“IT is with a clear sense of forward motion that we commence the second half of the Lent Term. Refreshed from our week away from school, teaching teams are re-organising, spring cleaning, re-designing classrooms and preparing displays. They are carefully considering the balance of learning and play, both indoors and outdoors, to give opportunity for our community to fall back in step with itself once again. I hope you have had an opportunity to read our return to school details for the 8th March when we can resume our full school days for all children on the Acremont site.

“We look forward to World Book Day on Thursday 4th March, which, as we have previously mentioned will be a quieter event, leaving the main literary celebration to the second week of the Summer Term. Whether at home or in class, in Nursery or Pre-Prep, we will all enjoy some storytelling and discussion with a local author, Eden Jones. Families will receive links to these Zoom sessions if they receive weekly remote learning mailings. With perfect timing, we received World Book Day vouchers today which will be sent home with your child or in the Monday reading folder, depending on your learning status next week.

“We have returned to school with a spring in our step as we notice many signs of the changing seasons around the site. With sunshine streaming into the Reception class window this morning, the children were learning how a small glass gadget split light and made rainbows around the room. Year 2 have not wasted a minute and have jumped enthusiastically into researching Australian folk stories, art, and customs. I have seen some excellent aboriginal designs which explained a classroom full of cotton buds when I visited!

“Nursery have certainly been enjoying the warmer weather and are making full use of their playground and equipment this afternoon. Having enjoyed a fun play in Nursery this morning, the quality of language, conversation and confidence is wonderful to see. Much like their older friends in the House, I am very pleased to observe our Nursery children’s warm and friendly characters, supported by increasing independence and inquisitiveness.

“Best wishes for the weekend ahead.”

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