As we head towards Eastertide and the holidays that beckon there has been a great deal of new life about the school. The pupils and staff waited with bated breath for the Chickens to hatch, which they mostly did on Monday night. It is utterly amazing to see them pecking their way out, drying off and becoming fluffy, practising walking (and pecking each other) and making their way to independence so quickly. I suppose inevitably one draws a comparison with the rather longer growth and journey of our own children towards independence but the miracle of growth and development is just as much of a joy to us as educators and I’m sure to you as parents however long it takes.
As I read the pages of our e-news each week, I’m excited by the huge variety of opportunities for growth afforded through the planned activities. In the same way that Zerrin Leech has captured in her column, the joyful experiences of children at play, I am delighted by the everyday “extraordinary” that permeates the calendar at St Michael’s; competing in sport, music, maths, story writing, trips to theatre, and mask and drama workshops to stimulate young minds. The senior students took part in the national BBC School report day. Nursery went for a walk up the Warren. There was a project to creating books about Owls with blurbs and actual barcodes in Y2 and they were doing a bird food experiment on the terrace. The inspiring array of whacky science stuff emerging in all years from the Science department was hugely enjoyable and of course the live feed hatching chicks on screens around the site was where the week began and ended. The circle of life. It’s all over the place at St Michael’s.
The evenings have also been quite full this week, a fabulous music concert on Monday evening which prevented me from attending the also fabulous swimming gala. Wednesday was a chance to meet parents of Year 6 and discuss progress whilst Thursday night saw the governors meet to review, plan and decide.
I’m sorry that my family commitments this weekend keep me from joining in the Comedy evening and attending the Brighton finals of our talented trio in Pro Corda competition. I shall be thinking of those of you who can be there and wishing you fun and success in equal measure.
Have a great weekend.