This week we were delighted to receive a certificate from NHS Charities Together for the £1240.87 that we raised in the Trinity Term. The idea for this fundraiser came from Matilda M in Year 5, and it really is an extraordinary sum when you consider the restrictions we were and have been under. Well done to Matilda and everyone who contributed.
The pupils are leading assemblies at the moment in Prep School, and this week, 7R shared their view on gratitude and how we can use it to help others. The sense of responsibility we feel towards each other in our wider community is greater than ever as we continue to hold tight amidst the pandemic.
Please take time to read the article in today’s newsletter about the Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) who, although not local, are important to us as they helped save one of our pupils almost a year ago on New Year’s Eve. Lucy’s story is told in their Christmas campaign and not only is her bravery inspiring, but the care and support of the TVAA meant so much to the whole family. I hope that you will join us in supporting their incredible work. You will soon receive news of a whole school event which we hope will raise money to support this fantastic charity who rely solely on public donations.
On the subject of responsibility, many of you have enquired about the new School Communities Programme that has been launched by the ZOE COVID Symptom Study Scheme. We have registered St Michael’s and would encourage you to take part to support the national scientific research into the impact of Covid-19 on children and younger people. I hope that this will bring additional reassurance that we are all making informed choices and working together to ensure the safety of our children and the community. Details of this have been shared today in a separate letter from the school office.
One of our other pupil-led assemblies this week was delivered with style, pizzaz and high entertainment factor by 6P on Thursday. It explored how we can deal with having a bad day. Charlie Mackesy wrote that “one of our greatest freedoms is how we react to things”, and Year 6 had some great ideas to help us make good choices when things aren’t going their way. The strategies shared were bought to life with video clips, a beautiful piano performance by Teresa W and a poem shared by Daniel M and Leo L. If you would like some ideas of how you can bring some joy to your weekend then you could get active, take time to talk to each other, or shake it all off with your own Friday Freestyle dance. If you are still searching for something to make you smile then my new recommendation, thanks to Annabelle S and Anya J, is to watch some quokka videos. You won’t regret it!
Whatever you choose to do this weekend, I hope you find some magical moments of happiness with your household.