Junior School Head’s Blog

Congratulations must go to 5MJR and Mr Redmond for providing such an interesting assembly last Friday.  It was all about how swallows make such a long journey south in the winter and this is mirrored by Advent.  It was explained very well and I particularly enjoyed their rendition of my favourite carol, Silent Night, in two languages.  Well done, 5MJR.

This week is very different for the children. During school hours we suspend our normal timetable and move across to our “Alternative Timetable” arrangements.  This allows the school to rehearse for the Christmas Production on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning and returning to lessons in the afternoons.  The children will be told by their form teachers if they need any kit for Games, Swimming and PE as some of these lessons continue as normal.

Thursday and Friday are even more disrupted due to the number of performances we put on.  We have a performance for visiting schools on Thursday morning at 9.30am.  This also allows those who cannot come to the evening performances to see their children perform.  The second performance then takes place after school on the same day, followed by two performances on Friday.  I am very much looking forward to seeing the final result; it always proves to be one of the many highlights of the year and sets us up for the festive season.  Please be aware that parking will be extremely difficult on the school site for all performances except the 7pm on Friday – if you can park off site that will be enormously helpful.

This week is a very exciting time for the children but they do tend to get very tired.  Please, therefore, make sure that they have a sensible bed-time wherever possible – thank you!

Advanced warning that on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 December the BMSPA will be holding their annual Christmas shopping service for the children who wish to take part.  You may remember that we sent out a letter towards the start of this term encouraging the children to earn any money they wish to spend at this event through chores and jobs at home.  No doubt there will some very tidy bedrooms and empty dishwashers this weekend, though sadly no-one has offered to wash my car for me!

It’s nearly Christmas and I have to admit to allowing myself to be a little excited as we approach the end of a very long term!  The tree has arrived and I have started the advent calendar on my office door.  Just two weeks to go – yippee!

PLEASE NOTE – as with all last days of term, school will finish at 12 NOON on Friday 14 December.

Mrs J Rex

Head of Junior School