“As routines become more familiar, as we remember our new classmates’ names, and stamina builds to cope with the early mornings, we certainly can see that settling into the new term has been both successful and good fun. From visiting classrooms and travelling around school over the past five days, something has really stood out… Chatter, conversation, and the lilting sound of singing and laughter. This may be so noticeable as I spent a good deal of time in the House over the holidays when it was very quiet, however, I suspect that it is the buzz of energy and positivity that you cannot fail to notice. The richness of interaction, sharing, supporting, and connection with both other children and adults is so important, and it is a joy to observe and take part in these precious learning moments!

“It was super to meet with our class FoKSE representatives today. I am very grateful to them for the time and commitment they give to support the community of the school. After the very positive and very well attended launch of the Summer Picnic towards the end of June, it would be wonderful to make this a fixture of Summer Terms to come. To answer questions on curriculum matters, I would urge parents to attend our Assessment and Curriculum Evening on Tuesday 17th October when there is an opportunity to spend time in year groups, where the development and content of the curriculum are covered.

“The theme of our ‘Big Idea’ Assembly this week was being creative, and I set the children throughout Nursery and Pre-Prep the challenge of helping to re-imagine the name, use, and look of the Old Allotment at the back of the garden. The area was cleared in the holidays and it now sits in expectant readiness. When all the classes have returned their ideas, the Grounds Team will get on with the business of translating our ideas into a sensory space. I would very much like the children to take part in putting their plans into action with wellies on and spade in hand, so I look forward to sending updates in due course.

“Next week, our Acremont Teaching Team look forward to discussing your child’s progress as they settle into their new classes at our ‘Settling In’ consultation meetings. Thinking further ahead still, we will join together with our friends and siblings in the Prep School and Fairstead House, for our annual Harvest Festival Service in Ely Cathedral on Thursday 28th September. Please see this week’s newsletter regarding suggested donations for the Ely Foodbank from our community of families.

“With my best wishes for a restful and relaxing weekend.”

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