As staff governor, I really am able to see the importance of everyone working together in order for children to be able to succeed and make progress, both academically, and socially and emotionally. Whilst it has been another busy and challenging start to the academic year, all staff and governors have demonstrated the flexibility and adaptability that is key to the successful running of a school in the current climate.
There have already been numerous trips and activities in school (PGL, Wokingham Waterside Centre, Bikeability) which have seen Year 5 and 6 further develop their ability to show resilience, challenge themselves, work together and try new things; all skills that our school’s vision and ‘secrets of success’ set out as important for not only school, but life. All the children represented the school superbly and the impact that these opportunities provide children are priceless. This is especially true with an increasing focus of schools towards mental health and self-esteem.
I am in no doubt that this year will continue to provide plenty of challenges for both staff and governors. It is evident that if everyone continues to work together to provide a wide range of curriculum opportunities then all children will continue to flourish at our school.
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.