“THE steam train that is the Michaelmas Term has truly left the station, it has accelerated to its optimal speed and now it is full steam ahead.

“Clubs began this week, specialist teachers joined us from King’s Ely Senior and King’s Ely Junior, and the planning and design for our Harvest Display in the Cathedral is underway. Manifestos are being discussed in class as we prepare for our Acremont School Council elections on Wednesday and we have recommenced what is arguably my most favourite part of the teaching week, Enrichment, which began this afternoon.

“At 1.35pm for five minutes on a Friday afternoon, Acremont House is normally a hive of travelling children as they move around the school to the enrichment lesson of their choosing. This year, we begin our half-termly sessions with Year 1 and Year 2. Reception classes will take part from January. The Enrichment Programme for this year includes gardening from a STEM perspective, cookery, being included and feeling equal, life in a classical civilisation with ‘Acremontopolis’ as its epicentre and exploring art from a mindfulness frame of reference. These represent areas of learning, interest and skills that promote critical thinking, are topical and will broaden our knowledge and awareness of self and the environment we live in. It is an hour on a Friday afternoon when we move away from formal learning to a practical and expressive style that is fun and engaging.

“We look forward to sharing the details of how well your children have settled into their first few weeks at Nursery and Acremont as we begin our ‘settling-in’ parent and carer consultations next week. These will be followed up by the Michaelmas Term consultations towards the end of the term, when we hope to welcome you into school for a more sociable opportunity to celebrate your child’s achievements.

“I hope we get the opportunity to enjoy a little more late September sunshine over the weekend and I send you and your family our best wishes from both Nursery and Pre-Prep, for a happy and restful weekend.”

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