Head's News 30/06/2017

Head's Newsletter Whole School

This week many senior pupils have been away on expeditions from PGL in the West Country, to France and to Iceland. Those of you who follow the Abercorn School twitter account will have seen photographs from the various trips and it is clear that the children have been enjoying some exceptional experiences.

Yr 1 Production

‘Year one on the Run!’ was the official highlight of my week. In fact, I was lucky enough to attend twice and on each occasion I was bowled over by the enthusiasm and the confidence of our pupils. They took delight in performing and were rightly proud and assured in their presentation. There are children in this group who joined the school in September with very little English and to see them exuding such buoyancy on stage was really rather remarkable. To think of these pupils in particular, singing ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’, that famed British music hall classic from 1907, was endearingly sweet and representative of their incredible linguistic accomplishment this year. Our Year 1 pupils have made great strides this year and the show was testament to the advances, resilience and cheerfulness that this group has displayed during the year.

The show took us around the world with songs beautifully sung in French and snippets of French and Spanish being spoken. General geographical knowledge has been enhanced though, I think Mrs Murray put in a deliberate and technically-speaking unnecessary reference to Irish folk dancing at one point! The teachers and TAs helped the children deliver a show with great enthusiasm and conviction. Thank you to every one of the children for giving us a great show!

Year 2 trip to Kew Gardens

Year 2 pupils spent a most enjoyable day at Kew Gardens. The day involved the children developing their previous knowledge by working on investigations with Kew Gardens’ specialist educators. This gave them a very special insight and experience. Their behaviour was impeccable and the staff complimented staff on the school’s “delightful children”. Always pleasing to receive a comment like this!

Year 2 Assembly

Thank you to 2J for a very confident assembly about good sportsmanship which is most fitting with sports days next week. ‘Resilience’ a vital quality as individuals aim to beat their own personal bests. Their advice suggests not to worry too much about everyone else but to be the best we can. I look forward to seeing great sporting spirit next week after such a positive assembly. A final feature was the very fine singing of this class – they gave a very tuneful rendition of ‘We are the Champions’. Well done 2J.

Year 1 trip to the London Aquarium

Today the Year 1 pupils had a super day out at the London Aquarium. A wonderful time was had by all and the best bit….. “Nemo fish and the sharks!” Thank you to the small army of mums who helped supervise the trip today.

STOP PRESS - Bushcraft

Year 3 have just returned and they obviously had a great time. Highlight – “playing ‘Predator’. Everyone is very happy but staff are keen for a shower or a long soak in the bath. Children seemingly perfectly happy to have missed bath time!

Following the days of adventure this week I wish all our families a very restful weekend in the run up to Sports Days next week.

Benedict Dunhill


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