Hilary Term Half Term Newsletter – Junior Head

Hilary Term Half Term Newsletter – Junior Head

In a short time, we quickly waved goodbye to the Christmas Holiday and hit the ground running into a new term of educational opportunities, both in and out of the classroom. The theme for the term has been ‘Opportunity’ (one of the 7 Pillars), and I started the term urging all in the Junior School to look for new doors to open and strive to take on something new. Mr Ball also has spoken about sustainability and the opportunity all our children have to make a difference through the education that we provide.

It was this assembly that reminded me of a wise quote by Nelson Mandela, he said:

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.

I wholeheartedly agree with him, we must shape our pupils’ property in order that they have the knowledge and skills to change the world for the better.

The holistic broad curriculum that Greensteds provides ensures the children have a variety of opportunities to show their passion. Already in the first half of the term, they have been involved in a number of events. In sport, we have seen success on the hockey field with wins for both U9 and U11 teams and a number of our pupils have won medals in the pool.

The recent Year 5 and 6 Scout Camp was a huge success, albeit very warm. There were a variety of different activities for them to take part in.

We have taken part in a successful Mental Health Awareness Week led by Ms Kariuki. The Junior School pupils enjoyed a Zumba workout at the beginning of the week. It certainly provided them with a good start for learning that day.

We held our Safer Internet Day Assembly on 11 February, where every class presented something different to the rest of the school. This was a fine way to share the important message of ‘Free to be me’. My thanks to Mrs Lubanga, staff and all of the children for the effort they employed.

As I write, I have just finished listening to and viewing our annual Inter-House Music Competition. The children were remarkable on the day and I would like to thank the Music Department and all the Junior School staff for their support of the children during rehearsals. There was even a surprise performance by the staff! My congratulations to the overall winners – Batian

There remains a lot still to do in the second half of the term and I look forward to seeing parents at various events in the coming weeks.