Notes from the Head 13th June

What a fantastic start to the week for everyone. We all got on the bus to go to the Cathedral in St Asaph for our Celebration Service for the Federation. The younger pupils enjoyed their experience of an outing on the bus, so carefully monitored by Foundation Phase staff. Luckily the Cathedral has had a nice new toilet area – very important for the younger pupils at the end of a long journey. The Service went really well, led by Rev Carole Poolman as Rev Daniel was on holiday. We made the most of shouting ‘Hello God’ in the Cathedral – he certainly knew we were visiting! A big thank you to Ian Roberts and Marc Owen reading. A big well done to all the children who were brave enough to tell the congregation about the Federation name, the ‘journey’ so far and lead us in prayer. The children all sang beautifully; Mrs Pierce had chosen the songs very carefully.

Father Rex who played the piano, was really impressed with the children, and said he would welcome their talent in the Cathedral choir (any interested pupils, please let me know, they are looking for new recruits!). The children really put the Bishop through his paces with their interview questions – he kept us all entertained with his answers. He had a very good rapport with the pupils.

Then it was time to get back on the bus to return to school – just in time for the end of the day. The staff were extremely proud of all the pupils, from Nursery to Year 6. Those who were lucky enough to have parents attend enjoyed some very nice refreshments

Well, Mrs John and I both missed the school’s special visitor on Tuesday. We both attended Safeguarding training- it sounded much more fun in school. Mrs Biddle was working with Erin who told her she could see a cow. Foundation Phase have been developing their imaginative language using the story of ‘Billy’s bucket’ as inspiration. As far as Mrs Biddle was concerned Erin was developing her imaginative skills! The other children around also started to say they could see a cow, Mrs Biddle looked up and confirmed that they did indeed have a special visitor. Mrs Pierce befriended the cow and escorted it back to the field, she shared a photo of the cow. Luckily the visitor was friendly and they didn’t have to practice the Lockdown procedure.

Everyone knows what happened at the end of the week – in the words of the song. The rain came down and the floods went up - whoosh! A big thank you to staff and for battling through the elements to come to school. Foundation phase have been creating Underwater Box models, they have done such a good job that nature is bringing them to life.

I hope the weather improves so that the village and school can enjoy all the planned sporting activities.