Our theme of ‘looking after others’ was further explored in assemblies and sessions before school for parents this week. In addition to our Excellent Junior Travel Ambassadors’ assembly (please see below) Mr Salt and the boys in 5S referenced Charles Darwin, ancient Persian emperor Cyrus the Great, and the United Nations (amongst other influences) as they very cleverly and in a very entertaining manner drew us all to the excellent conclusion that strong and solid friendships are what looking after others is all about!
Mrs Sheaff played her part in looking after parents one morning this week. She stepped a good number of very keen mums and dads through our approach to the teaching of English here in the Prep, at a workshop in the James Hall. I endorse her key concluding message to the parents who were present: enriched, sophisticated, thought-provoking talk (and plenty of it) between adults and children is a sure-fire way of developing young learners’ vocabularies, which in turn leads to greater ease from them understanding what they are reading, which also leads to even better writing outcomes. I love the way our pupils are curious about language. It is a great help to us here at school when parents keep this curiosity about ‘what words mean’ front and centre at home – keep it up!