What a busy and successful week! It has been exam week for all the children in Years 6 to 8. I see it as a time for the children to show off what they can do and what they have learned. I have been really encouraged to see the children taking the exams in their stride. We have to remind ourselves of the benefits of recognising a nervous feeling and responding positively with the infamous growth mindset.
On Tuesday, at the Blackmore Theatre in Exmouth, Year 5 treated us to an uplifting and fun performance of ‘Cinderella Rockerfella’. It was positively joyous. The children looked so comfortable on the stage and were clearly loving performing for a very interactive audience. It was a day of performances making memories that will last a lifetime.
Year 3 also had their chance to shine on Thursday morning in their English Speaking Board (ESB) exams. The children do a short talk or presentation on a topic of their choice, read an extract from a book and learn a poem off by heart. I bumped into the examiner on the way out and she had clearly been very impressed, discussing how well the children had done and how well-mannered they were. I felt incredibly proud!
Towards the end of the week, we enjoyed four triumphant sports days, with school records broken, beaming smiles and much excitement. So much work goes into these events and I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in making them so successful.
We are also feeling very proud of our Year 8 pupils who are enjoying their last few weeks with us as they commence their Leavers’ Programme. It is a jam-packed few weeks, starting with a focus on ‘community’ by helping out with the younger children on their sports days. Hearing the Year 8s on the microphone announcing events, demonstrating how to do things, and helping the younger pupils was another highlight of the week for me. They are such a credit to their parents and to the school. Every single one of the children is a wonderful ambassador for St Peter’s and we are confident that they will represent the school in an exemplary manner during their French residential next week.
I conclude my round-up of the week with a little trepidation as it dawns on me that the Skydive in aid of the Royal Marines Charity is approaching rapidly. On Saturday 24 June, Mrs Johnston, Mrs Evans and I will jump out of a plane to raise funds for this worthy cause. We are aiming to raise £2,000, and we are currently about halfway there, so all donations to help get us closer to our target would be very much appreciated. You are able to donate online to our JustGiving page if you wish.
Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to welcoming your children back for another fun-filled week!
Deputy Head Pastoral