Monday, 27 February 2012
Book Week at Eaton Square School begins on World Book Day – Thursday 1st March.
In celebration of Book Week and World Book Day, there are several events that the school will be putting on. On Thursday 1st March, the students are to come to school dressed as their favourite hero or villain from a
book that they have read.
Friday 2nd March, a storyteller from the Freshwater Theatre Company will come in to entertain with captivating stories directed at all three Key Stages.
Finally, we have our annual Book Fair on Monday 5th March in the Dining Hall in 79. We are all very excited to spend a week revelling in great stories.
Monday, 27 February 2012
Sainsbury's Active Vouchers
We are now collecting "Active Kids vouchers", from Sainsbury‟s.
Please hand in to either no 29 or 79. There will also be a box set up in the PE office.
Thanks, Miss Piesse and Mr Pennington
Friday, 17 February 2012
From the Headmaster
On entering the Staff Room today it was impossible to ignore the wonderful fragrance of croissants, pain au chocolat, pastries, muffins, home-made cakes and other delicacies which were there. It was also impossible to ignore the shear amount of food which will undoubtedly keep the staff going for many days to come. These delicious contributions for the staff are the consequence of the annual Teacher Appreciation Day which took place this morning.
Last year I experienced this for the first time and it was delightful to see the children entering the School with a flower and a card for their teachers. Once again this year, the effect was similarly touching and the staff were so grateful to be presented with these tokens.
I must thank all of the parents for making this morning‟s process possible and, in particular, my thanks to the PTA who were quite brilliant and so generous in preparing, serving and clearing the sumptuous breakfast before school. It was hugely appreciated.
Mr Pennington and Miss Piesse are hurtling towards the half term break full of the joys of a truly successful Half of success on the sports field, in the pool and also in the Fencing Salle. I have been inundated with results throughout of victories „here‟ and excellent performances „there‟, and it is wonderful to see the smiles of the children as they return on a high. Their smiles are not yet broad enough to match those of the PE Staff Team but they are catching up fast. Well done all.
Last week saw the second of the ski parties return, fit and well, from the slopes of La Clusaz. As with the first group, the Year 5 pupils had a wonderful time and have been sharing their stories of daring and frightening exploits on the mountains. Outrageous jumps, temperatures of -15 degrees and hours and hours of skiing created an unforgettable experience once again. The new hotel in which the children stayed this year was also a great success, providing more spacious accommodation and improved service. We will certainly be returning there in 2013.
Looking ahead the next residential trip will be for the Year 3 boys and girls as they head off to Hindleap Warren; the beginning of their extended educational excursions. I am sure that they too will have a wonderful time. This will be followed by the Year 7 week at the Chateau de la Baudonniere in Normandy and then the
Year 6 week in Rome and Pompeii. It is true that the pupils‟ extra-curricular programme here at ESS provides a wealth of experiences and educational opportunities which undoubtedly remains with the boys and girls long after they have moved on to pastures new.
Provision for the future is, of course, something which we are always striving to achieve here. The fabulous work that the staff do each day and week to ensure that the children are equipped for what lies ahead is a joy to witness. My thanks to the whole team for their continued efforts on this front
Friday, 3 February 2012
From the Headmaster
From the Headmaster………
The snow has been falling and the reports back from La Clusaz have been both positive and inspiring. Boys and girls reaching new levels of competence, stretching themselves physically and pushing themselves to achieve just that little bit more than they think they can. The bonding and team work also cultivated with activities during the time away from the snow have also been encouraging, with many reports of strengthened relationships and a greater understanding of one another.
Year Four arrived back in Heathrow from their week's skiing on Saturday to pass those pupils of Year Five who were on their way out. The younger tired, yet happy and satisfied faces, were met with the excited and expectant ones of the year above. Dispatches this week have, once again, spoken of a most successful and enjoyable time being had by all. No doubt the photos within these pages will give just a glimpse of what ESS is up to as I write this column.
Mr Pennington popped his head around my study door last week to explain, with some pride and pleasure, just how well his football teams have been performing this year. It is the best year yet for winning results and he is rightly delighted with the boys who have demonstrated great awareness and skill on the field. I am delighted by this and look forward to more of the same in the future.
In the Senior building the new display boards which now run up through the School have been filled in quick time by the work generated by Mrs Tamimi-Fryer's Art Dept. If you are 'dropping off ' there please do pop in (and up) to see the paintings and drawings on display. The art pieces produced by the girls and the boys are truly excellent and I am excited by much of the artistic talent which we have here. The Art Scholarship classes, which were begun this year, are really developing well and the improvement made by the members of this August group has been tremendous. It is pleasing to imagine how strong this cohort will be in the years ahead.
Displays in general are worth mentioning here. I spent much of this week visiting all of the Nurseries and School buildings which are Eaton Square School. I was staggered by many of the fantastic displays in all of the settings. The value of inspirational and captivating display work cannot be over emphasised and I have no doubt that our pupils gain such a great deal from them here. This reminds me of one of the first comments from the lead inspector who visited us last year. Looking around at the walls and work up in the classrooms she said,' You certainly do what you say on the tin! '. What better reward for all of that hard work?
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