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Message from our Head - Mrs Chandler-Thompson
Friday, 3rd of February 2017
There has been a constant stream of victories and successes for the girls over the last fortnight. Not only did we hear that our Junior Chamber Choir are through to the final of GDST Choir of the Year at Cadogan Hall, but also that, in the same week, they will be singing in the final of the Barnardo’s Choir of the Year at the Southbank too. This is a well-deserved accolade for Mrs Coles and all the girls who have worked incredibly hard and given us so much pleasure so far this year. There have been several sporting successes to celebrate too. It was really heartening to see four Year 6 netball teams fielded against Bromley High last week, with plenty of parent support on the sideline. For our older girls, our U16 team came 2nd at Greenwich schools, with Alice W voted as player of the tournament by all the rival coaches, and our U15s coming a creditable 4th. U12 Hockey girls also chalked up a pleasing victory over Colfe’s. Our new Sunday netball club at the Kidbrooke Park Road ground is proving popular with girls and should continue to support increased participation and competitive success.
Alongside training for physical health, there has been a focus in school on mental health too, with our annual ‘Wellbeing week’. An information evening for parents was very well-attended and girls enjoyed a special focus on activities including Tai Chi, origami, mindfulness and a social media amnesty. Encouraging the girls to seek balance and develop their strategies for mental health is at the heart of our pastoral work. Whilst awareness weeks are important, it is the everyday work that we do with the girls in PSHE, assemblies and form time that will really help them to embed these approaches.
Students also benefitted from another fabulous ‘trips day’ at Seniors. Activities included a fabulous morning of Maths, trips to the V. and A. and Science museums, careers advice activities for Year 11 and sessions on student finance and learning enrichment for the Sixth Form. My sincere thanks to all the staff for organising such inspiring and engaging sessions for the girls to benefit from.
At Juniors we have been very pleased to welcome our new SENCO and Learning Support Co-ordinator, Julia Sharma to the team. She has been getting to know the girls and parents quickly and we are delighted with the start she has made. We continue to be overwhelmed by the support of the school community following the news about Peter our caretaker. An incredible response to the ‘justgiving’ page set up by Mrs Waring, (http://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/PeterFrankland-in-memory) has raised an amazing £3670 so far, which will enable us to organise a fitting tribute to Peter and donate to charities in his name. We now have details of Peter’s funeral arrangements that we would like to share with those of you that knew him. It will be held at 5pm on Monday 20th February at Kemnal Park Cemetery, A20 Sidcup Bypass, Chislehurst, BR7 6RR and anyone who would like to attend is welcome. In order to enable Peter’s colleagues to attend the funeral, the Junior school will be completely closing at 3.30pm.
Finally, I’d like to offer my huge thanks to the wonderful parent team who run our Coffee Shop at Juniors on Friday mornings. It is a lovely way for parents to connect, catch up and spend time together; and the coffee and cakes are great! Do pop in if you are able to and support. Tonight is our annual BHSA Quiz Night, a highlight in the calendar and my thanks again to everyone involved in the preparations. We are so lucky to have such a close and supportive community.
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