Governor Visit  - Friday 28 September 2018

It was a pleasure to see Lichtenstein in action for the first time this year.  Whilst the pupils were still full of energy following their PGL residential at the start of the week, poor Mrs Smyth was fighting off the effects of a heavy cold which she had brought back with her from Liddington. Thanks must go to all the staff who made the visit possible, particularly when it impacted on their own family arrangements.

The pupils were working in their residential groups and tasked with raising awareness of the visit to the curent Year 5 children.  It was proving a great way to promote the use of persuasive and ambitious language as the children worked with focus on their posters or their booklets.  The tasks had been divided up in the groups so that every child had a clear role and knew what they had to complete in the alloted time.  Photos were available from the network to copy and manipulate and stylistic choices had to be made about presentation.  It needed a bit of persuasion to encourage some to stop their work and go out for some fresh air at breaktime, such was the enthusiasm to finish the task.

It was interesting to hear first-hand from the children about their experiences at Liddington.  Clearly they had enjoyed a great time and were eager to tell their stories of Jacob’s Ladder, the Giant’s Swing, raft building and the many other tasks that had been packed into their busy days.  It had been a huge personal challenge for some and it gave them great material for their writing.  It also clearly supported the work that Mrs Smyth has done with the class on stepping out of your comfort zone and taking risks to boost personal performance.  This could be seen to have been achieved by many in the course of the residential, but also in the classroom as children were encouraged to use higher-level vocabulary to ‘sell’ the visit to Year 5.

It just so happened that I was also in school on the day when the Macmillan Coffee Morning took place at breaktime.  It was nice to see a number of parents in the hall, having found time in their busy days to come along and support the school and the charity fundraising. The cake was good, too!

Mike Boys
Link Governor, Lichtenstein