Week Four Newsletter

Week Four

The Importance of the Ethos of our School 

As we strive to challenge all children to achieve more than they believe possible…this is what I read in the BBC News Family and Education section on Monday 22nd of January as I woke up to start my week, from England’s new Education secretary Damian Hinds:

Mr Hinds said ‘schools needed a mix of traditional academic subjects and a sense of “resilience” and skills.

Mr Hinds focused on how schools needed to prepare people for a shifting jobs market – and the ‘importance of skills in communication and developing character’.

“The hard reality of soft skills is, actually, these things around the workplace, and these things around character and resilience are important for anybody to achieve in life, as well as for the success of our economy,” 

He stressed the importance of the “ethos of a school, the expectations set for students” Mr Hinds said these would shape the “character, resilience and workplace skills that our young people take with them”.

I feel that as a school and as part of the Cognita Group we are already well on our way to allowing our children to achieving all of the above, by giving all of our children opportunities to develop in character and become such enthusiastic learners.

This was clear for me to see this week as I observed lessons in Spanish, Maths, Literacy and then had the pleasure of accompanying Year 5 on their educational visit to Stratford Upon Avon to engage in some hands on learning around William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) who was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in a house in Henley Street. This is preserved intact as we all saw on our visit. I was quite blown away by the knowledge that the Year 5 children had retained from previous learning in the classroom that they shared through question and answer sessions from the tour guides in the information centre throughout the day. The children took part in many fabulous hands on activities and I have to say I could not believe it when they stepped up and started acting in the very spontaneous unplanned or rehearsed production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ outside in the January sun with costumes and props in a mini theatre! Amazing! It was a heart-warming experience and the teachers and I kept glancing at each other with smiles on our faces throughout the day as we felt that the learning experience was spot on. Thank you Mrs. Barnes and Mrs. Ghafoor for organising this.

I look forward to continuing to support our children and families as we continue to provide opportunities throughout the school for the children to grasp broader experiences so that the Long Close students are certainly set for the future with academic rigour and a firm understanding of the importance of character and resilience.

Enjoy the last weekend of January!

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Harris

Head of Junior School

School News

We are delighted to announce Years 2-6 will be embarking on a reading journey using MyBookBlog (MyBB), a fantastic new website that motivates children to read books. The new area is proving a big hit already which is stacked full of material for pupils to read!

We have had an exciting start to the Clubs offering this term. The #LCSClubs Program is designed to offer high-quality, extra-curricular after school care providing your child with wrap-around care. Our aim is to give each of our pupils the chance to discover and follow their own particular skills and interests. That way they can establish a sense of their own identity, which we believe is a crucial step towards realising their potential and learning how to lead a rich, fulfilled life.

We have had a busy week due to our upcoming events, we hope you have seen the communications around these, details are below as a reminder. We always appreciate any help from parents at events to run stalls/manage checking the children in and out or just to provide an extra pair of hands!! If you can help please contact us to let us know, even if you can spare an hour it is appreciated!

Junior Disco (years 1-6)

When – Friday 2nd of February

Time – 6-9pm

Venue – Thames Valley Athletics Centre

Cost – £8 per child – this includes entry, food and unlimited squash

Only 30 tickets left! Although we will accept payment at the door if you register and pay in advance it helps us to make sure we have enough food as this is included in the entry cost. If you don’t manage to catch us at the gates please contact us via email or through your class rep to arrange payment.

Bowling Event (years 7-8)

When – Friday 9th of February

Time – 7-9pm

Venue – Tenpin Maidenhead

Cost – £15 per child – this includes 2 games of bowling plus food and drink

A form has been sent home, please return this by the 31st of January so we can secure your child’s place.

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