high standards of music-making that children are enabled to enjoy and the chance to sing and play together is one of the greatest blessings we can enjoy throughout our lives. From the opening performance of the three part violin ensemble through the impressive recorder group’s offerings to the final moving and in turn hilarious, closing numbers, we had Christmas with attitude!
I’ve had three gifts sent up from The Hive in the last fortnight as they swing into biscuit baking mode, now that there is a kitchen annexe. Icing and decorating bakes are a great way to relax and unwind in the Hive.
I imagine this weekend is the crunch one in your preparations for Christmas. Good luck with that and in your busyness remember that the gift of a child is to be celebrated by enjoying your own children, as we do each day here (enjoy yours that is!). Whatever you are doing this weekend, have fun.