Headteacher's Blog Updates
- New beginnings
- Together Everyone Achieves More
- In full swing...
- Attendance Matters
- A sense of community
- Delighted and honoured
- We need to talk ...
- Dear Year 2 children,
- Dear Year 6 children,
- A plea ....... (or two!)
- Welcome to the Summer Term
- Happy Easter
- A picture paints a thousand words
- Always question. Always wonder.
- Exciting times!
- Come to our Open Morning
- We're listening...
- It's been a busy term!
- Safer Internet Day 2017
- A love of reading
- Happy New Year!
- Welcome back!
- Happy Holiday!
- What a fabulous start to the new school year!
- A buzz in the air!
- Term 4 already!
- We are Outstanding!
- As busy as ever!
- Wow - what a week!
- We have an exciting week ahead!
- A fabulous first few days!
- Our new arrivals
- Principal's Blog
- Week Four!
- Week Three!
- Welcome Back!
- Ready for this!
- The Mayor's Service
The end of every school year contains a degree of sadness. We say goodbye to children we have seen grow from four year olds, on their first day at school, to the point they are now; ready to set off on their next adventure. We say goodbye to staff too, who leave to begin a new phase in their lives. Each child in school says goodbye to their current teacher, ready to build new relationships and friendships in their next class. We sometimes say goodbye to whole families, who set off to continue making memories somewhere new.
It is easy to focus on what has been, what is past and now seems to be gone. We all remember the memories we have made during this school year; during our entire time at The Grange School. Those memories are usually happy memories and in remembering, we celebrate all that we, as a community, have achieved. Those memories may be tinged with sadness at leaving, but they are happy memories that will always be with us.
But, this time of year is also filled with hope, with excitement and with enthusiasm for what lies ahead of us. Each child in the school is excited about the opportunities our fabulous school will offer them next year. They may be planning on trying a new extra-curricular club. They may have a target in mind to improve their learning. They may be excited about the new friends they will make. Each adult that is moving on will be dreaming about their future, hoping that it will be as successful as their time here at The Grange. Each family that is moving somewhere new will have their hopes and dreams for their new future.
Our Y6 pupils will have many hopes and dreams about their futures. They will be excited about the range of opportunities that will be open to them at secondary school; they will hope to be more independent; they may dream of their future successes. We all hope they will be happy and successful throughout their lives.
So, this time of year is a time of new beginnings. The Grange School has undergone many exciting changes this year and I am certain there will be many more to come. Schools are constantly evolving - we are always trying to improve the range of opportunities we offer; the learning experiences we give to the children and the standards we attain. Now is a time to hope, to dream and to embrace what is still to come.
Everyone here at The Grange School would like to thank you for your support throughout this year and wish you a very relaxing summer holiday. The entire staff is excited about our new beginning in September and we can't wait to welcome you all back, to continue our adventure together.
Wow! What a Transition Day that was. Everyone was welcomed to their new class and, for the first time ever, we invited parents to be a part of it.
This morning the children settled quickly and calmly into their new classrooms. Reception children settled so quickly, you'd have thought they'd been in our school for years. As I visited each classroom today, I was struck by how hard everyone was working and how much fun they were having.
Year 6 were solving challenging mathematical problems and creating silhouettes. They were also running a relay race that resulted in them sequencing a text. Their teachers were impressed that they rose to every challenge set to them. I was impressed with how they already looked like Year 6 children. They also enjoyed creating selfies for their teacher.
Year 5 children should be exhausted! They completed a very active 'Minute Maths Challenge' and then practised their athletic skills during a PE lesson. They solved some very complicated maths problems and were excellent at talking about their work.
Year 4 children spent some time getting to know each other and learned interesting facts about their classmates. Someone in Y4 has a tarantula, someone has snakes and someone met Prince Charles! They then used their fabulous imaginations to decide which animal they would like to be - there were some interesting choices! They also created their passport to Year 4 and we were impressed with their work.
Year 3 children took part in magical maths with a set of playing cards and were extremely well-behaved when I visited their classrooms. They enjoyed playing at lunchtime with their old friends and their new classmates.
Year 2 children had great fun with chalk circles and proved they were amazing mathematicians. We were all very impressed with how grown-up they were. They decided that they had instantly turned into Year 2 children overnight and we all agreed with them.
Year 1 children spent some time getting to know their new teachers; Miss Banks and our new teacher Miss Harrison. They enjoyed listening to and sharing stories and I was very impressed with how beautifully they sat and listened. They enjoyed learning about pirates through lots of fun activities and we were all very impressed at how well they all coped with not being able to use their new classrooms yet. Very grown-up attitudes.
New Reception children had a whale of a time! They climbed, ran, made sandwiches, painted, built, made dens, made picture frames, found treasure and made music! When parents arrived this afternoon, they had a great time showing their parents all the fun learning activities they'd been involved in. They then enjoyed a shady picnic with their families and new teachers. I'm thinking that they're probably all fast asleep now!
Nursery children had fun in small groups today and also had their parents stay with them. I was very impressed with their ball-rolling skills - especially when they were able to vary the speed with which they rolled the ball.
We also had some of our existing Year 6 children with us, as they had already completed their transition days in Warwickshire schools. They were amazing - they made paper aeroplanes with Reception children, helped them find their way around, helped out in Year 1, set up the Book Fair and did a fabulous job as ambassadors, guiding parents around the school this afternoon. We were very proud of them. Some of them even managed to sneak into the sandpit and play with spades and diggers!
Children, parents and school staff had huge, happy smiles on their faces all day. I'm told that the dads who found the mud kitchen were especially happy! We were also happy when Mr Billingham arrived with a second truck full of tyres and a friend who donated three tractor tyres to us. Thank you. Our plans for improving outdoor learning and play for children across the school are really taking shape now - thank you to everyone in the community who has supported us. We're still collecting, so if you think you have anything we'd like; please ask us. I keep taking breaks from blog-writing to check on a couple of boats I'm watching on ebay!
The entire staff agreed that today was fabulous - they all still had a spring in their steps this evening. We're hoping that you agree that today was special and we are looking forward to the remaining events this term. Make sure to check tomorrow's Gazette for details.