The first half of the term has certainly flown by. The Junior School staff have gone above and beyond to provide the holistic education encompassing ‘intentional excellence’, which I know makes a difference to each and every child.
The children have worked hard, enjoyed and experienced a diverse range of opportunities, both in and out of the classroom. I have had the pleasure of joining some of the trips to witness the positive effect that they have on the children. Some of our children took part in the ‘Badminton Speech and Drama Trophy’, held at Banda School.
They showed excellent skills and thrived on taking risks on stage, in front of an audience of peers and judges. Our Year 6 travelled to Mt. Longonot and enjoyed a thoroughly super hike. I was impressed with their camaraderie, particularly in helping others when tiredness started to take its toll.
As I write, I have just returned from the Up Country Athletics at Turi, where all of our young athletes performed extremely well. Their support for each other was impressive, which made for a wonderful day and an indescribable sense of community. This was a fine warm-up for the upcoming IAPS Athletics Event that we are hosting on Saturday 30th November. Our theme for this half of the term has been ‘Respect’. We have discussed a number of topics including manners, respect for our environment, respect for others and respect within the school community.
The latter was shown recently at our Inter-House Poetry Competition, where there was a plethora of outstanding performances. The overall House winner was Nelion. We were also lucky enough to have a special performance prior to the children taking to the stage by our Year 7 students, prior to the children taking to the stage. We are now looking forward to the second half of the term, which is full of more exciting events and sports fixtures and sports fixtures. In particular, I am very much looking forward to the Early Years and Junior School Christmas Plays and I hope to see many of you there.