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Staff News, Future Skills & Holocaust Memorial Day

Staff News

It was fantastic to welcome back Mr Unwin to school on Monday. I am delighted that his little boy was discharged from Great Ormond Street Hospital and the family are all back home. The children in Mr Unwin’s classes were also very happy to have him back as their English teacher.

Mr Fannon, our Head of Computing and Digital Learning, is recovering from an operation and we wish him a speedy recovery. Mr Perrin has kindly offered to take on extra computing lessons until Mr Fannon returns.

Assembly: Future Skills

Mr Symes led assembly this week; the theme was ‘Where do I see myself in the Future?’ He asked the children to imagine life in 2040. The pupils reflected on changes in technology, jobs, education, transport, fashion and climate. They quickly acknowledged that we can’t control all of what the future holds, but we can shape our own futures by making the most of the present. It is essential that all pupils make the most of the opportunities, expertise and values their education in the Foundation provides. Whatever shape the future takes, all of the pupils recognised that a good education, developing future skills and living by our values were all vital in preparing them for an increasingly competitive world.

Mr Philips, our new Head of Future Skills, also led Chapels this week getting the children to think about the importance of skills for the future. He is also carrying out a pupil survey about the current House Carousel provision. We are looking to relaunch the Carousel in September, taking on board feedback, and hoping to offer an even more relevant and exciting range of activities that the children will benefit from now and in the future.

Holocaust Memorial Day

In addition to our theme of the week, the Upper School assembly also commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day. The children took time to reflect and remember those who suffered in The Holocaust. Maya and Charlotte led a moving presentation that paid tribute to ‘The Righteous’, non-Jewish individuals who risked their lives to save others during the Holocaust. The presentation was powerful and the children left assembly in a reflective mood.

Head’s Commends

Rafi, Charlie and Phoebe- Y5 – Excellent anti-smoking posters in Science

Maya (8OM) and Charlotte (8RG) – For delivering a powerful presentation on Holocaust Memorial Day during Upper School Assembly.

I look forward to seeing many of you at next week’s parents’ evenings and afternoon tea sessions. I hope that you all have a lovely weekend.

With best wishes,

Leon Roberts