New Year’s Greetings

Salutations and new year jollity to the people of year 4. I must admit that the celebrations marking yet another year passing feels like an eternity ago.

Firstly, I would like to thank all of you for your thoughtful Christmas gifts. I enjoy looking at the cards and feeling the warmth that emanates from the kindness shown to me. It is deeply appreciated and will be always remembered.

We had a super time at Wodson park on Monday and I am thrilled with the enthusiasm for Speed Stacking. I understand that this has resulted in many of you reaching out to the good people at Amazon for stacks and mats which in and of itself is a great sign that the children understand that they must develop skills and understanding through effort and application, continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. So said a great Englishman who quite categorically told the nation to never, never, never give in. It is a simple lesson, easy to say but hard to learn. There will be a competition further along the line which the year 4 children will be able to participate in and this gives them an event to train for.

Just a quick word about the new branch of library endeavours suitably titled Bookworms. It is a reinvention of Book Club with a spin. Children in Years 1-4 who have not managed to read to a grown up 4 times a week will come into the library and read to one of the pupil librarians. It is hoped that this will serve as an encouraging reminder to all and sundry that reading is so vital for so many reasons. Rather than subject you to one of my fervent and evangelical rants about the power of reading etc, ad nauseum, I will ask you to remember to sign the reading record. Some of the children were asked to come to Bookworms today both to remind them about getting the record signed and also as a practise run for the pupil librarians to hear some readers before we officially roll out this policy in the next few weeks.

Continuing with this administrative tone, would you please ensure that reading records, books, spelling books and Mathletics usernames and passwords travel between home and school daily.

Year 4 Classifieds:

Lone plimsoll , seeking home.

I wish you all a safe and pleasant weekend.

Miss Castillo