13 Nov 2020
Primary High Notes 13th November
In assembly this week we talked about geese, and in particular what lessons we can learn from them. In certain situations they are seen as pests, however they are intriguing creatures who have an incredibly strong sense of family and group loyalty. We watched a video of a large flock of geese heading off on their long journey home. Did you know that when a goose flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the birds that follow? By flying in a V formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone. From their example we can learn the importance of working together, and that we are stronger and better together than working alone. When flying in formation geese honk to encourage those in front to keep up their speed. We need to make sure our honking is encouraging, of course, but in groups where there is encouragement, the production is greater. So this week I have asked the pupils to work together, supporting each other and encouraging each other by honking!
Despite not being able to all get together in person, we have had two very important events this week. The first was our Remembrance Service, where the whole school came together for a virtual service, led by Chaplain Jo. Even with the national restrictions, we could never let this important date pass without properly marking it. Thank you to all students involved in the reading, prayers and music.
Secondly our efforts this year to raise money for Children in Need, where all donations go to the charity that helps improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people around the UK, focused on all tutor groups and staff dressing up in their chosen themes.
It is so important, especially during these unusual times, that people find ways of coming together as a community. If you are celebrating Diwali tomorrow, we wish you and your family a happy and joyous time together.
Today we had a very special arrival on site - our very first outdoor Christmas tree! With 5 weeks left of term, some may say this is a very early arrival. But this year we feel it is more important than ever to come together, share the excitement and hope that the Christmas period can bring. I would like to say a huge heartfelt thanks to the Rantzen family who have kindly donated this wonderful tree.
Kedleston have been working extremely hard on their class assembly this week. They decided to create an assembly based on their RE topic of Hinduism, especially as tomorrow is Diwali. They adapted a script, wrote reflections, created their own costumes and even performed a dance choreographed by the wonderful Mrs Liddle! Well done, Kedleston, Dr E-B is very proud of you!
To watch Kedleston’s assembly, click here.
Children in Need
We’ve had a wonderful day today in our animal costumes! Thank you for everyone’s kind donations for Children in Need.
On Wednesday morning the whole school community came together online for our Remembrance Service on Armistice Day. The service was broadcasted to honour those who lost their lives in conflict.
If you would like to watch the service again, it is available by clicking here.
Online safety tips for children.
Internet Matters have put together a guide that you can download (PDF) and send out to parents containing some online safety tips. The guide and tips are quite simple, but that's a good thing as the information isn't overwhelming.
You can download the guide by CLICKING HERE.