I have to say I did not think I would ever be writing to say how enjoyable and exciting an Inspection would be but here it is in black and white; it was a wonderful week. I suppose a school week here is always intrinsically exciting and it certainly felt as though the inspectors caught the spirit of engagement and energy that is transmitted through the corridors and classrooms wherever children are busy and engaged.
The week held much to be excited about. Representatives from Gideons bibles started off the week telling pupils about their work and handing out their special theme based bibles for those who wanted them. A working group met to start to think about planning a Performing Arts development, Parents and Friends met to plan the support they are offering to the community life of the school. Their big project is the Summer Festival on May 20th, which is a day-long music and entertainment extravaganza that will get toes tapping and bring the community together in a relaxing and creative way. Once you are on site, a huge array of children’s activities is available at no extra cost. The only additional items are food and drink. Do plan your diaries to be sure to be there.
In Pre-Prep there were pancake races for Shrove Tuesday and children in the Prep school, using the metaphor of choosing nice fillings for pancakes, were encouraged to think about what nice things they wanted to fill Lent with and the good choices they could make.
On Thursday we celebrated Book Week with assemblies in both parts of the school. In Prep, the assembly team of staff shared their favourite childhood book and a photo of themselves when young. It was a special time when we learnt about the important place of books in the lives of all sorts of staff, with some moving moments which brought us closer to one another. That was followed by Literary Library Café in Prep offering refreshments and quiet reading time for all parts of the school, whilst in Pre-Prep there was much rejoicing in the costumes sported by pupils and staff representing their favourite book character and their assembly had them sharing extracts of books and enjoying being read to.
It was fabulous this morning to receive a handwritten invitation from Oliver N in Reception J to visit his classroom “wun day”. I took Oliver up on this today and enjoyed looking at all his writing, as well as being shown around the classroom. What a lovely surprise.
The outcomes of the Inspection will be officially announced once the report is released to us by ISI. In the meantime thank you to all parents who replied to the survey and chatted to inspectors. I’m looking forward to the report.
Have a great weekend